RMIT Gallery’s White Night – the artists’ perspective

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Did you love White Night? The Age’s Deputy Arts editor Hannah Francis selected RMIT Gallery as one of her top Northside tips: “Morbis Artis – diseases of the arts. RMIT Gallery. This was a cracking group exhibition where art met science and wonderful things happened. The oozy projections out front made your hair curl. The lines were long and when I finally got in, there was another 40-minute wait for one of the exhibits.”

But what went on behind the scenes? Did the artists love the result as much? What about the process?

RMIT lecturer Dr Joshua Batty (of MindBuffer) was part of the team (along with digital artist Andy Thomas) who put on Ectoplasm, the audio reactive light display that enthralled the long – long long – queues outside RMIT Gallery on White Night.

“We had a great time putting together and delivering the show for this years white night,” said Josh. “It was the culmination of a four month collaboration with Andy Thomas and us (MindBufer) to really exploit the architectural features of the facade.

“We felt the piece was amplified this year with the inclusion of the sonic element (by RMIT Alumnus Mitchell Nordine) which really created a nice space for people to experience the projections.img_5402

“Overall we learned a lot, received great feedback from the public and the organisers of white night, and definitely see more projects in the future collaborating with Andy.

“We are looking forward to cutting the footage we got of the night so we can share the experience with those that couldn’t make it both locally and overseas. Thanks RMIT Gallery for the amazing opportunity!”img_5329

Next door to RMIT Gallery, the RMIT Storey Hall annex lit up with a compelling animation of Jazmina Cininas’ Girlie Werewolf Project. While MindBuffer were perched on the roof opposite Storey hall to project their light show, Dr Cininas, artist and RMIT printmaking lecturer, had the warmth and comfort of the table of the fast food outlet opposite, where the projector was set up.

Jazmina continues the story.

“My involvement in White Night took me into all sorts of unexpected and previously unexplored territories, not least of which was the first floor of Hungry Jacks, where the projector for What Big Teeth You Have was located.

The floor was closed to the public for the night making it a surreal, solitary oasis of calm (notwithstanding the ubiquitous MTV soundtrack from the mounted televisions) from which to witness the immediate projections and the heaving crowds below.

“The first (and only) projection test for my work had taken place a mere two weeks earlier, before the final form of the work could be determined, so I only had a rough idea of what to expect.control-booth2

“I can’t deny the thrill of witnessing my girlie werewolves emerging larger-than-life from the Storey Hall annex façade as the sun went down, and the enormous sense of relief in seeing that it was, indeed, working.

“There was also a delight in the annex’s unexpectedly ‘collaborative’ role in the work. Neither the projections nor the façade dominated the other, the two instead working together to create something entirely new.img_5325“The real magic for me began, however, when I saw a young girl standing on the wooden bench in front of the façade, posing for a photograph. She was the first of a number of members of the public – predominantly women – who made use of this photo opportunity.

“For me, it was touching to witness women (and occasional male) of all ages and all creeds physically embedding themselves within these images of female empowerment.

“The atmosphere — and lasting impression — was one of celebration, heightened by the carnivalesque hues of the annex façade.”

RMIT Gallery’s White Night Story – come on in!

The White Night is still young – it might be midnight, but RMIT Gallery is open for another 7 hours of White Night light projection and interactive bioart. Come on in!

From Girlie Werewolves to dazzling audio reactive light displays – from the time the doors opened at 7 pm, RMIT Gallery attracted a crowd to the far end of the Swanston Street White Night precinct – and made an bold impact.

Crowds were gathered before the doors opened and filled the last night of the Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts exhibition – queuing for up to 45 minutes to get into ((20hz))’s red/blue ‘nauseating’ sound-light artwork.

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Outside, the Storey Hall annex dazzled with printmaker Jazmina Cininas’ towering Girlie Werewolves offering a perfect photo opportunity as audiences jumped up on a bench and posed in the red-yellow-orange glow of the light projection.

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Crowds also patiently waited their turn to get inside RMIT Gallery, listening to Mitchell Nordine’s SciFi-organic sounds which ignited Andy Thomas’ digital forms that exploded over the austere Storey Hall facade.

