Creativity Unlimited

Creativity Unlimited is regrouping and moving on after a hectic 2013 that saw the completion of many great projects. We have left our temporary premises in Götaplatsen, Gothenburg, and are currently working exclusively on the internet. Please find us here for updates and information on upcoming projects. In the meantime, please take the time to read about our previous projects.

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Clouds

(December 2013)

In connection with Julstaden Göteborg 2013 (the City of Gothenburg’s official Christmas celebrations), Creativity Unlimited produced an installation in the cityscape based on Canadian artist Max Streicher’s famous inflatables – in this case, suspended inflatable shapes and figures that hover in the air above people in streets and open spaces. Using Streicher’s ideas, CU in cooperation with the artist Pecka Söderberg and students at Chalmers University of Technology, created a number of inflatable clouds that were suspended between the roof tops in Harry Hjörnes plats in the heart of historic Gothenburg. During a few weeks before Christmas, they hung there, unconcered about the busy Christmas shoppers below.

Clouds

Clouds

The purpose of the installation was to give the cityscape a unique aesthetic form and feel, while also raising questions about the cityscape itself. Clouds aimed at visualising the interstitial space between bulidings and other structures that is often forgotten in the day to day discussions about urban design. The clouds with which we, for a short moment, filled a small part of the cityscape, depended on these empty spaces – the empty spaces that make room for thought and creativity. Similar empty spaces occur in all forms of art: between the various objects of a picture, you find the intermediate space; in books and poems, much is said between the lines; silence gives life to music. The interstitial space is where people can meet, talk to each other, and make new aquaintances as well as experiences. It is where the unexpected can happen. The space beween buildings and structures is what gives life to a city. Clouds created a space for tranquillity and contemplation during what is arguably the most hectic, and possibly stressful, time of the year. Furthermore, they moved heaven a bit closer to earth. Or was it the other way around?

Clouds was produced in cooperation with:

Chalmers University of Technology
Pecka Söderberg
Göteborg & Co

Johnny Boy Eriksson: Boy Waz Here!

(October­ – December 2013)

In cooperation with Wetterling Gallery, Creativity Unlimited produced the first public exhibition in Gothenburg featuring the works and spectacular installations of Johnny Boy Eriksson. It took place in an abandoned cinema in the city center, where parts of the huge room was turned into an equally fantastic and fascinating jungle of thorns, vines, trees, roses and monumental sculptures, some of them more than three meters high. This fantasy world – that brought to life visions of voodoo, the temples of Abu Simbel, and the unpenatrable jungles of an Indiana Jones film – was created on site by Johnny Boy Eriksson. The only material used to construct the installation was brown packing tape. The popular exhibition also included a video work and a number of additional sculptures made from the same material.

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Johnny Boy Eriksson’s trademark packing tape sculptures

 

Boy waz here was produced in cooperation with:

Wetterling Gallery
With the support of Wallenstam Fastigheter

About the artists in the group HypeCycle

Frieder Weiss calls himself ‘engineer in the arts’ and interactive video designer. He travels the world to apply his motion sensing software to a variety of happenings and performances. He also teaches at the universities of Nürnberg and Doncaster, and at Karlsruhe college. Over the years, Frieder Weiss has become interested in the limitations of the two dimensional video projection. This have lead him to work out of sculptural perspectives, not least by using dance and dancers to create three dimensional pictures of ‘frozen moments’.

Emily Fernandez is a dancer and choreographer, born in Melbourne but now living in Berlin. She started choreographing her own pieces while employed as a ballerina at the Mecklenburg state theater. She soon became interested in the interaction between dance and modern technology. She’s been collaborating with Frieder Weiss for a number of years, for example resulting in the joint installation work Schlamp! Emily Fernandez teaches dance and new media art for stage all over the world.

Mattias Härtig has worked with Frieder Weiss for well over a decade. He is an engineer in media technology, and technical director at the Trans­Media-Akademie Hellerau outside Dresden, a center for interdisciplinary arts.

Frieder Weiss plays TecArt

(August 31 – ­September 21 2013)

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Light installation by Frieder Weiss

Frieder Weiss is one of the world’s foremost designers of motion sensing software for interactive light installations used in music videos as well as dance, theater and artistic performances. He works with world famous artists like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue, and with performance companies and institutions such as Chunky Moves, Sydney Opera House, the Shanghai opera and the London Royal Ballet. In the summer of 2013, Creativity Unlimited brought together Frieder Weiss with students at the Department of engineering physics, Chalmers University of Technology, in a project which aimed to combine teaching and tutoring with exchange of knowledge and artistic work. Working together with Frieder Weiss, the students were given the opportunity to design new software for an innovative, interactive artistic work – Flow – where sound, light, music and movement would mix to form an integrated perfomance. This digital performance would then be triggered and directed by people – on a few occasions professional dancers from the Gothenburg Opera Ballet, but more often through the interactions of the audience. The installation took place in an abandoned cinema in the center of Gothenburg. Whereas Flow was created on site, the interactive work Schlamp! (Slut!) had previously been shown in a few cities around Europe. In Schlamp!, a picture of a young girl in a tight, short red dress is projected onto the floor, allowing the audience to tread, stamp, jump or just walk over her. The girl then reacts to this ‘abuse’ in different ways. Schlamp! is a work by dancer/coreographer Emily Fernandez and Frieder Weiss. Together with Mattias Härtig, they form the group HypeCycle. The whole group was involved in both installations. Frieder Weiss Plays TecArt was part of a satellite project of the Gothenburg International Biennal for Contemporary Art 2013. The project continued and developed further after the exhibition, resulting in several fruitful collaborations between Frieder Weiss and Chalmers University of Technology. In connection to the installations, artist and lyricist Ralph Holmström presented his thoughts and reflections on relating subjects in a separate part of the exhibition room.

