buxton fawn in the forest: grant stevens

Buxton Contemporary is delighted to announce the launch of its third Light Source commission Fawn in the Forest by Sydney-based artist Grant Stevens.

In Fawn in the Forest, an animated juvenile deer wanders through a computer-generated redwood forest. Programmed with artificial intelligence (AI), the fawn moves placidly around the environment, walking, eating, and resting undisturbed by distraction, living by algorithm.

An AI camera tracks its movements, gliding through the forest to create a single continuous point of vision shot rendering and streaming in real-time. The fawn is isolated, confined and alone, but also protected and buffered from the chaotic world beyond.

It can be viewed here, https://buxtoncontem porary.com/exhibitions/grant-stevens/ from Friday 13 November until Sunday 13 December 2020. 

buxton fawn in the forest: grant stevens

Working predominantly with computer graphics, moving image, and photography, Grant Stevens’ practice considers the various ways that digital technologies and conventions of representation mediate our inner worlds and social realities. In the contemporary world pervaded by film, television and screens, Grant invites us to explore how we understand, relate to each other and ourselves, construct and communicate our experiences – lived, imagined, social and psychological.

Grant Stevens has exhibited widely nationally and internationally since the early 2000s. His work is represented in numerous public, private and corporate collections, including: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Kaldor Collection, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas. He is represented by Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, and Starkwhite, Auckland, and is currently Deputy Head of the School of Art & Design at the University of New South Wales.

Light Source commissions are a key part of Buxton Contemporary’s expanded digital program.  The museum has commissioned and is supporting the development of six new projects. The participating artists have been invited to produce ambitious new work that will be presented virtually, or that will have an online presence or dimension.

Light Source commissions provides artists with an opportunity to create work in different presentation formats that will then have a second life outside the virtual environment when exhibited together as a series of discrete projects in expanded physical formats at Buxton Contemporary in early 2021.

The first commission by Melbourne artist Stuart Ringholt – Looking at a painting without clothes-on in the safety of your own home was launched in 15 June 2020 and continues to attract stay-at-home participation.

Buxton Contemporary, the University of Melbourne Cnr Dodds St & Southbank Blvd, Southbank.  Currently closed.  Entry Free.   Wed – Sun 11am – 5pm. 

Visit https://buxtoncontemporary.com/


Grant Stevens: Fawn in the Forest, 2020

Long form:

Grant Stevens, Fawn in the Forest, 2020
Live streamed procedurally generated computer graphics with sound
Assisted by Pat Younis
Light Source commission – Buxton Contemporary 2020

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Light Source commission, Buxton Contemporary, The University of Melbourne, 2020 

Abridged:

Grant Stevens, Fawn in the Forest, 2020
Light Source commission – Buxton Contemporary 2020

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