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The Invisible Exhibition

The Centre For The Less Good Idea

(Season 02)

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Renowned South African artist William Kentridge recently established The Centre for the Less Good Idea – a space that aims to nurture the creativity of young artists by creating and supporting experimental, collaborative and cross-disciplinary art projects. This season featured outstanding collaborative work created by more than 40 Johannesburg-based multi-disciplinary practitioners.

Season 2 explored the crossover between traditional and digital art, presented under the show title ‘ The Invisible Exhibition’. Artists created virtual sculptures that were then coded by Eden Labs to display in both AR and VR applications.

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11 October  – 14 October 2017

Exposing traditional artists

to new technology

Explosing artists to new technology

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With the help of Creative Technologists from Eden Labs, the workshop enabled artists from various disciplines to explore a new means of expression and creation. Artists were able to make the leap from 2D to 3D drawing without complex technical knowhow in an intuitive, organic way to explore the seemingly intimidating realm of technology. 

Making the leap: creating in six dimensions.

New ways to view sculptures

Using brand new augmented reality capabilities coinciding with the launch of ARKit, virtual drawings were displayed using tablets in a first of its kind sculptural exhibition. Viewers could spawn a sculpture in a room and explore it in physical and virtual space, complete with proximity based soundscapes. Augmented Reality is expressing traditional sculpture as never before, offering audiences a glimpse of the future with truly immersive exhibitions.

Photo by Zivinai Matangi

Augmented Works

Exploratory augmented works by some of South Africas most celebrated fine artists have been shown in galleries and shows around the country - see a glimpse of their unique works below.

Working in VR was an eye opener and a very exciting opportunity in my career. Firstly I had to learn to work in a new way that had no reference but came directly out of my imagination it was a real work out. What was interesting was how I was able to discover a personal style that allowed me to express myself. The results were quite surprising and hugely satisfying. Through what could have been a very generic medium I was able to discover a personal voice.“

- Mbongeni Fakudze

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'Goddess of Dance' by Mbongeni Fakudze
'Breath' by Deborah Bell
'Telephone' by William Kentridge
'Quasar' by Fred Clark
'Particle Swarm' by Janus Fouche
'Aleph Anatomy' by Stephen Hobbs
'Perturbed Cloud' by Robyn Penn

Three hundred and sixty degree film making

Season 2 also featured a 360 film ‘Love Songs from the Last Century’ - a collaborative piece by William Kentridge and Eden Labs exploring traditional drawing and performance.

It is at the moment, when you don the headset for Love Songs from the Last Century, the 360⁰ virtual reality video that immerses you in the bleak hyperreal landscape of this world, and you look up to see the artist himself hovering over the scene, that you begin to realise that you, the “viewer”, are fulfilling your role as a character in the menagerie of this production."

Candice Allison - Image & Text

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Click and drag to explore a snapshot from the film 

Click and drag to explore a snapshot from the film 

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Photo by Stella Olivier

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Technology by

Eden Labs Pty Ltd & 

Dondoo Studios

Artworks by_

Mbongeni Fakudze

Stephen Hobbs

Robyn Penn

Minnette Vári

William Kentridge

Lehlogonolo Mashaba

Andrew Keyser

Marcus Neustetter

Deborah Bell

Faith XLVII

Fred Clarke

Colleen Alborough

Janus Fouché

"Like revealing a magic trick, he places the tablet in mid-air, a 3D sculpture appears. I look behind the tablet to satisfy my realisation that this is just another separate reality."

Siya Masuku - ArtThrob

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