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

ARTISTS Lab(au) and David Letellier
PRODUCERS MediaRuimte Gallery (Brussels) and Roger Tator Gallery (Lyon)
DURATION 17th December 2010 – 29th June 2011

David Letellier, a french architect and electronic musician has collaborated with Lab(au) to produce this kinetic sound installation. The suspended topography of 40 irregular triangles are arranged in a ‘pinwheel’ tiling pattern, based on the work of mathematicians Charles Radin and John Conway.  The triangular panels are fitted with motors and audio transmitters, creating a sound scape in constant motion. The work draws on a long history of theory exploring the relationships between geometry, movement and chaos.

Tessel will continue to move around galleries and festivals in France and Germany until the end of June 2011.

Image via | Indesignlive

VIA | Indesignlive & Lab(au)

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)

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