Monday, 7 October 2013

Finding Myself

And no it's not about a puberty, coming into adulthood story. I am heading overseas for 3-ish months visiting, Turkey, Greece, Israel, Palestine, Morocco, Italy and the United Arab Emirates. Scenes of Sydney and I will return in January. Scratch that, May after my trip has been extended.

Follow my twitter @mrtdion which is and will be very active or visit the widget in the sidebar for updates on my reflections and movements.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Wanderlust by Bless'ed are the Meek

The fashion community of late has been very enamored with fashion films, being able to translate the concept of the collection, show movement in the garments rather than static editorial shots and it creates some good publicity and buzz for the brand. Most of the films being seen and produced have been for the main fashion houses particularly Prada who seems to bang out one each couple of months, but local Aussie brand Bless'ed are the Meek just launched their film for their Wanderlust campaign last Thursday after showing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia for the last 2 years.

They teamed up with Tourism Northern Territory to use places and scenes to convey the theme of wanderlust by exploring untouched places that you're in awe of, that you feel that you are the first person to discover it. It looks like a win-win between Bless'ed are the Meek and Tourism NT; BATM get to film in a moving landscape and Tourism NT get to show off and advertise their product, themselves.

The film itself changes between short, fast moments and those that are slow and long to play on the idea of being in awe of a place, that your heart races and see everything in slow motion. See for yourself below:

Film provided by Mother & Father PR

Friday, 2 August 2013

Stickers: A City Wide Prank

A cement remote in Redfern
A cement remote in Redfern

Here in Redfern I found a second TV remote made of cement, fixed to the ground and wedged in the pavement between two different structures so that it won't be seen unless you come by it by happenstance. I suppose you could call it graffiti in 3D, guerilla art or a prank to see how many naive folk would try and fail at picking it up. It is akin to an old gag where a wad of money is bound to string that's dangled in front of a poor old sod to see if they will go after it when you continually pull it away! 

After seeing this I always had it in the back of my mind, thinking where I saw this first; the pylons suspending the tracks of the recently closed Sydney Monorail. I decided to make my way over to capture and see it one last time before they are gone along with this unloved mode of transport. 

Moving from pylon to pylon I saw that each 'sticker' was a memory of our typical life; remotes, mobiles, crushed soft drink cans and even a model of cracked baby doll. Each one was so old, rugged, scratched or had small [hopefully was a cold day] penises engraved into them that it made each look like an artifact of daily life.

With the monorail closed to make way for a new exhibition and convention centre it means that the pylons will be trashed along with these beautiful moments of everyday life. Hopefully others who appreciate these pieces like me will be able to successfully scratch them off and give them a second life. 

Gloves stuck as guerilla art

Crushed soft drink can stuck as guerilla art

Crushed soft drink can stuck as guerilla art

Baby doll as guerilla art

Mobile phone as guerilla art

Remote control as guerilla art

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Ryoji Ikeda's Datamatics 2.0

Location: 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia

Some time ago the International Symposium of Electronic Arts teamed up with Vivid Sydney to produce a one night only event that is particularly unique to the Vivid calendar of events being a more abstract and conceptual representation of matter, time and space through the correlation of sound and visuals in this dynamic audiovisual work.

To begin with I didn't know too much about Ryoji Ikeda's work, choosing to check it out was very much a stab in the dark because the advertisements I saw promoting the installation looked intriguing and engaging only to find that it was so much more. Perhaps from knowing little I may have enjoyed it more from having no preconceptions about it and only an open mind when it was obvious that other patrons were more informed about his work hearing people cooing during the piece (at awkward moments during; rather than between sections of the work) or meeting a a girl from Melbourne who curates a small gallery that traveled to Sydney only for this one event, only to find she did not book her ticket to the show properly and may have missed out. Funny enough the tickets were printed on typical sheets of white printer paper so I told her to find a random sheet, cut it down to size and Macgyver it and hopefully they won't notice it's not a legitimate pass!

Ryoji Ikeda's Datamatics 2.0 was one engaging audiovisual work on a large scale where it dominates the room and the audio and visual qualities are just as important as each other rather than reactions to each other so much so that the 2D images really infer a 3-dimensional quality throughout the piece and the sound booms through you where you can feel the pulses and texture of the sound wave. What is totally mind-numbing is that the whole piece was conceived through pure data and coding to present a minimalist representation of computer generated imagery that runs in the background of your computer and motherboard.

Despite that it explores matter, time and space I feel it is more a study of society in a technologically advanced world being that every interaction with technology produces a script of data that we are often unaware of. Being that tech is involved so deeply in our lives it produces huge amounts of metadata which can describe our behaviour and identities.

A short video to illustrate the performance:

Even though there was only one concert of datamatics 2.0, for a month give or take Carriageworks also hosted Ikeda's Test Pattern [no 5] installation which was a huge 30m space of random, computer generated images created by data and coding again which you could walk and interact with. It was a really unique experience that you could move and sit with and feel it with lights flashing under your cornea and the sound almost tapping your ear drum. 

All images my own, video taken from Carriagework's Youtube channel.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Watch The NY Tropfest Winner 'The Unlikely Maestro'

Tropfest the popular Aussie festival of short films has grown year after year with larger audiences than the last, often televised on Telly and has been able to expand the event in other regions like Israel, USA, Malaysia, India, Paris, China and even Abu Dhabi to represent the Middle East.

The New York contingent recently passed with a pair of Aussies Nick Baker and Tristan Klein taking out the top spot with The Unlikely Maestro which you can watch below.


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Surry Hills: Urban

Location: 342 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Hibernian House in Surry Hills

The building on the right Hibernian House is a beautiful, old art deco building that houses a lot of artists, creatives in Surry Hills which I would really like to photograph properly and give it justice, but for now I find what links the two buildings really fascinating. The beams seem to be an makeshift tool to hold off any structural damage, poor urban planning or a creative attempt to cannibalise what looks to be an alleyway to add an extra few metres of floor space. Either way it illustrates a really urban perspective of high density areas. In a funny way the beams add more light to what would be a dark cavern being able to direct your eye to other parts of the structure, though I'm sure the residents inside would think differently! 

Monday, 3 June 2013

Walsh Bay: Iron Man

Pipes Re-purposed as a Robot in Walsh Bay

Whether intentionally or by happenstance these pipes really mimic the cold tin of a robot characterised by old cinema even without the white face that's been painted on. Who know perhaps they could be functioning pipes or art that is trying to blend in with its environment by using typical materials. 

Assuming they are working pipes it's really cool someone has re-purposed an object already there into something else whilst maintaining its original function. Whilst using a public tool, that has been paid for by tax payers and on public land it feels like a low level of guerilla art almost.

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