An End of Year Festival showcasing the interaction design of a variety of students from the Sydney Design Lab, University of Sydney and in collaboration with the Rocks Pop-Up.
New Media Curation and the staff at the Design Lab Sydney have answered the call for content at the Rocks PopUp spaces for their annual End of Year Exhibition. This call stands for a need to re-enliven, rework and rejuvenate historical spaces with contemporary artwork. At this time, The Rocks sits adjacent to one of the most famous harbours in the world and is managed by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. It is a lively commercial, tourist, and artistic destination for visitors to and residents of Australia. It has been able to maintain this reputation based on an ever-evolving sense of community, of multiple identities clustered around change, growth and renewal.
Now that we have carved out a space for ourselves in the Sydney-scape, we will utilise contrast to contextualise the concept of community, and articulate that idea through the metaphor of distributed nodes and networks. Our tools utilise these frameworks, our physical site mirrors this idea in that it offers one central space with the opportunity to infiltrate or infringe on other spaces. We will exhibit some of the designs of the studio masters in the central space, with the works of the students distributed throughout The Rocks PopUp sites. This layered metaphor mirrors the history of The Rocks itself and will be communicated through a series of interactive works for the public to engage with and enjoy.
Photography courtesy of | Faculty of Design, Architecture and Planning | University of Sydney
A 2-day workshop on Public Art, Evaluation and HCI with a focus on interactivity as an artistic attribute.
Interactive designs by postgraduate students in the Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts led by studio master Dr. Lian Loke will explore the theme of excavating the future in an interactive installation. The Old Darlington School managed by the Sydney Conservatorium, will offer the backdrop for the interactive pieces, with the mirrored history of play, of industriousness, and of creativity.
Ghost[s] and the[ir] machines evokes the experience of Cockatoo Island in Sydney’s Harbour through design elements such as time, place and occupied space in comparison to former and current inhabitants. Interactive instruments will produce a means for participants to sift through the past to pave a way forward, and excavate towards the future as a way of making sense of the past. Their works make strange the perception and remembrance of space by equipping participants with technology for bodily interaction with the space. The design elements from Cockatoo Island are pulled through and remixed in the Old Darlington School to form contact surfaces between Cockatoo Island’s history, the Old Darlington School, and the participants.
The result of a body probe method, in discovering the elements of the space, involved trace-making and strange or dislocated play in these dark, decorative, industrial, and apparently haunted spaces. Curator Deborah Turnbull aimed for the design theme to re-create a similar environment as a backdrop for the students’ interactive designs, with the theme of ghostly traces and how they affect interactivity tangentially as a medium and in terms of the tools they are creating experience with.
Photography by | Baki Kocaballi
The theme of this exhibition is interconnectivity, and the programming, coding, model-making and aesthetics that comprises contemporary interaction design. The notion of 'daisy-chains' will be at the forefront on this interconnectivity, both in the form of a large mechanical device made up of independent machines; but also as an installation technique, in terms connecting the machines representative of a research facility's theoretical output and the lecturer's who inspire and guide it (with an emphasis on the links between the students and their mentors). To support this metaphor, along with the larger device, there will be projected films, touch tables, the SmartSlab interactive works from URAP; along with historical and iterative artefacts from previous prototypes.
Photographs by | Lightpop Photography
Stop Motion Animation by | Scixors
A publication edited by Linda Candy and Ernest Edmonds – Libri Publishing, UK
This book is about interacting in its many forms, including interaction between artworks and audiences, between creative practitioners from different disciplines and between those practitioners and the norms of research in contemporary society. Interacting: Art, Research and the Creative Practitioner uses the experience of leading creative practitioners to provide a unique perspective on these interacting elements.
As workers within the field of human-computer interaction, the editors’ interest in creativity in art, design and technology has led them to develop methodologies for research capable of producing evidence simultaneously with the creation of new artefacts. They and the other contributors, all of whom have been associated with the Creativity and Cognition Studios at the University of Technology, Sydney, demonstrate both that there is much to recommend in the bringing of research into creative practice and also that research itself can be transformed by way of creative practice.
With the launch night featuring performances by David Burraston, Andrew Johnston and Ernest Edmonds, and an artwork by Damian Hills, the Queen Street Studios will be an amazing and raw space with which to emphasize the experimental nature of the work and to introduce the book to Australian audiences. Attendees will be able to purchase copies of the publication on the night via Gleebooks vendors.
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