The installation, which marks the official launch of the new building and digital screen, takes its inspiration from the musical symbol for holding notes, a fermata, transposing this to holding moments that happen in and around Neo, replicating the vitality of creativity of the new collaborative workspace launching the same day.
Fermata will consume real-time digital inputs of data including social media feeds, weather reports and feeds from sensors within the building itself and translate them into compelling, abstract, digital artwork that will capture these ordinarily fleeting moments and visualise them as something beautiful and engaging.
Fermata is experienced primarily through the screen at Neo building, but in addition each week the installation runs, an image will be created, representing a week of activity, which will be shared digitally.
Brendan Dawes, is an artist exploring the interaction of objects, people, technology and art. This year his work toured Singapore, Lima Peru and Santiago as part of Centre de Cutura Contemporania de Barcelona’s Big Bang Data exhibition, and his 2004 piece Cinema Redux has been housed in the permanent collection at New York’s Museum of Modern Art since 2008.
Brendan said: “I was excited by the challenge of designing a system to visualise the creativity of such a forward-thinking and evolved workspace. As the building’s community grows and creates its social commentary, so will the art, creating a beautiful cycle of creativity.”