Melbourne’s augmented reality: is public art the remedy to the city’s pandemic malaise?
Tim Byrne, Arts, The Guardian
The best works in the series are those that stand alone: both as great art that can be admired by a passerby, but also invigorated by the new technology – Ann Ryan’s The Duchess and the Butterfly II and Jingwen (Jina) He’s You Can Find Something Truly Important in an Ordinary Minute in particular. These are works that speak directly of renewal and transmutation.
ABC Art Works: Series 1 Episode 11 Just Not Australian Touring Exhibition | 18:06
ABC Art Works explores the full spectrum of the arts in Australia.
As a person practising architecture with an art and design background, I deal with space transformations on a daily basis and I believe in the power of storytelling through spatial awareness and urban conditions. Art is not created within a vacuum. The public spaces and social interactions meet daily events’ practical and emotional needs. It provides me with the backdrops for the creations. I am fascinated with all the elements found in the existence of the public realm as well as the stories being created. I have been exploring and utilizing various approaches and materials in expressing ideas and subjects in relation to nostalgic elements of history, nature, memory, and identity in environmental and social contexts.
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Jingwen (Jina) He
Architect | Artist | External Assessment Panel | Creative Maker
Based in Melbourne.
Jina is a creative based in Melbourne with an art, design, and architecture background. She had her proposed architectural installation built on-site and published in the local newspaper at the Bisenzio River, Italy in 2014. With a keen interest in public arts, she was selected as the external arts grants assessment panel member with the City of Melbourne in 2020. In 2021 she was commissioned to develop an augmented public artwork in Flinders Quarters with the support of the Metro Tunnel Creative Program. In 2022, she completed a placemaking project with ground and wall mural art commissioned by the city of Boroondara in Canterbury. She believes placemaking strategies are a way to shape and design the world as well as recalibrate and regenerate neighborhoods. With a passion for creating and fostering social cohesion, she joined Woman Support Incorporated to further connect and support women from diverse backgrounds.
She worked collaboratively with Kimberley Hui for the Archemist Podcast for a season titled ‘Is it what you wanted?‘ to bring out the voice in the creative industry. This series is shortlisted for Bates Smart Award for Architecture in Media in 2021. She also is an active contributor to a few publications and exhibitions. She is always making and exploring but sometimes she is planting.
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