When:1st - 3rd May 2019
From 1-3 May the Woden Experiment will be home to an interactive artist’s residency – the first in a series of programs, activities and events to be delivered over the next three years by the new Woden Community Arts Officer, John Hart.
This residency will see Pod 2 of the Woden Experiment taken over by local artist Brian McNamara, and for three days will serve as his studio where he will create and display new work, and will be available to the public to discuss and demonstrate the operation of his interactive pieces.
Pop in between 9:00am and 3:00pm on Wednesday 1st May, Thursday 2nd May and Friday 3rd May and have fun playing with Brian’s interactive electronic sound sculptures. This free fun is suitable for everyone!
Brian is well known for his instruments and sound-art objects made from a variety of materials such as wood, glass and plastic filament, and which incorporate computer programmed elements, low-voltage electronics, and purpose designed oscillators.
A cornerstone of his practice is the belief that art functions best when the art space is inclusive of the public, and his experimental instruments, sound-art sculptures and various installations require active audience engagement and participation.
His works are highly entertaining – particularly for young families – and the public are warmly encouraged to drop in, say hi, and have a play with the works on display.
John will also be available, and would love to hear about your creative ideas, interests and aspirations – a wonderful opportunity for you to provide feedback on the kinds of arts activities you would like to see develop in Woden over the next three years
Artist Statesmen: Brian McNamara
Brian McNamara is an experimental instrument builder and sound sculpture artist based in Bungendore, NSW Australia.
Brian mixes his passions for music, electronics and sculpture into unique objects that should need no explanation to play or experience but convey a deeper meaning in the context of their surroundings.
Brian builds a range of experimental instruments, with a focus on both autonomous sound-art sculptures and interactive installation instruments that require the engagement of multiple people or unusual kinetic movements to be played. His instruments include computer programmed elements, percussion, found sounds from used electronics and purpose designed oscillators.
A key feature of his work is audience movement and participation. Art functions best when the art space is inclusive of the public so through his exploration of experimental sounds he uses engagement with the audience as a medium to convey ideas. These explorations include the link between the environment and technology, our own movement around the planet with movement of those fleeing war torn areas and the link between our own minds and those we try to create in machines.
Brian was a national finalist for the Etsy design awards for his sound-art piece The EMDS synth (2015) and won the ReArt peoples choice award for the Automaphone (2015) an autonomous device that interprets drawings into music.