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. https://www.vrystaatkunstefees.co.za/keepsakery/
“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.
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. http://www.visitchatswood.com.au/vivid-2019/future-abstract/
This test composition was developed live to site using room-scale virtual drawing projected into ventilation grates dimensions 33 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.
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.
Rooftop Honey, Bat Count & Save Ascot Vale Public Housing
Jules Le Cruz Listening
The Yarra, Bike Rave & Maribyrong Pilon
Mel and Sue’s Wedding
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: