Saturday, April 13, 2013

I See A Bright Future

ISEA Bright Future

Josh Wodak, Rohan Story (ARTcycle)
and Greer Allen (Magnificent Revolution Australia)

Upcoming interactive installation

International Symposium of Electronic Art
June 14 - 15 2013
Parramatta Hub, Parramatta
Commissioned by ISEA2013 Sydney

ISEA Bright Future is a kinetic sculpture about communal electricity generation and cooperation in biological organisms.

ISEA Bright Future uses custom 5 modified stationary bicycles on training stands in a semi-circle to generate audiovisual rhythms that audiences may actively "play" as an audiovisual instrument that visually models this and sonically models this. The interactive installation explores embodied energy and ecological sustainability - both as it is powered solely by participants' peddling and through biomimesis of bioluminescene, especially that of fireflies and how they synchronise their flasing. The title is pronounced "I See A Bright Future" as it explores the role of cooperation and negotiation in producing a future that will be dominated by how 'brightness' (ie lights/energy) is produced. ISEA Bright Future is a companion piece to Wodak's installation Facing Futures Free From Fear, about speculative futures and defuturing in relation to climate change, on at the same time in Sydney (May 22 - June 14).

ISEA Bright Future is a collaboration between Josh Wodak and Magnificent Revolution Australia, produced through Artist Residencies at SCANZ: 3rd Nature at Parramatta Artist Studios and supported by ISEA2013 Sydney, Parramatta City Council and ARTcycle.


Josh Wodak - Concept, Artistic Director, Lighting Design, Sound Design, Production Manager
Carli Leimbach - Creative Producer
Greer Allen - Associate Producer
Rohan Story - Electrical Engineer, Programmer, Bicycle Generator Designer, Fabricator
Grant Moxom - Production Assistant
Andrew Hornblow - Consultant Electrical Engineer and Programmer 

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  1. Not sure if it's intentional, but I'd just like to comment on how it's very ingenius to call the exhibit "I see a Bright future" where the name of the organizers are "I-SEA". I see what you did there! But moving on from that bad pun, it really is great to know that such measure are being taken to encourage thoughtfulness in the youth in Sydney!

  2. Your post has a beautiful thought. It made me smile as I think about the similar memories in my family. Thanks for sharing.


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