“Designers in the twenty-first century are bridging the worlds of design, technology, and science, experimenting with materials and processes to examine how we can make things in new ways or reimagine the value systems, rituals and beliefs that might define tomorrow. At the vanguard of design practice, there are architects and designers who are literally ‘sampling’ this imagined future.

This exhibition presents a selection of new projects by some of Australia’s leading experimental and speculative designers. Highly visual – with large-scale installations, thought-provoking objects, associated sound and film – this exhibition draws from the NGV Collection and features newly-commissioned works which reveal how and why design experimentation can help us to imagine the future and question today.” (https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/sampling-the-future/)

The ‘Urchin Corals and Process’ installation includes two underwater films that bring to the surface issues in two Australian locations – at the Great Barrier Reef and Port Phillip Bay. The intricate 3d printed corals and a range of material samples showcase material development and research process.  A digital animation visualizes the creation of underwater photogrammetry models.

 

 

 

Exhibition credits:
3d printed Urchin corals  2020 – 2021 

Purple sea urchin (Heliocidaris erythrogramma), Black sea urchin (Centrostephanus rodgersii), biopolymers  

 Photography and photogrammetry of Acropora Humilis, Pocillopora meandrina and Acropora sp. Pirjo Haikola. Photogrammetry and 3d models of the Montipora sp. and Pocillopora sp.: by The Hydrous. Research and production assistant: Javier de Urquijo Isoard  

Research partner and supply of the Heliocidaris erythrogramma sea urchins: Fletcher Warren-Myers and Sustainable Aquaculture Laboratory – Temperate and Tropical (SALTT), School of BioSciences, The University of
Melbourne. School of Design, College of Design and Social context, RMIT University. Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne   

Material experiments 2020-2021

Biopolymers, natural wax, sea urchin shell and sea urchin pigment from Purple sea urchin (Heliocidaris
erythrogramma) and Black sea urchin (Centrostephanus rodgersii)

Research and production assistant: Javier de Urquijo Isoard. chemistry assistant Deepika Dugan

Calcifiers of change  no.1 VIC 2019  

colour digital video, sound 
6 min 12 sec  

Project: Pirjo Haikola
Cinematographer: Tom Park  

Research partner: Fletcher Warren-Myers and Sustainable Aquaculture Laboratory – Temperate and Tropical (SALTT), School of Biosciences, University of Melbourne   

Boat and crew: RMIT Underwater Club and Qing Hong Loh, Chris Peterson, Jack McQuinn  

Calcifiers of change no.2 QLD 2020  

colour digital video, sound 
6 min 12 sec  

Project: Pirjo Haikola
Cinematographer: Tom Park  

Vessel and Crew: Coral Sea Dreaming

Coral Photogrammetry 2021  

Colour digital animation
Underwater photography: Pirjo Haikola 
Animation: Javier de Urquijo Isoard