Deutsche Bank COMMISSIONS double take BY ROBYN STACEY
SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY PRINCIPAL PARTNER, DEUTSCHE BANK, HAS COMMISSIONED AWARD-WINNING, AUSTRALIAN ARTIST ROBYN STACEY TO CREATE double take, A SITE-SPECIFIC, WALK-IN CAMERA OBSCURA AT THE ENTRANCE to THE FAIR.
Stacey's Double Take is a walk-in 'camera obscura' (Latin for "dark room") that inverts a real-time 'cinematic projection' of the exterior view onto its interior walls, ceiling and floor, and that will be situated at the entrance to the Fair and open to the public.
While Stacey has been transforming entire rooms into walk-in camera obscuras since 2013, this is the first time she will create a standalone art experience for an art fair.
Barry Keldoulis, Sydney Contemporary CEO and Fair Director, said: “We are thrilled to announce that Principal Partner, Deutsche Bank, has commissioned Double Take by Robyn Stacey.
“Double Take will be at the entrance to Carriageworks for the duration of the Fair and visitors will be able to sit inside the intimate mirrored cube and, as their eyes adjust, experience the mesmerising, inverted real-time 'cinematic projection' of the cube’s surrounds.”
Both the interior and the exterior of Stacey’s installation will be activated, with the mirrored casing of the cube being lit at night to create fields of colour against the night sky. By day, the mirrored cube will reflect back its surrounds.
Robyn Stacey said: “I was fascinated by the ability of the simplest and earliest form of optical device to transform the interior of rooms by projecting the outside world via a small hole over the walls, ceiling and floor of the room. As light travels in a straight line the room is wallpapered with the upside down and reverse view of external vistas, creating darkrooms of dramatically projected landscapes."
"The camera obscura explores the malleability of the visible world and raises fundamental questions about vision and how we experience our immediate environment. Double Take is a mirror clad cube that will reflect the Carriageworks site and simultaneously become one with it, camouflaged and morphing into its locale. The site will be lit at night, allowing the cube’s mirrored surface to reflect its location against the night sky."
Principal Partner Deutsche Bank has one of the most significant corporate art collections in the world comprising over 5,000 artists from over 40 countries. Stacey is one of a stable of artists from the bank’s Australia collection which is mostly known for its installation pieces featured at Deutsche Bank Place, Sydney.
A recent addition to the collection is Stacey’s Locus of Power, the first of a new series that converted the CEO’s office at Deutsche Bank Place into a camera obscura, bringing the ever-desirable panoramic view into an executive corner office.
James Roth, Deutsche Bank’s Co-Head of Corporate Finance Australia and member of the Biennale of Sydney’s Board of Directors said, “Deutsche Bank’s long-standing commitment to contemporary art both here in Australia and globally is driven by our desire to increase its accessibility, introduce new audiences and foster new emerging artists.
“We are delighted to partner with Sydney Contemporary and reach the 30,000 visitors expected at this year’s event.”
Double Take will be positioned at the entrance to Carriageworks and is free to experience for Sydney Contemporary visitors. Bookings will be required in advance and will be released shortly.
Image credit: Robyn Stacey, Locus of Power, Deutsche Bank Place, 2017