ATELIER EDENS - remote art labs
27 September 2011
Creating and transmitting cross-artform works from oceanic abyss, forested wilderness and low orbit space.
A series of field laboratories for sustainably creating networked arts projects in remote natural environments. ATELIER EDENS collaborating artists are developing cross-disciplinary methodologies with science, industry, and parks/heritage management bodies.
This project addresses challenges faced by Australian artists in creating work that responds to a changing environment and networked culture across vast geographical distances.
There are three laboratories to be conducted over two years: Ocean, Forest and Space. Partners are the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at Adelaide University, The Department of Marine Technology at Curtin University, the Rainforest Reef Research Centre, Cairns and Parks Victoria.
ATELIER EDENS investigates and extends the parameters of cross-artform practice within site-specific and remote contexts. The artists are exploring mobile and nomadic modes of making art and interactive experiences. They aim to place cultural content in conversation with the most remote, pristine, and culturally invaluable tracts of the natural world.
The first Ocean Laboratory was in Perth, Western Australia. Artists Willoh S.Weiland, Thea Baumann, Josh Gardiner and Kelly Ryall worked with The Department of Marine Technology at Curtin University, CIA Studios and an enormous water tank at the Artrage complex. They explored methodologies for broadcasting content from reef systems and within a greater oceanic context, as well as potential for creating cross-artform projects on 'floating broadcasting vessels' using existing satellite internet and localised FM transmissions.
Further ATELIER EDENS labs take place across Australia and low-orbit space over 2011-13.
The ATELIER EDENS project was awarded the Inter-Arts ArtLab initiative in 2010, with collaborating artists Willoh S. Weiland, Thea Baumann, Mathew Gingold, Champagne Valentine, Rezon 8, Louise Terry, James Hullick, Dario Vacirca, cultural critic Dan Cass and Creative Environment Enterprises.
See the ATELIER EDENS blog for further details about the artists and field laboratories.
Image and video credits: Josh Gardiner, Thea Baumann, Willoh S.Weiland - testing live video stream Perth to Shepparton, April 22 2011. Courtesy Willoh S.Weiland.