Photo via flickr Didier Leroi

EXHIBITION Venice Architecture Biennale
DIRECTOR Kazuyo Sejima
DURATION 29th August – 21st November, 2010

The 12th International Architecture Exhibition opened in Venice this week. Based on the theme “People meet in architecture”, the exhibition will take advantage of the different points of view that the many and varied visitors bring to the site.

“There will be an independent space for each participant, in order to make them show their understanding of the theme and their personal response to it,” says Director Kazuyo Sejima, “Individuals will be showing their position towards the interaction of new social and natural environments; all of which means that each person is his or her own curator. This way the atmosphere of the exhibition itself will be achieved through multiple points of view rather than a single orientation”.
The exhibition has a strong focus on visitor engagement, with “Architecture Saturdays” providing a public forum for discussion, “Universities meet in architecture” involving educational institutions, and three online competitions gathering photo, video and essay input and reflections from participants at http://www.labiennalechannel.org.
Source: http://www.labiennale.org
Junya Ishigami ‘Architecture as Air: Study for Château la Coste’ / Photo via flickr Didier Leroi

ARTISTS Pat Hoffie & Stefan Purcell
PROJECT Wind Wells: channeling and divining
LOCATION State Library of Queensland, Australia
DURATION 26 June – 17 October 2010

Stefan Purcell and Pat Hoffie have staged an engaging new immersive installation at Queensland’s State Library.

Text from the State Library:

“This immersive installation by Pat Hoffie and Stefan Purcell embodies the convergence of art, science, history and magic.  It delves into the curiosities of Queensland’s past in an intriguing assemblage of projections, moving parts and a windmill.

Using the State Library’s John Oxley Library collection as inspiration, the artists were drawn to the image of the Australian agricultural windmill.  The windmill’s function is to draw the precious resource of water, and this became a metaphor for drawing memory and history from the collections. It brought to the surface intriguing stories of invention and showmanship in Queensland during the Victorian era.

The exhibition also includes a research hub which retraces the artist’s journey through the collections highlighting what is possible when a contemporary visual artist is let loose to explore the John Oxley Library. What emerged was a rich resource of photographs, film, catalogues and newspaper articles that together starting painting a unique picture of Queensland around 1885.”

Virtual Exhibition of Wind Wells at the State Library of Queensland


Progress images from the making of Wind Wells, Courtesy the artists

See also Four Thousand | Pat Hoffie and Stefan Purcell, Wind Wells; Channeling and Divining

Kyle Mclean is an award winning artist, programmer, interaction designer and facilitator whose projects have spanned the globe and engaged a range of audiences from at risk youth to Fortune 500 companies.

In 2002 Kyle co-founded Everyone is Happy Productions, a dynamic multidisciplinary arts company providing mappings between existing and emerging technologies, arts workers and communities. They have developed ground breaking software tools and a design approach that allows for the growing digital realm to become ever more entwined with our own in both art and commerce. Using projection and other technologies Kyle has created a unique portfolio of projects where objects, people and architecture all become a canvas for digitally augmented expression.

Kyle’s current focus areas include producing temporal and semi permanent media installations, and the ease with which these installations take form lends his practice to a range of possibilities for site-specific artwork. He recently demonstrated the Rapid Projection Mapping at a Pecha Kucha event, and brought an old sculpture to life at the opening of The Edge Digital Culture Centre at Brisbane’s South Bank.

For more information see Everyone is Happy Productions


Dennis Nona / Saulal / winner Telstra Work on Paper, 2010

Congratulations to category winners of the Telstra National Aboriginal & Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA)!

Dennis Nona, Works on Paper award for Saulal.

Glen Namundja, Bark Painting award for Kunabibbe Ceremony at Manmoyi.

Nawurapu Wunungmurra, New Media award for Mokuy.

Wukun Wunambi, Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3d award for Bamurrungu.

