January 22, 2022


Through Education Matters

Griffith showcases artwork and science at Curiocity Competition

Lecturers at Griffith University have established the world’s biggest acoustic guitar – a intellect-blowing multi-disciplinary collaboration that will consider centre phase at Curiocity Festival this thirty day period.

The Immersive Guitar (TIG) is one of the highlights of the 17-day celebration of science, artwork and technology, having pleasure of put at South Financial institution, in entrance of the Wheel of Brisbane.

Made by lecturers from both equally the Queensland Conservatorium Analysis Centre and Griffith Sciences, TIG is 12 moments the size of an everyday guitar and can seat 25 men and women.

Created of plantation-developed Queensland Hoop Pine established atop a metal body with nylon strings, TIG was created above numerous weeks at the engineering lab on Griffith’s Gold Coastline campus.

The modular design was transported to Brisbane in delivery containers and is so significant it experienced to comply with Queensland creating codes.

Explained as “an instrument, a conference spot and a house for contemplation and conversation”, guests can see what a guitar seems to be like from the within, engage in the partitions and strings and feel the new music this outsized instrument produces.

The exclusive mix of songs, structure, engineering and sustainability was the brainchild of Queensland Conservatorium lecturer and globe-renowned guitarist Karin Schaupp.

“It was influenced by a function developed by Vanessa Tomlinson at a Conservatorium launch, exactly where she designed the area into an instrument,” she said.

“It sparked this thought of staying able to hear to audio inside a guitar.”

TIG innovative staff: Prof. Vanessa Tomlinson, Karin Schaupp and Dr Hassan Karampour

Composer and percussionist Professor Vanessa Tomlinson and Jocelyn Wolfe from the Queensland Conservatorium Investigation Centre recruited engineering lecturer Dr Hassan Karampour, architect Bruce Wolfe and luthier Jim Redgate to bring the vision to daily life.

Structural engineering expert Dr Karampour stated the job was just one of a kind.

“This was like building a guitar formed house, with issues all over the acoustics, but also structural steadiness,” he reported.

“It was absolutely a challenge, but it was so interesting to be section of a definitely multi-disciplinary undertaking.”

Professor Tomlinson is composing a piece to be performed on TIG and designs to use the installation as a training device for her college students at the Queensland Conservatorium.

“This variety of collaboration is only achievable at an institution like Griffith,” she stated.

“TIG has incredible opportunity for the arts neighborhood, as a tourism drawcard, for instructing.

“I can’t hold out to see the adventures ahead for TIG.”

A team of lecturers from Queensland Higher education of Art and Queensland Conservatorium will have a 2nd interactive installation on show at South Bank as part of Curiocity Competition.

Chatterbox installation

Chatterbox was created by the Interactive Media Lab, which attributes personnel and doctoral candidates from the Queensland College or university of Artwork (QCA) and Queensland Conservatorium.

The team, led by Professor Andrew Brown, brought a range of techniques to the venture, from audio and media art to solution design.

“Chatterbox is an interactive audio-visual installation that makes it possible for the public to ‘play’ a bespoke sculptural instrument by approaching and relocating their bodies near the human-sized sculptural sort,” Professor Brown said.

“The Chatterbox audio earth consists of summary speech that vary from ‘calls’ to ‘whispers’.

“Electronically managed illumination functions in concert with the sounds, making use of digital electronics and renewable electrical power.”

The Immersive Guitar and Chatterbox are on exhibit at South Lender from 12 – 28 March as aspect of Curiocity Festival.