MoB × ARS Electonica

CELESTON 2 extends on a video work Man & Wah developed during Museum of Brisbane’s Artists @ Home residency program, during the COVID-19 lockdown in early 2020. It is a curated amalgamation of audio, video and photographic material centred on the cosmic and botanical worlds, drawn from the artists’ extensive catalogue created over the past seven years. The work was informed by Man & Wah’s attempt to make sense of the unfolding global events and the mass flow of information that accompanied them. It examines how the past and present can mould ideas, beliefs and social structures, and how digital information is controlled to induce human reactions.

This exhibition is part of the Ars Electronica 2020 Festival for Art, Technology & Society. Programs such as this, themed around the idea of a garden, are took place around the world in both physical and virtual. Along with live broadcasted Q&A with Lubi


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Image by Charlie Hillhouse

(Top) Flame coral tree (Erythrina coralloides), 2020   20cm x 120cm. Metallic digital print

(Top left) Series 4 - Interconnectedness 10, 2020   100cm x 150cm. Metallic digital print.  Planetary graphics (top to bottom): Saturn – NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute, NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS, NASA/JPL, NASA/SDO

(Top right) Series 4 - Interconnectedness 11, 2020   100cm x 150cm   Metallic digital print.  Planetary graphics (top to bottom): University of Arizona / LPL, NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington, ESA/Hubble, NASA, ESA, and E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona), NASA , ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Lamy / Observatoire de Paris, NASA/JPL