Around the corner, Viral Screens, by Morbis Artis curators Sean Redmond and Darrin Verhagen, intrigued. There is plenty of time to enjoy the artworks – come and see us!

RMIT Gallery facade transforms on White Night

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If you’re heading to White Night Melbourne on Saturday make sure you pay RMIT Gallery a visit.

From dusk till dawn, the RMIT Gallery facade will be transformed into organic digital audio reactive light display called Ectoplasm by MindBuffer & digital artist Andy Thomas.

Thomas is a digital artist who creates intricate artwork and specialises in particle simulation based motion graphics, inspired by nature and technology.

MindBuffer is the combined music programming and synaesthesia exploration of RMIT lecturer Dr Joshua Batty and Mitchell Nordine. They met studying at RMIT University early 2010 and clicked instantly. Last year at White Night, they transformed RMIT’s iconic Storey Hall (home of RMIT Gallery) into a dazzling abstract light projection. Watch the video below:

“Last year was the first time we had the opportunity to projection map the entire facade of a building, which was an amazing opportunity offered by RMIT Gallery,” Batty said.

“This year, we have taken a more organic approach with the visuals, and moved beyond the geometrical tricks. What we plan is to work with the features of the facade and bring it into the three dimensional plane.

“We will also be adding an important audio component.”

Thomas is excited about using Storey Hall as ‘an enormous canvas’ for his work.

“I am so used to doing work on the small screen and this is very different. I can have organic elements growing up the building, and it’s going to very luminous as well.”

Nordine, who is handling the audio component, promises a cross between “Sci-Fi and organic”  and says people will be surprised by how the addition of sound will change their experience of the light display.

“Sound brings you a lot more into the space. Humans evolved to perceive space through sound, so it this additional element will be transformative,” Nordine said.

Anyone who has worked White Night knows the endurance required. MindBuffer and Thomas are no strangers to working festivals, having recently performed at country Victoria’s Rainbow Serpent Festival of electronic music and art.

Batty has a few tricks up his sleeve after being bed ridden for a week after last year’s White Night, which saw him working on top of the building opposite Storey Hall for the duration. It took its toll.

“This year, we have added a generative story engine, which will reveal different aspects throughout the night, without needing us to input new work the whole event,” Batty said.

“At White Night, people tend to come and go and experience lots of different things. We realised that no one sits in front of one work for a long period, so this year, we have taken that in account, along with a watchful eye on our own health.”

While you are at RMIT Gallery, step inside our Hybrid Worlds events and visit the final night of the interactive bio-art exhibition Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts, and watch ‘What big teeth you have’ an iteration of Jazmina Cininas’ Girlie Werewolf Project which will morph the face of the Storey Hall annex (next door to the Gallery) into a shape-shifting roll call of lupine ladies.

Listen to MindBuffer & Andy Thomas talk about Ectoplasm and the challenges of transforming the Storey Hall facade for White Night Melbourne.

When: 7pm Saturday 18 February to 7am Sunday 19 February
What: Ectoplasm, by MindBuffer & Andy Thomas
Where: RMIT Gallery facade (Storey Hall ) 344 Swanston Street Melbourne.

White Night draws audiences to RMIT Gallery light projection

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RMIT’s Storey Hall lights up during White Night Melbourne – with custom software projection by MindBuffer

RMIT’s Storey Hall was transformed for one magical evening during White Night Melbourne on Saturday 20 February by MindBuffer – RMIT’s Josh Batty and Mitchell Nordine. Their 12 hour custom projection light show ‘Architectonics’ presented by RMIT Gallery provided the crowds with plenty of photo opportunities.

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As well as the glorious light projection on Storey Hall, White Night Melbourne attracted large crowds inside RMIT Gallery enjoying the Goethe Institut’s international exhibition Geniale Dilletanten as well as the dress up print booth (in the spirit of the Brilliant Amateur!) And the 1980s subculture film festival at the Kaleide theatre next door.

