In collaboration with Bleached Arts Ltd and Guerrilla Digital I creatively directed and photographed some of key visual identity work for the Bleach* Festival 2018. The monochromatic work for the program was a conceptual collaboration with some of the contributing performing, visual and recording artists; prominent members of the indigenous community; and Festival 2018 - The Commonwealth Games.
The 2 dimensional digital artefacts that were produced in this context, and which have converged across a variety of digital media spaces and types including sound, now form the basis for further exploration into producing 3 dimensional artefacts that can exist in the context of real space.
Aunty Joyce Summers is a highly respected Aboriginal Elder who has tirelessly volunteered her time to educate the Gold Coast community about our culture for the past 43 years. Her passion was recently recognised when she was awarded a Premier's award in recognition of her tireless work.
The following illustrations demonstrate a process for actualising a 3 dimensional sculpture from a digital photograph. The process involves the transformation of pixels into a digital illustration through vectorisation, extrusion, 3D modelling and metcap rendering. The virtual reality scene renders illustrate the spatial and dimensional possibilities for an installation. The interactive 3d models represent two possible approaches to digital fabrication - Prototype 01 represents a process for extrusion of solid material and Prototype 02 represents the aggregation of individual units fabricated using 'flat' source materials and laser cutting processes.
Detail #01 :: Digital Photograph
Detail #04 :: 3D Extrusion
Detail #07 :: Large World Virtual Reality Render
Detail #02 :: Digital Illustration
Detail #05 :: 3D Model
Detail #08 :: Reverse World Virtual Reality Render
Detail #03 :: Vector Graphic
Detail #06 :: Matcap Render
Detail #09 :: Small World Virtual Reality Render
Detail #10 :: Interactive Prototype 01 / hosted by Sketchfab / Large scale extruded sculptural piece / materials, scale and location TBC
Detail #11 :: Interactive Prototype 02 / hosted by Sketchfab / Large scale sculptural piece /aggregate units TBC
Detail #12 :: Example of Makercase units for construction for Prototype 02
Detail #13 :: Example of Makercase Laser Cutter Plans for Prototype 02
Kyle Slabb is often found sifting through the wreckage at the collision point of two cultures. Creativity as well as pragmatism is needed when salvaging the pieces, reframing and building solutions for going forward in modern multicultural communities. With ancestral ties crossing Gudjingburra, Bundjalung and Yugambeh, Kyle credits Indigenous cultural frameworks and intelligences as being at the heart of many successful initiatives and business. As a director of Jaali Inc. Kyle and his team love to have culturally conversant conversations, using language art, music or installation.
The following illustrations demonstrates a design towards a 'next step' in the conceptualisation of a sculptural object. In this case the rendering of different virtual light sources and virtual reflective materials imply metalic materials and the consideration of aluminium extrusion.
A large scale sculptural piece constructed with aggregate units / materials, scale and location under consideration
Brian Ritchie started his musical career in Milwaukee, USA as a busker with folk-punk pioneers Violent Femme which skyrocketed to record deals, press notoriety and international touring, playing more than 2000 concerts, 40 countries, over 30 years.
He is currently Music Curator at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Tasmania and Artistic Director of MONA FOMA. Brian has continued his performing career as a member of modern surf-rock band The Break with three ex-Midnight Oil members and Italian Punk band Zen Circus. He is a master shakuhachi (bamboo flute) player, regularly tours internationally with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and also is currently touring again with The Violent Femmes.
Lawrence English is a composer, artist and curator based in Australia. Working across an array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work explores the politics of perception and prompts questions of field, perception and memory. English utilises a variety of approaches including visceral live performance and installation to create works that ask participants to consider their relationship to place and embodiment.
The full Bleach Festival 2018 Program
This podcast is a wonderful convergence of many of the broadcast media stories invloving the incredible people that I have had the pleasure of working with. It includes unique musical performances and interviews.
Well worth the 52 minutes of listening, at the very least tune in to 49:00 (minutes on the timeline) and listen to so the Spirit of Churaki - a brilliant fusion of Surf rock and traditional indiginous music and storytelling.