Spinning World

Spinning World is a multimedia installation comprised of textiles and electronics produced collaboratively by Jo Law, Agnieszka Golda & Martin Johnson for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). The exhibition is on display from 7 July 2018 to 6 January 2019.

The installation comprises of four components. The 9.2 x 3.3 metres wall hanging depicts a fantastical scene of an ecosystem populated by corals. The scenery on the cotton canvas was created using a hand-stencilling and spray ink technique. When triggered by the presence of a viewer, the 16 hand-embroidered silver wire speakers play an underwater audio recording of the Great Barrier Reef (made by from XL Caitlin Seaview Survey and used with permission).

The 1.2  x 3 metres piece is a direct response to the 1930s green kimono held in the Museum’s collection (also on display). The white birds in the original garment are transposed to this piece. The white paper flock flutter across the green scene, animated by simple hand-made electromagnets.

Spinning World also presents 2 lengths of fabrics for audience to explore. Graphene screen prints and leds are sewn onto the fabric and form touch sensor circuits. The graphene screen prints depict a microscopic view of coral fossils, used by scientists to derive long-range climate data. These prints act as electrodes. When touched, various light patterns designed to mimic different forms of bioluminescence are activated.

The works from Spinning World result from collaboration with materials scientist Dr Sepidar Sayyar, and climatologist Associate Professor Helen McGregor.

The project is supported by the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, and the University of Wollongong.