TAG: Sculpture
BioPods_V2 The Nebuchadnezzar Suite

BioPods_V2; The Nebuchadnezzar Suite is the second contribution from the Where Science Meets Art ARC project to the Bundanon Trust SiteWorks programme.  The thematic for Siteworks 2015 is Feral and the three Biomorphic sculptures can be considered as Biology turned feral as Sculpture or naturally Sculpure turned feral as Biology.

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The works on the hill at Riversdale

Each of the works is designed to be inhabited, standing, sitting and laying down and each form is...

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NomansLanding

No Mans Land refers to the impasse, the place no one dares traverse, the gap of fear and uncertainty between two sides of tentative safety –a memory, a metaphor inherited from the impossible stand off of World War 1 trench warfare.

How can this empty space, this vacuum of devastation be poetically reimagined?

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Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich...

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BioPod

The BioPods project was developed for the Bundanon Trust annual Siteworks 2014 festival but is also the debut project of When Art meets Science a three year ARC (Australian Research Council) project conducted between the artist and cultural and environmental researchers at Macquarie University; with The Bundanon Trust and the Australia Council for the Arts as partners.  Read a synopsis of the ARC project below.

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Preparing the new jetty.

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The BioPod ashore waiting to...

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Songs from the UnderWorld_v3

Songs UnderWorld_V3

at the siva)(zona a.k.a. grey) (area
Space for contemporary and media art, Korčula, Croatia.

Songs from the UnderWorld has entered its third reincarnation at the siva)(zona gallery, Korčula, Croatia. The work continues to examine the issue of death from the perspective of the myth of Orpheus and his journey into the Underworld and emphasises the metaphor of the power of Art and Poetry to overcome mortality.

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street flyers in down-town (medieval)...

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Bristle

Bristle is a recent public art project commissioned by Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia which was installed in early 2014.

Bristle is passive kinetic sculpture driven by the elements and is inspired by biological structures, in particular the crystalline forms of microscopic organisms such as Diatoms and Radiolaria.

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Bristle on-site

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Inititial render of Bristle project

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Concept sketch

The work has a radial structure with a symmetry of six and is locked...

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Float like a Butterfly; Sting like a Bee

A spider conducts operations that resemble those of a weaver
and a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction
of her cells. But what distinguishes the worst architect from the
best of the bees is this, that the architect raises his structure in
his imagination before he erects it in reality

Karl Marx Capital.

So can an insect Dance about Dancing? Or Think about Thinking?  Or is the mechanistic metaphor too simple?

So what of language, of negotiation,...

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Supereste ut Pugnatis (Pugnatis) ut Supereste

Supereste ut Pugnatis (Fight to Live) was the motto of the Chemical Defence Establishment* and is the metaphorical banner of a work developed for the SemiPermeable+ exhibition mounted by SymbioticA at the PowerHouse Museum, Sydney as part of ISEA2013. The work examines the intersection between the Visual Arts and Bio-Sciences and focusses upon the development of metaphors that address the membrane in biology, politics and culture.

(*In 1940 biological warfare work began...

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Songs from the UnderWorld_V2

In a Cosmos of noise and static they say it is music that calms the savage beast.  It is music and voice, fused into song that civilises us. 

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Orpheus the mythopoetic father of song sailed with Jason’s crew on the Argonaut and averted tragedy by outplaying the alluring song of the Sirens.

And it was Orpheus who journeyed into the Underworld to reclaim his dead wife Euridice by charming Hades and Persephone with the song of his magical Lyre, asserting the power of...

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WYSSA - All my love darling

WYSSA ~ All my love darling!

WYSSA ~ All my love darling! is a work that combines vocal texts derived from the ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition)
Telecommunications Code Books and combined with Bio_logging data collected from Southern Elephant Seals diving under the Ice shelves and on long Southern Ocean Transits.

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The ANARES WYSSA teletype morse code words formed a compressed lexicon that allowed Antarctic expeditioners to communicate with their...

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BeeWork

Bees, their social organisation and collective industry have long served as a metaphor, however anthropomorphic, for human endeavour and structured labour.

We can be as busy as a bee toiling in a hive of industry, admiring of the Queen bee from our lowly position as a Drone.  Whilst these phrases may conjure up a dystopic vision of Metropolis or Brave New World with their rigid discipline and hierarchy we stereotypically admire (in a misguided and extremely...

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