The call is now open for proposals for three iconic public artworks as part of Echology: Making Sense of Data, an initiative of Carbon Arts and ANAT (the Australian Network for Art and Technology) in partnership with major developer, Lend Lease. Concepts are invited from artists or artist-led teams for non-screen based works that employ real-time data as a material to engage communities on environmental and behavioural issues in evocative, unexpected and playful ways.
Winning artists or teams will be invited to participate in an Australia Council for the Arts supported Arts Lab in Sydney from 29 October - 2 November, facilitated by world-leading artists expert in sustainability, data management, software and hardware engineering, for an intense prototype development of their proposed concepts. Final works will be delivered from mid-2013 at Lend Lease sites in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with budgets from $300k.
To download all of the relevant project and site-specific information, including recordings of the seminar tour of international artists invited out by the initiative in March this year, please visit: www.anat.org.au/echology.
27 July 2012
If a river was an orchestra what would it sound like?
Flow, by Owl Project and Ed Carter, is a remarkable new public artwork in Newcastle, England that explores the relationship between art, environment, design and industry. Commissioned for the London 2012 Olympic games as part of its cultural program, Flow is at once tide mill, river monitor and electro-acoustic performance. Inside the mill are housed three pieces of musical machinery: the Salinity Sequencer, the Bubble Synth and a Laser Turbidatron, all of which create unique real-time soundscapes in response to hourly river water samples and audience interaction.
Carbon Arts appeared on Radio National's Future Tense program in May talking about creative uses of data. Two of our projects were featured, Echology: Making Sense of Data (see above) and dotBlush, a public artwork that responds to the energy performance of a building. The facade literally blushes with pleasure when the building is generating more energy than it's using. dotBlush, the concept of artist Pierre Proske, is currently receiving R&D support through the Australia Council for the Arts.