The Dirty Dozen Launches in Degraves Street Underpass
30 June 2015
Creative Spaces has launched something new in the Degraves Street Underpass as the innovative group of creative engineers known as Skunk Control switched on the lights of their magical subterranean world, ‘Prevaricated Frequencies’ - officially launching The Dirty Dozen.
Skunk Control is a group of engineers, educators and scientists from the college of Engineering and Science at Victoria University. The group’s aim is to communicate art through science and science through art via installations that prompt investigation and engage feelings of excitement that define the process of discovery.
Each of the 12 windows offers a different glimpse of Skunk Control’s creative expression through science and engineering. The work intervenes in and interrupts the natural frequencies of light, unlocking a beauty ordinarily invisible to the naked eye. The work uses fractured light to draw the viewer's attention to invisible things we often take for granted, and only appear in their true forms once an intervention occurs (polarisation in this instance).
The exhibition expands on the team’s award-winning work at the Gertrude Projection Festival in 2014. From stalagmites and tumbling stones to butterflies and kaleidoscopic cells, their polarised worlds show that creative thought can lie at the heart of any profession.
While Skunk Control’s Nick Athanasiou describes the group as ‘scientists and engineers’, he says the whole team is passionate about art. “Art and Science both pose the biggest questions, and in the process of trying to answer them, they create a thousand more questions.”
“Although we may have developed a theme, we invite you to create your own stories from what you see,” Nick explained at the opening. So whether you’re peering through a crack in a wall (or is it space/time?), or marvelling at the moon as it casts its light over a dystopian landscape, Prevaricated Frequencies is yours to imagine.
The exhibition runs until 5th September 2015, so be sure to get down and see this awesome new space.
Keep an eye on the #TheDirtyDozen hashtag to see the exhibition through the eyes of our visitors.
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