The TRANSART program has commissioned a broad range of Western Australian artists who have delivered innovative and exciting works providing different kinds of encounters with public art in the city.
One Word For Snow
The One Word for Snow project by Perth artist Amy Perejuan-Capone was commissioned for TRANSART as part of the 2017 Winter Arts Season, acting as Perth’s principal snow advocacy agency and blizzard alert system working towards snow-paucity reform in the city.
Its expertise and productions assist Perth people in dealing with the harsh realities of their naturally snow-free environment, including extreme weather events such as pleasant sunshine, occasional rain, light breeze, and severe lack of snow.
Through its Perth Snow Report featuring regular forecasts, alerts, snow monitoring and advice spanning the City of Perth region, the One Word For Snow project provides one of the most ridiculous and least useful services of meteorological interest in the state.
The One Word For Snow project contributes to Perth’s social, cultural and environmental snow goals by providing absurdly site-specific observational, meteorological, and whimsical services and by undertaking research into performative satire and environment related issues in support of its operations and services.
For more information, please visit: https://www.onewordforsnow.org/about
One Word for Snow 2017 by Amy Perejuan-Capone, 2017. Commissioned by the City of Perth for TRANSART. Images courtesy of Jacqueline Warwick.
Do It For Free
Do it For Free is a temporary public artwork by Perth artist David Attwood in the form a shoe exchange. Throughout October 2016 one hundred pairs of Nike Air Max 90 sneakers were given away to one hundred members of the public in exchange for their second hand shoes. The artwork continues to exist as an imagined constellation of Air Max sneakers traversing Perth’s urban environment.
Popularised in the mid 1990s through hip-hop and youth culture, the Nike Air Max sneaker has become a global fashion item icon broadly associated with the vandal and the delinquent. Do It For Free uses the cultural connotations of Nike Air Max sneakers and their exchange with the public as a means of exploring alternate relationships between commodities and communities more broadly.
The one hundred pairs of Nike Air Max sneakers were given away to members of the public between October 13th and October 23rd by undercover ushers. The location of an usher on a given day was disclosed through posts made via the City of Perth Twitter (@CityofPerth) account. Members of the public were then invited to locate the usher, who escorted the first 15 people to reach him to an undisclosed location to complete the exchange. The usher (David Atwood) was identifiable by his Air Max sneakers.
Participating recipients were required to exchange the shoes on their feet for their new Air Max sneakers, they were also asked to be photographed or share a photograph of themselves wearing their Air Max trainers.
Do It For Free concluded with a public exhibition of the collected second hand shoes alongside photographic documentation of the project. The collected second hand shoes were donated to local charity Homeless Connect.
Do It For Free is a public artwork by artist David Attwood, commissioned by the City of Perth as part of the TRANSART 2016 program.
Do It For Free Video
Do It For Free by David Attwood, 2016. Commissioned by the City of Perth for TRANSART.
Video courtesy of Kate Ferguson.
Do It For Free by David Attwood, 2016. Commissioned by the City of Perth for TRANSART. Images courtesy of Kate Ferguson.
TRANSART: TRANSITION 2016
by Matt Aitken and Mei Swan Lim
Commissioned by the City of Perth for TRANSART: TRANSITION 2016, Swamp Clubb is an immersive, multi-sensory walking tour by artists Matt Aitken and Mei Swan Lim.
Whilst people celebrate the sinking of the railway line and “re-connecting” of the Perth CBD with Northbridge,Swamp Clubb facilitates people reconnecting with this familiar urban landscape through enquiring into its ecological, socio-cultural and spiritual past.
This project took place throughout May 2016 and comprised of three components:
- Breakfast Clubb – as a starting point for the tours, where people gathered and completed a light survey (titled Perthonal Refelctions) before being provided with a light breakfast.
- Lake Kingsford Eco Ghost Tours – a series of four tours, leaving from the Urban Orchard and moving along a path following the edges of the former site of Lake Kingsford. Each tour featured different guest speakers, investigating the histories of the ecology and ways of life that once existed, prior to reclamation of the lake. The tours also featured a variety of sensory experiences.
- Kingsford Swamp Stream – an audio podcast of speakers and performances that took place throughout the project.
All tours began in the Urban Orchard and ventured through different public spaces in and around the Cultural Centre in Northbridge. For more information about the artists and the project, visit: http://swampclubb.tumblr.com/
Speakers in order of appearance: Marissa Verma (Bindi Bindi Dreaming), Dr. Jacqueline Giles, Dr Noel Nannup.
Musical Excerpts: Mei Saraswati - Honey Eaters in Hedge Corridoors | Mei Sarswati - Smith's Lake Field Recording| A.J Wigwams - Astronaughty | Akioka - Bibra Lake | Mei Saraswati - Slow Movers | Mei Saraswati - Water Pour
Swamp Clubb by Matt Aitken and Mei Swan Lim, 2016.
(Images courtesy of Jacqueline Warwick)
April - June 2016
Commissioned by the City of Perth for TRANSART: TRANSITION 2016.
MMM Energizer is a wind driven, chaotic kinetic sculpture suspended between two trees in Stirling Gardens. Constructed from aluminium tubes and panels painted in vibrant colours, the sculpture catches the wind, rotating around a central suspension point in ever changing configurations. The dance the work performs for the viewer is mesmerising, varying from calm and gentle, to busy and frantic, depending upon the strength of the breeze.
About the Artist
Richard Hammer is a retired mathematician, drawn to the chaos and unpredictability of wind-driven kinetic sculpture. Following a long and successful career in mathematics, Hammer embarked on an education in sculpture, applying his skills to the creation of what he describes as ‘nonsense machines’ made from raw and recycled materials. He now works primarily in stainless steel and aluminium.
MMM Energizer by Richard Hammer, 2016.
(Images courtesy of Jacqueline Warwick)
TRANSART 2015: EXPERIMENTAL
Speculative security forces patroling Perth’s streets and specially designed bouquets from a mobile flower cart, were two of the temporary public art commissions that poped-up in the City between 28 September to 30 October 2015.
City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the projects by Western Australian contemporary artists Alina Tang and Loren Kronemyer appeared as part of the City’s TRANSART 2015: Experimental program.
Alina Tang and her mobile, floral art ‘Tussie Mussies’ and Loren Kroneyer’s ‘Mount Force’ walking the streets, together delivered 12 performances over six weeks, spread across a number of different locations in the City.
TUSSIE MUSSIES | ALINA TANG
Tussie Mussies is an interventionist artwork in the form of a mobile flower cart, which acts as the catalyst for engagement about female identity and strength. The artist will prepare customised bouquets for members of the public, and converse about the flowers and their layers of significance.
1 October, 12 noon - 2pm, Hay Street Mall
5 October, 8am - 10am, outside Art Gallery of WA
6 October, 8am - 10am, outside Art Gallery of WA
7 October, 4pm - 6pm Cnr St George's Tce and William St, Perth
14 October, 11am – 1pm, Central Park
14 October, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Murray Street Mall
30 October, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Grand Lane
Tussie Mussies by Alina Tang, 2015. Commissioned by the City of Perth for TRANSART. Images courtesy of Neil Wallace.
MOUNT FORCE | LOREN KRONEMYER
Mount Force sees a speculative future security force walking the streets of Perth – a force comprised of humans, horses, and birds of prey working together. This performative work by Perth-based artist Loren Kronemyer explores ideas about authority, security and surveillance by creating a symbolic ‘patrol’, an unexpected spectacle moving through the City.
7 October, 7am - 11am
14 October, 10am - 2pm
30 October, 5pm - 9pm, followed by a live performance by local band Mining Tax at Toastface Grillah, Grand Lane, Perth.
For more information about Mount Force go to: http://mount-force.tumblr.com/
TRANSART 2015: RED
Temporary public art popped-up in Perth’s CBD from June 3, 2015, creating surprising stories and interactive experiences for those visiting, living, and working in the City.
Two commissions from WA contemporary artists Mel McVee and Tim Burns appeared in laneways and at the Perth Train Station forecourt on Wellington Street as part of the City’s TRANSART 2015: RED program.
Tim Burns’ installation ‘Victory or Revenge?’ delivered a powerful narrative with ‘red’ explicit in the rust of a wrecked car and iron oxide prevalent across most of WA’s natural landscape.
Melissa McVee’s red-themed, interactive sculptures in the series ‘Automaton in Red’, were exhibited in three different laneway locations, and were based on old-fashioned penny arcade machines.
TRANSART: TRANSITION 2015
Elevated Conversations by Joanna Sulkowski
Commissioned by the City of Perth for TRANSART: TRANSITION 2015, Elevated Conversations was a series of installations by artist Joanna Sulkowski, appearing as aerial banners flown over Perth’s CBD on five separate occasions during April and May 2015.
The ambiguous dialogue within the work is intimate in nature, yet still relatable to each viewer in different ways. The work can be read as highly personal and emotional, yet it retains a sense of humour, as a play on the grand gesture.
A viewer may see just one message, the entirety of the narrative, or even a random number, creating a different context depending how much is noticed and also known about the project as a whole.
A large part of Sulkowski’s practise is centred on noticing the unnoticed, and this is also a featured theme in this work. The work is unexpected, unconventional and cryptic, prompting the audience to question the reasons behind it, fostering the chance for discussion, both in person and through posting images/descriptions of the bizarre sightings on social media, or even use the message as their own!
(Images courtesy of Neil Wallace)
This exhibition of the following artists was displayed on the façade of Council House, 27 St Georges Terrace, Perth.
PERTH IS SWEET! | SUZANNE BLAKE
5-8, 10-13, 16-18 October, 7pm-1am
Graphic designer Suzanne Blake has designed vibrant pixelated images centring around the theme ‘Perth is Sweet’. Bold, colourful forms will transform Council House into an array of fruit.
AFTERLIGHT | TOM MULLER
19-20, 23-24, 27-31 October; 1-3 November, 7pm-1am
Fremantle-based artist Tom Muller’s work will emulate lighting aspects during transitional periods of day and night – sunrise, sunset, twilight and darkness. The sequence will act as an accelerated expression of the natural process of the intensity of light increasing and decreasing. By elaborating seven illuminated gradient scenes, viewers will witness an artificial rendition of nature’s cycle of light.
REFLECTIONS | ROLY SKENDER
4, 8-13, 15-16, 18-19 November, 7pm-1am
Perth-based artist Roly Skender will present a work derived from a high resolution photographic panorama of the Perth skyline. A range of hues and design features will be obtained by zooming and slowly panning across sections of the larger image. The result will be one or more sequences of abstract reflections of the city onto Council House via the LED lighting system.
Download the flyer here.