Green Room: Immersive art and craftivism

Long live Van Gogh

The highly publicized multisensory experience Van Gogh alive opens in Adelaide tomorrow in a purpose-built 1860 m² “digital gallery” on the former Le Cornu site on O’Connell Street.

The place, dubbed the Grand Pavilion, took six weeks to create and would give visitors the feeling of “stepping straight into van Gogh’s most famous paintings”.

Van Gogh alive – as part of the first Illuminate Adelaide festival – presents more than 3,000 images of the works of the Dutch master and integrates audiovisual technology, giant screens and a classical score to create an immersive experience.

It was created by Grande Experiences, based in Melbourne, and has already toured in more than 70 cities around the world. This is the first time, however, that it will be shown in the Grand Pavilion, which producer Andrew Kay says includes four immersive spaces such as “van Gogh‘s Instagrammable Room” and “the incredible infinity Sunflower Room where you can stand in a never-ending field of sunflowers ”.

See Review next week for our reviewer Katherine Tamiko Arguile’s perspective on the experiment, which runs through August 1.

Porter Street Commission

Applications are now open for the Porter Street Commission 2022, which will see $ 20,000 awarded to an artist from South Australia to produce an ambitious new work for a solo exhibition at the ACE Open.

The award is in its second year, with the work of Bridget Currie, inaugural winner of the Porter Street Commission Message from the prairie is scheduled to open at the gallery on July 16. Currie’s practice incorporates sculpture, furniture, film and sound, and Message from the prairie is described as an immersive and meditative exploration of how works of art can trigger a sensory effect.

Applications for the 2022 commission are open until July 30. Artists at any stage of their career working in any form of contemporary art can apply, with the criteria indicating that the proposed new work must be “an ambitious next step in the artist’s career and trajectory. exposure. ”. More information is available on the ACE Open website.

Impact of COVID on performing arts

Adelaide Festival Center is still working on what the latest COVID-19 restrictions and border closures mean for upcoming shows in its venues, but ASO’s Symphony Series performances will go as planned this weekend.

Violinist Grace Clifford performs with ASO this weekend.

“We work closely with SA Health and producers, including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Ballet [whose season of Anna Karenina is scheduled to open on July 9]», Said the CEO and artistic director of the Center des festivals Douglas Gautier Review.

“This weekend’s Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performances will go as planned and masks are required in the theater.

“Ticket buyers will be notified as soon as possible of any changes to upcoming shows. “

The promoters of Eclipse – Orchestrated Pink Floyd confirmed today that it will unfold as planned at the Festival Theater on July 17, with all the cast and crew already in Adelaide.

The ASO concert this weekend at the Festival Theater, Want home, features New South Wales-based guest violinist Grace Clifford, but she arrived in Adelaide early and received a quarantine exemption to perform.

The orchestra also announced this week that it has added a matinee performance for the final concert of 2021 in its popular Classics Unwrapped series, Love and other catastrophes, which will be presented in Town Hall at 11:30 am and 6:30 pm on August 4.

Cultural collaboration focuses on the Murray River

The first ‘Collab’ digital scholarship awarded by South Australia’s leading cultural institutions will harness their collections for data stories about cultural, environmental and economic changes in the Murray River over time.

The $ 10,000 Collab Digital Culture Fellowship was awarded yesterday to the Growing Data Foundation of South Australia.

Collab is a joint project of ta State Library, South Australian Museum, Art Gallery of SA and History Trust, designed to promote discovery of the institutions’ vast digital collections.

The Growing Data Foundation will have access to the collections as well as to the staff concerned, within the framework of the grant. He says he plans to search digital and other cultural collections to find artefacts relevant to the Murray River, and will use digital tools, technology and other data sources to bring them to life in “real time”.

“Artifacts can include: paintings; agendas; newspapers; physical objects; books; newspaper articles; photographs; music; poetry; and oral histories. Digital tools and technologies can include: environmental sensors; data ingestion and display tools; physical assets such as public fountains or sculptures that change properties based on “real-time” data. Other data sources can include geospatial data and government datasets.

The Growing Data Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to open projects and systems, with a focus on sustainability. Members include software developers, hardware designers, manufacturers, researchers, educators, and start-ups. -David Washington

Sew and resist

If you think cross stitch is all about flowers, birds, and butterflies, it’s time to revisit the concept of contemporary crafts.

The SA Center for Democracy Sew and resist The exhibit, which opens this Friday at The Mill, features 140 works by individuals and community groups from around the world – including South Australia – that address a range of social issues such as diversity, inclusion and equality. There are rooms with text in English, Arabic and indigenous languages.

The exhibition runs through August 6, and there will be a Craft change event on July 24 where members of the public can hear Sew and resist artists, buy a cross stitch kit and create their own Sew and resist– themed badge. Details here.

I am really quite angry, by Karen Blackwood.

Firestarter on the small screen

Fire starter, the beautiful and deeply moving documentary about the Bangarra Dance Theater that won the documentary award at the Adelaide Film Festival last year, will air on ABC next Tuesday.

The film traces the development of the Aboriginal performing arts company, from a small dance group in Sydney’s Glebe in the late 1980s to an internationally renowned organization, led largely by artistic director Stephen Page and his brothers, composer David and principal dancer Russell.

It is written and directed by Wayne Blair (High-end wedding, Sapphires) and Nel Minchin (Mathilde and me), who brought together archival footage and candid interviews to paint a comprehensive and compelling picture of both the Page family and the dance company.

If you missed Fire starter at the movies, it’s worth listening to at 8:30 p.m. on July 6 on ABC or later on ABC iview. Read our review here.

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