HyperReal Amble

HyperReal Amble
 

Hyperreal Amble

Ephemeral Outdoor Artwalk

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Hyperreal Amble is the core element of Art Nights: Culture Alive; an outdoor art walk connecting Bankstown Arts Centre, Incubate Studios and Bryan Brown Theatre/Paul Keating Park, weaving the Augmented Reality (AR) work, Bankstown Wander, with real-world site-specific installations and performance art. It focuses on walking in urban spaces as a critical means of placemaking. The project imagines Bankstown's creative precinct through a curated trail of AR and site-specific artworks that will run for the full duration of the project beyond the three specific nights in January, February and March.

Artists: Garry Trinh, Harry Copas, Kristina Mah, Leyla Oz, Pandakero with Eyejack Studios, 
Si Yi Shen and Travis De Vries.

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Bankstown Wander - Augmented Reality Artwork

Augmented Reality with Digital Art + QR code activation;
AR story with 8 points of encounter.
 Graphic design on decals,  80 x 80 cm;  web platform

Bankstown Wander is a speculative experience of a curious, visiting cat. Out-of-towner Ginger strolls the CBD from Bankstown Arts Centre, through the busy streets of the City Plaza weaving past food and market stalls to Incubate Studios, ending at Bryan Brown Theatre.
Designed to be interactive and thought provoking at once, users can record and stitch together their personal story of the walking journey. To find out how, visit Bankstown Arts centre and embark on a CBD wander!

About the artists: 

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PANDAKERO (aka Kero, Keorattana Luangrathrajasombat) is adigital artist and designer based in Western Sydney. For 16years, Kero, as a designer and art director, has worked with arange of clients including Red Bull,, ESPN and ActivisionBlizzard, along with international and local music artists. As anartist, he has been crafting his digital art and designexplorations for just over a decade. His pieces have beenshowcased in exhibitions across Tokyo, Miami, LA, and Sydneyin a variety of settings, including being showcased in anaugmented reality book, displayed on a mobile art galleryduring Art Basel Miami and through an immersive augmentedreality experience, created during his recent artist residency inTokyo. Kero’s path as an artist and designer, has evolved intocreating immersive storytelling experiences, through the use ofaugmented reality. He is excited to be invited to collaboratewith Bankstown Arts Centre and EyeJack on this ‘BankstownWander’ AR experience .

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BETH KOULYRAS is a dynamic developer with a passion for crafting captivating front-end experiences on the web. Currently, she contributes her creativity and technical expertise to the innovative team at EyeJack. Hailing from the vibrant community of Condell Park, Beth has deep roots in the area, where Bankstown Central served as her go-to local shopping center. Her educational journey led her to Regents Park, where she honed her skills and laid the foundation for her career in web development.
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MILOSZ KARLUK (Mif) is a multidisciplinarydesigner with over 15 yearsexperience in graphic design,illustration and UI/UX design. He iscurrently the lead designer on theEyeJack team and has collaboratedon projects such as Nyiyaparli FloraBook, Cosmosis, AKU ColoringBook and many other interactiveexperiences. During his high schoolyears, Mif was a local to the City ofBankstown / Canterbury attendingEast Hills Boys Technology High.
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​LUKASZ KARLUK is a Creative Software Engineer, working at the intersection of art and technology. In his 20 year career, Lukasz has created Art, Games, Interactive Installations for Museums, Data Visualizations for Google, Generative Design for Global Brands and in particular specializing in Augmented Reality. Throughout his high school tenure, Lukasz was a familiar face around the City of Bankstown / Canterbury, attending the East Hills Boys Technology High School.
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​ALEXANDRA NEVILLE is a producer, digital artist, and researcher with a focus on creative applications of technology. She is a part of the EyeJack team, leading a group of web developers as the Digital Producer at EyeJack Studio, where they collaborate on a variety of interactive experiences. You can also find Alex at UTS, pursuing a Master's in Computer Science. Alexandra's formative years were spent in Padstow, where she attended Bankstown Grammar School.

1. Si Yi Shen 

Kinds of Softness, 2024
Digital Art on vinyl with augmented reality
200cm x 100cm 

Kinds of Softness is inspired by the gesture of care through offers of fruits. It unfolds as an augmented experience (AR), carving an intimate and embracing space as a digital extension of the local life. The work extends a warm and tender welcome to participants as they stroll by. It is dedicated to be a canvas, painting the vibrant tapestry of the communities, mirroring a variety of fruits on display. 

