A Space Oddity

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I’m sure by now everyone knows that feeling of being a little too plugged in. Whether it’s way too much distraction and time wasting on social networking, games, video or simply a heavy workload in front of the computer – most people today are consumed with the digital age in some way. How does this significant social shift over the last 10 years, change us? How has it changed the way we relate to our surroundings?

Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts is exploring how we use space today, both virtually and in the physical with their latest exhibition A Space Oddity. Australian artists Darren Sylvester, Antoinette Citizen, Masato Takasaka and Adad Hannah with Oscar winning filmmaker Denys Arcand, will create four very different environments within the gallery walls.

Outside the gallery, Australian video artist Dominic Redfern will create a site-specific video work on a digital advertising board at St Kilda Road junction. An urban walking trail will start from Linden and guide visitors on a virtual and physical tour of ‘hidden’ artworks via the exhibition’s augmented reality smartphone app.

Australian artist Philip Samartzis will create a locational sound work; Melbourne based artists Akira Akira and Amanda Marburg will create ‘secret’ artworks that will be placed in and around the walking trail, visitors can collect these works and so they will rejuvenate throughout the exhibition; Colin Harman and Will Pappenheimer will produce virtual artworks that can be viewed through the exhibition app. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition and includes a graphic essay by Matthew Perkins and Bruce Mutard, while Scott Wark will produce a critical essay.

A Space Oddity opens Friday 27 September, 6-8pm at Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, 26 Acland Street, St Kilda and runs from 28 September – 10 November. Phone 03 95340099 for more details.

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