aenigma is Artist/Designer/Developer Rhys Turner and his extensive network of designers, developers, innovators and producers.
With over 15 years of working in both Asia and Australia, Rhys Turner has a strong technical and creative background in delivering unique sensorial experiences that are rooted in interactivity.
Applying technology to creative ideas is what drives Turner, and he is very ‘hands on’ with the whole journey of development – he conceptualise on pen & paper, identify the right technical platform to bring it to life, code and in cases where it applies, physically install these ideas.
Turner’s breadth of experience has led me to to be a creative director, technical director, web developer, software engineer for award-winning advertising campaigns (social, web, mobile, out of home, ambient), live performances and events for clients such as General Electric, Nestle, IBM, Apple, Volkswagen, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Carlsberg, Hotel Jen, Ferrari and HSBC, Westpac (to name a few). This range has given me the fluidity to thrive in an environment where technologies are constantly changing.
Turner is deeply passionate about sharing technological application to creative ideas with a wider community; He currently leading two monthly MeetUp group in Hong Kong, ‘HK Web Devs’ and Think.hk UX/UI. He was also a lecturer at University of Sydney of Interactive & Digital Media and Architecture & Design.
In his spare time you’ll find him tinkering with electronics, creating visually engaging installations for music and art events, surfing GitHub for emerging ideas or working on a personal comic, ‘Muskater’.
Emerging Sydney based artist Rhys Turner mixes art and technology in hope to enlighten through the viewer/user/author experience of his art. Completing a Masters of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts in Media Arts in 2005 and winning an Australian Postgraduate Award for the degree, Rhys Turner has been interested in interactive and new media modes since exhibiting in the students section of 2001: A space Odyssey: Sensation and Immersion, NSW Art Gallery 2001. His work moves through different interactive and new media forms form Web, Video and NetArt to Interactive Sculpture, Interactive Installations and Performance.
Turner’s Masters work Video Stereo was a part of his body of work Etherscapes. Video Stereo uses a 1200 Technics turntable, a computer system and a modified 1960s stereo unit to allow the audience to physically interact with video and sound. This pieces explores how the influence Media effects society and reverses that process by giving control of the Image to the audience. Other themes of his work develop the idea of non-linear, chaos and ‘micro’ narratives as well as alternative interfaces and the digital aesthetic. Turners work challenges traditional modes of perception in hope of promoting thought and ideas of current social trends and ‘Image’.
During a residency at CESTA in Tabor, Czech Republic, Rhys Turner met EU and A little Mistake, a performance group made up of 4 dancers and has wanted to work with them to create engaging art ever since. Turner work, during the stay, was an interactive tunnel with help from his collaborators using sensors, which triggered sound and light through physical computing. Eu & a Little Mistake, during their stay, demonstrated a synergy of contemporary performance, dance and narrative which captivated the audience with its innovative physical language boasting a true uniqueness and seamlessness between the artists. Their work begged to be explored and extended with media art by Turner. Though Turner and Eu & a Little Mistake didn’t get to collaborate at CESTA a fusion of ideas and an investigation art project grew out of the residency. The ideas are in proposal form in hope of realizing the project during a collaborative process and residency soon. The idea explores communication and awareness of contemporary social culture through explorative a performance/dance/narrative with an interactive system involving the audience and the artists. The Project is called Move. Play. Find.
Turners most recent work, Heard, an Experimenta Commission, Melbourne 12th February 2010 uses a complex tracking technology in which visitors wear a headpiece and become a character both physical and virtually on a projected 3d environment. Each character has a story to tell through conversations that hear by moving around the space and interacting with the work. The artwork explores online culture in physical space and is a new non-linear narrative form.
Coming up with new ideas is Aenigma’s specialty. Just brief us and we will give you as many ideas as you want.
We ensure that you understand how the concept will work by providing near to concept prototypes so you have piece of mind.
Taking the idea into the design process is a fun stage allowing lots of creative visuals audio, video and code prototyping.
Ensuring deadlines are met and deliverables are revived is a high priority at Aenigma.