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Holler plays Fluoro Pong at Bondi Sizzle

If you are in Sydney this weekend, don’t miss Bondi’s first Community Festival called Sizzle. Holler’s Kerry Edward designed the blog/site and contributed a series of illustrations to the Garage Art Exhibition. His series is called “Growth” and reflects on his upcoming fatherhood.

Growth by Kerry Edward

Growth by Kerry Edward

My colleague and frequent collaborator Lukasz Karluk has created a funky interactive game called “Fluoro Pong“. Using colour recognition, the game’s virtual paddles are steered by lifting real rectangular prisms in fluoro colours. Additional face recognition maps a still photo of one of the players onto the playing ball.

Holler flyer at Bondi Sizzle

Holler at Bondi Sizzle

So come on down this Sunday and lift a fluoro paddle and a beer with us.

Fluoro Pong playing at Holler

Fluoro Pong playing at Holler

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Laneways by George – looking sideways in Sydney’s CBD

Forgotten Songs

Forgotten Songs


Following on our trip to Melbourne, the Holler creatives ventured outside Surry Hills (gasp!) and into the far northern tip of the CBD. Laneways by George is an initiative by the City of Sydney to bring its historic laneways into focus. A few months ago Holler pitched an idea (together with Arup, SuperCollossal, UTS DAB, the ABC and the Powerhouse Museum) for a series of installations. Sadly it didn’t get the green light, possibly because it proved way too ambitious. Our proposal included covering all the featured laneways with WiFi, connecting the places with an overarching narrative, projecting dynamically onto the walls, bringing historical footage onto the mobile…you can tell, it was the whole digital shebang.

Don’t quite know why we went overboard like this, maybe a desire to catch up with what other cities have done already (did I hear anyone say Melbourne?). Anyway, maybe there are some nuggets of inspiration in it for you – if you can decipher the tiny type.

Seven Metre Bar

Seven Metre Bar


Some installations stand out like the birdcages in Angel Place (“Forgotten Songs“), the flood-simulating trash collage (“Seven Metre Bar“) or the strangely erotic/revolting humming pieces of flesh in Bridge Lane (“I Dwell in the City and the City Dwells in Me“).
Laneways by George

I Dwell in the City and the City Dwells in Me


In the end, the series of installations is worth exploring. Even if the work doesn’t resonate with you – you walk through spaces you didn’t know existed and wouldn’t use (unless you are a delivery man for some of the bars and shops on the high street).
Bridge Lane painted signs

Bridge Lane painted signs

CHILL BOT claims his throne in the Holler office

Late last year, looking at some empty beer cartons lingering around the office, I had the idea of collecting a few and turning them into a Transformer-like robot. I imagined it to be a fun, relatively easy and quick (right!) excercise for all of us in the creative department. But soon the reality of working on commercial projects creeped in and my idea started lingering like the empty cartons.

image by StuRap

image by StuRap

Sonke from Liquid Protocol finally recommended artist Maddi (working as “Kiss Kiss”) to give the project much required dedication and input. Maddi until recently ran online gallery & shop StupidKrap and shares a work space with Ben Frost and others around the corner from our office.

I asked her whether she had ever built a “Beer Robot” before (you never know!). Despite lacking such a robot in her work-to-date, Maddi’s artistic style was such a great fit for the idea – you might have seen her work at 20/20/20, Kids Today or Trailblazers. After some collaborative sessions we put down what a “Beer Robot” actually should look and act like: possessing a very laid-back robotic form of dudeness, definitely a completely chilled-out bot! Somebot who could easily take over the  world, but choses not to. Who instead just kicks back and relaxes with a cold one in his metallic hands.

See full photo set here

So after weeks of Maddi collecting empty  beer cartons from her local bottle shop (thanks Aurora Surry Hills!), and many hours spent constructing, bending, cutting, spraying and glueing, Maddi’s CHILL BOT took centre stage at the Urban Uprising’s new world revolution show on Crown Street in January.

CHILL BOT @ Urban Uprising Gallery

CHILL BOT @ Urban Uprising Gallery

CHILL BOT in flip book style

CHILL BOT in flip book style

Naturally we couldn’t wait to get the CHILL BOT into our own space, yet he lay disassembled for a while after the show.

The CHILLBOT needs a chiropractor

The CHILLBOT needs a chiropractor

Yesterday, Maddi was nice enough to drop by and custom-install him in our office.

Full Glue Alert

Full Glue Alert

Fully armed with her 007 staple gun and glue revolver (and an extra Beck’s carton we had just finished for spare parts) she set him up, ready to chill everyone out.

Extra carton needed to stabilize CHILLBOTs back

Extra carton needed to stabilize CHILL BOT's back

Now CHILL BOT greets all Holler visitors with an impressive physique. My deepest thanks to Maddi for crafting such a great Bot. Our plan is to augment CHILL BOT with proximity sensors, reacting to hectic earthlings who would be in  need to “seriously chill out”.  Update to follow.

Maddi finishing CHILLBOT

Maddi finishing CHILLBOT