Sunday, September 20, 2009

MOB at Australian Centre for Photography

MOB - single screen view
4 channel video + surround sound
© Cicada 2006

The single-screen version of something I did with Ben Frost + Nick Ritar in 2006 is currently showing at ACP in Sydney. At the time of making we described MOB as:

Moving through and drawing from studies concerned with organic motion... the swarming tendencies of various species (humans included)... viral + emergent behaviors... crowd theory... resonant intelligence within a swarm of many parts...

The work is experienced as an installation with four-channel projection and surround sound. A study of organic motion, swarming behaviors and sound, MOB creates an abstracted environment populated with individual organisms of motion and sound. Within this environment the audience experiences the unfolding of a textural world, which builds up to the point where individuality is neutered and an abstracted crowd organism is formed.
The source audio for this piece was recorded by Ben in a small Icelandic church - a childrens' choir singing "i am lost / you are lost / we are lost".

The source video was created from footage of 500 tiny fish swimming around a custom-made tank while being wrangled by us all with audio and light triggers.

MOB - installation view
4 channel video + surround sound
© Cicada 2006

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Showing Off: Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Showing Off: Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

7 August - 20 September 2009
A new media exhibition curated by Daniel Kojta

Featuring work by: Keith Armstrong, Ella Barclay, Kirsten Bradley, Cash Brown, Ben Denham, Leah Heiss, Soda_Jerk, Janice Kuczkowski, Alexandra Gillespie & Somaya Langley, Sofie Loizou, Jordana Maisie, Peter Newman, David O'Donoghue, Jasper Streit & Rene Christen and Justene Williams.

My contribution to this exhibition is a Cardboard Planetarium. I think this exhibition's going to be interesting - lots of good work, though how it will all fit into BRAG I'm not quite sure...

Opening 6pm Friday 7 August. Come on down.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

misty morning

Taking off down the road in the truck, early one misty morning with Michelle. Escaping new motherhood for an hour to capture the webs that shine in the morning mist of winter.

The silence was deafening - broken only by drips of dew, bird calls and the gurgle of Campbells Creek. Wet grass, dark trunks clad in lichen, no horizon. The sun weakly burning a hole through from the other side.

Camera full, I went home to feed my little one, with the mist still in my hair.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Microclimates Workshop 2008

Urban Art Podders in action
The lovely folks at Carclew Arts in Adelaide asked me to do this workshop as the first happening of their new Urban Art Pod, an initiative that takes a bunch of emerging artists / designers and the like and trains them up in the wonderfully sticky monster that is Public Art.

Urban Art Pod: One end of the washing line...
So in October 2008 I spent one fine day with the newly initiated Urban Art Podders thinking, making and baking ideas around the equally sticky concept of ephemeral street art, which in this instance I took to mean street art that is particularly fragile, possibly organic, somewhat crafty and generally not long for this world...

Urban Art Pod: installing clay eggs + sausages on drain/BBQ
This workshop was based apon a similar one that Nick + I did in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 2007 - called, similarly, Microclimates - which was part of the Taranaki Youth Festival there and tied in with our contribution to The Govett-Brewster's show at the time, New Nature...

Urban Art Pod: Happy Birthday...
In short, the Microclimates 2008 workshop panned out as follows: after a slideshow and a discussion about ephemeral work intended for, and/or placed in a public context, the Urban Art Podders were set loose on a large pile of materials ranging from garlic chive seedlings through to spare doll parts, LED throwies, miniature people and string, and were told to have a think and a play. We situated the resulting pieces in an area of downtown Adelaide known as 'Art Alley' that afternoon... the point of the workshop was to loosen up basic assumptions of how Art and Artists can interface with public space, by trying stuff out and thinking about the results (as slap-dash as they may have been)...

Great results and a great crew of creative types. Wishing all within the Urban Art Pod all the best in their coming 18 months of loosely directed lunacy... and yay for Carclew Arts for founding such a great initiative.

- Links to a range of artists' discussed at workshop
- Photos of Microclimates workshop

- Other workshops

Urban Art Pod: Careful...

Friday, September 5, 2008

Life to chicken, death to vacuum

'The Sky is Falling' - artists impression by Helen McKosker ©2008

The City of Sydney is currently doing its very best to revitalize the city's laneways with artish type things. Derivative of Melbourne's 'Laneways Commissions'? Unashamedly! Good 'ol Sydney - not afraid to say 'hey that works good - we want that too'... path of least resistance and all that - I'm all for it.

So City of Sydney put out this thing called 'By George' which was, cunningly, a plow to get Artist Run Initiatives in Sydney to think up projects for the laneways running off George St. And among the fine folk who got a commission was Reef Knot , a loose conglomeration of folks who used to run the Knot Gallery in Hibernian House and continue to put together quite amazing tho frequently poorly documented projects for galleries, councils, festivals and the like on the eastern seaboard (note my lack of links to examples of their fine work).

