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  • Exhibition: 14.09. - 17.11.2018, Dynamics of Air
    Testing CloudscapesAs air is invisible, we take it for granted most of the time. It?s only when pollution clogs the atmosphere, smog obscures the horizon and people struggle physically during cold snaps and heat waves that we focus on what we can?t see.  The invisible element that is essential for life is the starting point for a major exhibition to be held in September at RMIT Gallery. As the official partner, the Goethe-Institut has co-initiated and organised the exhibition.

    How do designers, artists, scientists and researchers work with an intangible atmospheric medium such as air? The international exhibition Dynamics of Air showcases innovative design and creative practice research, capturing the beauty, dynamics, and sensuality of air in our built environment and its critical role in designing for a zero carbon future.  

    Through a stunning survey of commissioned and current projects, Dynamics of Air will engage with the interface of air, lived space, and architecture. The exhibition will explore the themes of aesthetics and representation, experiential environments and atmospheres, inflatable structures, architectural surface and micro turbulence.

    Bringing together leading local and international practicing designers, artists, architects, researcher and students, Dynamics of Air explores radical innovations for creative sustainability in design and the built environment.

    The exhibition is curated by Dr. Malte Wagenfeld, Professor at RMIT University, and Jane Burry from the Swinburne University of Technology.

    The German contribution consists of Transsolar ClimateEngineering (Stuttgart), Friedrich von Borries (Hamburg) und Edith Kollath (Berlin).

    Over a time span of eight weeks, the exhibition will be accompanied by different performances, floor talks, a symposium and other events.

    Opening hours: RMIT Gallery is open Monday to Friday 11am?5pm, Thursday 11am?7pm, Saturday 12pm?5pm, and closed Sunday and public holidays.

    Event series: Dynamics of Air

  • Lecture: 15.09.2018, Hybrid Forests
    Breathe Austria 02Breathe Earth Collective is a think-and-do-tank to develop new ways of dealing with interrelations of architecture, natural ecosystems, air and climate. The collective was founded after their successful contribution to the Expo in Milan. They currently work on the landscape architectural design for the new headquarter of the Czech forestry administration, a building that unites forest and architecture. Furthermore, the group has developed a series of small-scale typologies of climate pavilions, called ?Airships?, to research the potentials of tackling air pollution and providing natural cooling in urban spaces within 1:1 prototypes.

    All projects of the Breathe Earth Collective share the common focus on the human?s sensorial relation to one of the most precious resources of our time: air and climate. For Dynamics of Air, the collective is building a climatic installation, inspired from the so called ?Gradierwerk? tower typologies to investigate the evaporation processes and the conditioning of air with natural essences and aerosols.  Visitors are invited to smell, experience and inhale the breathable saline aerosols and ethereal oils.

    Event series: Dynamics of Air

  • Artist talk: 25.10.2018, White Clouds of Sugar
    Clouds 4Friedrich von Borries, architect and professor of Design Theory at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg, operates between the blurring boundaries of urban planning, architecture, design and art. He is a theoretician who concerns himself in particular with the social and political aspects of design. His practice evolves around asking questions and posing provocations, often based on fictional elements. He is interested in how design can produce positive change, especially from a social perspective.

    Mikael Mikael is exploring a different, more playful approach to the phenomenon of clouds. While Friedrich von Borries provokes with the concept of the direct design and manufacture of global weather systems revealed through the harvesting of clouds for greater productivity, his alter ego, Mikael Mikael, raises the correlative question of how this will affect other weather systems and ecologies.

    Deanne Butterworth

    For over twenty years, Melbourne dancer Deanne Butterworth has worked as a performer, choreographer and teacher showing work across a range of platforms including, Next Wave Festival, NGV Melbourne Now, Dancehouse, Lucy Guerin Inc., Melbourne Fringe, Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Hong Kong Fringe Club (with Jo Lloyd), WestSpace plus more. Throughout 2017-2019 she is a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary. For the Dynamics of Air Exhibition Deanne Butterworth will distribute ?cotton candy clouds? throughout RMIT Gallery according to Mikael Mikael?s predetermined score; and maybe allow some of the audience to eat some of these clouds. Clouds, cotton candy and creativity will all merge during this performance.

