The Keepsakery @ Vrystaat Arts Festival

Warren Armstrong and I were fortunate to be invited to share “The Keepsakery” at the Vrystaat Arts Festival, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The virtual cabinet of curiosity was installed at the Vrynge Farm from 1-7 July 2019 and introduced by Festival Director, Ricardo Peach at the Vernissage opening event to a 200 strong crowd. The festival was an opportunity to introduce our VR project to an international audience and raise interest from potential contributors to develop a virtual work comprised of Bloemfontein stories and keepsakes for a Vrystaat Residency in 2020.

“The Keepsakery” received 500 visitors throughout the week and kickstarted some promising conversations with potential collaborators, artists and stakeholders. The festival framework allowed us to continue developing the reach of VR audience interactions within the virtual environment, installing a 3D scanned bird into the virtual drawn architecture that responded by transporting audiences into a 360 video of Naval Hill bushland, Bloemfontein when touched.

Many thanks to everyone who dropped by to share in the VR space with us, it was wonderful to meet you all. Special mentions to: Richardo, Cornel, and Michael for the opportunity to contribute to the Vrynge and for the VIP treatment. And to Lynthia for the translations and introductions. Hats off to our program facilitators, Bonolo, Tshidi, and driver David, for your continued energy, generosity and support during the week. And finally thanks to the festival contributors and program team – like your work! Warren and I look forward to staying in touch.

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Drawn to Sound

This immersive virtual drawing with a ribbon of touch responsive sound marks, installed for Future Abstract, and Vivid Ideas, Chatswood Arts Precinct, Sydney from 24 May to 15 June 2019. Many thanks to Cassandra Hard Laurie and Willoughby City Council for supporting the development of this work which received 1600 visitors over the festival program.

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Grate2_Projection Art Masterclass 2019

Test virtual drawing, projected onto architecture at Melbourne Polytechnic, Fairfield. Part of Centre for Projection Art Masterclass, 21-24 February 2019 supported by a Yarra Council Arts Grant.

On site testing of projection maps Feb 24 2019
Grate_Keepsakery Virtual Projection Mapping 24 Feb 2019
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Grate_Projection Art Masterclass 2019

This test composition was developed live to site using room-scale virtual drawing projected into ventilation grates dimensions 33 (w) x 20 (h) x 18 (d) cm, site dimensions 85 (a) x 80 (b) 121 (c) Hypotenuese

Part of Projection Art Masterclass at Melbourne Polytechnic Fairfield, supported by a Yarra Council Arts Grant. Thanks again to Yandell Walton, Bianca Bowman from Centre for Projection Art for this amazing course.

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Melbourne Listening, at fortyfive downstairs Aug 23 – Sept 9 2018

Download and listen to the phone app here:

Melbourne Listening was supported by a City of Melbourne Arts Grant.

Many thanks to all our audio contributors and supporters who made the work possible.

Images: Elke Meitzel Photography.

This work was developed in a Creative Spaces managed studio. Creative Spaces is a program of Arts Melbourne at the City of Melbourne.

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The Keepsakery – virtual storytelling at Testing Grounds 2018

User Experience of Keepsakery – a walk through virtual drawing with 3D scans of treasured objects, and their stories, shared by members of public over a development residency at Testing Grounds, Southbank Melbourne. Presented at Experimenta Social 3 August and part of Melbourne Art Week 2018.

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Melbourne Listening at fortyfivedownstairs 28 Aug – 8 Sept 2018

Melbourne Listening, with Warren Armstrong  is an interactive installation and phone app made from conductive drawings, textiles and cast found objects that reveals 24 sounds of Melbourne when touched. The work is installed at fortyfivedownstairs gallery, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne from 28 August until 8th September 2018.

For those of you who can’t make it to the exhibition, please download the free Melbourne Listening app using the link below:

Melbourne Listening App

Supported by a City of Melbourne Arts Grant 2018.

Thank you to all the audio contributors for your generosity and support.

Special thanks to City of Melbourne and fortyfivedownstairs for backing the project. It is an honour working with you.

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