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Reminder: Shannon Novak, Wednesday 1 May @ Dorkbot CBR

Next Wednesday evening, come along, bring your iPad, tablets and smart phones and interact with NZ artist Shannon Novak’s latest work “Reorchestrated Space” at CCAS.

Shannon Novak

Shannon Novak

Exhibition description

Installation title: “Reorchestrated Space”

In 1994, artist Jeffrey Shaw exhibited a work titled “The Golden Calf” at Ars Electonica 94 in Austria. The work consisted of a white plinth in the middle of a room with a portable monitor sitting on top that the audience could pick up and view a virtual version of the plinth through with a Golden Calf on top. Similarly, Reorchestrated Space explores the idea of an empty display mechanism that the audience can populate with the artists work using a mobile device.

In biblical terms, the Golden Calf was created to remove the anxiety associated with the absence of Moses when he climbed Mount Sinai. Similarly, Shaw’s Golden Calf may have removed the anxiety associated with the absence of an expected work on the plinth. This is further examined in Novak’s work where the audience can fill an empty frame using augmented reality.

Returning to the biblical reference, people danced around the Golden Calf as an act of worship and this was reflected in Shaw’s work where it appeared the audience danced around the plinth as they moved the portable monitor around. In Novak’s work, the audience may also be seen to dance as they search for the correct position to activate the work.

Unlike Shaw’s work, Novak’s work uses sound. This reflects the main focus of Novak’s practice, which is to explore the idea that “everything is music”. His recent works have considered everyday objects or locations as subjects such as drinking fountains, light switches, or entire buildings. The musicality behind each object or location is revealed through colour and abstract forms as experienced by Novak through synesthesia, and in Reorchestrated Space, the musicality behind an empty frame is uncovered.

Shannon Novak – Biography
Shannon Novak is an artist based in Auckland, New Zealand. He works in painting, sculpture, and installation, with a focus on using geometric forms to explore his deep and abiding interest in the interrelationships between sound, colour, form, time, space, and social context. He completed a residency at CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency in 2011, has been engaged in public commissions in Auckland, New Plymouth, and Denver, and co-founded West gallery at The University of Auckland in 2012.

Come along and meet Shannon on Skype and see what interesting things he have been doing.

When: 6pm, Wednesday 1 May, 2013
Where: Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman house, Ainslie Avenue, Ainslie.

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April 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm 1 comment

Dorkbot CBR 2013 program – Taranaki Tales

Shannon Novak

Shannon Novak

Dorkbot CBR is very happy to announce the program for 2013 – Taranaki Tales.

This year will focus on a series of Skype conversations with artists who participated in the SCANZ2013 3rd Nature residency, symposium and exhibition, which was located at New Plymouth, in the Taranaki region of New Zealand.

The overarching theme of SCANZ2013 3rd Nature was ‘integrated systems’ and focused on three key intersecting topics:

1. Acknowledging the environmental crisis

2. Engaging with Maori and indigenous peoples

3. Engaging with Sciences and the Hybrid Arts

The Intercreate website states that:

Integrating indigenous perspectives with creative, environmental, scientific and academic views on reality is essential to a sustainable future. At the same time, computing and digital media are changing our relationship to culture and the environment.

On the one hand digital technology allows us to analyse and display data in new ways, as when anthropologists use language databases to shed light on the movement of culture.

On the other hand digital technology adds to our senses, and extends them beyond the body to the forests and the land. Scientists, artists and others are transforming the environment into an organism, as Maori and indigenous peoples have always known it to be.

Dorkbot CBR co-overlord, Tracey Benson, participated in the SCANZ2013 residency and 3rd Nature exhibition. Upon returning to Australia, Tracey was keen to continue the conversations started in Taranaki with a mind to expand the conversations to a wider audience.

The artists giving presentations are either based in the Taranaki region, originate from there or have created works in the New Plymouth/Taranaki region that respond to the location.The first speaker, artist Shannon Novak was brought up in the Taranaki region. It is worth mentioning the interesting connection Shannon has to the title of the talks – “Taranaki Tales”, which was completely incidental. “Taranaki Tales” is also the title of a book that was written and illustrated by Shannon’s mother Paula Novak some years ago.

Shannon Novak

Shannon Novak

Shannon Novak – Biography
Shannon Novak is an artist based in Auckland, New Zealand. He works in painting, sculpture, and installation, with a focus on using geometric forms to explore his deep and abiding interest in the interrelationships between sound, colour, form, time, space, and social context. He completed a residency at CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency in 2011, has been engaged in public commissions in Auckland, New Plymouth, and Denver, and co-founded West gallery at The University of Auckland in 2012.

Come along and meet Shannon on Skype and see what interesting things he have been doing.
When: Wednesday 1 May 6pm 2013
Where: Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman house, Ainslie Avenue, Ainslie.
Reference: http://www.intercreate.org/2011/09/scanz-2013-third-nature/

April 10, 2013 at 2:27 am 3 comments


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