Priscilla Bracks, Gavin Sade & Matt Dwyer
An Experimenta New Visions Commission
The touch sensitive screens of Charmed offer intimate views into a virtual world accessed via three glowing resin pods. Each pod provides an entry point to inhabitants of suburban neighbourhoods, apartment buildings and city spaces. Within these highly evolved snow domes, a black and white linear aesthetic depicts a world populated by mesmerised figures carrying out the routine tasks required of their environments. Haptic gestures, like touching or tapping, provide a pathway into the spaces and a connection with the cultures, uncovering the diminutive details of the lives of these animated figures. Touching the screen can break the spell and provoke change. Repeated tapping can cause chaos, disrupting lives, forcing computers to malfunction and causing traffic accidents. Tapping can directly impact inhabitants, even causing a man to drink so much that the inevitable happens and he wets his pants. In Charmed each portal offers an impression of omnipotence as private lives and public spaces are exposed and controlled by our touch.
Priscilla Bracks, Gavin Sade and Matt Dwyer all live and work in Brisbane. Priscilla Bracks is a visual artist practicing in photography, illustration, installation and new media. She has had solo exhibitions of her work in Melbourne and Brisbane and has participated in exhibitions in Dubai, Lille and St Tropez, France. Gavin Sade is an educator, researcher and designer in the field of interactive computational media, with a background in music and sound. He teaches interaction design and new media at the Queensland University of Technology. Matt Dwyer is a jewellery, lighting and object designer. Matt has exhibited his work nationally, and internationally in exhibitions in Barcelona, Shanghai, Bangkok and Singapore.
Charmed premiered at Experimenta Playground: International Biennial of Media Arts in Melbourne, August 2007.