Josef Stanislaw Ostoja-Kotkowski, The planet 1966, plastic collage and synthetic polymer paint on plywood, 122.0 x 122.0 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. The Joseph Brown Collection. Presented through the NGV Foundation by Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, Honorary Life Benefactor, 2004. Image reproduced with kind permission of the Estate of J S Ostoja-Kotkowski and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Solid Light will be accompanied by an interactive installation by Pia van Gelder. Her Psychic Synth II uses electroencephalograph headsets with video and sound synthesisers to create a feedback loop between the human brain and technology, translating the participant’s alpha waves into colourful abstract projections and sounds.
Born in Poland, Josef Stanislaw Ostoja-Kotkowski (1922-1994) moved to Australia in 1949 and became pivotal in the development of Australian experimental and new media art. Pioneering the use of electronics, he made innovations in computer and laser technology, including kinetics and sound, which he applied to visual art, music and theatre.