PROJECT Hermés Rive Gauche
LOCATION Hotel Lutétia, Paris, France
PHOTOGRAPHY Michel Denancé
YEAR 2010

RDAI has designed the new Parisian Hermés Boutique, housed within the heritage listed Hotel Lutétia Bath House. Intimate zones are created within the expansive, iconic space by three woven timber huts. The organic forms and material of the digitally designed huts contrast and complement the cool, tiled textures of the bath’s interior in a solution that both transforms and reverences the experience of this historic building.

ARTIST Dominic Harris (London, UK)
DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION Cinimod Studio (London, UK)
SOFTWARE PROGRAMMING Cinimod Studio with Henrik Ekeus (London, UK)
LOCAL PRODUCTION TEAM Arquileds and Consetec (Lima, Peru)
YEAR 2010

Dominic Harris and Cinimod Studio have created a large scale public interactive artwork as part of the Christmas celebrations of Endesa Energy company.

Guest “DJs” from the public step up to an elevated podium, from which the movements of their bodies cause changes in the expansive landscape of light and sound.

Each DJ’s movement is captured through an infrared camera mounted above the podium, and translated via four interconnected modules into highly responsive sound effects and coloured lighting across 85 inflatable globes.

The project combines complex technical resources to enable simple and powerful user interaction in the public realm. It provides a playful and memorable engagement with the community.

via designboom and Creative Applications Network


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.