Tuesday
Jul312018

IPPA Awards 2018

 

I am very happy to share that my iPhone photograph of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi was awarded an honorable mention in the Architecture category of the iPhone Photography Awards 2018.

 

Tuesday
Apr042017

The Equinox Experience

The Equinox Experience, took place on 12 March 2017, in Santo Stefano Al Ponte in Florence, Italy.  A magical, immersive experience conceived by Andrea Bigiarini of The New Era Museum, it took place on the night of the full moon. 

Immersed into giant size projections accompanied by the live music of Marco Testoni, the audience was invited to enter into the visions of talented artists of the Mobile Photography movement. 

Twenty selected works were also exhibited in the cloister of the deconsecrated church of Santo Stefano Al Ponte.

My artwork “Dissolving” was part of The Equinox Experience exhibition - “Balancing The Opposites With Mobile Art” - and I was very grateful to be able to attend the vernissage as well as the amazing immersive experience.  

I am including here a wonderful youtube video about the evening, followed by a transcript in English done by Elizabeth Genovesi. 

 

 

 

Marco Testoni:

The instruments I played are called Handpan. They are percussion instruments which emit notes allowing one to compose with these wonderful instruments. Their roots came from far away: from the Caribbean the steel drum, that they make from metal barrels. Instead these Handpans are a derivation from Europe, being a bit richer, with more harmony, with more sound, these are the instruments.


Roberto Fiorini:

The Equinox Experience is absolutely in sync with that of the mission of Cross Media. Cross Media is the producer and distributer of The Klimt Experience. From the name of the firm, chosen by our president Federico Dalgas, one can presume, that we believe in the mixing of various forms of art and communication, as we believe that man is disposed to the traditional and vice versa. Both march in one direction which is that of the future.


Andrea Bigiarini:

A perfect mix between cinema, television and museum. There isn’t that distance between art and audience, which is usually present in museums. So this new form was found for doing shows for photography. It is the only mode one has to see things in detail.

 

Marco Testoni:

I personally work in cinema and television and create music for these images. I can’t imagine music without images behind it.

I think that video mapping in a particular mode can revolutionize the relationship between music and images because there is the possibility to see the image, spacialized, that enwraps, enfolds you. Awhile ago I spoke with Peter Greenway, the English director and he said the future of cinema is in the possibility to see not only from the central seat of the cinema but to have it all around you, that which engages the audience in 360 degrees of the image. Video mapping is perfect in this sense. It seems to me the future is this. 

After all one sees the success they have had with projects like the Klimt Experience and the Equinox Experience.

 

Sunday
Feb192017

Collaboration with Mario Uboldi Jewellery Art

André Meyerhans, the founder and designer of MARIO UBOLDI Jewellery Art, is an award-winning architect who has been named as one of the most influential architects in the MENA region by Middle Eastern Architect magazine.  He is also an artist whose work and installations are part of public and private collections in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. André’s creations blur traditional boundaries between art, architecture and design. 

I have recently had the privilege to work on a collaboration with André which has allowed his jewellery and my iPhoneart on recycled wood collected from building sites, to enter into a dialogue with each other.

 

Our collaboration is currently being shared via social media where you can view both images and an interview André conducted with me. 

The collaboration is evolving and you are invited to be part of it by checking into its story on a regular basis. 

You can follow the collaboration via any of the following links:

Mario Uboldi Jewellery Art on Facebook

Linda Hollier on Facebook

Mario Uboldi Jewellery Art on Instagram

Linda Hollier on Instagram

The dialogue between our two art forms is opening new vistas and I suspect that there is still much more waiting to be visually spoken.

In a previous blog I wrote about the type of listening I believe we need to cultivate in cyberspace, whether it be to visual, aural or textual images. 

My eyes and ears are listening! 

Friday
Oct212016

Future Landscapes

 

To a floating city built on wooden platforms supported by wooden stakes driven into the ground, I took my iPhone art printed on recycled construction wood collected from building sites.

In a city whose architectural style is a fusion of both Byzantine and Islamic forms overlaying a Latin Christian foundation, a group of artists and architects explore the concept of future landscapes. At a time when so many have had to leave their homes and cross borders, this exhibition forms part of the Borders International Art and Architecture Festival, which runs parallel to the Architecture Biennale 2016.  As a featured artist, my contribution is an investigation of the architecture of cyberspace. 

To visually express the experience of cyberspace using the tools found there, I created the series titled “Corridors of Cyberspace” entirely on my iPhone. Working with various apps, I transformed my photographs of Dubai architecture and international venues into iPhone art.

Each artwork on wood incoporates augmented reality

I have written before about bridges and bridging cyberspace and so was excited to take my art to a city with over 400 bridges.

In a city made up of many calles and canals, one gets the feeling of being in a labyrinth. Chance encounters, as those that occur in the corridors of cyberspace, are not uncommon. 

Venice captured my heart. While there I took many photographs and often posted to Instagram Stories.

I did a live iPhoneart sketch on St Mark's Square.

I went live on Facebook for the first time!

Similar to keeping a journal, I wrote up a Steller story each day I was there, and it is these stories I will now share, to perhaps give others a glimpse of my experience. 

Venice, October 2016

Monday, 3 October

Tuesday, 4 October

Wednesday, 5 October

Thursday, 6 October

(the day of the opening of the exhibition at Palazzo Ca' Zanardi)

Friday, 7 October

Saturday, 8 October

(this story was featured by Steller in their Stellerverse collection)

Sunday, 9 October

(featuring my #interact2connect artwork)

I am still processing all I experienced during this time in Venice.

Should you happen to visit Venice soon, Future Landscapes will be running until 27 November 2016. 

Tuesday
Aug022016

Sawadika!

The website here2here came into being five years ago. My first blog post was titled “Ahlan Wa Sahlan”, an old Arabic greeting, welcoming guests.

Today I find myself on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand, and so “Sawadika” is the Thai word with which I greet you. 

As I look out my window I see that it is very low tide, as this evening will welcome a New Moon.  The rocks normally hidden by water peek out and make themselves known. They remind me of all the activity that goes on in life that is often not seen. 

Here for a three week fast and detox programme I have become aware of much that has being going on in my own body without me being fully aware of it. My experience is very different from the first fast and detox I underwent four years ago.  Into our second week, I am experiencing deep releases and much regeneration. 

There is a sense of much sweeping occurring.

The sweeper.

Before arriving here I also realised that although I have been decluttering in my home, much sweeping was needed in my digital life.  And so I have begun slowly to delete unnecessary or old documents and emails from my laptop. No small task and so I will continue with that when back in Abu Dhabi.  For now, my focus is on bodily well being. 

I have written before about Mindfulness and Balance and The Question of Balance, and balance is surfacing as a recurring theme for me yet again.

Since my last blog, I am happy to share that I was a finalist in the Mira Mobile Prize 2016 Exhibition in Porto, Portugal.  Three of my artworks are currently being shown in the Electron Salon at the Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art, and next week one of my works will be exhibited on an electronic screen in the reception area of the venue where the Mobile Digital Art and Creativity Summit being run by the Mobile Art Academy in Palo Alto, California, is being held. 

On and off line have now totally merged into one for me and can no longer be viewed separately.  The call to transparency and integrity grows stronger as the here2here world I envisioned five years ago becomes more and more of a reality.