Frieder Weiss Plays TecArt was produced in cooperation with:

Chalmers University of Technology
GIBCA – Göteborg Interbational Biennal for Contemporary Art
Atalante
Acquris
Åke Parmerud (composer, new media artist)

With the support of:

Kulturbryggan
Wallestam Fastigheter

The Children’s Festival, Trädgårdsföreningen

(August 2013)

The Children’s Festival is part of Gothenburg’s Culture Festival in August every year. It takes place in a popular botanical garden in the center of the city, and focuses on events and attractions for children and teenagers. In 2013, Creativity Unlimited participated with a program where we invited both young an old to learn more about basic technology in playful ways. In our tent, children could, among other things, construct their own ‘smoke cannons’, using a plastic glass with a hole in the bottom, a balloon, and smoke from a smoke machine. Soon enough, hundreds of children lined up to build their own ‘cannons’. We also demonstrated 3D­printing – something that attracted many both children and adults, whose eyes grew wider as they watched the printers produce a number of basic objects.

 

Making smoke rings

Making smoke rings

CU:s program during The Children’s festival was produced in cooperation with:

Chalmers University of Technology
Creative Tools AB
Göteborgs Kulturkalas (The Gothenburg Culture Festival)

The Light and the Fog

(March­ – June 2013)

The installation The Light and the Fog took place in what used to be a glazed­-in bar in the heart of Gothenburg. It was developed from a concept by Olafur Eliasson, and had the joint purpose of calling attention to questions regarding artificial light, not least from environmental and equality points of view. The actual installation took place in a specially constructed room within the room where the audience were only allowed inside in small groups. In this approximately 5 x 2,5 meter room, smoke from dry ice mixed with tiny drops of water spread from devices in the ceiling to produce a thick, moist fog that, when carefully illuminated, assumed almost ghostlike shapes and forms. The idea was to use technology to create the illusion that the audience, in March in Gothenburg, would suddenly find themselves transfered to the rainforests of Borneo or Brazil. The cramped room, where the fog sometimes got so thick that the hand was hardly visible only a few centimeters away from the face, created mixed emotions among the audience. Some were enthusiastic and felt aroused, revived; others felt discomfort and wanted to get out of the room right away.

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The Light and the Fog as seen from outdoors

The Light and the Fog turned into a work in progress that stirred different emotions, while also focusing on light in a broader socio-­economic context. In another part of this provisional venue, people were introduced to Little Sun – a solar LED lamp designed and constructed by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen. Little Sun is also a project aiming at spreading clean, reliable and cheap lighting to the more than one billion people lacking access to electricity.

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Olafur Eliasson holding a Little Sun lamp

The Light and the Fog is a good example of Creativity Unlimited’s ambition to let technology interact with artistic visions and ideas to create innovative and alternative experiences. In this case with the joint purpose of calling attention to an important humanitarian issue.

The Light and the Fog was produced in cooperation with:

Chalmers University of Technology
Ahlsell Sverige
Sibe International

With the support of Wallenstam Fastigheter

To learn more about Olafur Eliasson, visit his page on Artsy.net

Out of Shadows

(November 22­ – December 21 2012)

The exhibition Out of Shadows took place in Vasa Konsthall, Gothenburg, and included painting and sculpture by local artists Ralph Holmström and Georg Möller. It also included a digital installation by the Japanese new media artist Teruaki Tsubokura.

Out of Shadows was partly produced in cooperation with Chalmers University of Technology.

About the exhibition and the artists

Ralph Holmström is a painter and sculptor; he is also a lyricist. His works generally deal with the essential conditions that mark the life of every human being: life and death, God and chance, love and indifference, light and darkness, and possibly light at the other side of darkness.

Georg Möller calls himself image creator and lyrics engineer. In the works exhibited at Vasa konsthall, he playfully evoked memories of Kazimir Malevich and the Russian suprematists in the early 20th century.

 

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”Shadow Touch” by Teruaki Tsubokura

Teruaki Tsubokura is an upcoming new media artist from Japan that chose Creativity Unlimited as collaborator for his first performance in Europe. During the exhibition, Tsubokura presented the work Shadow Touch, where he uses interactive technology to produce illusions that soon turn into something different from what you would expect. Like so many illusionist before him, he thereby raises the eternal questions: What is true, what is false? What is reality? The interactive work requires the audience to use flashlights to look for shadows on an otherwise empty surface. Inside the flashlight is a remote control wirelessly connected to a computer generating everything that takes place. The technology enables the person holding the flashlight to find shadows and play with them by touching, holding and throwing them around. In Teruaki Tsubokuras own words: ”We wanted to remove the difference between real and digital objects, and thought it would be interesting to use shadows, which are very well known phenomena.”

Pontus Carle

(September 22 – ­October 14 2012)

The exhibition took place in Vasa Konsthall, Gothenburg, and included paintings, etchings and scuptures by contemporary artist Pontus Carle.

Pontus Carle was born in Lund, Sweden, but grew up in Paris. After spending the 1980’s in New York, he returned to Europe, where he now divides his time between studios in Paris and Berlin.

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Painting by Pontus Carle