Assocreation

Solar Pink Pong in Dubai

Posted: March 31, 2014

Assocreation’s new interactive art installation “Solar Pink Pong” will premiere at ISEA2014 in Dubai, UAE (Oct 30 to Nov 4, 2014).

Solar Pink Pong is a street video game, in which a moving sunlight reflection becomes the target and the street’s surface the screen. In this game, a computer controlled color mirror reflects sunlight to the asphalt in the form of a neon pink spot. Through motion sensing technology, pedestrians can interact with the animated circle of sunlight. They can kick it with their feet or hit it with the shadows of their hands. They can volley it back and forth with a partner or bounce it off a boundary such as a curb or road marking. The device that makes this game possible works completely off the grid. It can be mounted on utility poles or building sides.

“Solar Pink Pong is Kick-the-Can for our age, and for all ages. It passes the ancient torch of joyful physical exploration by making video gaming delight visible in our built world.”   Eric S. Rabkin

Solar Pink Pong, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, Sep 12, 2014. Video: Assocreation.

Sewer Foamies: Cheriton Light Festival

Posted: March 11, 2014

On Feb 22 and 23, 2014, Assocreation presented “Sewer Foamies”, a new ground penetrating public art piece developed for the Cheriton Light Festival in Folkestone, UK.

In this installation, illuminated foam oozes out of the drains ready for pedestrians to interact with. This foam-spill, for which Assocreation also collaborated with SWAMP, highlights the moments our urban environment is out of control – when culture and nature act like two dispersed media – two media that do not mix and create a foamy substance instead.

Sewer Foamies, Cheriton Light Festival, Folkestone, UK, Feb 22 & 23, 2014. Video: Assocreation.

Sewer Foamies. Installation, 2014. Group exhibition “Cheriton Light Festival”, Cheriton/Surrenden Road, Folkestone (UK). Photo: Assocreation.

Cheriton/Surrenden Road, Folkestone (UK). Photo: Assocreation.

Sewer Foamies. Installation, 2014. Group exhibition “Cheriton Light Festival”, Cheriton/Surrenden Road, Folkestone (UK). Photo: Assocreation.

Cheriton/Surrenden Road, Folkestone (UK). Photo: Assocreation.

Sewer Foamies. Installation, 2014. Group exhibition “Cheriton Light Festival”, Cheriton/Surrenden Road, Folkestone (UK). Photo: Assocreation.

Cheriton/Surrenden Road, Folkestone (UK). Photo: Assocreation.

Sewer Foamies. Installation with foam and UV active pigments, 2014. Vienna, Austria. Photo: Assocreation.

Vienna, Austria. Photo: Assocreation.

Rolling Shadows in Brazil

Posted: October 11, 2013

Assocreation presented “Rolling Shadows” with the participation of the Brazilian artists Danilo Castro and Fabio Salun as part of INTERCIDADES (July/October 2013) in Joinville, Brazil and Lansing, Michigan, USA.

“INTERCIDADES is an international, itinerant exhibit of contemporary art, curated by Alena Marmo Jahn (Brazil), James L. Lawton (USA) and Jefferson Kielwagen (Brazil) and brought to the public by the Schwanke Museum of Contemporary Art (Joinville, Brazil). The exhibition program is focused on performance, relational art, urban intervention and other contemporary art practices that engage in public participation and active dialogue, and it is presented twice: first in Joinville, Brazil, and then in Lansing, Michigan. All presentations/installations take place in the public, urban space of the cities.”

Rolling Shadows, INTERCIDADES Joinville, Brazil, July, 2013. Video: Carlos Felipe Urquizar.

Rolling Shadows, INTERCIDADES Lansing, Michigan, USA, October, 2013. Video: Assocreation.

Moon Ride Citydrift / Kunsthalle Detroit

Posted: July 20, 2013

On July 19, 2013, Assocreation’s Moon Ride was installed as part of the Citydrift/Detroit event in an abandoned warehouse at the Kunsthalle Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Moon Ride. Interactive installation, 2013. Group Exhibition: "Citydrift/Detroit". Abandoned warehouse, Kunsthalle Detroit, Michigan, USA. Photo: Assocreation.

Abandoned warehouse, Kunsthalle Detroit, Michigan, USA. Photo: Assocreation.

Moon Ride - Citydrift/Detroit, Kunsthalle Detroit, Michigan (USA). Video: Assocreation.

Freedom Reloaded

Posted: April 1, 2013

The City of Vienna commissioned Assocreation to remake their first Freedom lettering (initially installed as a piece of guerrilla art in 2005) and turn it into a permanent 3D light graffiti, which was connected to the public power grid on March 12, 2013.

