Accretion Room by Caspar Fairhall

Not long until the end of the exhibition. Here’s a review by writer, Stuart Knox:

I went along today to see Accretion Room exhibition at Moana. I really liked it. I walked around and around and as I watched the image change I began to think of it in terms of the intended geological stratification, which reminded me of the Earth itself and that, in turn, gave me an impression of the Earth ‘floating’ through space. With that idea in mind of an object in space, I thought one of the views of the stratified image was reminiscent of a Star Trek ‘Borg’ spacecraft – not a black cubic affair but rather a friendlier, happier, candy-striped version of The Borg, perhaps more accepting of diversity, where resistance to particular desserts is futile and assimilation involves the sharing of sugar-based substances. I enjoyed the way the work let my mind roam around and touch a variety of subjects. It was creatively energising. :) Great Work!

 

Recently, I went to see Accretion Room and listen to a talk by the artist Caspar Fairhall; the talk was led by Andrew Purvis and centred on the eclectic subjects of:

  • Astronomy
  • Pilbara Landscape
  • Geological formations – accretion and erosion
  • Kinect Motion Sensors
  • Lines (seemingly endless) of computer code
  • Projectors
  • Sound

The range of subjects might help you understand the diverse components of Capar’s interactive installation work exhibited at Moana Project Space, which is where the famed Muse Bureau’s office is located, diagonally across from Perth Town Hall.

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I’ve known Caspar for more than a decade but this was the first time for me to hear him speak about his work in a public arena. It was a fascinating experience. There were quite a few of us in the dark room where a circular image was projected. The ‘Geological’ piece slowly changed based on the audience’s movement (or lack thereof) accompanied by sounds that Caspar engineered using snippets of satellite or spaceship noise (correct me, Caspar, if I got this wrong).

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This was a very good example of how things you see simply aren’t always what they seem. What went into making the form change it’s shape – it was completely organic and random based on what was happening in the room –  got pretty much summed up by Caspar’s acknowledgement in the exhibition booklet:

 

… over months of late nights and weekends spent programming and hair tearing.

 

If you’re a bit of geek and happen to be a lover of art, you should go and see/watch/experience this installation.

The show is on until the 26th of July.

Project information – http://casparfairhall.com/project/accretion-room/
Venue information – http://www.moana-ari.com/

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