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Room – Submergence as interior design

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Phaidon’s just published book ‘ROOM – Inside Contemporary Interiors’ is a massive and fascinating compendium covering a very broad range of interior spaces. It features 100 interiors selected by 10 ‘widely respected interior design critics, practitioners and curators’. Projects were selected for ‘pushing the boundaries of design and constantly revising our understanding of interior space’.

Miles Kemp, author of Interactive Architecture and founder of interactive design agency Variate and product design company Digital Physical, selected Submergence as one of his ten interior spaces.

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Photography playground, Cologne

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Submergence installed at Cologne’s photography playground. Good to see it up and running again. The event is at Jack-in-the-Box, Vogelsanger Str. 231, 50825 Cologne. It runs from 11th September till 5th October, open noon to 8pm and it’s FREE. More information here.

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Submergence at Kunstfrühling, Bremen

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Submergence is on show at Kunstfrühling, Bremen, Germany, May 15-25 2014

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More images HERE
 
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New Submergence exhibition (Holland)

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We are delighted to be returning to the Netherlands. This time CULTUURWERF, in Vlissingen, will be hosting Submergence from 18th January until 2nd March 2014. The gallery is open from 13.00 – 17.00 Thursdays to Sundays. Directions HERE. The opening is on Saturday 18th January at 16:00 – do come!

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Preview of work-in-progress sketches (updated video)

To say thank you to everyone in Bristol for making our UK premiere of Submergence (see here and here) such an enjoyable and successful event, we will be showing a sneak preview, a few sketches from our latest work-in-progress, on Monday 16th December and Tuesday 17th December, from 4pm to 10pm at The Eye, in Bristol. The sketches work on some of our favourite themes – digital materiality, decay, granularity and virtual movement in physical space. Do please come!

Using the same 3D LED array system as our latest piece Submergence, we have created a few sketches that use an alternative approach to building digital form that occupies physical space.

Imagine if each physical light had a virtual twin, able to move freely in space. These 8,064 virtual points of light can be choreographed to collectively suggest form and movement, resulting in a different aesthetic to our previous work – more fragmented, unpredictable, organic. You see the virtual lights through the filter of their physical equivalents.

This is a work-in-progress, a direction of travel – but definitely not a final, coherent piece.

This preview, and the exhibition of Submergence that preceded it, were made possible thanks to the tireless efforts of Watershed, the Pervasive Media Studio and the PG Group.

More info here.

Bronze at Best Awards NZ!

Our Volume 4,096 project, a permanent install at Royal Society New Zealand, has been awarded BRONZE in the category of spatial design at New Zealand’s BEST AWARDS 2013.

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UK premiere of Submergence in Bristol

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We are delighted to be showing Submergence again soon, and on home territory.

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The piece is FREE to visit, and open from Friday 13th September until Saturday 12th October It is a two minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads Station, just across the pedestrian bridge from the excellent Creative Common. BS2 0DW will apparently GPS you there. Opening times are 12.00-14.00 and 17.00-21.00 Monday – Friday, and all day at weekends (12.00-21.00).

This, from the press release:

Visitors will experience a virtual world, where pixels on a screen are replaced by thousands of points of light floating in space. Created by award-winning digital artists Squidsoup, Submergence has never been seen before in the UK. With two successful international showings at the Geneva Mapping Festival and in Oslo, the remarkable creation is finally ready to land back in Bristol, for its UK premiere.

This breath-taking installation is designed to be experienced from inside a large black cube (8 metres x 4 metres). Once inside you can walk freely around, creating a three-dimensional immersive experience: you are completely surrounded by light, sound and movement. The installation takes around 20 minutes to unfold, as the lights gradually increase in intensity.

You can find Submergence in The Eye, beautifully placed overlooking the water on Glass Wharf, just over the bridge from the lively Creative Common and Temple Meads Station.

Submergence is part of a series of Bristol Temple Quarter commissions, coordinated by Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre and MAYK, with support from Bristol City Council and Arts Council England. They will pop up, excite and re-invent perceptions and potentials.

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A whole bunch of pictures HERE on the setup and background workings of the project. We’ve also been posting a few bits and bibs on Instagram.

 

Mapping Festival – Submergence in Geneva

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The Re-emergence of Submergence….

Fun was had installing the not inconsiderable infrastructure for Submergence at Mapping Festival in Geneva - it involved lifting 800kg of false ceiling and electronics 3m into the air. Scroll down for the stop-motion video. The launch was great fun and busy – pics below, video coming soon.

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We had great support from the festival, and also spent time with the other installation artists – Sougwen Chung, Nonotak, Sembilan Matahari and Weng Nam Yap. Mapping Festival runs until 12 May – definitely worth a visit.

More images HERE

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Submergence articles and videos (updated 11 April 2013)

Video showing the four sections of Submergence, as seen in Oslo recently: “Lanterns”, “Divided Space”, “Swarm” and “Ecstatic”. The piece unfolds over around 20 minutes, gradually increasing in intensity to the climactic ‘Ecstatic’. Three of the four sections are interactive, though perhaps responsive is a more accurate term as the interactions are primarily ambient and based on movement within the space. The piece is meant to be seen from inside (people can walk freely inside the LEDs) or outside, creating an immersive experience as you are completely surrounded by the lights and the movement.

There is also a short video of the setup procedure, showing the install process and giving an idea of how the piece is configured behind the scenes.

 

Also, there’s a detailed interview about our work by CREATIVE APPLICATIONS NETWORK HERE.

 

As a contrast to the immersive full experience of Submergence, The Royal Society of New Zealand really wanted a striking lamp to act as a focus for the atrium of their new HQ in Wellington. Though physically very similar to Submergence, the location (several meters up in the air) and the calmer movement of the volumetric visuals we used, gave the end result a very different feel and atmosphere.

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And finally, Submergence is the cover feature of Issue 2 of INSTALLATION MAGAZINE, a new digital-only magazine on contemporary art for fruit-branded pervasive technology. The magazine is available HERE.

Is this our pinky-purple period?

Submergence and Oslo LUX – updated 18 Feb

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Submergence saw its premiere at Oslo’s ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur gallery, and ran from January 17th to Sunday 17th February. The piece received five times the visitors expected at such shows in its four week run. The exhibition received coverage from Norwegian TV station NRK (go in at 3’45″) and Discovery Channel Canada, from Gizmodo, Creators Project, ThisIsColossal, notcot and loads of others – thanks all!

We also have an interview in FastCoDesign – good to get a bit of depth…

The video has been watched some 75,000 times and there have been queues forming outside the gallery.

The gallery was also the venue for the post-symposium event for Oslo LUX. Some 200+ people descended on the gallery which, for the evening only, also showed Semiconductor‘s excellent Heliocentric, and new pieces by Pretty Concrete and One Stunt A Month.

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