Category Archives: DESIGN

B A P T I S M

  For thousands of years water has played an important role in religious symbolism. Used for cleansing and purification, water often represents life itself. In Baptism, we participate in an eternal offering that has no beginning or end, a virtue of faith that is infinite. Like the Son, The Father and the Holy Spirit, water has it’s own trio of mysterious properties. It can be ice, liquid or mist. Its crystalline structure allows it to take on beautiful patterned forms; a snowflake akin to an ornate church rose or the Lutheran symbol of the Trinity. Up close the molecule of water…

MICRO PLANET

    Micro Planet is an ongoing exploration into the micro-macrocosm of the natural world. Looking inwards through the lens you are transported to the microscopic scale of nature. When looking through the microscope one starts to imagine alien worlds and planets.  It appears mysterious, strange and cosmic in a similar way to looking outwards through a telescope. Our ability to transcend our human vision through these inventions has allowed us to step outside of the anthropocentric idea of scale, challenging our inherent feeling of being “normal sized”. Instead we find  that we are on a scale that stretches seemingly infinity in both directions,…

BRAINLIGHT

L U X   M E N T I S  –  Light Of The Mind B R A I N L I G H T  2015 integrates biology and illumination design into an interactive, sculpture cut from perspex and engraved with neural networks. Collaborating with neuroscientist Peter Simpson-Young and programmer Sam Gentle, the brain sculpture lights up in response to changing brain activity transmitted from an EEG (electroencephalography) wireless headset. The B R A I N L I G H T  was Laura’s major research project for her Masters of Illumination Design at the University of Technology, Sydney and was created during a CULTURE AT…

CEREBRAL NEBULA

Cerebral Nebula (Brain Light) is a life size human brain sculpture created using an MRI scan of a 35 year old male, and then sliced into cross sections, laser cut in perspex and then hand etched, slice by slice, with neural networks. Cerebral Nebula (Brain Light) is the prototype model for the Brain Light Project, a large brain installation that is activated and illuminated by human brainwaves transmitted from a wireless EEG headset. Neuroscience and Art are fascinating fields; both explore the frontiers of human consciousness in parallel ways. As an artist with a background in biology I am drawn to…

CEREBRAL ORB

CEREBRAL ORB The first stage of the Brain Light research project was creating an interface to provide an interactive art experience where no physical touch was required except the power of thoughts.  The interactive installation is controlled with a wireless headset that records the brain’s electrical activity and produces a shifting coloured orb of light driven by brain activity. Collaborating with a neuroscientist, Peter Simpson-Young Research Officer, MDA Australia and software developer and programmer Sam Gentle, the headset has been set to explore three brain frequencies: alpha (Blue, meditation), theta (Green, focus and attention) and beta (Red, excitement/agitation). These are translated into a…

THE PSYCHO-ECOLOGY OF ENERGETIC CURSES

Lokrum island. A biodiversity reservation with a history rich in legends. Dubrovnik, Croatia Mysterious Worlds of Science Underground Exhibition Lazareti Gallery in Dubrovnik 22 – 27 July 2016 PSYCHO-ECOLOGY OF ENERGETIC CURSES- soundscape. The Psycho-Ecology of Energetic Curses installation was the outcome of my experimental exploration of the history, in particular the curse, of Lokrum Island, located near the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia. The work was created during the final day of a 10 day Science Underground Academy residency organised by the UR Institute and hosted in the in the Natural History Museum, Dubrovnik, Croatia. I was interested in experimenting with ways of storytelling and passing on myths through sensory…

DEEP WATER AURORA

  A light and dance performance collaboration between a Canadian dancer Lydia Zimmer, an Australian photographer and artist Georgina Campbell and lighting artist Laura Jade. The work was created during an artist in residence program at NES Studios in Skagastrond, Iceland. Laura Jade experimented with phosphorescent powder and light on Lydia’s hands. Lydia’s improvised dance and movement vocabulary  explored the light to create an embodied experience of the aurora borealis. Filmed by Georgina Campbell. Edited and soundscape created by Laura Jade.  …

Anomalies (Of Random Intelligent Design)

(   Anomalies (Of Random Intelligent Design) is a series of assemblage sculptures created out of found pieces of bone, limbs, exoskeleton and shell collected on a beach in Skagastrond, Iceland, one day during an artist Residency at NES studios. The work explores a humorous approach to thinking about our hand in “intelligent” evolution, the possibilities and failings of genetic manipulation and our way of modifying nature to become anthropomorphic or human centric. Like a puzzle, the same building blocks create a multitude of possible designs.  Nature’s randomness expressed in bone debris found on a single beach, a metaphor for the external pressures of the environment. The pieces are recombined and balanced with different outcomes, similar…

NANO SCIENCE CONCEPT DESIGNS

Nano Vision Nano Vision is a wall of 3D hexagonal shapes lazer cut out out of white perspex. This white first layer will stick out from the wall approx. 1 meter. Within the view finder you will be able to see through the hexagon holes like “tunnels” which contain illuminated moving nano structures. This will be achieved through the use of programmed LEDS. The shifting programmed light of the LEDs will illuminate through the layers creating movement as if the molecular structure is assembling itself. This artwork will illustrate the structure “appearance” of layers of nano structures and highlight it’s materiality and “essence” through…

ICHTHYO

  In 2013 I worked as a biological illustrator for an Icthyologist, Dr Anthony Gill at the University of Sydney. I created the images for a taxonomic paper he was working on comparing the gill arches across species of small sea fish. The illustrations were drawn through a periscope microscope, very carefully tracing the tiny bone structures of fish that are made translucent with a special pink dye. Traditionally, this has been one of the functional realms of art within science, creating clear illustrations for scientific papers. I was interested to work at this traditional cross section between art and science. These designs I…

MICROBE DJ

Art Residency at dLux MediaArts “Microbe DJ” VIDEO: Laura Jade dancing with a Microorganism (a paramecium collected from a puddle outside the lab and viewed live through a USB microscope) to a soundscape that is influenced by both their movements. IMAGES: A circuit board design that is the technology behind the “plant synthesizer” which uses the moisture of the plant to complete the circuit and make music, the Interactivation Lab and creator Bert Bongers, the video projection of the paramecium used for the “microbe dj” and myself working on circuitry. ABOUT THE COLLABORATORIUM The Collaboratorium was a three day artist…

KALEIDO Magazine Launch 2015

KALEIDO Launch party at Commune Studios 6th Dec 2014 Balloon installation and Kaleidoscope projection by Laura Jade and Sophie Louise. Kaleido is a platform featuring people, projects and places that facilitate creativity and collaboration. A place to connect, form lasting creative relationships, challenge yourself and showcase your work. The newspaper features multidisciplinary creatives paving the way in their industries and evolving collaborative and participatory processes. On top of inspiring interviews, the publication features events, reviews and a working space directory to keep young creatives informed and connected. Kaleidopress.com…

FLIGHT

According to aerodynamics, any object flying in the air is subject to various different forces: gravity (downwards), propulsion (forwards), drag (backwards) and lift (upwards). In order for meaningful flight to take place, these forces, which express themselves in four opposing directions, have to be balanced. Flight is a series of digitally manipulated images taken through the window of an aeroplane in an exploration of the four forces interacting with each other to reach a state of “flow”, a balance between harmony and discord, a machine designed to be in tune with natures complex elements.…