PluginHUMAN and Lorraine Brigdale: Previous Artworks

THE ART OF CONSTANT CHANGE [2021] Shepparton Festival, Shepparton Art Museum, AUSTRALIA (PluginHUMAN)

THE ART OF CONSTANT CHANGE [2021]. Shepparton Festival, Shepparton Art Museum, AUSTRALIA.
Large-scale video artwork controlled by brainwaves.
35m x 9m. Duration 6:31 minutes.

The Art of Constant Change is a video artwork. The fractured visuals are driven by the artists own brainwaves. This artwork highlights how our neural function is affected by constantly changing global conditions. Details

CONCEAL [2019]. Luminous Festival, AUSTRALIA (PluginHUMAN)

Two people walking in front of a projection artwork
CONCEAL [2019]. Luminous Festival, AUSTRALIA.
Single-channel, video artwork.This image shows two people walking in front of the artwork.
Photo-microscopy and generative computer animation.
8.5m x 3m. Duration 6:24 minutes.

CONCEAL is a video artwork that features a fusion of digital and organic materials and processes. The artists used digital methods to highlight hidden organic structures. CONCEAL affords audiences the unique opportunity to experience and engage with layers of physicality not often available to us in our daily lives. This artwork features photographs taken under microscope of biological samples that were collected from significant Melbourne (Australian) ecosystems. The video is formed from generative computer animations of the biological imagery. Ultimately, CONCEAL reveals hidden structures from our surrounding natural environment. Details

CAPTURE [2021]. Public Video Artwork, Commissioned by City of Port Phillip (PluginHUMAN).

CAPTURE [2021]. A Carbon Negative Research Project and Video Artwork.
Single channel video artwork. Showcasing the microscopic qualities of environmentally responsible biopolymer materials.
Biopolymers, photo-microscopy, projection mapping.
13.5m x 3m. Duration 10:34 minutes.

PluginHUMAN were the recipients of the 2019 Rupert Bunny Visual Arts Fellowship. Their 1.5 year fellowship project was called CAPTURE. It was an investigation into carbon neutral and carbon negative materials and working practices. During the fellowship they created a series of compostable biopolymers. The biopolymers were a plastic-like substance that can break down in domestic compost systems. They will use these biopolymers in their future installation work, replacing commercial plastics and many metals. The majority of their biopolymers are made using seaweed. The CAPTURE project involved a video artwork that featured generative computer animations of the microscopic qualities of PluginHUMAN’s biopolymer materials. Details

LAPIS ART [2019]. Lapis art printed on silk. Dudley House, AUSTRALIA (Lorraine Brigdale).

Lorraine Brigdale, 2019
Lapis art printed on silk

THRIVING: Current Public Artwork Commission (PluginHUMAN + Lorraine Brigdale).

THRIVING. Indicative mock-up image.
Public video artwork featuring microscope imagery.

THRIVING (currently under development) will be an immersive, multi-sensory, interactive public artwork that explores the wild spaces that exist within and around us. This site-specific artwork will snake around the walls of a public outdoor area. It will feature a video artwork (approximately 40m long), that will contain generatevly animated imagery that has been derrived in collaboration with local communities.This artwork will unearth aspects of ourselves, and aspects of the site’s surrounding environment that are not perceptible without the use of electronic and scientific equipment. PluginHUMAN and Lorraine Brigdale will invite audiences to consider a symbiotic relationship between our inner-worlds and the urban/natural forces that surround us. The above image is a mock-up sketch of this artwork.

BREATHE [2019]. Melbourne Museum, AUSTRALIA (PluginHUMAN).

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BREATHE [2019]. Melbourne Museum, AUSTRALIA.
Immersive, environment-controlled LED public installation and screen-based artwork.
LED lights, printed acrylic, mixed media, audio.
9m x 5m x 2.5m (high).

Breathe is an immersive public art experience. It is inspired by organic structures. This artwork features recycled acrylic tubes, printed with images of microscopic elements from natural environments. Inside the tubes are led lights. The colours and patterns of the lights are controlled by environmental changes that occur in significant international ecosystems. This immersive installation was created by PluginHUMAN in response to their research and field trips in the Amazon, Panama and Australia. This artwork was made in collaboration with First Nations teams from Melbourne Museum. It also features a large abstract screen-based artwork that showcases contemporary perspectives on the Museum’s First People’s collection. Details

[ i miss your touch ] 2020. WINNER Good Design Award 2020 (PluginHUMAN)

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[ i miss your touch ] 2020. WINNER Good Design Award 2020.
Participants collaborate with PluginHUMAN to create a live interactive video artwork.
Real-time online virtual environment.
Ephemeral web platform.

[ i miss your touch ] is real time art. This virtual interactive video experience transports two people who are in separate locations into a shared virtual environment. This award-winning online platform launched in March 2020 as a rapid response to pandemic conditions. It helps people maintain meaningful social and physical connections and provides a personalised art experience. It also provides the experience of virtual touch. [ i miss your touch ] makes people feel as if they are together in one space. Details