June 29 - July 13, 2010
Neutral Ground and Soil Digital Media Production Suite with sponsorship from RMIT University and ACVA (Australian Centre of Virtual Art) present Adam Nash and John McCormick in a residency project leading to the exhibition and premiere of a new work in progress entitled "Reproduction", a mixed reality installation. The project uses a hemispherical mirror and the Unity platform to investigate the flow of data between the material world and synthetic worlds, in particular realtime 3D environments. Often referred to as “mixed- reality”, such relationships represent “sites of alterity where material and incorporeal forces will continue to engender further connection and differentiation” (Munster, 2006, 20). This project investigates the feasibility of setting up a persistent realtime 3D environment populated with agent entities.
Tuesday July 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Introductory session and program overview (Open session for artists and enthusiasts)
Saturday July 10, 8:00 pm Reception, Project Launch & Artist talk
Sunday July 11, Hands on workshop, times tba
Monday July 12, Hands on workshop, times tba
(ie: Sound in virtual environments, motion capture)
For more information on workshops and programming, please call (306) 522-7166. Fees are pay what you can. (Suggested is $45.00 which includes membership.)
To take part, you must be signed up by the end of the day July 6th.
Adam Nash (aka Adam Ramona in Second Life) is widely recognized as one of the most innovative artists working in virtual environments, real-time 3D and mixed-reality technology. He works primarily in networked real-time 3D spaces, exploring them as live audiovisual performance spaces and sites for data/motion capture and generative audiovisual environments. His work has been pre- sented in galleries, festivals and online in Australia, Europe, Asia and The Ameri- cas, including peak festivals SIGGRAPH, ISEA, ZERO1SJ and the Venice Biennale.
He was the recipient of the inaugural Australia Council Second Life Artist in Residence grant. He was awarded an Ars Electronica FutuerLab residency in 2009. He founded the Australian Centre for Virtual Art with Christopher Dodds, which runs labs and workshops for exist- ing and emerging artists to explore virtual media. He is currently undertaking a PhD by Research at the Centre for Animation and Interactive Media at RMIT University, Melbourne, researching multi-user 3D cyberspace as a live performance medium.
John McCormick is internationally recognised as one of the pioneers of new media dance, motion capture and telematic performance. He was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship (Dance) in 2007-2008 for real-time motion capture and networked performance. His work has been seen all over the world, including at peak festivals ZERO1SJ, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Melbourne Festival and The Venice Biennale. He has also performed works at ICA London, Arnolfini Bristol UK,Monaco Dance Forum, the International Symposium on Art and Technology, DEAF and the Hong Kong Arts Centre. He was a founding member of Company In Space, and Dancehouse Melbourne. He is an ongoing collaborator with Igloo UK. He was awarded an MA in Animation and Interactive Media from RMIT Univer- sity. He is a lecturer in motion capture and dance at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
Adam Nash and John McCormick Web sites: