Type_Call for Artists   

    Host_MEMETIC Festival   

   Year_2018    

brief

  • An interactive art installation with visual elements that are impactful in an outdoor space both during the day and at night.

  • Must incorporate lighting and be weather resistant. Must be constructed + disassembled in 24 hours,

  • Site: Beer Garden at MEMETIC Festival (electronic music festival, 2000+ visitors) in Old Market Square, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

  • Budget: $10,000.

Lump Tower

a strange shape

a reflective pile

a chromey cluster

ablobby bastard

a frothy phenomenon

chromey.

foamy.

scaffoldy.

You see a strange LUMPY object from afar.

Coloured lights reflect off its shiny surface; you cannot resist reaching to touch it.

You cave in - feeling, grabbing, and enveloping yourself in it.

It was so satisfying, not realizing that this surreal object is FOAM.

As if dipped in the supple froth of an alternate universe, suspicious structures loom over the festival grounds, pulsating to the rhythm of the sounds and lights.

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The installations construct a strange absurdity to contrast the rigid pragmatic form of the OMS Stage (The Cube) in the intoxicated mayhem of the beer gardens. A typically hidden construction material (scaffolding) is brought forth into plain sight and turned into a playful feature element of artful installations.

This work aims to explore how the public might interact with and experience unusual materials in a dynamic event environment.

The lumpy masses are composed of several layers of closed-cell expanding spray foam applied to rigid apparatuses of scaffolding. 

After a short time, the installations will thoroughly harden. At this point, a coating of glossy chrome paint is applied as a visual delicacy, and for playful reflective light effects which will be seen throughout the MEMETIC Festival.

By establishing a detailed fabrication framework, we are able to produce on-of-a-kind amorphous installations that are both literally reflective and reflective of their creation. 

A large frothy mass provides a striking contrast to the rigid formal qualities of the other dominant festival beacon - The Cube.

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