Armstrong, Keith M., English, Lawrence, & Lickfold, Luke (2016) Seasonal. [Digital/Creative Work]

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This interactive installation comprises a darkened circular room with a large circular dish/screen upon the floor, with multi-layer imagery of ultra-close up images of organic materials gliding across it, disappearing into the darkness. On the far wall another smaller oval dish has a series of diffused moving lights playing across it, accompanied by the sound of gently whirring motors. Each of these 3D-printed robotic light assemblies has organic materials mounted within its barrel, and through which light must pass, before it plays on the dish, causing complex, diffused revolving patterns. The sound track that travels around the perimeter of the room presents a mixture of found and processed nocturnal sounds of the South-Central Queensland/Australian bush at night, recorded during a time of seasonal change. Audience movements (disturbances) within the space are sensed and cause subtle changes in the video mixing, and in the sound mix’s layering and panning, and in the pace of the robotic motors, all of which are computer controlled.

Seasonal was part of a long term research project with outcomes produced both in Australia and internationally, which aimed to create media works that could draw attention to that which we will lose when biodiverse worlds disappear – what biologist Robert M. Pyle called the ‘extinction of human experience’. The works were also informed by the deep scientific and practical understandings of landscape-wide seasonal change by collaborator Dr. Peggy Eby, our collaborating Behavioural Ecologist who has longstanding expertise in the nectar and pollen of flowering native eucalypts favoured by Australian flying foxes.

By tapping into the deeply interlocking seasonal cycles of environments that are themselves intimately linked with social, geographical & political concerns, participating audiences become challenged to see the night, their locality & ecologies in new ways, extending their personal limits of perception, imagery & comprehension.

Seasonal seeks to embody both the risks of seasonal disturbance and the need to empower local ‘change agents’ to develop sustainable lifestyles that work with and for the future. Seasonal is therefore both an experiential artwork designed for galleries and festivals and a framing device for ‘Re-Futuring practices.

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ID Code: 98443
Item Type: Creative Work (Digital/Creative Work)
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
Consulting Ecologist
  • Peggy Eby, UNSW
Funders: Australia Council For the Arts, National Science Week, UTS ART Gallery
Material: Metal, mechanics, motors, lights, 3D printed forms, organic materials, video, four0channel sound, sensors, interactivity
Measurements or Duration: 4 x 4 x 3m
Number of Pieces: 2
Published Source: Exhibition, Over Many Horizons
Publisher: UTS ART Gallery, Sydney
Location: From date: To date:
UTS Art Gallery, Sydney 2016-08-02 2016-09-23
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Keywords: Art and Ecology, Ecosophy, Interactive art, Re-futuring, Media art
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS (050100) > Ecological Applications not elsewhere classified (050199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Electronic Media Art (190203)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Performance and Installation Art (190504)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
  • NATIONAL SCIENCE WK./2016000187
Copyright Owner: The Author(s)
Copyright Statement: Creative Commons Licenses 2.5
Deposited On: 29 Aug 2016 01:04
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2016 23:25

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