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Temporalas for VIVID Sydney 2013 by Simanion Temporalas for VIVID Sydney 2013 by Simanion
SO...hello! :wave: Six months of virtual silence here. What the hell was I doing, I hear you violently ask as you proceed to gymnastically spit on my calves.

Well, this! Largely. A collaboration between myself and five other artists specialising in interaction, electronics, programming and architecture. Temporalas is an interactive light installation that we contributed to this year's VIVID Festival in Sydney. We were very lucky to be selected to exhibit our work at VIVID, which features hundreds of interesting and beautiful light installations (including the ever-popular Opera House projections) and draws massive crowds to Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. Do a Flickr search.

I based the design for Temporalas almost entirely around an ink drawing I'd done previously, called "The Balance": simanion.deviantart.com/art/Th… and it was really exciting and challenging interpret my 2D meanderings into a solid 3D object. Aesthetically, inspiration was drawn from time-related imagery and organic forms, resulting in an abstract kind of clock somewhere between paisley and steampunk, :lol:. The sculpture was designed layer by layer and lasercut from ply wood. Thin pieces of wooden veneer were meticulously hand cut and arranged to allow light created from strips of LEDs to shine through the sculpture with varying effects.

The interactive element came in the form of projections of cogs/gears which were able to be "captured" and held or carried around on your hand. There were also floor projections of moving clock gears and abstract symbols, which appeared as you moved through the space. The light emanating from the sculpture would also brighten as you moved closer.

See photos of the creation and installation process here on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Temporalas or on our blog: temporalasvivid.blogspot.com.a…

Needless to say, this was a massive project for us. It totally consumed our lives for months. We could have easily cut many corners, but we chose to stick to our ambitions. For me personally, this is the largest project I've done so far and is hopefully the first of many. To visualise, craft and construct what began as a 2D ink drawing on paper into a large interactive wooden sculpture was an amazing opportunity, and to have it brought to life with such beauty by the diverse talents that made up our team was truly heartwarming. I hope that amongst all the massive light works at Vivid this year, Temporalas brought something uniquely warm, human and tactile to the festival – old school craftsmanship combined with innovative technology.

Although VIVID is over, Temporalas will be exhibited on the 8th of August at the University of Sydney. Ask for details if you wanna check it out!

If you're reading this, thanks for sticking around :aww: Time is getting hard to find these days, but I'm still drawing and painting when I can. I miss DA and getting lost in the community here.

~Simon x
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crazygirl-lP Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Congratultions! it's beautiful, 'm glad to here that you didn't stick to a particualr way of work and that you're exploring new ways of art, that's always good -this doesn't mean I was bored of you're drawings, I love them-.

Hope you're doing well *O*
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Sans-sommeil Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
Oh heaven, how could I have missed this..? This is so.. oh. It's just like ..a dream.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw thank you! It somewhat resembled more of a nightmare towards the end... but the result made it worth it, lol :lol:
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maglic Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
best Iīve seen for a while.
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maglic Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
wow this is truly amazing! I love your artist-brain! Shit, you really took a step right out in the space here. I absolutley love this, this is truly magic! thank you for sticking to your talent! I canīt wait to see to where else your creativity can lead! ^^
I wish I could see this irl ..
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! You're very kind :aww:
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konstancja Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Awesome job :)
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :thanks: Glad you like it.
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Fairyfoogoo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*claps hands in an epic fashion* "bravo!"
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou! :bounce:
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fountain-art Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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AzaleaJones Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:lol: Thanks
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:lol: Thanks
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smokingbluecarebear Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. At first I thought that this was a CG image. It looks so Incredible! The fact that you could have cut corners but didn't Just shows me how far you are willing to go, how far all of you were willing to go on this project. That passion shows through vividly in this. My hat is off to you and those you worked with.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks man. I really appreciate it! :thanks: 
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smokingbluecarebear Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, You all put a lot into the project, That's something to be proud of.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional
very nice job
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :thanks:
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ArtReborn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Awesome!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Art! :dance:
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postaldude66 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Looks like it was worth all the work. It looks fantastic!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man, I appreciate it :aww:
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Nice! Very cool and original.
I feel like there should be a better photo, though
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah..tell me about it. Haha. It was evidently really hard to photograph. The middle one was the best "hero shot", the surrounding pics are really to provide context.
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SerenaVampire734 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, that's beautiful! I can definitely see a lot of your style in there :D Great job!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Here's hoping that one day it (or a version of it) can make its way to your part of the world :)
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SerenaVampire734 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That would be amazing! :D
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