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Spring and Asura

Wed Sep 17, 2008 00:00 - Mon Sep 08, 2008


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Next up @ Beta\_Space: Spring and Asura
by Chris Bowman and Alastair Weakley
Opening Event:

Artist Talk and Demonstration
Wednesday 17 September 2008 @ 1pm
Powerhouse Museum, Level 1, Cyberworlds Gallery

Chris Bowman and Alastair Weakley will give a brief talk on their
aesthetic and technical insights regarding Spring and Asura.

Followed by light beverage in the Modern Times Café, Powerhouse Museum,
Level 3.
General Information:

Artist: Chris Bowman
Technologists: Alastair Weakley
Exhibition dates: 25 August - 30 September 2008
Open 10am - 5pm daily: Free with entry to the Powerhouse
Background Information:

Spring and Asura is a prototype artwork by Chris Bowman and Alastair
Weakley. This interactive installation explores the relationship between
natural phenomena and text extracts from the poem Spring and Asura
written by Kenji Miyazawa (translated into English by Hiroaki Sato). The
work is further explored through the recitation and chanting of the
Heart Sutra, one of the most important of Buddhist sutras.

“Interconnectivity” is an important metaphor in Kenji’s work. His poetry
explores an indivisible unity between inanimate and animate phenomena
and this installation acts as a metaphor for that interconnection.
Spring and Asura features video recordings of natural phenomena that
respond to where Kenji Miyazawa lived. These act as personal
explorations and reflections on the poem and have influenced the
development of the software system. Using motion capture software Spring
and Asura explores the movement of light and shade within the video
recordings of natural phenomena that in turn effects the movement of the
text. This self-generating interconnected system therefore, creates an
ordering and re-ordering of the poetry text.

Bowman and Weakley’s interactive prototype explores concepts of calmness
and disturbance. Through video and the poetry the visitor is encouraged
to define their own experience of the work. By moving in the space you
activate motion sensors in the floor pads and this in turn visually
disturbs the work, causing the video to abstract and the words to move
quickly and randomly. By standing still the movement on the screen slows
down and you are able to view the next video sequence.

Kenji Miyazawa is a household name that captivates the imagination of
adults and children alike. Kenji’s exploration into the subconscious and
the ‘order of space-time’ as told through a lexicon of poems, novels and
“mental sketches” illustrate his life-long pursuit of understanding and
creative interpretation of the human imagination and the living world.
This rich terrain offers artists and intelligent software developers an
expansive cognitive model on which to build an immersive interactive
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+ - now

Mon Apr 28, 2008 00:00 - Mon Apr 28, 2008

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Next up @ Beta_space:
Cyberworlds Gallery, Level 1 Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

+- now, by Jen Seevinck
CCS Researcher

Exhibition Dates:
16 April - 31 May 2008

Opening Event:
Thursday 1 May

4:30-5pm - Artist's talk and Demonstration
5pm (sharp) - All guests retire to L3 Education area for drinks and nibbles
Please note that if you arrive after 5pm, you must enter by the security gate on MacArthur Street

RSVP essential to Deborah Turnbull on or 0400 920 761


"+-now" is an interactive art system in two parts. The first is the interface comprised of fine white, beach sand, also acting as the projection surface for imagery. Hand gestures in the sand are rendered on the sand's surface. As gestures accumulate over periods of time, producing visual echoes, the image behaves like a liquid, affording an immediate sense of play. The second part os the system consists of a separate projection on a large screen, thus offering the user a more reflective experience. Though the sand remains the input point to the aesthetic outcome, here the visual echoes can lead to new shapes at varying shades of opaqueness.

A related element to the overall experience of /+-now /is to improvise in time, or with the history of one's gestures. The created objects now become perceived objects that exist, though not directly a product of the computer. An everyday comparison might be cloud gazing, and the interpretation of shapes and figures one might attach. As one starts to interpret form and infer meaning, are they not losing themselves in their surroundings? The focus of /+-now /will be the effectiveness of the interactive experience resulting in the sense of immersivity, or "getting lost" in the activity.

Artist's Biography:

Jennifer Seevinck is an electronic artist and researcher. She is currently pursuing an art practice-based PhD in interactive art at the Creativity and Cognition Studios at the University of Technology, Sydney; and in receipt of an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship. Her areas of immediate interest are interactive art, emergence, perception and the Gestalt, tangible computing, virtual reality and medical simulation.


This work has been supported by the Creativity and Cognition Studios; the Facutly of Information-Technology at UTS; an Australian Postgraduate Award; and the I-Park artist in residency programs.