So, in short, having been gathered together by Reef Knot, a bunch of us are making things for an unwieldy yet wonderful installation slated to go in Angel Place. Entitled 'The Sky is Falling', it is a sorta magical place where the heavens are descending and all matter of stuff is falling out of the sky... but in a non-theatening, childlike, strictly NON-Armageddon type way... yeah? got it? Its going to be beeeyoutiful. Lots of things + sounds suspended from hot-air balloons with sky painted on them. Opening start of October and up for 4 months or so, I believe.

During a slightly tipsy conversation with Michelle McKosker from the Reef Knot core I was trying to figure out what would fall from the sky, so to speak, if I was thinking like a 5 year old. My choices were 1) space, and 2) chicken little.

Chicken Little, you may recall from the picture book, ran around telling everyone the sky was falling, when infact he had been the victim of a gravity-fed acorn assault, until his mummy explained what was what. Somehow 'don't shoot the messenger' got in there and I ended up proposing a (comical, non-threatening) dead Chicken Little, shot through with an arrow...

The whole representation of the vacuum of space was a bit harder, but eventually I sorted it out. A vacuum... with... stars on it...

'The Messenger' - artists impression by Kirsten Bradley with touch-ups by Helen McKosker ©2008

So The Messenger shouldn't be a problem - I got some advice from my crafty sister-inlaw, and she showed me the way on idiot-proof chicken patterns (I am not much of a sewer - yet). The vacuum situation is more fraught...

'The Vacuum of Spaaaceee' - artists impression by Kirsten Bradley with touch-ups by Helen McKosker ©2008

Over 10 years ago I inherited a (very) elderly vacuum that looked pretty much exactly like Marvin the Martian of Looney Tunes fame... turns out that this groovy model was produced in 1952 by Hoover, under the Constellation label. Due to its superior grooviness, Hoover have just re-issued it, actually, tho not in Australia...

Marvin (since he came into my keeping) has vacuumed his way thru 10 years of sharehouses, warehouses and venues, and still works, mostly. He would be perfect for the starring role as the Vacuum of Spaaaceee (said in a deep, prophetic voice), but this would involve removing his guts, and rendering him ornamental... is it worth it? I am still trying to decide...

Ergas, Ergo: Exhibition photos

Ergas, Ergo: Silvershot
Curated by Glenn Barkley
Recent acquisitions from the Ergas Collection.

Silvershot Gallery
Melbourne Australia July 16 - August 16 2008

Solar Powered Cardboard Planetarium (in this instance, more fluro-powered than solar...)
Created as part of the About, above project, 2008.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Upcoming exhibition in Melbourne

Coming up (actually, it's on NOW) in Melbourne... an exhibition of the Ergas Collection at Silvershot, featuring one of my Cardboard Planetaria! And lots of other damn fine work by young, hot-to-trot and on-the-up Aussie artists...

The opening is sorta a mid-stream affair, being on the 31st July - Silvershot is somewhere in Flinders Lane... *sigh* ... I can smell the tapas from here at Milkwood...

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Video: Solar-Powered Cardboard Planetaria

Solar-Powered Cardboard Planetaria: Video documentation: 3 mins
Filmed in Sydney, Australia: February 2008

A little bit of video documentation from the February 2008 outing in Sydney... thanks to Mr Nick for filming, thanks to Jack for his truck and thanks to the little kid in the green shirt, and his stick.

- Full screen video here
- About, above project overview here

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cardboard Planetarium at Sydney Observatory

Solar-powered cardboard planetarium - Sydney Observatory, July '08
Cardboard, pinholes, sunlight, rivets, string. 230cm x 200cm 230cm. Edition 3/6
© Kirsten Bradley 2008

Roll up, roll up, Sydneysiders! In honor of their 150th Anniversary celebrations, Sydney Observatory has commissioned one of my Solar-Powered Cardboard Planetaria as part of the general festivities on Observatory Hill.

A chance to contemplate the night sky of 1858, from the comfort of a Solar-Powered Cardboard Planetarium... in the auspicious surrounds of the Sydney Observatory gardens, atop Observatory Hill. Bring a picnic. Bring your friends. And bring a kid, if you can find, borrow or hire one...

The Observatory grounds will be open from 10am-4pm each day of the June Long Weekend (7th-9th June 2008) and, in addition to the Solar-Powered Cardboard Planetarium, I believe you will be able to view the Sun through filtered telescopes set up on the grounds, see inside bits of the Observatory that you usually cannot, do other stuff and generally take in the gobsmacking view of Sydney harbor, while contemplating the firmament above from your picnic rug and intermittently toasting the universe.

** correction - due to rain being the enemy of cardboard, the Planetarium will now be on show during the Festival of the Stars in July, and thence after, for as long as it lasts **

- More on Solar-Powered Cardboard Planetaria: participatory sculture of the About, above project:

About, above is a project that considers the plausibility of making natural systems out of cardboard. Drawing on our enduring fascination with the night sky and the space beyond, About, above prods the viewer with gentle questions. The project explores ideas regarding our emotive reactions to natural systems, and investigate our relationship with natural pattern- recognition and our capacity for wonder, in the face of disbelief.
Full project overview

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Roots 02


Pitchers Sage



don't know - two of 'em

Honey Locust