BRISBANE, SYDNEY, MELBOURNE
23 NOVEMBER – 17 DECEMBER 2020
4A Digital Hits the Streets: Joanna Frank and Spectator Jonze
23 November – 17 December 2020
Various street locations in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is thrilled to announce 4A Digital Hits the Streets, an ephemeral exhibition that will transform digital artworks into interactive street posters across Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney this summer. Programmed as part of 4A’s online commissioning platform, 4A Digital, this project features the mesmerising works of Joanna Frank and Spectator Jonze, and are accompanied by a custom-made augmented reality animation created especially by the artists for 4A.
Simply point your phone towards the QR code on the poster, download the Eyejack app (if you don’t have it already), and hover your screen to activate Joanna Frank and Spectator Jonze’s works.
Spot a poster? Let us know on Instagram via @4a_aus and #4ADigital for your chance to win 4A summer prize packs, including limited-edition artist prints, a 4A tote bag, and publications.⠀
4A Digital Hits the Streets takes place in these locations and others:⠀
📍Sydney: 23 Nov – 17 Dec
Alexandria, CBD, Darlinghurst, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Mascot, Newtown, Paddington, Surry Hills and more.⠀
📍Melbourne: 23 Nov – 14 Dec
CBD, Southbank, Carlton North, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Footscray, Richmond, Box Hill, Thornbury, Preston, Prahran and more.⠀
📍Brisbane: 27 Nov – 11 Dec
Airport, Fortitude Valley, Griffith Uni, Indooroopilly, Kangaroo Point, Kelvin Grove, Mt Gravatt, Paddington, Woolloongabba and more.⠀
To celebrate 4A Digital Hits the Streets, 4A curators Con Gerakaris and Reina Takeuchi invited Joanna Frank and Spectator Jonze to create new works that capture their vivid, character-driven aesthetics, with anthemic themes that celebrate the resilient and dynamic nature that comes with being a woman artist.
For the heroine-driven work, DEADALIVE, Taiwanese-Australian artist-musician Jonze tackles the taboo of coronavirus and maintaining creative stamina during times of unrest. Jonze explains: “For the poster, I wanted to capture the feelings of suffocation, isolation, health technologies and anxiety, but I also wanted to show that out of the rubble, I found the fighter, the survivor and also the amazing fortunes that 2020 has brought me as well.”
Around 300 posters will be prominently displayed in partnership with leading poster distributor Plakkit, and with support from the City of Sydney. To elevate the experience, these images are integrated with an augmented reality component custom-created by Frank and Jonze. Enter the artists’ conceptual worlds by downloading the Eyejack app on their smartphone, pointing their screen towards the posters, and activating their AR animation in real-time.
Adds Takeuchi: “Spectator Jonze is an evocative multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans across digital media, drawing, performance and sound. Having experienced the COVID-19 virus first hand, DEADALIVE speaks directly to Jonze’s strength as a fighter, artist and survivor in the face of adversity. It’s with great pleasure that we present her work alongside Joanna Frank’s as a part of our initiative.”
The posters are distributed at various sites via our partnership with leading poster distributor Plakkit, and with support from the City of Sydney.
Deena Lynch (Jaguar Jonze) and Luigi Honorat – Working together from Japan and Australia, Deena and Luigi have built an AR experience that shows viewers what a trip through Jaguar Jonze’s mind might be like: full of music, playfulness and a little dose of darkness.
Tap here from a mobile device for an excerpt of the interactive AR experience – works with Aero for iOS, best load times with wifi connection, 3D sound best experienced with headphones.
Spectator Jonze was invited to design the very first art car for BMW Australia as part of their launch for the new 2 Series Gran Coupé. As a special guest, she unveiled the car at their Launch party held at Howard Smith Wharves, did a live drawing for guests and invited guests to colour in their own way on a large-scale Spectator Jonze BMW car wall. She was also invited to speak at the BMW International Women’s Day Breakfast and was on the front cover for Style Magazine.
You can see this car being driven around as part of Brisbane Street Art Festival in 2020.
Project produced by Vast Yonder.
In 2019, Spectator Jonze spent every 2 weeks with the patients of Logan Mental Health Group from Metro South Hospital to connect and hear the stories of those who suffer from schizophrenia, paranoia, psychosis, anxiety or depression and may often feel ostracised and silenced. The whole project was guided by their occupational therapist and social workers. It was a beautiful 8 month journey, with the end result exhibiting at Logan Art Gallery for 6 weeks. During the exhibition, two Spectator Jonze workshops that were booked out were held where people got to participate in a welcoming and safe space to complete their very own Spectator Jonze portraits.
Selected patients from the Metro South Hospital were filmed for short interviews which will be put together for a mini-documentary later this year in 2020. For now, watch the interview snippets below.
I was flown down to Sydney this year in June to be a part of Clipped Festival (VIVID Sydney Program) to draw Megan Washington live for 5 hours across the event.
Megan Washington was a panel speaker but we held our initial Spectator Jonze interview a week prior in Brisbane. This drawing highlights Washington’s openness with her stutter and how that affected her mental health as a singer and musician in the industry.
Brisbane Street Art Festival is an annual public art event that seeks to provide opportunities for creative practitioners and the wider community to develop positive partnerships through engagement and collaboration. As an avenue for artistic expression, BSAF endeavours to create a multi-disciplinary platform that encourages any and all art forms to participate. BSAF provides a framework of showcase and engagement for public art across Brisbane.
Spectator Jonze was selected to be part of the 2019 Live Mural Artists line up and was designated a 4m x 3m wall at West End Village, West End to paint across the festival dates.
Seeing my artwork in a whole different medium was super exciting. I worked alongside Brisbane City Council to put 6 light box installations up in Fish Lane from January – April all in celebration of BrisAsia Festival 2019.
Had the pleasure of being invited to be a speaker for Creative Mornings Brisbane February event at The Lushington. Sold out with over 180 attendees, I spoke on the theme of ‘Symmetry’ and used it to discuss the importance of being open about mental health, the necessity of creative outlets and my own journey with my PTSD. With an audience of creatives in attendance, I focused on the importance of conversation – to find the time to share the conversation with people, find the time to start that conversation with people and to find the time to have the conversation with yourself. Put it into your everyday practise of art, music, dance, words, knitting, woodworking, whatever it may be.
I found it difficult being that open and vulnerable to 180 people but I knew I wouldn’t have even be able to write it onto paper 6 months prior, and 6 months before that, I wouldn’t have even been able to talk about it with trusted friends. It’s a progress of baby steps we all should be taking.
The irony to the taboo and structure of feeling like you’re alone when struggling with your mental health is that every single person has a shade of trauma, anxiety, depression, illness, vices, inclinations, quirks, doubts, pain, suffering and demons etc. We need to start accepting that mental health is just as important as your physical health and just as the body will shut down here and there in sickness, the mind will too.
Let’s talk. Let’s talk often and open.
Watch it here: