August 5, 2022 – August 21, 2022 (Mount Gambier, South Australia)
Building on its success in 2021, Digital Garden once again reimagines the cultural centre of Mount Gambier with captivating installations, projections, and interactive lighting. Transforming Cave Garden with a series of experiences from renowned local and international artists, Digital Garden will light up winter in the South East of the state.
A highlight of this project will be an interactive installation by Jen Lewin Studio titled The Pool. Merging the movements of individuals to create an overlapping and everchanging collage of light, The Pool is a giant field of concentric circles that swirl with colour when activated by touch. Inspired by Australian tidal rock pools, The Pool uses cutting edge mesh-network technology and custom code to bring this vivid and ever-changing composition to life.
Free for all ages.
July 15, 2022 – July 31, 2022 (Adelaide, Australia)
Illuminate Adelaide’s free, city-wide centrepiece returns with a new series of immersive installations, artworks and large-scale activations set to turn Adelaide’s most iconic streetscapes into a night-time playground of colour and sound.
The Pool and Chandelier Harp will be joining the roster of boundary-pushing local and international artists to reimagine the laneways, street-fronts and open spaces through the three key North, East and West precincts.
Bringing together highly mathematical principles of music theory, Jen Lewin’s Chandelier Harp invites visitors to create literal music through the movements of their body. Visit Chandelier Harp at Queens Theatre, Playhouse Ln & Gilles Arcade. By dancing beneath the harp’s unique series of laser sensors, participants can work collaboratively to play this interactive instrument fit with retro synthesizers to generate truly harmonious melodies.
Merging the movements of individuals to create an overlapping and everchanging collage of light, The Pool is a giant field of concentric circles that swirl with colour when activated by touch. Inspired by Australian tidal rock pools, The Pool uses cutting edge mesh-network technology and custom code to bring this vivid and ever-changing composition to life. Visit The Pool on the North Terrace of the South Australian Museum.
Free for all ages and running nightly from 6pm to 11pm.
August 28 – September 5 (Black Rock City)
Jen Lewin’s newest, largest, and most sustainable work, The Last Ocean, was awarded a Black Rock City Honorarium to bring the massive sculpture created entirely out of reclaimed and recycled ocean plastic.
Lewin’s previous work combines the beauty of the natural world alongside the transformative possibilities of human interactivity and the power of technology, creating community through connection. The Last Ocean aims to expand on this body of work, encapsulating the expansive uniqueness of our oceans, and the fragility of these immense bodies of water. Composed of over 300 interactive platforms spanning over 8000 square feet and created from reclaimed and recycled ocean plastic, The Last Ocean is an immersive experience created using Lewin’s unique in-house mesh network LED technology.
During the day, the platforms of The Last Ocean will highlight the transformation of reclaimed ocean plastic with a swirled surface of blue and white particulate.
At night, The Last Ocean will glow with vibrant animated light, cycling through a diverse palette of carefully curated colors as visitors interact with the work. Participants will splash and dance in waves of light, illuminating the organic and powerful nature of our oceans.
The Last Ocean is part of Lewin’s “Have Art Will Travel Program” which seeks to create dynamic, participatory, public art experiences worldwide.
December 16, 2022 – January 27, 2023 (Stratford, Ontario, Canada)
Launched in 2020 during the pandemic, the award-winning Lights on Stratford annual winter festival will once again transform Stratford’s heritage downtown core and park system with luminous art and interactive light installations.
The Lights on Stratford 2022/23 theme is REKINDLE – “relight (a fire) or revive (something that has been lost).” As we emerge from another year of having to stay home, missing our friends, family and favourite places, the importance of rekindling a sense of joy, wonder and community has never been greater.
Market Square will be brought to life with internationally renowned artist Jen Lewin’s The Pool – a giant field of concentric circles that swirl with light when activated by touch. Inspired by Australian tidal pools, Lewin developed mesh network technology and code to bring this experience around the world. Visitors can activate any of the 100 large circular pads that respond to walking, dancing, jumping, or playing – encouraging participation in ever-changing composition.
Late 2023 (Cincinnati, OH)
ArtWorks and the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library are excited to announce the selection of artist Jen Lewin to create a monumental public sculpture for the Downtown Main Library’s new outdoor plaza on the corner Vine and of 9th streets. Lewin’s work may be familiar to local residents as her installation, The Pool, was featured in BLINK 2017’s inaugural festival.
As part of the current renovations for the Main Library, a new plaza is under construction with space for public art. Lewin’s sculpture is expected to delight visitors and further engage the public as a destination in the urban core. The light sculpture will include groupings of illuminated Stainless steel pillars with changing light patterns that will be visible from both outside and inside the building.
In total, 144 applicants from nine countries and 36 U.S. states responded to the Library’s and ArtWorks’s initial Request for Qualifications. Lewin was selected out of three finalists asked to submit Request for Proposals. Lewin is internationally-known for producing tech-based artwork which incorporates changes in light intensity and color. The piece is expected to be installed in late 2023.
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