Orbi, Ecological landmark

UTS Gallery
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Transcapes, Artificial Nature 1, Digitally mediated environments
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My work was included in the exhibition: Transcapes, Artificial Nature 1, Digitally mediated environments, UTS Gallery, Sydney, 31 October - 23 November 2006. The exhibition focused on the use of digital technologies as creative tools for rethinking art. It was co-ordinated by the Centre for Digital Design: a research centre focusing on the study and development of dynamic immersive information systems and the creative use of digital media. Additionally, a symposium on the subject of digitally mediated environments was organised simultaneously to highlight recent trends in digital design, art and architecture. Transcapes provided the opportunity to be exhibited with renowned architectural practices including: OceanD (UK/USA); PTW Architects + Arup + CSCEC (AUS/PRC); Chris Bosse (AUS/DE). Orbi: Design, 3D, Animation by Frank Minnaert. This practice-based research project was developed for an international architectural competition organised by Central Glass Co. Ltd - Shinkenchiku-sha Co. Ltd in Japan interested in architectural investigations regarding new types of landmark. Internationally renowned landmarks have either been the expression of myth, religion, technology or power. Orbi is a ecological landmark of a new kind, flying geostationary above cities. Its morphological characteristics are derived from the properties of water, air and the living organisms they generate. The morphological changes are synchronised with the variations of water (tidal levels) and air (wind, atmospheric pressure). Through its cyclical transformations Orbi could be seen either as a positive award or a negative utopia, an ecological mutant or the embodiment of the ecological threat.
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