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So many people wanted a ride on the Einstürzende Neubauten Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))) that we were forced to hand out numbers to the patient fans (like the butcher shop on a Saturday). Blixa Bargeld’s voice is now imprinted on our souls….

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No, not a night club but a patient crowd waiting to experience 1980s German subculture at the Geniale Dilletanten exhibition at RMIT Gallery on White Night.

 

 

Architectonics at White Night Melbourne

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Get ready for Saturday’s White Night Melbourne! Located in the heart of the Northern Lights precinct, the façade of Storey Hall (RMIT Gallery’s home) will come alive Architectonics, a high tech light show that morphs throughout the night thanks to a custom projection mapping technology by MindBuffer.

This amazing software will create a constantly changing light canvas on RMIT’s iconic building, borrowing influences from 1960s op-art enhanced for the digital age.

Playing with 40,000 lumens of light like big kids in a software sandbox, MindBuffer work the magic that made them a hit at the Burning Man festival in Nevada.

Storey Hall’s grand Victorian façade will seemingly fragment before your eyes and reassemble again as MindBuffer constantly improvise various combinations of patterns and colors whilst highlighting specific architectural features.

You can watch from dawn to dusk and never get bored, this is 12 hours of relentless creativity in action. Guaranteed – no repetitions.

Share your photos using the hashtags #urbansub #whitenightmelb and #rmit

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MindBuffer perform at Burning Man in Nevada

RMIT Gallery caught up with Joshua Batty from MindBuffer for his tips at staying the distance at an all night event. After all, MindBuffer have performed at a number of prestigious national and international festivals including the Solar Eclipse festival in Cairns and at Burning Man in Nevada.

RMIT GALLERY What are your strategies for performing for 12 hours at White Night?

JOSHUA BATTY  Lots of caffeinated beverages! I find performing and engaging with visual stimulus pretty energising. Taking a long nap before hand to offset your body clock definitely helps too!

RMIT GALLERY We’d love an insider’s view of the famous Burning Man festival – tell all!

JOSHUA BATTY Burning Man is like nowhere I’ve ever been before. It’s in a really barren location with around 50,000 people in attendance over an area that seems to be the size of a medium city. Everywhere you go you’ll see mutant vehicles transformed into ships and huge robotic sculptures that would surely not pass the first round of health and safety checks in Australia.

Oh yeah, pretty much everything has flames erupting out of it! It’s kind of refreshing being in a place that has it’s own rules and feels a tad dangerous, especially coming from Australia that at times feels like a highly sanitised safety bubble of PG rated fun.

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MindBuffer live at Burning Man in Nevada

We played three different shows while we there over the course of eight days. Performing at Burning Man had it’s own unique challenges. Specifically, the environment is made up of really fine alkaline dust that gets into EVERYTHING. Alkaline is a corrosive compound so if it gets inside your gear it will eat away at the circuits and eventually kill your equipment. That along with frequent dust storms of the stuff makes it a bit more challenging that your normal gig.

Aside from that we had a great time playing our shows and will be heading over again in 2017 to perform there again.

RMIT GALLERY Take home message for a successful Burning Man performance?

JOSHUA BATTY If you can’t blow people’s minds purely through manipulating sound and light whilst at the same time getting them to dance – then you’ve failed.

RMIT GALLERY  Let’s travel back in time….how did you and Mitchell Nordine meet and form MindBuffer?

JOSHUA BATTY   We met six years ago at RMIT at the first class I taught. Three days after putting a track we wrote together up on Soundcloud, we were approached and signed to Enig’matik records alongside some of their biggest musical influences. It all happened very quickly!

RMIT GALLERY   When did you decide to add the visuals to the music?

JOSHUA BATTY   We had grand visions of tightly synchronised visuals that would enhance the music, so we taught themselves how to program software so we could create something that didn’t already exist.

RMIT GALLERY   What’s next after White Night Melbourne?

JOSHUA BATTY    We are currently in the process of building the world’s first Artificial Intelligent generative audiovisual composition software for upcoming performances.

