Porcelana Innovadora was conceived by artists, Kit Webster and Chiara Kickdrum for the 2012 Saturday In Design event in Melbourne, Australia.
Isolated in a dark room, visitors were invited to immerse themselves in the experience of tile in another dimension.
The wall-mounted, multi-faceted piece comprised multiple layers of Spanish 3D tiles from the Earp Bros range: Prisma Nacar, Sea Silver, Madison Plata, Oxo Mosaico Blanco, Diamonds, Pearls White and Pearls Dark.
Illuminated projections of complex light-play and patterns oscillate and shift over the tiles, further enhancing their overall dimensionality and relief.
A sophisticated rhythmic sound work made up of ceramic tile recordings mixed with high fidelity electronica samples is intrinsically linked to the vision, creating a multi-dimensional and multi-sensory synesthetic field of light, sound and form.
When these elements are fused and enhanced through the reflection from the tiles on the surrounding walls, an engaging chimerical environment is produced. The piece aims to conjure a sense of the inexplicable.
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The CityServe program aims to transform Newcastle through active service and is a collaboration between the Christian churches of the Hunter and the community.
Volunteers rolled up their sleeves in an unprecedented five-week session that included upgrading school playgrounds, painting derelict buildings, cleaning parks and streets and sprucing up Newcastle’s six iconic, but ageing surf clubs.
Each surf club was restored inside and out and 150m2 of tiles were donated by Earp Bros to give the clubs a new lease of life.