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Coming soon to Object: Idea Bombing Sydney!

At Idea Bombing Sydney, we love a good pop-up. Magically appearing somewhere unexpected, fun and creative. Then, like a whisper of an idea, disappearing again until the next time. Since May 2013 we’ve been popping up all over central Sydney, showcasing some of the most interesting, social and innovative spaces our genius Sydneysiders have to offer. From an underground carpark in Kings Cross to a micro-brewery in Newtown, not to mention a rooftop in Surry Hills, we’re all over it. In that sense we’re not really the marrying kind, more like the eternal bachelor. But when given the opportunity to set up in Object Gallery we jumped at the chance to commit. Call us reformed. Our seven week stint in the gallery represents a space to explore the future of creative spaces in our city. We’re psyched and madly pulling together something we hope represents the incredible visionary hope of not only Idea Bombing Sydney but also all the wonderful people who have bombed ideas with us over the last year. Watch this space!

Melinda, Co-founder Idea Bombing Sydney

Idea Bombing Sydney: The Gallery Edition runs from 9 July-23 August.

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Gotta love this city…

It’s a lovely autumn day in Sydney today. I’m in the splendid Carriageworks with 1000 others for the first ever REMIXSYD - a two-day mix of panel conversations, presentations and keynotes that explores culture, technology and entrepreneurship.

I am exactly where I need to be. Already my head is swimming with the international examples of culture, harnessing technology to create new forms of art, and how cultural organisations are reinventing themselves.

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Why I Cried Five & A Half Times At TEDxSydney 2014

I cried five and a half times at TEDxSydney. That said I left with the highest of spirits and the fullest of bellies after ten hours of absorbing challenging ideas and nourishing finger licking goodness. Some ideas informed me while others inspired me, but most made me question stupidly simple things in new ways.

In the true TED spirit of ‘sharing ideas’, do yourself a favour, grab a cup-a-Joe, sit in front of a screen with some good speakers and take a sneak peek at a few of my hand picked highlights from the day after the jump.

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VIVID Sydney – Designers Den

Get ready for 31 May! Object is getting geared up to host an event during VIVID Sydney – the fast, funny and hopefully not-too-brutal ‘fight for marketplace supremacy’ Designer’s Den.

Designer’s Den will see 4 emerging designers present their new ideas to a panel of ‘Design Dragons’ – industry leaders including Adam Goodrum (one of Australia’s most successful furniture designers) and Terri Winter (Director, top3 by Design). After putting the designers through their paces, these leaders will choose who ‘wins’ the Designer’s Den challenge, and shower the winner in fantastic prizes such as a Design Master class and Australian design products. Every contestant won’t leave empty-handed though – the advice, tips and tricks the Design Dragons can give them during their presentations will serve them well in their next ‘battle’ to the top.

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Janine Benyus on Biomimicry

In October 2012 we published issue 63 of Object magazine as an iPad app or browser-friendly desktop version. For this issue, which continues to win awards from around the world, we chose to focus a major part of the editorial on bioinspiration or biomimicry. This field of design is fast becoming one of the most exciting to operate within, an consistently devises some of the most intriguing and innovative solutions to problems we might be having, as well as simply taking the beauty of nature to inform visual design around us. You need look no further than the architecture of Chris Bosse, the industrial design of Tim Finnigan or the jewellery design of Sheridan Kennedy to get a sense of the scope and potential of this discipline (all explored within issue 63.)

As part of issue 63 an essay was commissioned from Lisa Cahill to give a broad look at what bioinspiration and biomimicry is all about on a global scale—where it is moving and what sort of areas it might be touching. In this essay, Lisa referenced Janine Benyus, a writer who in fact coined the term ‘biomimicry’ back in 1997. Her organisation Biomimicry 3.8 offers business consulting, professional training and education on how we can learn from nature.

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Listen: Resolved Designer Brunch

A few weeks ago, the morning after the opening night for Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design, Kathryn Hunyor hosted a conversation between Marc Harrison and Matt Conway, two designers featured in the exhibition. The trio were joined by a number of other designers and guests, and spent almost an hour discussing the design practices, how they got where they are, and the all important topic of what an Australian design identity is.

Below is the full audio, available to stream now or download and listen to later—you can also grab it from the Resolved collection on Object on iTunes U. Listen right to the end to catch a great question from one of the guests about the responsibilities of current designers as they craft a design identity for Australia.

Don’t miss the Designers’ Den event coming up on 31 May as part of Vivid Sydney, and make sure you check out all of the videos exploring the process of each designer, and insights into the design scene in Australia.

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Position Vacant: Accounts Coordinator

We’re looking for someone to join our nimble and creative team, to be a key player in the finance function of the organisation.
With an interest in design and culture, you will enjoy using your accounts experience to ensure our accounts receivables, payables and payroll are accurate, timely and consistently delivered. You will need to have excellent skills and experience using MYOB. You will work alongside our creative team to help with expense allocation, and in doing so contribute to the variety of exhibitions, events and digital projects that the organisation undertakes.

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Deinstall & Install Action In The Gallery

Just a little note to let you know that the New Weave deinstall and Resolved: Journeys In Australian Design install are going really well over at Object Gallery. Our favourite exhibition builders, Big City, have done an amazing job at getting the Resolved furniture made and have been great at working with me in getting the final details right.

Annette, the creative producer for Resolved, the installers Robert and Justin and I have been working on placement of the furniture yesterday afternoon and today – as you can imagine it’s a ‘lotta show’ for a small gallery, but it is looking really good.

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Rachel Park’s Temporary home.

Object’s current exhibition, New Weave: Contemporary Approaches to the Traditions of Weaving, is rapidly drawing to an end and, sadly, this will see the disposal of Rachel Park’s temporary site-specific installation, home. This gives extra incentive to race down to the Object Gallery to experience the work before its destruction 5pm Saturday 29th March!

I recently sat down with Rachel to discuss her work for New Weave and her art making in general.

After receiving her honours from SCA, Rachel has practiced as an emerging, Sydney based contemporary artist for almost five years. Inspired by minimal art and contemporary architecture, Rachel has developed and experimented with site-specific installations primarily made out of the unusual yet everyday medium of commercial toilet paper. Rachel’s interest in this everyday, discarded material is seemingly never-ending as she endeavors to fully explore its artistic potential in varied and exciting ways.

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Resolved Videos Begin!

As part of creative program Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design, a series of mini documentaries have been produced. They will be released online, at our Video & Audio Gallery, over the next week and a bit, with all live and ready to be watched in time for the opening of the exhibition next Friday, April 4.

The videos cover two strands. First, each designer has their own video focusing on their work, the process, and their practice. The first of these, looking at Matt Conway, designer of the iconic Bale Chair, is ready to be watched now.

The second strand features a number of thematic videos—looking at things like the design landscape in Australia, or how to take a concept to market. The first of these, Designing in Australia, looks at what it is like to be a designer in Australia at the moment, and some of the benefits and challenges.

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Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design

Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW 14 February - 11 April 2015

An exhibition of the most compelling works from 12 designers from the highly acclaimed “Workshopped” exhibitions held in Sydney. Workshopped has discovered, nurtured and launched the careers of...
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Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels

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Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels is the eighth in our Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series. Our first Indigenous Living Treasure, Greeno is a shellworker and artist from Tasmania, whose...
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