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Heads up – five diary dates for Sydney Design 09

In architecture, exhibition, festival, graphic design, industrial design, photography on 29 June 2009 at 7:12 am
While the Sydney Design 09 festival (1–16 August) is still more than a month away, I wanted to give you advance notice of a couple of ticketed events that will sell out quickly, and some more to consider for your diary.
English lighting designer Paul Cocksedge http://www.paulcocksedge.co.uk/ is known for innovations like lights that can be switched on by drawing pencil lines on a piece of paper or moulded from styrene cups, and a waterfall bent out of shape by a static generator. The object he is pictured with here is filled with gin and tonic water and fluoresces under UV light. He’s the Sydney Design 09 international speaker and he’ll be delivering an illustrated lecture about his inspiration, process and work.
6pm Monday 3 August, Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo. $15. Book online here.
A pop-up restaurant? Why not? Eat Green Design http://www.eatgreendesign.com/ is a purpose-built environment conceived by Collaborate’s Cilla Maden and designed by architect Hannah Tribe, with a menu of bio-dynamic and organic food devised by Danks Street Depot’s Jared Ingersoll. The concept demonstrates best practise principles in sustainable architecture and interior design, with tableware and furniture has been commissioned from Australian designers. A program of guest speakers who will lead discussion at each of the sessions will be announced shortly.
Breakfast: 8am–10am on 3, 5 and 10 August.
Brunch: 9.30am–11.30am on 2 and 9 August.
Dinner (three courses + wine): 6pm–9pm on 1, 6, 11 and 12 August.
Dinner (two courses + wine) 8pm–10pm on 4 August.
Outside these times, the venue will be open for coffee. Breakfasts or brunches are $66 a head and dinners are $110 a head. At the Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo. Bookings are essential, and you can book online here.
Pauline Kiernan in a gown by Theo Haskin of Salon Milano, Melbourne, 1956. Photograph by Bruno Benini.
Bruno Benini was an Italian-born Melbourne-based fashion photographer whose archive spanning 1950 to 2001 contains wonderful fashion shots and a suite of important portraits of actors, writers, dancers, designers and artists. The archive was very recently acquired by the Powerhouse Museum and its curator, Anne-Marie Van de Ven, will share her insights into it as she works through the acquisition process. Special guests will include some of Benini’s models.
12.30pm–1.30pm Wednesday 5 August, Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo. Free with museum entry.
Marcus Piper is the joint creative director of the internationally recognised creative agency one8one7 http://www.one8one7.com/
which is based on the south coast of NSW. one8one7 created the identity and campaign for Sydney Design 09. Thanks to technology and transport, Australia incubates great creative talent that works with clients around the world, as well as attracting them from overseas with our climate and lifestyle. Piper will be talking about  the benefits of working internationally and the effect the digital age has had on achieving international recognition “remotely”.
2pm-3pm Sunday 9 August, Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo. Free with museum entry.
SANAA: Christian Dior building, Omotesandō, Tokyo
Two big names in Japanese architecture, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, are the founders of the Tokyo-based SANAA (Sejima + Nishizawa and Associates). They are staging an “architectural intervention” at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation during Sydney Design 09: a translucent curvilinear acrylic wall that meanders through the gallery creating a sense of interior/exterior space. There will be a free public forum chaired by Margaret Throsby, with speakers including Professor Leon van Schaik, Professor of Architecture (Innovation Chair) at RMIT and Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.
 3pm–5pm Saturday 15 August, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 16–20 Goodhope St, Paddington.

While the Sydney Design 09 festival (1–16 August) is still more than a month away, I wanted to give you advance notice of a couple of ticketed events that will sell out quickly, and some more to consider for your diary.

Paul Cocksedge

British designer Paul Cocksedge is known for innovations like lights that can be switched on by drawing pencil lines on a piece of paper or moulded from deformed styrene cups, and a waterfall warped out of shape by a static generator. The object he is pictured with here is filled with gin and tonic water and fluoresces under UV light. He’s the Sydney Design 09 international speaker and he’ll be delivering an illustrated lecture about his inspiration, process and work. 6pm Monday 3 August, Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo. $15. You can book online here.

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Prick up your ears for Liquid Architecture

In festival, sound on 18 June 2009 at 1:59 am

Sydney’s cavalcade of festivals just keeps on coming. Hot on the heels of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, the inaugural Creative Sydney and Brian Eno’s Luminous festival comes Liquid Architecture, a four-day event devoted to sound.

liquid architecture

Now in its 10th year, Liquid Architecture brings together music, sound art, noise and other listening pleasures as performances, installations and broadcasts.

It opens on Wednesday 24 June with an exhibition of sound-based installations at The Performance Space that will run through the festival. The opening night also includes live performances by Ruark Lewis, who uses language as sound, and Rik Rue, who works with the recording medium itself as an instrument.

German media artist Thomas Köner headlines the Concert One program on Friday 26 June. Here’s a video of Köner’s work Terrain Vague, recorded at the Dis-patch Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, last year.

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Two ideas that will change the way we read

In media, technology on 9 June 2009 at 8:07 am

Two new pieces of technology are about to change the way readers can have words delivered to them.

iceberg

The first was demonstrated during Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference keynote address this morning.

The Iceberg Reader, by ScrollMotion, brings an experience similar to Amazon’s Kindle reader to users of the Apple iPhone and iPod touch, with the addition of more tactile page-turning, skimming, search and other options. And, of course, colour. With 40 million iPhones already in use, the uptake of the Iceberg app will be faster than sales of the single-function Kindle.

ScrollMotion have already partnered with Random House, Hachette, Penguin Putnam, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Simon & Schuster. It’s not difficult to believe that they’ll have more publishers looking for partnerships soon. The book demonstrated at WWDC – Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers – was $9.99, although there’s no word yet on pricing.

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A year away: The Beauty of Distance

In exhibition on 5 June 2009 at 1:41 pm
Biennale1Cai Guo-Qiang

 

The exhibition concept for next year’s Sydney Biennale was announced today: “The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age”.

Artistic director David Elliot explains: “Distance allows us to be ourselves despite the many capacities we share. We are all the same, yet different, and it is our differences that make us – according to the circumstances – beautiful, terrifying, attractive, boring, sexy, unsettling, fascinating, challenging, funny, stimulating, horrific or even many of these at once. The idea of distance also expresses the condition of art itself. Art is of life, runs parallel to life and is sometimes about life. But for art to be art a medium of numinous, sometimes symbolic power), it must maintain a distance from life. Without distance, art has no authority and is no longer special.”

In a brochure being handed out at the Venice Biennale, Elliot outlines some of the exhibition’s themes:

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