    Event series: Dynamics of Air

  • Artist talk: 11.10.2018, Speak Percussion
    Speak Percussion Eugene Ughetti and Philip Samartzis will discuss the development of Polar Force, a new project by Speak Percussion to be presented by Arts Centre Melbourne in late 2019.

    The project is an immersive live performance, combining custom built ice instruments with Antarctic field recordings, set within a chilled inflatable performance space. Polar Force is an investigation of extreme wind and temperature through hyper-realistic art. This visceral and multi-sensorial work immerses the audience within an overwhelming sound world and performance environment.

    Polar Force explores notions of human fragility and isolation whilst pointing towards climate change. New ice-instruments that produce wholly unique acoustic results will be developed, distorting as they melt and fracture to render the ice and ?weather? into audible phenomena. High fidelity field recordings made in the Australian Antarctic Territory of katabatic winds and extreme weather events will form the musical and structural foundation of the work. The artists will talk about the hundreds of hours of recordings made during Samartzis' two Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowships to underpin the work.

    Event series: Dynamics of Air

  • Exhibition Opening: 13.09.2018, Opening Night Dynamics of Air
    Testing CloudscapesJoin us in the celebration of the exhibition opening of Dynamics of Air and get a preview before the official first day on September 14. 
    How do designers, artists, scientists and researchers work with an intangible atmospheric medium such as air? Explore it, alter it, adjust it, feel it, smell it, walk through it, languish in it?

    This highly innovative exhibition showcases design and creative practice research, capturing the beauty, dynamics and sensuality of air in our built environment and its critical role in designing for a zero carbon future. Bringing together leading local and international practicing designers, artists, architects, researchers and students, Dynamics of Air explores radical innovations for creative sustainability in design and the built environment.

    The opening night will also showcase the performance White Clouds of Sugar by German artist Mikael Mikael and Melbourne dancer Deanne Butterworth.

    Featuring artists and designers including: Thomas Auer ? Transsolar, Friedrich von Borries and Edith Kollath (Germany), Philippe Rahm (Switzerland / France), Enric Ruiz Geli (Spain), Breathe Earth Collective (Austria), Little Wonder (Gyungju Chyon & John Sadar USA), and from Australia; Natasha Johns-Messenger, Cameron Robbins, Malte Wagenfeld, Chris Cottrell, Simon Watkins, Jane Burry, and Steve Howden (3D Inflate). The exhibition is curated by Dr. Malte Wagenfeld from RMIT University, and Jane Burry, Professor at Swinburne University of Technology.

    H. E. Dr Anna Prinz, the German Ambassador to Australia will officially open the exhibition. Furthermore, Prof Thomas Auer from Transsolar will speak at the opening.

    Event series: Dynamics of Air

  • Artist talk: 09.10.2018, Scientific Photography
    Bottle cap gas dynamicsPhred Petersen was originally trained as a research chemist. Somewhere along the line, he got interested in photography and decided that there had to be a way that photography had some application to help us see things in scientific research. As a consequence, he quit his job as a research chemist, went off to school and studied scientific photography.

    Peterson?s work is a world away from a quick Instagram snap taken on a smart phone. As an expert in a highly technical visual process known as "Schlieren photography", he uses two optically matched parabolic mirrors to create photographs and videos which reveal invisible changes in air. Phred Petersen specialises in applications of photography for scientific and industrial research. His research collaborations include the study of fuel sprays for green engine technology, behaviour of liquid metal alloys for microfluidic applications, flow visualisation for micro air vehicles, and human impact on environmental air quality.

    This kind of photography is primarily made for scientific purposes, however, one can not deny the aestetics and often bizarre beauty of these pieces.  

