Located in the foyer of The Learning Space, The Digital Gallery is Sydney’s newest exhibition space for video, sound, and digital art.
The Digital Gallery features a striking digital art presentation wall with eight large screen LCD panels, an AV presentation projection wall, and an integrated sound system.
Sea Rise in Canada Bay / What Lies Beneath
26 August - 11 September
The Learning Space is proud to present two new artworks by Andre Braun.
What Lies Beneath explores the realities of waterway pollution – both physical and chemical – revealing an underwater landscape otherwise hidden from view. Sea Rise in Canada Bay reflects on how an increase in extreme weather patterns could dramatically change our shoreline – posing the question, how would Canada Bay look with a 2-3 metre sea rise?
These artworks have been created for The Digital Gallery using 3D visualisation to reflect on the impact of serious environmental issues affecting waterways around the world, including our very own Canada Bay.
Andre Braun is a Switzerland-born, Sydney-based artist working across sculpture, photography, graphics and visualisation.
Changing Landscapes: A History of Rhodes
In this exhibition, we peer into the City of Canada Bay archives to find fascinating photos, maps, and illustrations that provide insight into the shifting landscape of Rhodes from 1850s up until the present day.
Rhodes Peninsular has undergone significant changes over the last two centuries. Prior to the arrival of the British in 1788, the Rhodes peninsula was part of the traditional lands of the Wangal Clan, one of 29 tribes of the Eora nation. The Wangal are believed to have inhabited the area for at least 15,000 years.
In 1886 the Northern Rail line between Strathfield and Hornsby was opened, with a railway station at Rhodes. This provided the impetus to develop industry along the rail line. Throughout much of the twentieth century, the landscape of Rhodes was dominated by industry. By the 1980s these industries began moving away from the peninsula, eventually making way for a vibrant residential area.
Thank you to our Local Studies Librarian for providing the images and information for this exhibition.
Art in Sequence
Comic Con-versation is a week-long festival celebrating local comic creators in Libraries throughout Sydney. As part of this event The Learning Space is proud to present the exhibition Art in Sequence, featuring talented local comic artists. From fantasy adventures, crime thrillers, and witty commentaries on day-to-day life, these artists employ strikingly unique graphic styles that illustrate the scope and creative potential of storytelling through comics.
Featuring work by Han Nguyen, Andrew Tribe, Danielle Jadusingh, Harjanto Handinata, Julian Christopher Velasco, Nathan Seabolt, Queenie Chan, Robert Luxford, Delusional, Stephen Kok, and Victor Bravo.
All artists in this exhibition are members of The Sydney Comics Guild – a local community of comic creators who work together to support the creation of graphic novels, web comics, and zines throughout Sydney.
Image: The Perfect Storm of Crime by Andrew Tribe
17 June–7 July
Over three weeks The Learning Space is proud to present some of our favourite Australian video artworks. This is a collection of slow reflections - of passing time and time past. Featuring meditative stop-motion animations, re-imaginings of Australian landscapes, and a touching 1950s love story told through slides purchased on eBay.
Videos by artists Robin Hungerford, Dorota MyTych, Elvis Richardson, Joan Ross, and Emma White.
Thank you to Artbank for providing these artworks.
Image: Thief of Time by Emma White
27 May – 16 June 2019
With Artificial Intelligence becoming increasingly part of our daily lives, multi-media artist Gen Collier is curious as to what its effects might mean for the future of our society and culture. Currently, AI, Machine Learning, and algorithms are already being applied all around us: YouTube and Spotify use AI to learn the behaviour of users, suggesting what we might like to listen to or purchase next. To what extent will these systems control what we do – or don’t – see, hear or experience? What is AI really capable of? How can it assist us? And how can we prepare for our future with it?
Kylie Jenner-ated is a computer generated artwork that examines contemporary processes of computation that are increasingly responsible for personal data collection. In this work, Collier uses AI as an artistic tool in attempt to make visible some of AI’s structures and processes. Kylie Jenner was chosen as the subject, as she is one of the most influential figures impacting contemporary notions of aesthetics and culture. After hundreds of images were collected the artist trained a type of Neural Network called a ‘GAN’ to learn what Jenner looks like, and then generate fake images within the dataset. Kylie Jenner-ated demonstrates the output of the system learning Collier’s aesthetics, and attempts to translate these processes in a way that that is easily observable to the viewer.
Gen Collier is a multimedia artist working at the intersection of digital media, experimental sound and music. Materials central to her practice include her laptop, data, code, software, programs and open-source libraries. She examines the effects of emerging technologies – particularly advances in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning – on society and how they are beginning to shape culture and the way we experience information today.
While You Are Here... Digital Traces of Rhodes
2 January – 11 February
This award winning artwork is a creative collaboration between The Learning Space and the Rhodes Multicultural Community Association (RMCA). In this project, Augmented Reality is used to capture how members of the local community have adopted the spaces around The Connection - transforming them into social and cultural landscapes where dance, music and song are exchanged.
While You Are Here…we invite you to experience these unique performances.