We get a lot of inspiration from projection artists such as 1024 architecture, Universal Everything and Playmodes to name a few. Those guys are really pushing the boundaries. Our friends Eloi and Santi from Playmodes in particular just did a show where they mapped the 300 meter wide façade of the Lichtspiele Castle in Karlsruhe, Germany.

For that work they needed to use 24 x 21,000 lumen projectors outputting a resolution of 10800 x 1080 pixels!! So for use there is still room to grow. We have been talking recently with Playmodes and we both hope that somehow the universe will allow a MindBuffer + Playmodes collaboration in the near future!

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Music, Melbourne + Me: 40 years of Mushroom + Melbourne’s Popular Music Culture, RMIT Gallery, 2013. Photo Mark Ashkanasy. The Morphos was designed by Joshua Batty while working on his PhD at RMIT and features software technology used in MindBuffer’s Architectonics projection on Storey Hall for White Night Melbourne 2016.

RMIT GALLERY This is fascinating for many reasons – not the least the fact that all of this has come out of your PhD research at RMIT. Can you talk about that a bit?

JOSHUA BATTY  My research was in Audiovisual Granular Synthesis which basically involves dissecting audio and visual media into tiny fragments just long enough to active the sensory input system. I showcased an earlier version of the custom software at RMIT Gallery’s Music, Melbourne + Me exhibition in 2013, creating The Morphos, a large cubic projection-mapped sculpture that delighted crowds at White Night Melbourne in 2014.

I developed software that does this slicing process for me and then reassembles these fragments in new and novel ways leading to an almost hallucinatory perceptual effect. My software, called Kortex, also has functionality for doing projection mapping, generating procedural computer graphics and controlling DMX lighting fixtures and laser projectors all in real-time.

As such, I don’t have the need now to use anyone else’s software anymore which is a pretty liberating feeling when you get there. Still, Kortex is always in constant development and I’ll most likely continue to keep adding features to it.

Don’t miss RMIT Gallery at White Night Melbourne! Watch the 1980s sub culture film festival, dress up print booth and see the popular summer exhibition Geniale Dilletanten: Subculture in Germany in the 1980s – AND ride the thrilling Einstürzende Neubauten Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))) to really feel like you are in a 1980s Berlin club.

 

 

 

 

RMIT Gallery to glow at White Night Melbourne

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Nobuhiro Shimura’s video projection “Red Carpet 2010” on the RMIT Gallery front steps. Installation image: Mark Ashkanasy

RMIT Gallery will dazzle during White Night Melbourne Saturday February 20 from 7 pm to 7 am. The front steps will be awash with Japanese artist Nobuhiro Shimura’s video projection “Red Carpet 2010”.

Inside, RMIT Gallery throws open its doors to share its popular summer exhibition Geniale Dilletanten [Brilliant Dilletantes] Subculture in Germany in the 1980s + Australian Ingenious Amateurs.

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RMIT Gallery – November 2015 – 27 Feburary 2016. Geniale Dilletanten: Subculture in Germany in the 1980s. Installation image Mark Ashkanasy.

RMIT Gallery’s façade comes alive with a dazzling light show and morphs throughout the night thanks to custom projection mapping technology by Joshua Batty and Mitchell Nordine from MindBuffer.

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MindBuffer in action at RMIT Gallery White Night Melbourne 2014 – the team will be working their magic on the Storey Hall facade with their custom projection mapping technology.

Chill out at the Kaleide Theatre next door on Swanston Street with the all night German subculture film festival. From 7 pm to 7 am, the free 1980s German Subculture Film Festival will show a program of music, documentary and experimental films from the 1980s presented by RMIT Gallery and the Goethe-Institut Australien (all films are in German with English subtitles).

RMIT Gallery’s façade comes alive for White Night Melbourne

White Night Melbourne – Saturday 20 February – Sunday 21 February from 7 pm to 7 am – will again delight as the city comes alive, enticing people on a journey of discovery through the heart of Melbourne with music, food, film, art, and light. And for the third year in a row, RMIT Gallery has a showcase of events planned for art lovers.

