TOM FRUIN | KOLONIHAVEHUS

7 February, 2011

ARTIST Tom Fruin
ARTWORK Kolonihavehus
LIGHTING DESIGN Nuno Neto (Portugal)
SOUND DESIGN Astrid Lomholt (Denmark)
LOCATION Copenhagen, Denmark
DURATION October 15th – November 13th 2010

New York artist Tom Fruin recently presented his latest sculptural work Kolonihavehus, in the plaza of the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen.  The sculpture was constructed from one thousand pieces of recycled plexi glass, sourced from places such as a local closed down plexi glass distributor, a framing shop and the dumpster outside the Danish Architecture Centre.

The artwork was accompanied by daily performances by ensemble CoreAct, and sound and lighting designs that respond to the movements of passers-by.

Kolonihaveuses were originally small garden sheds located in plots on the outskirts of cities, used as an escape and refuge for apartment dwellers.  Fruin’s sculpture presents a lively take on the original use of Kolonihaveuses. Its brightly coloured panels are reminiscent of a church’s stained glass window panels, and propose a contemporary refuge for Copenhagen’s residents and visitors. By night the Kolonihavehus was internally lit and becomes a beacon of colour on the banks of the canal.

Image via | The Cool Hunter

Image via | Tom Fruin

VIA | The Cool Hunter and Tom Fruin

neons | Geneva

21 January, 2011


Christian Jankowski / ‘What I still have to take care of’ / 2008 / Photo by Serge Fruehauf

PROJECT The Neons Project
LOCATION Plaine de Plainpalais, Geneva, Switzerland
ORGANISERS Contemporary Art Funds and the City of Geneva
YEAR Since 2007

The centrally located Plaine de Plainpalais is a popular marketplace and public square in Geneva. Its diamond shape points towards the nearby lake waterfront, known for the spectacular reflections the surrounding lights make in the lake’s surface.

The Neons Project, funded by the City of Geneva and various Contemporary Public Art Funds, has commissioned two neon artworks on the rooftops of Plaine de Plainpalais each year for the last three years. Artists are selected from an annual competition, which has extended its bounds each year, and this year is open to international submissions.

While the artworks vary greatly in concept, form and treatment of the medium, each is a site-specific exploration of contemporary issues. They echo the aesthetic of the lakeside’s corporate neon signage in a language of culture and art.

For more details on submission to this year’s competition, visit: The Neons Project


Nic Hess / ‘Fly a dragon kite’ / 2009 / Photos by Serge Fruehauf (L) & Nic Hess (R)


Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster / ‘EXPODROME’ / 2008 / Photos by  Serge Fruehauf


Sislej Xhafa / ‘Axis of silence’ / 2009 / Photo by  Serge Fruehauf

Nic Hess / ‘Fly a dragon kite’ / 2009 / Photo by Serge Fruehauf


Atsara / [M]ondes / image by David Houncheringer

PROJECT Festival of Trees and Lights (Festival Arbres et Lumières)
LOCATION Geneva, Switzerland
ARTISTS Thierry Metral, Allegory, Geraud Periole, Jérôme Hutin, Alexandre Hurzeler, Tilt, Katharina Hohmann, Anaïde Davoudlarian & Grégory Burnisholz, Ron Haselden, Atsara, Simona Braga, Sara De Gouy, Bufalino Benedetto & Benoît Deseille
DURATION 26 November 2010 – 2 January 2011

Taking advantage of the longer hours of darkness over the Christmas period, Geneva’s Festival of Trees and Lights invites diverse European artists to contribute temporary installations for the city’s streetscapes. The artworks this year varied from the eerie, suspended [M]ondes by Atsara, to the playful Pacman figures by Bufalino Benedetto & Benoît Deseille, installed on a string of existing lights.


Pac’ / Bufalino Benedetto & Benoît Deseille


Thierry Metral / Réminiscence / image by David Houncheringer


Jérôme Hutin / Les Vénérables  / image by David Houncheringer

via Lost at E-Minor

PROJECT DJ Light
LOCATION Lima, Peru
ARTIST Dominic Harris (London, UK)
DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION Cinimod Studio (London, UK)
SOFTWARE PROGRAMMING Cinimod Studio with Henrik Ekeus (London, UK)
LOCAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT Claudia Paz for CAM (Lima, Peru)
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

DIGITAL NIGHTS | SINGAPORE

16 December, 2010

PROJECT Digital Nights
ARTISTS Miguel Chevalier, Bertrand Planes, LAb[au], Visual System, Tom Carr, MU, Charles Lim and Zulkifle Mahmod
LOCATION
Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Orchard Road, Singapore
DURATION
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

The Tree | FARM

1 December, 2010

PROJECT The Tree
DESIGN FARM
LOCATION National Museum of Singapore
DATE 2010

The National Museum of Singapore has added an amazing 3-dimensional sculpture to their gardens.  The piece, by design studio FARM, is aimed to create a tranquil and relaxing setting for visitors.  The shape represents the wide branches of a Banyan Tree, common to the area.  The frame is filled with LEDs to evoke the experience of gazing at the stars at night.

via The Coolist | The Tree by FARM: National Museum of Singapore

and Contemporist | The Tree by FARM