Rather than the sleek gloss of a complete thought, the three-venue exhibition Platform 21 allows for play and delight in the part-formed. Ideas are free to be tested and collaboration celebrated. In a world obsessed with the commodification of art, allowing ourselves space to be nurtured is vital. There is beauty in dissonance. Community in a clash.
For Soft Loop at Site Gallery, three artists explore the nature of technology and its ability to activate nostalgia.
On entering the gallery you are met with the spinning, ethereal wonderment of a piece called distant by Seiko Kinoshita. Tracing paper and fishing line dance in the projected light and convey a sense of longing and loss. The artist's use of craft to install a sense of connection is clear to witness. Ever shifting, the pattern of the projection is never quite realised. A metaphor for the proximity and distance of grief. In Seiko’s other work, shuttle, the data ghost of a forgotten sound is preserved through the mimicry of the industrial loom of her departed friend. This confluence of the digital and artisanal heralds a new direction for the research element of her exploration at Platform 21.