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ATELIER EDENS

CREATING AND BROADCASTING FROM OCEANIC ABYSS, FORESTED WILDERNESS and INTER-GALACTIC SPACE


ATELIER EDENS is a series of field laboratories conducted over three years sustainably creating cross-artform projects in remote natural environments.

The three laboratories OCEAN (the Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo Reef, the Southern Ocean); WILDERNESS (Victoria’s National Parks) and SPACE (low orbit) will involve key artists working with science and industry in each location to create artistic responses to the critical issues of landscape, environment and history unique to each place.

Developing cultural content that is in conversation with the most remote, pristine, and culturally invaluable tracts of the natural world.

An underwater concert to encourage coral spawning. A live broadcast from a whale research boat. An interactive locative game in a coastal paradise where participants play mutant rabbits able to exterminate foreign viruses. A concert miles from anywhere in a cave made entirely of speakers. A rocket launch and funeral for the songs we most want to be remembered by.

ATELIER EDENS is a practice-based analysis and response to the challenges faced by Australian artists in creating work that responds to a changing environment, geographical spread, and a constantly evolving networked culture.

Atelier Edens aims to place audiences within remote places in ways that are IMMEDIATE, LIVE and INTERACTIVE by looking to integrate communication and networked modalities such as GPS, telepresence, mobile phone app development, augmented reality, locative gaming, projection mapping and localised radio and network broadcasts.

The first Ocean Laboratory was held in Perth, Western Australia where artists Willoh S.Weiland, Thea Baumann, Josh Gardiner and guest artist Kelly Ryall worked with The Department of Marine Technology at Curtin University, CIA Studios and an enormous water tank at the Artrage complex to explore methodologies for broadcasting content from reef systems and within a greater oceanic context as well as the potential for creating cross-artform projects on 'floating broadcasting vessels' using existing satellite internet and localised FM transmissions.

Highlights included a visit to the Whale Song Centre for Research, which tracks the migratory patters of whales species in the Southern Ocean, and the Atlantis abandoned theme park once owned by Alan Bond; a cemetery of ocean inspired tourism.

Regular blog updates, posts, documentation, cross-over points of interest can be followed here at the Atelier Edens Website

Aphids would like to thank the generous support of these organisations towards supporting ATELIER EDENS:
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE | CHAMPAGNE VALENTINE | PARKS VICTORIA | CURTIN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY | PVI COLLECTIVE | ANAT | CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT ENTERPRISES | CITY OF MELBOURNE | CENTRE FOR WHALE RESEARCH | REEF RESEARCH CENTRE |CRUMPLER | AIRSTRIP | HEAD QUARTERS | MORITZ | MAD FISH | FRESH FORK | FOWLERS FLOWERS | LINDEN GALLERY | FEDERATION SQUARE | FINSBURY GREEN | DALTON | THE IAN POTTER FOUNDATION | THE HUGH WILLIAMSON FOUNDATION | SIDNEY MYER FUND | VIC HEALTH | AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS | ARTS VICTORIA