Press Information:

For a copy of the Press Release or electronic flyer, please contact:

Deborah Turnbull, Beta_space Curator.
0400 920 761

For more information on Beta_space, please visit:


Correspondences in Sound and Vision - featuring Ernest Edmonds and Mark Fell - Carriageworks - Sydney - Sunday 30 September - 6:30-8:30pm

Tue Sep 11, 2007 00:00 - Tue Sep 11, 2007

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*Correspondences in Sound and Vision*
An ACID/CCS/Carriageworks performance by Ernest Edmonds and Mark Fell

*General Information*


WITH GUESTS Andrew Brown, Andrew Sorensen, Andrew Johnston, and Benjamin Marks

WHEN Sunday 30 September, 2007 - 6:30-8.30pm

WHERE Bay 20 - Carriageworks - 245 Wilson Street - Eveleigh -Sydney

HOW Tickets available through Carriageworks and Moshtix from Thursday 13 September, 2007

COST Adults: $25 Students: $20



by Ernest Edmonds and Mark Fell

DC_Release is a generative audio-visual performance work by Ernest Edmonds, based in Sydney, Australia, and Mark Fell, based in Sheffield, UK, to be presented for the first time in Australia at Bay 20 of the Carriageworks site. The first performance was in the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, April 2007.

With Guests

Andrew Brown and Andrew Sorensen

aa-cell are an Australian-based live coding duo - Andrew Brown and Andrew Sorensen - who have been invited to perform around Australia and in Europe and the USA. Their work involves semi-improvised musical performances where they build the software for a piece during performance from a blank slate using the Impromptu environment. The music created by aa-cell includes elements of electroacoustic sound art, minimalism and electronic dance music. In these performances Sorensen and Brown explore emergent combinations of various fundamental computational processes they have found to be effective across a range of styles. These include probability, period functions, set theory and a healthy dose of recursion. In the tradition of improvisation, their works emerge anew at each performance as aa-cell interact with each other, the audience, and the performance context.

Partial Reflections
by Andrew Johnston and Benjamin Marks

Partial Reflections is an interactive performance in which live audio affects animated virtual sculptures. The work exists as a composed work for solo trombone, but also as an art installation for public participation. The performance presents a unique audio-visual composition in which sounds and visuals merge to create a duet between the senses. The installation provides a playful and creative environment in which audiences can experience the sound of their voice transformed into evocative patterns of movement and sound (see Spheres of Influence on the Beta_space website). With practice, they may even be able to play the virtual sculpture as if it were a musical instrument - an extension of the voice.


Ernest Edmonds Exhibition - Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney - Opening: Saturday 15 September - 3-5pm

Tue Sep 11, 2007 00:00 - Tue Sep 11, 2007

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Digital painting - New media installations

OPENING Saturday 15 September 2007 3 - 5 pm - all welcome!
EXHIBITION DATES 15 September - 31 October 2007

The Australasian CRC for Interaction Design, The Creativity and Cognition Studios, and Carriageworks present:

Correspondences in Sound and Vision
A live performance by Ernest Edmonds and Mark Fell

WITH GUESTS Andrew Brown, Andrew Sorensen, Andrew Johnston, and Benjamin Marks
WHEN Sunday, 30 September 6 - 8.30 pm
WHERE Bay 20, Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
HOW Tickets available through Carriageworks and Moshtix from Thursday 13 September, 2007
COST Adults: $25 Students: $20

Performance Descriptions :

Also showing at Conny Dietzschold Gallery

Paintings on paper and canvas


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Beta_Space - PHM, Sydney - |GEO| Landscapes 0.1 - 27 April - 30 May 2007

Fri Apr 27, 2007 00:00 - Thu May 03, 2007

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Now on at Beta\_Space: |GEO| Landscapes 0.1

Artist: Chris Bowman
Technologists: Shigeki Amitani and Alastair Weakley
Exhibition dates: 27 April - 30 May 2007
Open 10am - 5pm daily
Free with entry to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

|GEO| /Landscape.01/ is an interactive artwork-in-progress that will transport you to Sydney’s newest architectural attraction. The Brickpit Ring Walk - an elevated circular walkway at Sydney Olympic Park - is a viewing platform set inside the old brickpit at Homebush Bay. Visitors to the ‘Ring’ have recorded their impressions of this historical, ecological and architecturally significant site. Through the mediums of text, sound, photography, video and GPS (Global Positioning System) co-ordinates, |GEO|Landscape.01 explores time and space as trace experiences combined to create a layered virtual environment. This early prototype explores how video sequences, selected narratives and site-specific information can be captured across two or more locations, then reconstructed by groups or individuals to create personal or collective narratives.

Utilizing two interfaces designed as virtual programs, |GEO| seeks to enable visitors to control their own virtual journey around the Brickpit Ring Walk. Central to the visitor’s experience is the ability to navigate the Ring, exploring the dialogue between representation and abstraction. *

Beta\_Space: Art - technology - experiment - discovery

Beta\_space is Sydney’s only dedicated venue for interactive art, a unique venue where artists can show the public “first drafts” of interactive artworks.

Beta\_space is an experimental environment where the public can engage with the latest research in art and new technology A “beta version” is a new piece of software or hardware that needs testing and feedback from its users to help its creators make it better. Beta\_space is a public laboratory for beta testing interactive artworks.

It is a collaboration between The Powerhouse Museum and Creativity and Cognition Studios (CCS) at the University of Technology, Sydney, a cutting edge research group which is home to many artists creating exciting interactive artwork. CCS thanks the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID) for their support.

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