About the artist: 

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​Si Yi Shen works across digital collage and 2D animation, projections, installations and emerging technologies, including augmented reality (AR). Her current practice explores an immigrant's diaspora experience and placemaking in a digitally-enabled world.

Recent commissions include Imagining Terrains - Broken Hill City Gallery (2023), Auspicious Beasts AR Experience - EDGE Sydenham (2023), Digital Twin - by Culture Vault at Piermarq (2023), In the Moment - Boronia Grove Community Centre, City of Parramatta (2021), Sending You Love - Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, City of Liverpool (2021), Living - Storybox Darling Harbour / Parramatta, ESEM Projects (2021), The Eclipse - Willoughby Visual Art Biennial (2019) and West Projections Festival. I was a finalist of the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize (2023), Fisher's Ghost Art Prize (2021 and 2019) and Rookwood Hidden Sculpture Walk (2018).

2. Garry Trinh

Street Market, 2024
Performance art and installation

Street markets can reflect the culture and identity of a community, as well as provide economic opportunities for local entrepreneurs. I am inspired by everyday creative actions. This work for Hyperreal Amble is my tribute to the colourful street vendors that make and sell goods in Saigon Place, Bankstown. Their approach to making and selling echoes many of the things I do as an artist. They are independent entrepreneurs, they express ideas and emotions that are hard to communicate. They reflect the culture and identity of a community, they challenge the status quo and offer us a different way of being. Street Market is my performance as a street vendor. Using materials sourced from shops in Saigon Place, I have created a collection of ‘cash only’ signs and an assemblage of small sculptures intended as Buddhist offerings. All items ubiquitous to Saigon Place and will be available for purchase during my performance.

About the artist: 


Garry Trinh is an artist working in photography, video, painting and works on paper. He makes art about the uncanny, unexpected and spontaneous moments in daily life. He is inspired by his surroundings and from the vast visual output of mass culture. His works are about a way of looking at the world, to reveal magic in the mundane. He is never bored and never late. He holds a BA in Psychology and a BA in Visual Communications / Photography and Digital Imaging from the University of Western Sydney. Trinh was the winner of the Sydney Life photography prize in 2007 and won the Auburn Mayoral Photographic Prize in 2009 and 2010. His photo book Just Heaps Surprised to be Alive was nominated for Photography Book of the Year at the 4th International Photo book Festival at Kassel, Germany. He has been a finalist in the Fisher's Ghost art prize, Olive Cotton Portrait Prize and the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award. Trinh was a full time tenant at Parramatta Artists Studios (2017-2019) and has taken artist residency at Concordia Gallery (2022) and Granville Centre Art Gallery (2023). Trinh lives and works in Sydney Australia.

3. Travis De Vries

Protection, 2024
Outdoor paint with augmented reality

The mural work PROTECTION is a continuation of artist Travis De Vries’ Implements series of original designs that draw on the imagery of artefacts and tools from First Nations cultural groups and represent them as stark geometric shapes or almost minimalist drawing rendered on a black background with the detail white. PROTECTION is a nod to the work that Indigenous peoples globally are having to do to combat oppressive colonialism ideologies even in the context of contemporary society

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​Travis De Vries is an award- winning visual artist, who has held solo exhibitions in Edinburgh (UK), Sydney and Regional NSW and has been part of numerous group exhibitions, art prizes and residencies. He is also a  trained dancer and is alumni of NAISDA Dance College, where he was awarded the inaugural Chairman’s Award.

Travis works across mediums, combining multiple forms; paintings, drawings, projections and experiential sculptures. Storytelling is at the heart of his practice. Through the use of fable, metaphor, symbolism and tropes he invokes a deep connection with audiences to explore a range of both personal and universal themes including; Indigeneity, violence, destruction, politics, love, death and relationships. 


4. Harry Copas

I'm picking up what you are putting down, 2024
Custom made coins, variable quantities
25.5mm x 1.5mm for each coin 

This work links the histories of the Bankstown Art Centre site, forming a new wayfinding tool in homage to the original project by Popper Box in 2011. The work references the Half Penny Scramble, an annual event in the pool calendar when the Mayor would throw handfuls of the coins to a lively crowd crammed in the pool. Scattered between the Art Centre and Bryan Brown Theatre on opening night, visitors to the show are encouraged to pick up and take home a coin.  

