CHRIS BARKER

 

KNOWMORE/HOUSE OF COMMONS

Knowmore/House of commons was a collaboration with Brisbane new media Artist Keith Armstrong. A year long collaboration, it was supported by the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Artworkers Alliance, Australia Council For The Arts, QUT Creative Industries, Arts Queensland,  RMIT Centre for Animation and Interactive Media and E2E Visual as Institutional and industry partners.

Knowmore House of Commons is an embodied interactive installation investigating the cultural dimensions of sustainability. A large circular table spun by hand and a computer-controlled video projection falls on its top, creating an uncanny blend of physical object and virtual media. Participants’ presence around the table and how they touch it is registered, allowing up to five people to collaboratively ‘play’ this deeply immersive audiovisual work. It was commissioned by Infozone New Media Residency and Exhibition Project, 21 Feb-24th May, 2009, Infozone Artspace, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.  It was featured in: 'Beyond Mediations', Mediations Biennial of Modern Art, Zamek Centre For Art and Culture, Poznan, Poland, September 10 - October 30, 2010, Curated by Ryszard W. Kluszczynski.  

I produced a lot of real time GLXS shaders for this work, which took a whole array of realtime inputs - touch, proximity, spin, number of participants.  Informed by the deep undersea, the shaders were wonderful, generous and complex for the time.  

TEAM: Keith Armstrong (Artist director), co-director Chris Barker. Darren Pack (programmer) Luke Lickfold (Interactive Sound Design) and Stuart Lawson (Designer). Quotes by Tony Fry, Table design Fred Howie, Howie Engineering.