Attributions | Images of very tiny things series

Below is a list of works from the series Images of very small things, 2016, adapted from Creative Commons licensed images and the public domain. These works were originally exhibited in the exhibition No Feeling Whatsoever at CCAS City, Canberra, from 17 August – 17 September 2016.

Please feel free to use, adapt and distribute the below, under the same licence conditions: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) or Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) as listed below.

 

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FaustovirusBy A2-33 (Own work)
[CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Faustovirus_50Kx30SVG file conversion by Jay Kochel
[CC BY-SA 4.0]
Diatoms (Diatomeen) - fossile (fossil) - 250x (14317165248)By Picturepest
(Diatoms (Diatomeen) - fossile (fossil) - 250x)
[CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Diatoms_(Diatomeen)_-_fossile_(fossil)_-_250x_(14317165248)_50Kx40SVG file conversion by Jay Kochel
[CC BY 2.0]
Diatomee - Diatom (fossile) - 250x (14107681917)By Picturepest
(Diatomee : Diatom (fossile) - 250x)
[CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Diatomee_-_Diatom_(fossile)_50Kx40SVG file conversion by Jay Kochel
[CC BY 2.0]
Diatomee - Diatom (fossile) - Thalassiosira sp. - 400x (14281808022)By Picturepest
[CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Diatomee_-_Diatom_(fossile)_-_Thalassiosira_sp._-_400x_(14281808022)_50Kx36SVG file conversion by Jay Kochel
[CC BY 2.0]
Enterococcus faecalis20023-300By United States Department of Agriculture [Public domain]
via Wikimedia Commons
Enterococcus_faecalis20023-300_BW_50Kx32SVG file conversion by Jay Kochel
[CC BY 4.0]

Podcast | Invisibilia

A podcast series on the immaterial forces affecting people.

The first installment is challenging and a heavy trigger warning for those sensitive to discussions of violent acts. The episode discusses two case studies on the theme of thoughts and their significance. The first looks at OCD thought behaviours and recurring violent images that began for one man. The second involves the story of Martin Pistorius who, at the age of 12 was diagnosed with an unknown degenerative illness leaving him conscious but immobile and unable to communicate. Under care for many years and silent to those around him, Martin began to slowly communicate that he was indeed awake to the world.

NPR: Invisibilia Podcast

Invisibilia (Latin for all the invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.

via NPR: Invisibilia Podcast : NPR Podcasts.

Air Samples | Consecrated Spaces

Part of my research in Japan has been to capture and map space, namely conceptualising air. Air as a material but also as a metaphor for something immaterial; energy or spirit. Japanese Shinto conceptualises many forms of the ‘unseen’ through Kami (神). I read Kami as an energetic and immaterial force and it seems broad enough to incorporate ancestor worship, nature spirits, animism and even aspects of Buddhism. Ritual processes often materialise concepts of the invisible by connecting them to our bodies and senses.

Open Studio: Air Studies | Kyoto Art Center

Two months since arriving in Japan I have opened my studio to the public and presented work in progress to date. With the invaluable help of Yuki my translator, I hope that some of my time here became a little more coherent to my Japanese colleagues, and hopefully to myself. Yuki’s translations left me inwardly grinning as they seemed to range far beyond any equivalent word count to my english. Yuki later told me that she was known for her enthusiastic style of translation, I felt lucky to have had the opportunity.

 

Artist Talk
Date:December 20, 2014[Sat]17:00~18:00
Open Studio
December 20, 2014[Sat]- December 26, 2014[Fri]10:00~20:00
Venue
Kyoto Art Center Studio 4

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Open Studio | Kyoto Art Center

Air Renders | 3D Mapping

Progressing towards more experimentation with mapping air, I have been testing the 3D scanner on some of these inflated and suspended objects. Ideally the object to be scanned should not be highly reflective or translucent. The golden ‘space blanket’ fails on both counts but the results were still useable. The initial scanning results, with a bit of mesh patching, can be seen below. The 3D model below is of the pictured object. The image is work in progress of an installation for an Open Studio to the public. The installation included a projection of the rendered 3D model taken from the interior golden object. The video can be seen below.

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The video below is a rendering of the above scanned object. Referencing the ‘dry landscape’ gardens (karesansui 枯山水) found in many zen Buddhist temples throughout Japan. This was projected onto the windows of my second story studio space, and best viewed from the building’s exterior.
At the time this work was being produced, the spaceprobe Rosetta was making a rendezvous with the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P) and along with its lander module Philae, was producing mapped images of the surface of the comet. These images of the comet, along with the stone garden at Ryōan-ji, Kyoto, work as inspiration for the work.

Studio 4 – Golden Bower | Kyoto Art Center

Week 5 in the studio. I am laying out my golden bower. Most of it will be packed or discarded in preparation for my installation in the space in 3 weeks. I have felt like nothing has been achieved, so this gives me a sense of volume at the very least. Work on the spacesuit in the foreground marches on but I am not optimistic it will be finished for the open studio. I have been waiting for Yodobashi to deliver my 200 metres of hemp rope in preparation for my installation.

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Juzu Buddhist Rosary Ceremony | Sekizanzen-in Temple

I was lucky enough to see this wonderful ceremony involving the burning of Buddhist Rosary beads (juzu) at the Sekizanzen-in temple. After the crowd amassed, there was chanting and stoking of the fire by the temple monks. The amount of beads presented seemed endless as the monks continued to top up the pile with fresh handfuls from new bags. Kneeling in front of the fire, a prayer was first said before beads were then cast into the fire and another prayer of thanks given. First the monks, in order of seniority, presented their beads and prayers to the fire, followed by identically suited men, and finally members of the public gave their own prayers.

Golden air: video studies of air and space

The first few weeks of my residency have seen me absurdly tossing space blankets around the studio capturing video. The idea of capturing some memory of the air in time and space often puts my body in relation to these spectral golden forms.