For NEW13, Scott Mitchell at ACCA bounces sunlight laser-like through the physical space – as lyrically described by critic Robert Nelson in http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/ideas-travelling-at-the-speed-of-light-20130402-2h4ut.html.
Charlotte Day comissoned works for her last quite astonishing show, which ends her tenure at ACCA, around the theme of mirroring and reflection, of which Mitchell’s installation is one, designed expressly for this space and using its unique architectural features, and the fine autumn weather, to make the work.
Trained in civil engineering, and now a hactivist maker, he likes a challenge. His five heliostats on the roof track the sun to cast it on units in the ACCA foyer, and from them through ACCA’s exhibition space where it is finally projected to heat home-made balloons, ingeniously assembled from painters’ drop-sheets sealed together with a domestic clothes iron, to make them float. The work shows us light turning into action.
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