    Event series: Dynamics of Air

  • Talk: 01.11.2018, Explorations of Air
    Malte Wagenfeld, Aesthetics of Air, RMIT Gallery, 2011Professor Jane Burry is the Dean of the School of Design in the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology, formerly Professor and Director of the Spatial Information Architecture
    Laboratory (SIAL) at RMIT University. Her research focuses on mathematics and computing in contemporary design. Jane Burry has practiced, taught, supervised and researched internationally, including many architectural projects and involvement as a project architect in the technical office at Gaudí?s Sagrada Família church in Barcelona.

    Dr Malte Wagenfeld is Senior Lecturer of Industrial Design at RMIT University as well as a researcher and practicing industrial designer whose explorative designs and texts have been internationally exhibited, distributed and published. As well as designing physical ?things? such as furniture, products and appliances, his current design research practice investigates how to design the ?immaterial?, in particular the design of interior climates. The aim is to create spatial environments for living and working which are healthier, relaxed, productive, environmentally responsible and engender delight.

    Event series: Dynamics of Air

  • Artist Talk: 14.09.2018, Climate & Design
    Edith Kollath Nothing Will Ever Be The Same Thomas Auer is partner and managing director of Transsolar and professor for Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design at the TU Munich. He has developed concepts for buildings and districts noted for their innovative strategies, collaborating with world renowned architecture firms on numerous international design projects around the world.

    Transsolar is an international climate-engineering firm determined to create exceptional, highly comfortable indoor and outdoor spaces with a positive environmental impact. They pioneered the concept KlimaEngineering, which describes an approach to climate-responsive design that takes advantage of the specific local climate and surroundings to maximise user comfort and passive strategies. Such an approach tailors architectural and mechanical systems to the local climate and programmatic requirements, in order to contribute to a special experience for the user. Environmental qualities will become part of the experience ? while minimizing the use of resources.

    Edith Kollath works as a multimedia artist on questions of the visualization of uncertain states and their social and theoretical contexts. She works with sculpture as an expandable media with a performative potential. Instead of producing objects, she is interested in changing the state of existing material. In 2009, she graduated from University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, where she received a MFA in Time Related Media and Sculpture. During a three year stay in New York, from 2006-2009, she was an active member of the hacker collective ?NYC Resistor? and realized a number of exhibitions and projects. Since then, her installations, objects and works on paper have been exhibited in Germany and internationally. Since 2015, Edith has been a PhD candidate at the Bauhaus University Weimar.

    Event series: Dynamics of Air

  • Artist talk: 18.10.2018, Drones & Biomimicry
    Still from Bio-inspired sensing for Micro Air Vehicles video The invisibility of air means that we often struggle to perceive its magnitude. Birds such as Kestrels can sense flow disturbances in air turbulence through biological sensory systems, enabling them to hover in the air with pinpoint accuracy. It is this sense of ?flow? that drone expert, Professor Simon Watkins intends to mimic in drone flight, allowing drones to better cope with the instabilities in air turbulence. Watkins aims to enhance his drones through biomimicry - design modelled on biological entities and processes.

    During this public event, Simon Watkins will fly a drone through RMIT Gallery. He is also exhibiting state of the art modelling of air turbulence around buildings, using Computational Fluid Dynamics.

    Event series: Dynamics of Air

  • Artist talk: 08.11.2018, Wind generated drawing systems
    Cameron Robbins with ShadowPhase Cameron Robbins is an Australian artist based in Castlemaine, Victoria. His work interacts with the elemental forces of the natural world ? he works in collaboration with nature. In Dynamics of Air, he presents beautiful paintings that are drawn by the wind. His impressive ?wind-drawings? span five metres. They are created via a wind-powered mechanical instrument which transcribes weather patterns into abstract storms of ink onto paper. The drawings are accompanied by a video of the wind machines in action, capturing a symphony of scratching and winding rhythms. Originally installed and recorded at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Tasmania, Robbins? wind-drawings revealed to audiences the power of nature though invisible phenomena. His wind-drawing machine is due to feature as a permanent installation at Mona, where it will operate for up to a hundred years.

    Event series: Dynamics of Air