 

Located in RMIT’s grand Victorian building Storey Hall, RMIT Gallery’s façade comes alive with a dazzling light show and morphs throughout the night thanks to “Architectonics” a custom projection mapping technology by Joshua Batty and Mitchell Nordine from MindBuffer.

 

The work, which sits at the intersection of science, architecture and digital media seeks to explore a variety of architectural perceptual tricks at the extreme level of detail MindBuffer have become known for. With the aid of custom visual granular synthesis software developed by Joshua as part of his PhD at RMIT, the architectural features of the building will be disintegrated and rebuilt into an evolving generative form throughout the duration of the night.

In 2015 RMIT Gallery opened its doors all night for Experimenta Recharge, and in 2014 Music, Melbourne and Me: 40 years of Mushroom and Melbourne’s Popular Music Culture delighted art lovers from dusk till dawn.

This year, bring your family and friends into RMIT Gallery in the centre of the city in the Northern Precinct, and enjoy an adventure into German subculture with the exhibition Geniale Dilletanten [Brilliant Dilletantes] Subculture in Germany in the 1980s + Australian Ingenious Amateurs,  along with an all night film festival dedicated to the subculture scene of both East and West Germany of the era.

 

From Nick Cave to Blixa Bargeld, Einstürzende Neubauten to Die Tödliche Doris, this new international touring exhibition from the Goethe-Institut celebrates the radical movement and alternative artistic scene that exploded from Germany in the 1980s, with a taste of the alternative music and art scene from Australia of the era.

Ride the Einstürzende Neubauten Klangbewegung Maschine by (((20Hz))) to really feel like you are in a 1980s Berlin club.

 

The Klangbewegung Maschine is a single participant installation for sound, movement, sensed vibration and light. Sitting in a reclaimed Audi passenger seat, the participant selects their preferred Neubauten composition, Merle (Drawings of Patient OT), Prologue or Feurio (Haus Der Leuge). The music is thrown into movement by a six degrees of freedom motion simulator, extended into vibration through a bass transducer and transmuted into light via eyelid-projections controlled by sound.

Dress up in 1980s gear and get a photo from our print booth as a souvenir.

From 7 pm to 7 am, the free 1980s German Subculture Film Festival at the RMIT Kaleide Theatre next door will show a program of music, documentary and experimental films from the 1980s presented by RMIT Gallery and the Goethe-Institut Australien (all films are in German with English subtitles).

KALEIDE THEATRE – 1980s GERMAN SUBCULTURE FILM FESTIVAL (FREE ENTRY!!!)

(Note: no lift access to Kaleide Theatre, 360 Swanston St, Melbourne)

7.00pm – 9.00pm Berlin Super 80 (1978-1984), 120 min.

Compilation of 18 short movies shot in Super 8 by West German experimental film makers during the late 1970s/early 80s. Music: Malaria, Reflections, Einstürzende Neubauten, Frieder Butzmann and Die Tödliche Doris.

9.00pm – 10.30pm Einstürzende Neubauten live at Palast der Republik (2004) 82 min.

Einstürzende Neubauten concert performance filmed at the former Parliament building Palast der Republik in Berlin.

10.30pm – 12.30am Flüstern und Schreien: ein Rock Report (Whisper & Shout – the East German Rock revolution) (1988), 120 min.

Documentary exploring the East German (DDR) rock music scene of the late 1980s. Music: André + Die Firma, Chicorée, Die Zöllner, Feeling B, Sandow, Silly and This Pop Generation.

12.30am – 2.00am B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin (Unclassified Strictly 18 +) (94 min)

Director Mark Reeder (Factory Records) weaves memoirs of his own life together with super-8 archival footage of subculture luminaries of the era such as Nick Cave, Gudrun Gut and Blixa Bargeld.

2.00am – 4.00am Flüstern und Schreien: ein Rock Report (Whisper & Scream) (1988), 120 min.

4.00am – 6.00am B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin (Unclassified Strictly 18 +) (94 min)

*Some videos may contain nudity and strong adult themes. All Videos German with English subtitles.