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Closed 5 June 2011

Lumia: art/light/motion was an exciting new media exhibition presented by State Library of Queensland in partnership with Queensland-based Kuuki collective artists Priscilla Bracks and Gavin Sade. It ran from 9 April to 5 June, 2011 in the SLQ Gallery.

The exhibition explored contemporary life and encouraged thought about the future through an extraordinary collection of hand-crafted and interactive electronic creatures and installations.

The beautifully crafted new media artworks in Lumia: art/light/motion combined the bespoke with art and technology to create strange but intriguing objects.

Lumia invited you to play, learn and then ponder the way we live and the environmental and social implications of our choices.

Visitors were tempted to travel deep into the Antarctic, plunge into the Great Barrier Reef, be swamped by an orchestra of crickets, enter the Charmed world and travel back in time to a Victorian parlour where you could interact with a 'new-world' lyrebird.

Kuuki is a collaboration bound together by an interest in how people interact with, and shape the world in which they live. Kuuki is a Japanese word that translates literally to oxygen, air or atmosphere, but is also used colloquially to mean things we take for granted, but cannot live without. Priscilla and Gavin take an avid interest in contemporary issues and popular culture, reading the air or mining the wealth of our collective consciousness and action for inspiration and ideas. 

This inspiration and ideas were transformed into five new media artworks, drawing visitors into a curious 'other' world – intriguing the most curious of minds, and inviting them to engage with contemporary global issues and reconsider personal and cultural priorities.

In the creation of these works, the artists used data, information and research, and interpreted important historical references from State Library in a non-traditional way, such as Gould's Birds of Australia, which SLQ is fortunate to possess.

The exhibition also featured Curious Creatures, the chance for children to create their own weird and wonderful creatures in this interactive on-line.

Lumia: art/light/motion
9 April – 5 June 2011
slq Gallery, level 2, State Library of Queensland
Open daily 10am-5pm

Lumia received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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Lumia: art/light/motion associated talks and workshops

Lumia artists' talks
Sat 21 May, 11am
slq Gallery, level 2

Living doll
Making animated characters from textiles and electronics in workshops with Lumia artists Priscilla Bracks and Gavin Sade. For ages 15-25. Over 3 days.
Sat 14, 21 & 28 May 2011
The Edge

From drawing board to exhibition space
Mentoring session for young artists to help bring creative concepts to life, hosted by Lumia artists Priscilla Bracks and Gavin Sade. Over 3 days.
Sat 4 & 11 Jun, 16 Jul 2011
The Edge

An Inconvenient Truth (PG)
Al Gore's seminal state-of-the-world address. More relevant now than when it was released. An Inconvenient Truth makes the compelling case that global warming is real, man-made, and its effects will be cataclysmic if we don't act now. Presented as part of the SLiQ Flicks film program.
Sun 1 May, 2011 2pm
slq Auditorium 2, level 2

More information

Phone: 07 9840 7768

Kuuki Ideas Festival 2011 Queensland Government - Arts Queensland State Library of Queensland