LoveArt’s brief was to form a world-class collection of video works that offer guests an experiential and transformative engagement with contemporary art and culture. Daniel Crooks’ digital installation in the lobby visualises the passing of time, stretching crowds into abstract bands of colour as they navigate the city streets. Other works that feature throughout the hotel, evoking the immediacy we experience in the world of electronic media are by Daniel Boyd and Grant Stevens. Both Crook and Boyd were in the inaugural exhibition at the newly redeveloped MCA in 2012.
Crooks explores alternative ways of experiencing time and space through the moving image. He investigates the formal treatment of time as a spatial dimension and digitally re-imagines new ways of seeing. In doing so, he graphically reveals the underlying rhythms and patterns of the physical world we navigate daily. Here a street view is abstracted into a study of time, motion and colour. Forms come and go, shapes shift.
Boyd’s work features in the Guilt Bar and elevators of the QT Hotel Sydney. The video installations reference The Jungle and The Universe in their depiction of shimmering fields of coloured dots that drift between abstract and figurative imagery. The subject of these works focuses on dark matter, particle physics & indeterminate cosmologies. The works are interactive and the iteration installed in the lift defines the mood within the space. When the lift is crowded it becomes psychedelic and disco, whereas a solo occupant renders it contemplative and cosmic. This work was also exhibited in the prestigious Asia Pacific Triennial in 2012.
In a breakthrough use of video art in hotels, QT purchased the entire rights for Grant Stevens’ work, The Drift, 2010, for use throughout the hotels 200 guest suits. Instead of the usual hotel branding image and music, QT guests are greeted on arrival with Stevens’ video work, the content of which combines humour, insight and poetry with an engaging and relaxing display. Using text from an online dating profile, The Drift continues Stevens’ investigation into consumer culture and the internet as a conduit for human intimacy and connection.