CityPILOTS

CityPILOTS

This program sees a series of eight temporary, exploratory artworks, by artists practicing in a range of different artforms, installed throughout the City of Hobart (within the actual or the digital twin of the city).

Background

In 2019 the City of Hobart's Public Art Framework was endorsed by Council. One of the new strategic directions of this project was "Experimental", with an emphasis on exploratory, temporary public artworks. A number of temporary works installed as part of Hobart Current and The Crowther Reinterpreted project showed a high level of public engagement with this type of intervention in the city. A significant grant obtained via the Federal RISE fund enabled this project to be realised.

I Raise Up My Voice
Brigita Ozolin's work MY VOICE, as installed in 2021 for Hobart Current. Photo credit: Andrew Wilson Photography

Purpose

Hobart has a talented pool of arts practitioners interested in doing works in public space, but the opportunities to build understanding, experience and a portfolio of these kinds of work are limited. CityPILOTS will offer eight artists (or small artist teams) an opportunity to explore and experiment in the spaces of Hobart, developing works that intrigue, delight and challenge city users. Artists will build capacity while drawing on the spaces, places, resources and experience of the City of Hobart. This project has the overarching aim of skilling artists to obtain further commissions in the future.

Where?

Physical works

We have defined a precinct within the City of Hobart for the physical artworks. This is based on an ease of walking distance between the works, for members of the public.

Digital works (within the City's Digital Twin)

Two of the selected artworks will be "installed" within the City's Digital Twin.

The Greater Hobart Digital Twin is a searchable, interactive, three dimensional "map" of Greater Hobart. It is like a more sophisticated version of Google's street view, as it has been being built from drone and still footage that establishes a three dimensional environment that a user can "fly" through. The Digital Twin is a data-rich environment built from many different government and private data sets. It will continue to develop over time with greater use by the general public.

Public Artwork within this digital environment will have certain parameters based on the current limits of the Digital Twin, but may also remain "in place" indefinitely as a layer within the map.

When?

Artworks will be staged/installed/performed between April and October 2022.

Selected Artists

Round 1: Installation from April

David Campbell (Hobart)

David Campbell

Future memorials, 2045. Ten anodised aluminium panels.

Artist statement

The artwork consists of a number of discovered memorials from a possible near-future.

A full list of artwork locations can be viewed at inksniffer.net/map.

Artist bio

David Campbell is a designer, creative director and artist based in nipaluna (Hobart). He has collaborated with, worked for, or shown at Mona, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Gertrude Contemporary, the Christchurch Biennale, the Falls Festival, Citylights, and the Nextwave festival.

Matt Daniels (Hobart)

Matt Daniels

MID-TOWN-CLOCK, 2021. Generative digital clock, installed at The Loop, Hobart.

Artist statement

MID-TOWN-CLOCK is a new take on the idea of a civic clock. A clock that informs citizens while reflecting the local environment.

Artist bio

Matt is a Systems Designer, Digital Artist and Creative Technologist. He has a passion for new technologies, specifically how they will influence art and what new art forms will arise from them. Matt has applied himself in a range of disciplines, from computer graphics and effects to digital puppetry, animation, games, touch and motion based interfaces. He works in film, theatre and online projects as well as art performances and installations in museum galleries and festivals.

Margaret Woodward (Hobart) and Camilla Brueton (Cardiff)

Margaret Woodward and Camilla Brueton

moss.quarry.plaque, 2022. Digital media, sound and text installed within the City of Hobart Digital Twin.

Artist statement

moss.quarry.plaque is a digital artwork by artists Margaret Woodward based in nipaluna/Hobart and Camilla Brueton living in Cardiff, Wales. Installed in the City of Hobart's digital twin, moss.quarry.plaque is the trace of the two artist's exchanges held during three synchronous walks in their respective cities. Their unique process of call and response, locates them in their own terrain and composes a poetic score now inscribed on digital plaques in St David's Park and to be read and heard along the route of their walks.

To visit moss.quarry.plaque or to follow the artists' walking routes, please open the link below.

moss.quarry.plaque in the Digital Twin

Artist bio

Margaret Woodward is an artist, writer and publisher and with Justy Phillips is co-founder of A Published Event. Based in lutruwita/Tasmania, Margaret's work focuses on 'divining' geological and personal histories entangled in the places we call home and her practice combines walking, writing and artmaking in response to place. Margaret's publications are held in private and institutional collections around the world.

Camilla Brueton is a visual artist and writer based in Cardiff, Wales. Her practice interrogates our experience of place; reflecting on landscape, architecture, movement and shifting perspectives. Composition and the construction of images is also a formal concern within her work; how we frame and are framed by the world around us. Camilla is a creative producer for Common Wealth, a political site-specific theatre company.

Margaret and Camilla collaborate remotely through a call and response technique of walking and writing developed during synchronous walks undertaken in lutruwita/Tasmania and Wales.

Tom O'Hern (Hobart)

Tom O'Hern

Foreverever, 2021. Paving paint. Signage. Intercity Cycle Way, Hobart.

Artist statement

Foreverever is a scale replica of the solar system running along the bike track. The work begins at the Regatta Grounds with the Sun and runs out toward Pluto. At this scale the nearest star would be way out near the moon and would take ages to ride a bike to. The artist hopes to show just how puny we are and how we could all probably all calm down a bit.

Artist bio

Tom O'Hern is an artist based in nipaluna (Hobart). His practice is centred around drawing and includes painting, murals and animation. O'Hern is drawn to the raw mark-making of graffiti, doodles.

Round 2: Installation or staging from July

Cheryl Rose

Matthew Stolp, Damian Stolp, Nicholas Stolp, Stefan Le Mottee, Matt Daniels

Michael Vivarelli (work within the Digital Twin)

Mel McVee

Check back for more information in the coming weeks and months.