Diana Thater: Chernobyl

Saturday 22 October 2011 to Saturday 04 February 2012

Opening Saturday 22 October 2011 5-7pm
Los Angeles artist Diana Thater is famous for her audacious video installations that deconstruct the language and mechanics of video as a medium while exploring the relationship between human beings and the natural world (particularly animals). The highlight of our show is her new six-channel video installation Chernobyl (2010).

In 1986 the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the northern Ukraine exploded. It allegedly released 100 times more nuclear debris than the Hiroshima bomb and was responsible for the deaths and illnesses of thousands of people. Today, the city of Pripyat, where the
powerplant workers lived, is a ghost town. Although completely deserted by humans, wild animals are settling there. Przewalski’s Horses, facing extinction in their native habitat in central Asia, now roam freely in this post-apocalyptic, post-human landscape.
Thater filmed in Pripyat, within the forbidden ‘alienation zone’, observing animals against the decomposing architecture.

Thater writes: ‘Chernobyl is falling into ruins, but still looks like a city; there are stores, apartment buildings, schools. Even though it’s deserted and falling apart, animals are moving into the city. On the one hand, you have a perfectly preserved Soviet city from
1970; on the other hand, this post-apocalyptic landscape where animals are living. Chernobyl represents the failure of a massive political system, a way of life, and of science. Yet nature continues to persist. Not because it wants or chooses to, but because it must.’ In addition to Chernobyl, we will be showing Thater’s installations Peonies (2011), Untitled Videowall (Butterflies) (2008), and Pink Daisies, Amber Room (2003).

Diana Thater is represented by 1301PE, Los Angeles, and Hauser and Wirth, London.

Bio-Tech Evolution: Engagement with the Non-Human

Call for Submissions for Exhibition closes 4 November 2011 This exhibition will be used to examine interactions between humans, technology, and biology, with the aim of re-invigorating the social, cultural and environmental value of non-human life. Artworks that contain / deal with “wet biology” are encouraged, ethics /quarantine clearance must also be confirmed if this is required.  The exhibition will be held at the Spectrum Project Space, Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. Please email word documents and Jpegs  to Donna Franklin at donna_franki@yahoo.com,  including an Artist Statement, 300 word Biography, contact details and a photograph of proposed work or previous workt for further information.  The Exhibition will run for two weeks in either May or June 2012.

The Ajiro Bamboo Vehicle is home grown in more ways than one.

Monash University industrial design student, Alexander Vittouris is challenging us to look at new ways we can approach product design in the future. His innovative design of the Ajiro bamboo vehicle is case in point. Rather than using energy intensive processes to bend sustainable bamboo into shape post harvest, Alexander’s unique approach involves manipulating the bamboo stalks during the plant’s growth process. Tension is applied to the bamboo stalks as they grow over a reusable skeletal sub structure, that forms the structural basis of the vehicle. The natural energy from the plant does all the rest!

Read On to find out more about Alexander Vittouris” inspiring Ajiro design!

11 eleven global arts project

For 24 hours, on 11/11/11 anyONE who has access to a film, video, digital, phone or web camera will be invited to partake in the biggest creative project of our human history. People from 196 different countries, brought together by over 2000 languages will be asked to capture a day in the life of their world. The footage, audio, visual and photographic material will be collated and used as the ingredients for a variety of 11/11/11 initiatives including a 2 hour cinematic documentary, photographic book, world music collection and an interactive online portal.

As a not for profit project – the money raised will go to charities helping us acheive the Millennium Development Goals set out by the United Nations. ONE person can and does make a difference. Stand up and be a world changer.

Visioning 2032: The Films – victorian eco innovation lab

What could a sustainable neighborhood in Melbourne look like? How could we transform a number of our existing urban communities through design ‘interventions’?

The animated films are a culmination of four years’ worth of work by students and staff from Swinburne University, RMIT University, Monash University and the University of Melbourne, as well as from Melbourne design professionals. Each presents a different area of sustainable design innovation.

view the films here

Junior/Mid-weight Graphic Designer position available

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We are seeking a talented visual thinker and doer to join our team – providing expert, hands-on digital and print design, creative thinking and some project management, all under the direction of our Creative Director. Continue reading “Junior/Mid-weight Graphic Designer position available”