Week 5. Major Jellyfish

Post one of the Jellyfish series.


Spoke with Zoe to find a common creative ground to begin our collaboration. Zoe is a exchange student from China she studies creative writing and is interested in photography. The link between writing and image could be found in film or animation. we would look into these options after brainstorming the subjectmatter of our artwork.

Conceptual Brainstorm:

the first images both Zoe and I found most interesting was a series of photos of jellyfish she’d taken during a trip on coastal NSW (below).


The picture looks like it was taken from the side of an aqurium fishtank however, the way Zoe explains it it sounds like she sxperienced these creatures from above the water, looking down at them. This is perhaps due to a communication breakdown between us as Zoe’s english, as spoken and understood, is her second language.

Let’s build on this subject with extended thought + conceptual depth.

The population of the weed species AKA the jellyfish is growing in size and numbers this creature has become a kind off chocking hazard to global marine life and the ocea habitat. The rise in sea temperature has accelerated the jellyfish’s growth and numbers whilst other sealife fails to survive the heat.

  • Considering the impacts of humankind on the earth and relate it to jellyfish.
    The human population could be represented by the number of audience numbers in the gallery space.
  • In sculpture form a represtative Large Scale Jellyfish could  be at our heels, questioning our agency with its size.


Data Visualisation.

Data visualisation photos taken of iTunes music
Installation artist Janet Echelman uses data visualisations in the research  and design of her colourful suspended works. The works are described to be ‘like a jelly fish in the middle of the skyscrapers and the parks of the cities all around the world..’ (– http://www.myhomestory.eu/janet-echelman-modern-art-sculture/)

“The spaces I want to be in are nurturing and soft and saturated with colour […] our cities don’t have enough of that, and as humans we need it.” says Janet Echelman.

Janet Echelman

Different Data Visualisation Software to experiment with:


Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla.

Artists provide an audience a space to navigate in the gallery setting, it is a place designed for viewing. Some artists such as Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla  and William Forsythe challenge this navigating of space. Forsythe’s interactive installation, Nowhere and Everywhere and the Same Time series is made up of 60 hanging pendulums that are programmed to move unpredictably in the space. This choreographic critique  addresses the state of the visitors’ perceptions and reflexes and ‘leads them into a light and surprising choreography of perpetual avoidance'(William Forsythe).

Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, William Forsythe (the 20th Biennale of Sydney 2016, Cockatoo Island)

Forsythe article on movement. Movement

Major MEDA302 Work:

Daniel: construction, installation, artistic research

Zoe: jellyfish research, animation/video


  • 13941086_10206985244297588_424866394_nInstructional, Arduino
  • Environment warm, 30c
  • Repurposed homeware, i.e. fan motors
  • sectioning the work into an entrance and a space for the sculpture?
  • This entrance plays video of warm, transitioning to cold colours. This video could be a data visualisation, running in various colours, blue, red etc.


  • Does it have an intrigue, affect
  • Repurposed homeware, i.e. fan motors
  • If we explore data visualisation, it could lead to the many lines ‘look’

The aesthetic

Ken Rinaldo

projection mapping onto the the larval form of Abiopoiesis Microbiom
Rinaldo uses weather data in the form of video ‘textures’ projection mapped onto proto-living systems sculptures of bacterial forms that ‘breathe’ and undulate. These works are intermixed with machine and natural sounds and processed through ‘cellular automation’. The selection of the generative sound and video is based on wind speed and direction and water and air temperature.

Project Management, things to consider:

List of tasks:

  • To make a working data visualisation.
  • To look at materials to make the jellyfish
  • Make the jellyfish
  • To experiment with the fan motors to create a’generative’ random movement for the jellyfish

challenges and obstacles in the way of these aims.

  • Money – transport
  • Resources – materials
  • Skills – programming
Week 5. Major Jellyfish

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