Great Faces for Radio

July 16th, 2010

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We had a chat to FBi’s Canvas program about our Test Pattern Lounge that we’ve been building for the Underbelly Arts Festival.

Have a listen here!

Hope you can drop by tomorrow from 2-10pm at Fraser Studios.

Details below or at: Underbelly Arts Festival

Test Pattern Lounge: in construction

July 15th, 2010

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Welcome to the Test Pattern Lounge, a work that wants to help you feel at home with media art.

We’ve noticed that a lot of digital media art can leave you cold – especially if you don’t understand exactly how it’s made. And the more complicated the tech in art gets, the more you might find yourself asking: Are rooms full of plasma screens helping artists to say more? Does a demonstration of programming prowess necessarily help the viewer feel anything?

For that reason, we offer you an opportunity to sit down for a moment in the beating heart of lo-fi analogue land – the trusty old Test Pattern.

A surveillance camera is attached to the ceiling sending the image of the room below. This rather familiar looking lounge room, featuring bright coloured carpets, a diner table, pillows, bookshelves, a kettle, even the odd plant, viewed from above forms the test pattern.

So you can feel comfortable while you reflect on the disturbing developments in media art over a cup of tea. (Maybe the cartoons will come on soon?)

Come see our work Saturday 2-10pm at Fraser Studios, Kensington St, Chippendale. Tickets are $18-22 for a day full of art, performances and who knows what else.

More here about the Underbelly Arts Festival.

See our Flickr photos as the work develops…

See you Saturday.

Ordinary Collective Bumps in

July 8th, 2010

Our Underbelly lab has begun.

We have had two weeks, and half a warehouse. A very very cold, but beautiful warehouse.

Tega paces the space…

Tega loves that rain filter.

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The three of us are draped in our whole wardrobes (coats, scarfs, two pairs of stockings, two pairs of socks each)

We begin to make a plan…

Ordinary Collective in Underbelly Festival

April 15th, 2010

Ordinary in Underbelly One evening the Ordinary Collective were having a respectable dinner at a nursing-home-hour (that’s how we roll). We were discussing – well none of your business, but Tega’s phone rang (she has a terrible phone ring – some fucking chicken or something). It was the crew from the Underbelly Arts Festival. Our application had been accepted.

What application? That’s right. We’d had a good rant about the cold cold world of new media art (or is the ‘new’ dropped now?) and how much of it we were happy never to see again and how we wanted make an installation the made you feel something.

Time to make a plan…

Underbelly Arts Festival will be on in July. More here.

The Ordinary Blog

September 24th, 2009

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Welcome to the Ordinary blog…

We are a monthly online zine that showcases the writings of young and emerging writers who like to do it on the web. It comes as a package of six stories linked together by a cover artwork, by a new artist each issue. Ordinary comes to screens try-monthly but can be a long wait between drinks.

So on this little blog, you can find little bits and pieces from different contributors here each week (well… try-weekly) about things they’ve found, regretted, or wished they could remember. And any news from us…

Visit us here as you please, visit the sites of our contributors and friends… or subscribe. It would be the best choice you’ve made all day.

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