The city looks so empty from where I am standing, 2024
Steel, perspex, lenticular glass, timber, spray paint
177 cm  x 77 cm  

This a scale replica of the unique porthole windows found on the Bankstown Parcels Office, slated for demolition to make way for the new Metro railway. A rare Australian example of the Functionalist architecture movement, the window now functions as an illusionary tool.  A layer of lenticular glass causes the background to seem transitory, constantly disappearing and reemerging into view. 

Natural progression, 2024
Construction signage, rivets, steel mesh, soil
160 cm wide x 120 cm high

This work appropriates the logo of a popular Bankstown shopping centre, also on the cusp of a huge redevelopment. Has a cyclone of twisted steel and builders mesh embedded itself in the ground, or have we stumbled across an archaeological dig?

Reality is something you can rise above, 2024
Galvanised steel, perspex, rings, concrete
210 cm high x 240 cm wide

Reality is something you can rise above focuses on the uncertain future of the Compass Centre, once a thriving community hub but now existing in a stasis, mostly vacant with an approved DA for the tallest towers in Bankstown. The perspex motif is an adaptation of the original steel logo, located above the entrance to the arcade directly across the road. The sun is setting on the Compass Centre, and rising on a new direction for Bankstown. 

About the artist: 


​Harry Copas' diverse research-driven practice spans various disciplines; honing in on the essence of places and objects through installation, sound, video, and performance. Embracing impermanence, his practice thrives on accidental discoveries and transitory elements. Themes of care, humour, and play weave through his work, inviting viewers to craft their own interpretations. He is a graduate of UNSW Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and ACU, Bachelor of Teaching/Visual Arts. Having showcased his art nationally and internationally, he is committed to exploring new methodologies in melding research with concepts of care, repair and restoration. He currently lives and works on unceded Dharug and Gadigal lands. 


5. Kristina Mah

Oro, 2024
Crystal balls, paper-mache, PVA, paint, canvas, pebbles sand
80 x 190 x 190cm

Oro is about alchemy and working through an inner process. The work represent how we come to understand our character, our natural tendencies, our habits, and values as we move through the world with our experiences. The serpent has swallowed a broken porcelain vase. It has taken on shards of the vase as its skin. This image is symbolic of an ongoing digestion of identity, self and belonging. We realise that we are caught in a messy and nonlinear process that moves between black and white, masculine and feminine, yin and yang, light and dark. By challenging our inner paradoxes, we can allow our inner gold to shine through. 

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Kristina Mah is an artist, researcher, and karate-ka living and working on Gadigal-Wangal land (Ashbury), Australia. Her work draws inspiration from ancient wisdom traditions and emphasises embodied ways of knowing and lived experience. Her creative art practice draws on ritual, gesture and movement, cosmology, and mystic symbolism to inform tangible, spatial, and sensory experiences and embodied narratives. 


5. Leyla Oz

B-SQUARED, 2024
Timber, mirror polished stainless steel, galvanised fixings
2x 2 x 2 m 

B-SQUARED (Bankstown-SQUARED) is a site-responsive, and ephemeral artwork created for Bankstown Arts Centre's outdoor ArtWalk exhibition Hyperreal Amble. An interactive object which produces visual effects that verge on the digital, the artwork utilises over 100 mirrored strips organised in a zig-zag pattern to display a multitude of images reflected onto the same surface.

This phenomena is possible through the lenticular effect, a proven effect which uses perspective to reveal and hide two sides of a triangle. The work acts as a 3D mirror which demonstrates how an image can appear and disappear as a viewer walks past, encouraging purposeful walking as a mode of discovery. When people see something change right before their very eyes, a magical moment, becomes a point of inquiry and evokes curiosity.

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​Leyla Oz is an artist, designer, and academic based in Western Sydney. Formally trained in the discipline of architecture, she is the founder and lead artist of Studio LOZ. Her artistic practice aims to bring awareness to the subtle ephemeral forces in our natural environment - like wind and light. Studio LOZ works embody artistic and spatial interventions to be explored from different perspectives, in immersive and interactive ways. Connecting with local history and cultural stories, engaging public art installations have the power to transform a space and bring communities together. Leyla's works explores the ability to bend light and morph space using perspective and reflective materials. 



Image 1: Image still of 'Bankstown Wander', courtesy of Pandekero and EyeJack Studios.

Images 2-7: Headshots courtesy of the artists.


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