#018 BRING YOUR OWN BEAMER (BYOB)
Curated by Susan Bui
‘BYOB is a celebration of the new world we live in and a glimpse of what computing could look like in the future. Today the Internet is confined to screens. Tomorrow information will surround us, composing our surfaces, defining our spaces, enmeshing itself with the ether. A moving image is never an object, and when it is coupled with the increased flexibility of portable projection, the realm of experience quickly expands.’
Created by Raphael Rozandaal, BYOB is a series of one night exhibitions curated by different people around the world. The title itself is an acronym for ‘bring your own beamer’ and the term beamer is the term used in Europe to describe a projector.
To finish the year with one big bang! And a grand celebration it was, Archive space kindly lent its walls, floors and ceiling to 14 spectacular Sydney based emerging artists. Just as the title of the exhibition suggests, each artist were to ‘bring your own beamer’ and an hour prior to the show commencing, artists streamed through with their projectors and installed their works.
Typical of a Sydney summers day, the day’s temperature sat at a good ripe 33.5 degrees. Add that to a room with blacked out windows and 14 projectors and you know you’ve got yourself one sweltering hot oven. None the less! The show still went on. Audiences were not only met with a room resembling an oven rather than a gallery space, but also an experience of warped space, technology, light and sound. From 3d mapping on ceilings, projections on an air balloon inflated by the residual heat of a projector to found super 8 footage. Masses of moving image and data not only infiltrated the space, but also expanded the space. Perhaps this really is a glimpse of what our modern day lives may be shaping up to look like.
What better way to finish the year than to set yourself forward in time and experience life and technology as it may be one day, coupled with some excellent refreshments of bourbon and freshly sliced watermelon.
By Susan Bui
David Greenhalgh and Lisa Sammut
Eric Davidson and Haidee Ireland