Jimmy Donegan, General Painting award for Papa Tjukurpa and Pukara.
Special congratulations to Jimmy Donegan who went on to win the overall Telstra Art Award 2010 for his painting Papa Tjukurpa and Pukara.

View the Online Gallery

Via The Northern Myth | Darwin Art stories day 2 – the Telstra NATSIAA awards category winners


Henri Schweynoch / BOXEL / Detmold, Germany / Photography © Dirk Schelpmeier, Marcus Brehm

PROJECT BOXEL Temporary Summer Pavilion
LOCATION University of Applied Sciences, Detmold, Germany
DESIGN Henri Schweynoch
TEACHING STAFF Prof. Marco Hemmerling, Visiting-Prof. Matthias Michl, David Lemberski, Guido Brand and Claus Deis
REALISATION Students: Henri Schweynoch , Guido Spriewald, Elena Daweke, Lisa Hagemann, Bernd Benkel, Thomas Serwas Michael Brezina, Samin Magriso, Caroline Zij, Michelle Layahou with Jan Bienek, Christoph Strotmann, Matthias Kemper, Frank Püchner, Florian Tolksdorf, Florian Nienhaus, Andre Osterhaus, Viktoria Vaintraub, Jörg Linden, Bianca Mohr, Kristina Schmolinski, Tobias Jonk
YEAR 2010

Students of architecture at Detmold’s University of Applied Sciences designed and built this temporary summer pavilion from more than 2000 recycled beer boxes. The design, developed using parametric software, places the boxes in a free-flowing form with minimal surface area. Static load testing was carried out to establish the optimum construction method with this unusual material. The fabrication process was completed within one week, providing a fitting venue for the end of semester party.


Henri Schweynoch / BOXEL / Detmold, Germany / Photography © Dirk Schelpmeier, Marcus Brehm

Via ArchDaily | BOXEL / Students of Detmolder Schule


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Solar Equation, 2010 / Spherical captive balloon, helium, tehers and winches, 5 HD projectors, 7 computers with custom-made software, wifi network, iOS app. / 14m diameter (Aerostat balloon) / Copyright the Artist / Courtesy Haunch of Venison

PROJECT Light in Winter Festival
LOCATION Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
ARTIST Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
ARTWORK Solar Equation
INSTALLATION PERIOD 4 June – 4 July, 2010

This year’s Light in Winter Festival in Melbourne commissioned Mexican-born artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer to produce a suspended artwork for Federation Square. The resulting artwork was a luminous, kinetic three-dimensional maquette of the Sun that allowed viewers to interact with its animated surface.

A spectacular installation emerging from the intersection of science, art and technology, Solar Equation is a faithful representation of the Sun. It is 100 million times smaller than the real thing, and animated with live mathematical equations that simulate the turbulence, flares and sunspots that can be seen on the surface of the Sun. Using an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, people may disturb the animations in real-time and select different fluid dynamic visualizations.

From the artist:

“While pertinent environmental questions of global warming, drought, or UV radiation might arise from the contemplation of this piece, Solar Equation intends to likewise evoke romantic environments of ephemerality, mystery and paradox, such as those from Blake or Goethe. Every culture has a unique set of solar mythologies and this project seeks to be a platform for both the expression of traditional symbolism and the emergence of new stories.”

A qualified scientist and internationally exhibited artist, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s practice combines intelligent conceptual work with innovative execution. http://www.lozano-hemmer.com


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer / Solar Equation, 2010 / Spherical captive balloon, helium, tehers and winches, 5 HD projectors, 7 computers with custom-made software, wifi network, iOS app. / 14m diameter (Aerostat balloon) / Copyright the Artist / Courtesy Haunch of Venison

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Solar Equation, 2010
Spehrical captive balloon, helium, tehers and winches, 5 HD projectors, 7 computers with custom-made software, wifi network, iOS app.
14m diameter (Aerostat balloon)

Copyright the Artist

Courtesy Haunch of Venison