One of the great things the Powerhouse museum has done over the years has been to highlight design and engineering. There is a current example of that focus in the exhibition of the Design Excellence awards for 2013. Design is an important part of our daily lives and so it is great to be made aware of the progress in every day design
The exhibition includes the amazing Opal card reading device being introduced for Sydney Transport, a new cinema quality camera that is easily transportable an retails for around $3,000, new high quality microphones linkable to smart phones, rescue equipment, and a range of other practical socially useful devices created by some clever engineers and designers. I loved it in that admiring way of an outsider who uses lots of technology I do not understand.
A few snaps below give a sense of the products,
A little exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney is on 10 great technological inventions. When I got home from a recent museum crawl and told my wife of this one the first three she came up with were not included in this set and that just illustrates the challenge of doing this type of exhibition. In this one there are agriculture, the printing press, the clock, penicillin, computer, the smart phone and a few others.
At the end you can put up a post it note with your suggestions and there were heaps of predictable ones such as the internet, google etc but the one that surprised me was digital voice analytics. It was a thought provoking thing to walk through it to think about ones I would have included.
One of the major exhibitions at the Wollongong City Art Gallery features an artist who has done an artist in residence program with the gallery. The exhibition is confronting, vibrant and has lots of contemporary references and inclusion. The aesthetic is drawn from magazine and poster styles and the content borders on the macabre at times. Ms Carter has a flair for rich engaging use of modern cultural icons and takes up many social concerns in her art.
Many of her images are ugly but that is what makes them hard to look away from. There is one very large image based on a Calvin Kline ad that was confronting in its full frontal reclining male nudity. I found it more amusing that I chose not to include that one on my camera roll but as I was walking past it a young mother got her pre teen daughter to take a picture of her posing in front of that image.
I have included the brochure