100 CREEK STREET, BRISBANE, ISPT, DIGITAL PLACEMAKING PROJECT: CORAL
ISPT Pty Ltd.
July / August 2019
Large scale digital video works displayed across two connecting screens reaching an area of 4m x 12m.
100 Creek Street foyer, Brisbane
Art Pharmacy Consulting was contacted in 2017 by new clients ISPT Pty Ltd. to create a long-term Digital Placemaking Project for their Brisbane offices at 100 Creek Street, the National Bank House, which was to become an evolving and inspirational site that celebrates the local area through custom made hyper-local content, created by local artists. 100 Creek Street is the first project of its kind in Australia.
The client wanted to provide a 12-month long platform for artists to collaborate in a cross-disciplinary way, all while reflecting ISPT’s values on a global stage. They were inspired by the inspirational and celebrated digital artworks installed in the Salesforce San Francisco corporate office.
Art Pharmacy Consulting was to curate themes for the digital artworks in order to achieve this, leading a comprehensive and sustainable digital art implementation and procurement that reflected ISPT’s vision, as well as raising the profile of the area in an authentic fashion.
Art Pharmacy Consulting commissioned six emerging and established, local Brisbane digital artists to create looping videos for each theme. Creative studio Vandal (whom we had previously worked with, running a long term place activation of their Sydney-gallery space for its inaugural 18-months) were brought on board to create complementary material to the artist’s vision.
Space - Ocean Continuum will be in place for the next two months, at which point the next local artist selected by Art Pharmacy Consulting will present their work aligned by a fifth nature theme.
Stefania Shevchenko created the final product for the months of July and August, which was a large scale digital artwork video series displayed across two connected screens reaching a total area of 4m x 12m. The videos convey the current project theme of coral.
In her video series, Stefania worked across multiple mediums to capture the imagery, creating vivid colours and almost tangible textures. Space - Ocean Continuum explores the connection between exactly that, space and the rest of the universe, with much of the imagery abstracted to feel alien or other-worldly.
Art Pharmacy Consulting: Can you describe your artwork?
Stefania Shevchenko: Space - Ocean Continuum is a video series which explores the vastly mysterious connections between the ocean and the universe. It contemplates the futuristic evolution of lifeforms from deep below our waters to high above our current plane of existence.
Coral, jellyfish, seaweed and droplets of water feature predominantly in these artworks acting as portals between the two worlds. Jellyfish in particular are featured heavily as they commonly are regarded as the aliens of our oceans due to their deeply complex primordial history and connection to our landscape. They are found both in and along the Queensland coastline, often travelling long distances from different parts of the world having to adapt and evolve to survive. They do so existing in and out of plain sight and often overlooked and forgotten.
The elusive nature of the ocean aligns to the equally enigmatic nature of what exists beyond our world. Together their unspoken connection may hold the answers to our own futuristic evolution.
How did you create your artwork?
In these videos I worked across multiple mediums such as sculpture, painting, photography, projection and video. I love experimenting with my work and often am seduced by textures, surfaces and interesting materials which instinctively guide my choices when creating different layers and contrasts within the artworks.
I predominantly work with nature capturing the majority of my footage while hiking along the Queensland coastline specifically wandering through the Noosa National Park. Or, swimming with my underwater camera along multiple stretches of the Sunshine Coast beaches and neighbouring islands.
What do you want the viewer to experience?
For me, it's important to create immersive visual experiences which allow the viewer to explore the work openly while still using their imagination as freely as possible. I always leave traces of a story or vague representational forms and landscape, however, try to allow the viewer to take their time and come to their own conclusions to what they are experiencing and feeling.
Anything else you’d like to share?
This year I will be featured on a Channel 9 show called BrainBuzz which explores experimental art. The ‘Art Science’ episode features a collection of my artworks ranging from sculptures to video and also explores my artistic process when developing work.
I am also starting to exhibit my digital and video artworks more publicly, recently participating in a group exhibition called Morphosis which was a joint endeavour between Griffith University Queensland College of Art and Flight Centre.
My video artwork ‘Aquatic Illusion’ was featured in the foyer of the Flight centre corporate building and was responding to the theme of sustainable transformations and environmental metamorphosis.