16 December, 2010

PROJECT Digital Nights
ARTISTS Miguel Chevalier, Bertrand Planes, LAb[au], Visual System, Tom Carr, MU, Charles Lim and Zulkifle Mahmod
Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Orchard Road, Singapore
17th – 26th September 2010

Digital Nights was created as an interactive walk around the streets of Singapore, to coincide with the Formula One in September this year.  The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) worked in collaboration with artists and selected streets and malls to create a response to the activities that were taking place in the city.  Artists created pieces that incorporated digital art, interactive, sculptural, sound and lighting elements. The Singapore Art Museum connected to the event by displaying four interactive installations placed throughout the museum.

MU artist collective created Love is in the Air, an immersive sound walk and interactive game especially designed for Digital Nights 2010 and the associated artworks located throughout the city.   An iPhone app acted as a guide with interactive maps to direct the participant to destinations around the city, and gradually revealed the story of two lovers as it progressed.  Directed by sounds, images, music and glimpses of the story, participants were able to immerse themselves in a site-specific experience of fiction and reality.

via iTunes |  MU – Love is in the Air, App

via Mandarin Gallery | Light Sculpture

Miguel Chevalier | Ultra Nature

via Digital Nights | Singapore

Open Circuit | OSK

13 December, 2010

ARTISTS OSK  – Christoph Haag, Martin Rumori, Franziska Windisch and Ludwig Zeller
Offener Schaltkreis (Open Circuit)
Arnolfini, Bristol
25 September – 21 November 2010

OSK has recently exhibited their Offener Schaltkreis sound installation at Bristol’s Fun with Software, an event that examines the history of software and its relationship with humor and fun.  Copper trails run around the floor and walls of the gallery, carrying electrical signals of a multichannel sound repository.  When users place white wireless speakers on the copper trails to activate the sound, which changes in volume and melody as the speakers are moved around and put in different combinations. A visually striking installation that engages the user with simple and robust interactivity.

via OSK – Offener Schaltkreis (Open Circuit)

ARTIST Gemma Smith
ARTWORK Synchro (Peach/Red Oxide)
PROJECT Brisbane Airport Village
LOCATION Brisbane, QLD, Australia
CLIENT Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC)
CURATORIAL UAP with Gabrielle McTaggart
DESIGN UAP Studio, Elishia Whitchurch
FINISH Unicoatings
YEAR 2010

Brisbane Airport Village is a mixed-use urban precinct within the greater airport city that incorporates corporate offices, retail and commercial precincts, hospitality zones and green spaces.

UAP designers worked with local artist Gemma Smith to develop a landmark sculpture for the Spine Park that connects the Village’s commercial precinct with hotels and Airtrain station.

Smith’s gallery practice, strongly based in the consideration of colour and geometry, was extrapolated to create this monumental work. Smith created a series of adaptable folding sculptures and noticed that viewers tended to form them into architectural or shelter-like shapes. One of these was chosen to be scaled up to 4 metres in height, creating inviting architectural spaces that contrast with the open landscape.

Part of an integrated program of artworks within the precinct, the sculpture is a dynamic feature in the park that injects colour and vitality into the urban environment.

Gemma Smith is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery and Milani Gallery.


GALLERY Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia
DATE 14 December, 2010 (One night only)
ARTISTS Tony Albert, Ben Ali Ong, Peter Alwast, Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan, Eleanor & James Avery, Anna Carey, Emma Darrouzet, Kim Demuth, Roger D’Souza, Stacie Gibson, Nathan Gray, Irene Hanenberg, Amanda Harris, PJ Hickman, Petrina Hicks, Nat Koyama, Peter Madden, Jen Marchant, Alasdair Macintyre, Donna Marcus, Daniel Marsden, Phoebe McDonald, Kath McLean, Scott Miles, Sebastian Moody, John Nicholson, Jesse Olsen, Zoe Porter, Marissa Purcell, Emma Reilly, Bruce Reynolds, Pia Robinson, Luisa Rossitto, Nike Savvas, Carly Scoufos, Kate Shaw, Belinda Smith, Gemma Smith, Hannah Smith, Martin Smith, Bryan Spier, Genevieve Staines, Jerko Starcevic, Matthew Tobin, Daniel Tobin, Alanah Walker, Judy Watson, Jo Woolley, Michael Zavros

50 artists have contributed works for a Charity Exhibition to raise the profile of Retts Syndrome and to raise funds to purchase necessary equipment for 3-year-old Eva D’Souza, who suffers from the neurodevelopment disorder.

Emma, Eva’s mum explains,”Rett Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that begins to affect normal developmental milestones at around 6-18 months of age and nearly always affects girls. It is caused by a fault in a gene whose role is to instruct other genes to switch off and on. Loss of purposeful hand use is usually replaced with hand-wringing or mouthing and in most girls there is complete loss of verbal and physical skills. Other symptoms include seizures, spinal curvature, gastro-intestinal problems and heart disturbance.  Eva has some but not all of the aforementioned Rett symptoms and we try to keep some at bay with lots of physical therapy and dietary changes. Since 1993 an Australia-wide study, which is the only population-based collection of Rett syndrome in the world, has been investigating this disorder. Rett syndrome affects 1 in 9000 girls in Australia.”

The artists, an eclectic mix of established and emerging, local and international, have donated the artworks which will each be sold on the night for the same fixed sum. All proceeds will go to a fund for Eva.


9 December, 2010

CURATOR The Cool Hunter
Exhibitions to take place in major cities (to be announced)

The Cool Hunter has announced TreeLife, a global event that responds to the drive for innovative and sustainable design and architecture.  The purpose of the project is to highlight that sustainable living can co-exist with contemporary urban life. TreeLife explores the notion of ‘Life in the Trees’, using the tree house as a statement of Eco-design.  The program will bring together architects, artists and designers to create a modern and sustainable tree house out of recycled materials. In addition, a global program of temporary events and exhibitions will provide opportunities for community participation around the event.  These include art and lighting installations, Silent Cinema, free bikes for transport between sites, and the opportunity to sleep overnight in a tree house.

TreeLife | Sustainable tree houses

TreeLife | Sleep overnight in a tree house

Via The Cool Hunter | TreeLife

ARTIST Gabriel Dawe
PROJECT Plexus Installation
LOCATION Dallas Contemporary in Texas
YEAR 2010

Gabriel Dawe’s textile experience inspired his creation of Plexus, a large scale gallery installation.  Currently featured at the Dallas Contemporary, the installation is formed by brightly coloured Gütermann thread that is stretched between wooden blocks that are attached to both the floor and ceiling.  The vibrant threads are arranged in a cascading linear pattern, yielding different effects of colour and form when viewed from different angles.

Via SVARTA | Gabriel Dawe

and The Cool Hunter | Gabriel Dawe – Installation Artist