Federation Square Big Screen Gaming: Gravitate

November 4th, 2013



* MELBOURNE  Fed Squre Big Screen

Federation Square Big Screen Gaming: Gravitate WORLD PREMIERE.   Move, connect and create an audio-visual masterpiece on the Big Screen with Melbourne designers Ethno Tekh’s ground-breaking new installation, Gravitate.

  • Every Wednesday 13 November – 4 December 2013 at  7.30pm – 10pm
  • Big Screen at Federation Square
  • FREE

Ethno Tekh (literally meaning “Culture of Technology”) envisions Gravitate collaborations with audio and visual artists from cities around the world to bring a mix of cultures and styles to each of the different installation sites.
Combining the advances of digital technology with a humanistic approach, Ethno Tekh’s philosophy is to create, share and bring people closer together through interactive games and performances.

Ethno Tekh is a collaboration between Melbourne-based designers Brad Hammond (XY01) and Chris Vik (Synaecide) to create live audio-visual motion controlled performances, installations and software tools.

Chris Vik, a performer and sound designer, has presented over 30 live-looped electronic music performances around the world including activating the Melbourne Town Hall organ with gestures. Notable performances include the Seattle Science Festival’s hacker luminaries series (2012), Microsoft’s TechEd (2012) and opening CeBit Hannover (2013). Since early 2011 Chris has been developing his own software, Kinectar, which turns the Kinect gaming sensor into a fully-fledged MIDI controller.

Brad Hammond is a Melbourne based experimental visual artist, interaction designer and programmer. After honing his skills as a professional in the games industry for 6 years, he left to develop his artistic practice and has exhibited works around the world including Pause Fest Perth, Dark Mofo Hobart and Republika Fest Croatia. He has also developed an innovative 3D visual synthesizer, ‘Splash’ which is used around the world by real time visual performers.
Ethno Tekh’s Gravitate is the latest multimedia commission presented by Fed Square’s Creative Program.

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