6 Projects Combining Art & Technology

It's a brand new year and there’s no slowing down. While many people are still enjoying their holiday, we’re hitting the ground running with some major projects both in Sydney and around New South Wales.

1. Guest Curators for ‘The Connection’ in Rhodes

We're curating three community engagement programs from January to June taking place in the brand new development, ‘The Connection’, a bold investment by Canada Bay Council set to position Rhodes as ‘the City’s heart for civic, business, cultural and artistic celebration’.

The premier engagement will feature a three-week exhibition ‘Moving Histories//Future Projections’ from January 12 to February 3. This all-female collection of video art will be showcased on a bank of screens in the Digital Gallery space.

Colonial Grab | Joan Ross | 2014 | 7:47

Colonial Grab | Joan Ross | 2014 | 7:47

In March/April we'll be bringing the hugely successful exhibition (Un)Seen Sculptures to the precinct. This unique attraction can only be seen through smart devices designed to augment our reality. Community members will be given the opportunity to create their very own augmented reality artworks that can then be viewed around the complex and along the water.

Following the stellar response received following its debut in September last year, we will be presenting sARTorial: where digital art meets fashion, sound and technology as part of VIVID in May at its newest satellite location in Rhodes. sARTorial brings together creatives, artists, designers and technophiles together to collaborate and make their very own pieces of wearable art.

2. Inner West History Project

Partnering with the Heritage Group of Leichhardt District (HGOLD), we will be presenting an audio guide during September’s History Week that will highlight particular sites of interest in the suburbs of Annandale, Leichhardt and Balmain.

We’ll be working with an artist specialising in animation who will bring chosen walks and sites as well as characters and stories to life through moving images.

3. Orange MakerSpace & Art/Tech Engagement

Orange is bursting with creative possibilities and there’s a thriving art and cultural scene, but locals want to take it to the next level and become even more collaborative and innovative. We’ll be heading out there for Youth Week in April with our expert Mel Fuller to host a pop-up maker space for the community.

Following this engagement, we’ll be facilitating hands-on digital art workshops with a group of young people throughout the year, culminating in an exhibition as part of the Orange Youth Arts Festival in October.

4. Scanlines in Lake Macquarie

Currently, our national touring exhibition, Scanlines, is showing at Orange Regional Gallery until the end of next week before it heads to Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery from May 5 to June 25.

Scanlines is the first of its kind: a comprehensive group show with an education focus that examines the heritage of new media art in Australia since the 1980s. An exciting journey through time, Scanlines includes rare early works and well-known favourites by some of Australia’s best-known contemporary artists. The display’s ground breaking design also allows the visitor access to video studio tours and interviews with the artists

5. BOSTES Workshops

After a fantastic first workshop late last year, we’ll be rolling out our teacher accredited courses regularly in 2017. These workshops were inspired by the themes and techniques used by some of the artists featured in Scanlines, pulled from our extensive archive of the same name.

Here's what one participant had to say about the stop-motion animation workshop she attended in November 2016:

Great day. I really loved the links & resources, the critical & history side. Great reassurance and [made] me be creative again.
— Annabel | Participant 18/11/16

We've partnered with the National Maritime Museum to host these amazing experiences and we couldn't ask for a better background than the glittering Darling Harbour to give our participants inspiration for their work.

For more information on each of the workshops, click here.

6. PLUS ONE Matched Funding Campaign

By far our toughest task this year - reaching out to our network and beyond to get behind us and donate to something we truly believe in - creating the next generation of Australia’s visionaries. Harnessing the knowledge of our network of creative technologists we will produce STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) education modules that will help teachers and students confidently embrace the digital world.

For a short time only, every dollar donated will be equalled by Creative Partnerships Australia’s PLUS ONE matched funding program. For more information click here, or DONATE click the image below.