Installation:

Ring Pops


Sweet installation by Julia Chiang.

GoldFish Orchestra

“Quintetto” is a nice little installation based on the study of the movement of goldfish used as input for the production of sounds. The fish’s movement is motion captured and translated into sound – each fish representing a different musical instrument.

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http://www.quietensemble.com/

The Living Room – Sound Reactive TV

I’ve always been fascinated by the flickering light a TV gives off. I am also concerned with my art being experiential – to create a place for visitors to interact with, hang out and make their own. Thus the idea of The Living Room was born.

A TV remote control could be used to control the “channels” on the TV and hence the lighting of the room. The channels were actually various sound reactive applications running off a laptop. The computer was connected to an Arduino with an infra-red sensor to communicated with the remote control.

Featured was also a knitting channel which showed visitors how to knit, with wool and knitting needles provided.

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The installation was part of the Mind The Box launch event held at the amazing Mind Pirates building in Kreuzberg Berlin.

Look to the Sky

My current work, Look to the Sky, is a contemplation of our thoughts as a broadcast medium across the sky and beyond. , is on display this week at Fabbrica del Vapore as part of Salone del Mobile 2010.

Look to the Sky was made possible through the kind assistance of Mind The Box, a Berlin association that promotes cultural inter-city exchange, and Process 4 Labs.

I have always been fascinated by space as a representation of the future and the hope that it inspires. Look to the Sky is a physical representation of our imagination and of our thoughts as they are broadcast across the sky and beyond.

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Inspired by German abstract sculptor Norbert Krick and his Raumplastik series. 30m x 8m. Plastic wire, fishing line, light.

Pics courtesy of Mind The Box

Berlin Lazer Rainbow

During Transmediale a few weeks ago, Berlin had an awesome lazer rainbow over the city.

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The installation entitled From One To Many, was created by American and Berlin artist Yvette Mattern.

Read more about it here: http://www.transmediale.de/en/from-one-to-many-en

Light, Light, Tokyo Wonder

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A beautiful minimal instillation by Japanese design studio Curiosity. Ping pong balls magically float in the air, suspended by jets of hot air, at variably lighted. Very nice indeed.

Says curiosity: “The installation is designed based on the idea of design freed from information, history and reference, a place of preserved time and apparent emptiness.

Design is about communication, the challenge of ‘Light-Light’ is to create a connection with a minimum of means. this language should transcend age, culture, history and genre using technology but make it disappear, enclosed in a space that would ultimatly vanish.

“Light-Light” gives the freedom to the visitor to be part of the installation as actor, able to interact, play, brake and recreate. it projects your own desire and dream into a vision where everything seems possible. ‘Light-Light’ is a place of discovery each individual create its own history when encounter the installation, from surprise to curiosity, from impact to intimacy. ‘Light-Light’ is a design liberated from shape and materiality only the experience remains.”

Check the video here:

Here’s a good idea of how it works, even if you don’t speak Japanese:

Check out Curiosity’s site for lots of other amazing stuff here.

Tara Donovan

I came across Tara Donovan’s work a few years ago, but forgot how utterly amazing an inspirational it is:

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Tara Donovan, Untitled, 2003
Styrofoam Cups, Hot Glue

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Tara Donovan, Haze, 2003
Stacked Clear Plastic Drinking Straws

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Very nice indeed. More works here: http://www.acegallery.net/artistmenu.php?Artist=8

Anthony McCall Light Sculpture

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Anthony McCall was a pioneer of light projection in the 1970s. With the current upsurge in interest in light art, there’s a renewed interest in his work. I think what I love most about his stuff, is that his a lot of his works are experiential – based on projecting simple vector lines, the emphasis placed not on the final destination but rather the journey the light takes to get there. The kind of feeling/experience you get when playing in a lazer.

The sound is pretty bad on this one, so crank up the volume. Anthony McCall: talking about his beautiful Between You and I installation:

Here McCall talks about his “Line Describing a Cone” piece:

Visit his site here: http://www.anthonymccall.com

Binary Waves

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Binary Waves is a kinetic sculpture that analyses flows of movement in it’s environment – both electromagnetic and physical. The project was developed by Lab[au]

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Binary Waves by LAb[au] from The Nonsense Society on Vimeo.

The project reminded me of another great work by Ryota Kuwakubo called Atmos where a field of lights reacted to air movement – creating a light pattern of wind movement.

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Unfortunately, it’s quite an old project, so not much information floating around the interweb on it. Would love to see him resurrect it.

Universal Peoples Republic Time

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Another great work on show this week in Berlin is Coincidence Engines, a series of work treats the seemingly mundane event of a clock’s tick as a building block for the construction of rich and complex acoustic structures. The work pays homage to the Poème Symphonique of 20th-century Hungarian composer György Ligeti, who used metronomes not for their intended utilitarian purpose of keeping musical time, but as musical instruments in their own right.

Coincidence Engines, which has been nominated for the 2010 Transmediale Prize, is the work of The User – Montréal-based architect and installation artist Thomas McIntosh, and composer and sound artist Emmanuel Madan.

James Turrell exhibits in Germany

My all time favourite favourite artist, James Turrell, is having a huge exhibition in Germany – his largest ever. Wolfsberg is not too far from Berlin – so I’m definitely going to make a plan to get over there. Roadtrip!

There’s not that much quality information about him on the web, so am happy to see this great video about his work:

http://www.kunstmuseum-wolfsburg.de

Jonah Groeneboer string and wire minimalism

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Interview in NY Arts Magazine

Johah Groeneboer at the Bellwether Gallery