‘Idling Engines’: An immersive sound installation

What is music? A composition of sounds made by instruments or voices? Brisbane artist Ross Manning hopes to broaden the definition by introducing young visitors to ‘a sonic experience that is different to what they might have been taught is music’. His immersive sound installation, ‘Idling Engines’, comprises a series of suspended, low-voltage motors that…

Island fashion: Wearable art

As a descendant of the Meriam Mer people of the eastern islands of the Torres Strait, artist Grace Lillian Lee applies and adapts traditional craft techniques in her contemporary fashion design using pre-dyed cotton webbing in a multitude of colours. Lee’s woven necklaces and body sculptures are a modern interpretation of a technique she learnt…

Yayoi Kusama’s The obliteration room

Renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s The obliteration room returns to the Gallery after touring to locations in South America, Asia and Europe. Here, we unpack the meaning behind the Kusama’s dots. The obliteration room 2002–present sponsored by Santos GLNG and supported by Ikea Logan is an interactive work initially developed by senior Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in…

we miss you magic land!

To delight children and families, artist duo Pip & Pop created a spectacular installation ‘we miss you magic land!’ especially for the Children’s Art Centre. Tanya Schultz and Nicole Andrijevic are inspired by fairy tales from all over the world, creation myths, Buddhist cosmologies and video games. One of their favourite inspirations is the land…

Dots obliterate the internet!

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since worldwide interest in Yayoi Kusama’s interactive project The obliteration room was sparked by a single post on Colossal, leading to appearances on Boing Boing, Creative Review, Huffington Post and Wired. (There’s way more obliteration and inspiration in our online catalogue, by the way internauts!) Our press team…

Yayoi Kusama, Japan b.1929 / The obliteration room 2002 to present

Before the first dot. Yayoi Kusama’s obliteration room

The installation of Yayoi Kusama’s popular interactive children’s project has taken the work to a new scale, filling our Children’s Art Centre at GOMA. This space has been transformed into a series of domestic—style rooms, reminiscent of the average Australian home, filled with furniture and objects painted entirely white. This functions as a blank canvas that…