2017, responsive tactile installation
Snoösphere is an expansive, responsive art installation where audiences can roam, touch and explore. It's designed and created with autistic artists, who have a unique, enhanced sense of how spaces perform sensorially and energetically. Its immersive sound, vision, aroma, and touch- and heat-controlled elements affect the entire sensorium, pushing boundaries of engagement and arts access while gaining insight into neuro-diversity.
A gallery-based living lab, Snoösphere designs forward to a fully networked world based on advanced technological and synthesised communication. While the noösphere is understood as the future planetary sphere of mind, Snoösphere additionally promotes a radically embodied and environmental consciousness.
Snoösphere is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the Neilson Foundation; UNSW Galleries; and NIEA, Australia's National Institute for Experimental Arts.
Première season created by Lull Studio with associate artists Dawn-joy Leong, Raewyn Turner and Brian Harris, Marty Jay, Frank Feltham, James Curtis, Jonathon Bolitho, Ed Leckie, Julian Higginson and Kristina Mah.
DARKNESS, Island Dynamics, Svalbard, Norway, 2019
The Big Anxiety: festival of arts + science + people. UNSW Galleries Sydney, 2017
Snoösphere feature on Lateline, ABC TV
Snoösphere on radio 2SER
Snoösphere in Artlink
Snoösphere in Concrete Playground, also on 'Best Things To Do' lists. week and month
Snoösphere on ABC News
Snoösphere in Limelight magazine
Snoösphere makes worldwide AFP 'Image of the Day' list: e.g. Singapore Straits Times; Egypt Today; AVAX News; MSN Lifestyle; VOA Indonesia
Snoösphere on ArtsHub
Snoösphere in Sydney Arts Guide
Snoösphere in The Daily Telegraph's Pictures of the Week
Facebook posts from BuzzFeed (350 shares, 96000 video views) and Concrete Playground (550 likes, 342 comments, 33 shares)
Snoösphere review article in The Conversation
Sensory Studies journal, events of note
Featured in Sydney Morning Herald's review of experimental arts festivals
Featured on Ella's list (top children's activities)
After Dark, artist talk in Snoösphere: Elena Knox and Dawn-joy Leong in conversation
Ixi Avila's Anxiety Women's Circle, two-hour workshop in Snoösphere
Seminar in Snoösphere: Anxiety and Young People, led by Professor Ron Rapee (OA)
Festival launch party
#snoosphere on Instagram etc.
A video walkthrough of the 2017 UNSW Galleries installation
Short video of 1st Snoösphere design input workshop with autistic participants
Short video of 2nd Snoösphere design input workshop with autistic participants
Short video of 3rd Snoösphere design input workshop with autistic participants
Two workshop participants, Theodore Eu and Timothy Ng, talk about autistic response to Snoösphere
A recap in Chinese by Timothy Ng, participant in workshop 3 and TBA installation
Review article by Professor Jacqueline Millner in journal The Senses and Society (Taylor and Francis, UK)
Photos by Silversalt, Alex Davies, Lindsay Webb