The Freedom lettering, which is made out of a 50m long yellow drainage pipe, became a landmark on a basketball cage between the traffic lanes of Vienna’s city ring road at Margaretengürtel. It marks an urban non-lieu used for sport and recreation by many of Vienna’s youths and immigrants. Mounted on a chain-link fence, it is a big word with two sides to it. The Freedom lettering at this location is reminiscent of a marketing slogan for teenagers that oscillates between fantasy and everyday reality – as such a slogan the Freedom lettering was also used as the opening title in Katharina Weingartner’s movie Sneaker Stories, which featured this basketball cage and its players in the context of an “international cycle of control and commodification”.

Freedom Reloaded. Installation, 2013. Basketball court Stadtwildnis Gaudenzdorfer Gürtel, Vienna (AT). Photo: Assocreation.

Basketball court Stadtwildnis Gaudenzdorfer Gürtel, Vienna (AT). Photo: Assocreation.

North American International Anti-Auto Show

Posted: January 20, 2013

Assocreation participates in Detroit’s 2013 North American International Anti-Auto Show, which takes place at The Contemporary Arts Institute of Detroit (CAID). The show is curated by Spread Art and has received press coverage, among others, from the Automobile section of the New York Times. The exhibition runs from January 18 – 27, 2013. The opening reception is on Friday, January 18, 9 – 11 pm.

Rolling Shadows – Energy Plan for the Western Wo/man I, 2012. Installation View. Interactive mixed media assemblage, solar toy cars, extruded polystyrene insulation board, 96x48x2 inches. The Contemporary Arts Institute of Detroit, Michigan (USA). Photo: Assocreation.

The Contemporary Arts Institute of Detroit, Michigan (USA). Photo: Assocreation.

Moon Ride in Nepal

Posted: November 13, 2012

Assocreation will set up their interactive art installation Moon Ride in the streets of Kathmandu in Nepal. This installation will be part of the Kathmandu International Art Festival (Nov 25 – Dec 21, 2012), which is the largest international contemporary art event held in Nepal. For this event, Assocreation has created a new version of Moon Ride, which has been tested a few weeks ago in the Green Road Studios (see video below).

Street in Kathmandu, Nepal. Videostill: KIAF 2012.

Street in Kathmandu, Nepal. Videostill: KIAF 2012.

Moon Test Ride - Green Road 1919, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, Oct 13, 2012. Video: Assocreation.

Rolling Shadows – Energy Plan for the Western Wo/man

Posted: September 9, 2012

New work by Assocreation entitled “Energy Plan for the Western Wo/man” and “A Car Show for Pedestrians” is featured in Quantified Self, the Gallery Project’s current exhibition. The exhibition runs from August 30 – October 7, 2012. The opening reception is on Friday, August 31, 6 – 9 pm.

The “Energy Plan for the Western Wo/man” is an interactive mixed media assemblage. Solar toy cars are mounted on a cnc routed xps insulation board (96x48x2 inches) forming a pixelated human shadow image. It is a piece for an art and toy collector. The little toy cars are jacked up like cars in a garage and can easily be taken down to play with it. This piece was conceived for a spot in the gallery next to a street window in order to have it activated (have all the little engines start and the tiny wheels spin) during rush hour, which is when the afternoon sun shines inside the gallery. Next to it is an iPhone showing a video of the “Car Show for Pedestrians”.

Rolling Shadows – Energy Plan for the Western Wo/man I, 2012. Interactive mixed media assemblage, solar toy cars, extruded polystyrene insulation board, 96x48x2 inches. The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI (USA). Photo: Assocreation.

The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI (USA). Photo: Assocreation.

Rolling Shadows – Energy Plan for the Western Wo/man I, 2012. Interactive mixed media assemblage, solar toy cars, extruded polystyrene insulation board, 96x48x2 inches. The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI (USA). Photo: Assocreation.

The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI (USA). Photo: Assocreation.

Rolling Shadows – Energy Plan for the Western Wo/man I, 2012. Interactive mixed media assemblage, solar toy cars, extruded polystyrene insulation board, 96x48x2 inches. The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI (USA). Photo: Assocreation.

The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI (USA). Photo: Assocreation.

Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home

Posted: May 20, 2012

7014 Agnes Street, March 10, 2012. Detroit, Michigan, USA. Video: Assocreation.

Detroit Pleasure Society Featuring Laura Finley on Vocals, April 25, 2012. PJ's Lager House, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Video: Assocreation.