Film Still courtesy of Sorawit Songsataya.

Film Still courtesy of Sorawit Songsataya.

Digital Artist 'In Residence' Sorawit Songsataya

Rumours (Mermaid) - Video Preview

04 Aug 2020

Our latest post from Govett-Brewster’s Artist ‘In Residence’ Sorawit Songsataya gives an immersive view into their forthcoming exhibition, which will open at the Gallery this coming weekend.

Songsataya is currently "in residence" at their home in Wellington, sharing insights into the development of their new project through the Govett-Brewster’s online platforms.

Sorawit’s residency explores New Plymouth’s geographic and ecological histories - the outcome of which will be the Rumours (Mermaid) exhibition.

Sorawit’s previous blog post described their research into Taranakite, Taranaki’s own mineral. In this update, the artist considers the volcanic activities that formed Ngā Motu / Sugar Loaf Islands and the history of earthworks near Port Taranaki; using 3D modelling and scanning to create a scene of rocks, minerals, fossils and artefacts.

It reflects Sorawit’s interest in the “weight” of history, and how it can be fabricated, constructed, or manipulated using 3D modelling software – a media that generates countless images circulating weightlessly online.

Take a look at this video of a fly-through camera moving through Sorawit’s rock scene, rendered using geometic outlines and polygonal modelling – a method which can erase details and flatten depth in 3D models.

Sorawit Songsataya is the first of three Govett-Brewster digital artists-in-residence for 2020.

Their forthcoming exhibition, Rumours (Mermaid) will debut at the exhibition opening event, this Saturday 8 August, alongside the premiere of LA-based Candice Lin's Pigs and Poison.

Look out on Instagram over the coming month as we reveal more from the artist’s residency as it unfolds.