Priscilla Bracks in Istanbul

Priscilla Bracks and Gavin Sade’s collaborative artwork Suzumushi : the silent swarm, has been selected for the Juried Exhibition at the International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA) which will this year be held in Istanbul.  This interactive work was first presented at the State Library Queensland.  For this installation, Bracks and Sade connected the cricket swarm to the Library’s search database so crickets could ‘hear’ words people searching for. These words which are displayed on LED screens on the cricket’s backs, spread throughout the swarm of 55 crickets like a meme and each cricket learns the term from a neighbouring cricket.  The work will be installed at the Galata Mevlevihanesi Museum in Istanbul. Once a whirling dervish hall, this site is now a Museum of Turkish Literature. Bracks and Sade are currently adapting the interactive characteristics of the work to suit this new location.

Seven Cluster Crickets