Two screen work Marshmallow Laser Feast, Works of Nature, ACMI, 2023 - image by Eugene Hyland
Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature, installation view, ACMI, 2023. Photo by Eugene Hyland

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Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature

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Exhibition

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Full

$20

Under 35

$15

Concession

$10

Student

$10

ACMI Member

$10

Under 16

$5

Child under 4

FREE

Blak Membership

FREE

When

Thu 23 Nov 2023 – Sun 14 Apr 2024

10am – 5pm

See the world from a new perspective.

Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature illuminates the hidden forces surrounding us, revealing the sublime through sensory journeys beyond our everyday perception. From the roots of a majestic Amazonian tree to the unseen branches of the body and the birth of galaxies, this hypnotic, immersive experience explores the rhythm that cultivates and connects all life – breath.

This world premiere exhibition features four major digital artworks on a grand, awe-inspiring scale plus evocative works on paper from London-based collective Marshmallow Laser Feast. Through guided meditation, large-scale screen works and interactive experiences, visitors evolve from droplets of water to plants, cells and stars, becoming part of the cycle of life and the cosmos.

Using creative technology to deepen our understanding of, and connection to, the world around us, Marshmallow Laser Feast reminds us that we’re just one species in a shared ecosystem and asks, what can we learn from nature to prepare for the future?

Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature marks their first major exhibition in Australia and includes artworks executive produced by the late Edward R. Pressman and filmmaker Terrence Malick; and collaborations featuring narration by executive producer Cate Blanchett; poetry by Daisy Lafarge; and music by Jon Hopkins, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Meredith Monk, Howard Skempton and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

Cry, struggle for words or simply feel alive in ACMI’s visual feast.

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Rating

G

January extended hours

Open til 6pm on 20–28 January.

VR add-on $10

Experience Evolver in its original Virtual Reality (VR) format with a $10 add-on to your exhibition entry.

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Where

Gallery 4, Ground Floor
ACMI, Fed Square

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Suggested visit duration

60 mins

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What to expect

Sanctuary of the Unseen Forest​

Video installation, 4 minutes

Be captivated by the sight of a majestic Colombian kapok tree as you enter the gallery. This 5-metre-high video installation illustrates the immensity of our natural world, putting the human body into perspective.

Marshmallow Laser Feast, Sanctuary of the Unseen Forest. Courtesy of artists and Sandra Ciampone
Marshmallow Laser Feast, Evolver, 2022. Courtesy of the artists. Photo credit Paul McGeiver

Evolver

A series of large-scale video installations with optional VR

From the exhale of a tree to the first intake of human breath, go on a voyage through the human body, following the flow of oxygen to its origin as a single living cell. Originally devised as a VR (Virtual Reality) experience, Evolver has been reimagined for ACMI.

Within Evolver:

Deep Listening Meditation (10 mins)
You are invited to take part in a collective meditation guided by the voice of Academy Award-winning actor Cate Blanchett, with a score by Jon Hopkins. 

Journey of Breath (12 mins)
Where does the human body begin and end? This room scale installation follows the path of oxygen as it travels throughout the lungs and heart.

The Breathing Cell (5 mins)
Lie back to view this ceiling-mounted projection that follows the path of oxygen processed within cells to become carbon dioxide which then travels back through the lungs and is exhaled with each breath.

Try it in VR (25 mins)
Experience Evolver in its original VR format. This transformative work invites you to immerse yourself in the journey of breath. ($10 add-on to your exhibition entry)

The Tides Within Us

Six images

See the flow of oxygen through the branching ecosystem of the human body as the boundaries between humans and the environment dissolve.

The Tides Within Us - Marshmallow Laser Feast

Distortions in Spacetime​

An immersive, interactive experience, 5 minutes

Journey through space to the edge of a black hole. On this interactive voyage between time, space and human experience, harness the energy of the universe and explore the link between black holes, dying stars and the human body.

Marshmallow Laser Feast, Distortions in Spacetime, 2018. Courtesy of the artists

We Live In An Ocean of Air

Video installation​, 11 minutes

The final work of the exhibition brings you back to Earth to continue the journey of a single breath. Revealing the invisible connection between plants and people, We Live in an Ocean of Air delves into the wondrous rhythm that underpins life on earth.

Marshmallow Laser Feast, We Live In An Ocean of Air. Courtesy of the artists

About Marshmallow Laser Feast

Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) are a London-based art collective comprising artists and directors Robin McNicholas, Ersin Han Ersin and Barnaby Steel who create immersive experiences that expand perception and explore our connection with the world. Fusing architectural tools, contemporary imaging techniques and performance with tactile forms the collective work at the intersection of science, art and technology. Informed as much by playfulness as research, MLF breaks the boundaries to worlds beyond our senses.

MLF’s work has been exhibited in the UK and internationally, including at the Saatchi Gallery, NXT Museum, Lisbon Triennial, Istanbul Design Biennial, the Sundance Film Festival, and the V&A and Design Museum, London.

Learn more about Marshmallow Laser Feast
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Artwork Credits

Sanctuary of the Unseen Forest
By Marshmallow Laser Feast
Originally commissioned by Barbican Immersive

Evolver
Narrated By: Cate Blanchett
Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman & Terrence Malick
Executive Producers: Cate Blanchett, Coco Francini, Andrew Upton, Nicole Shanahan
Producers: Sam Pressman, Antoine Cayrol
Directed by Marshmallow Laser Feast
An Atlas V, Pressman Film and Marshmallow Laser Feast Production
In Association with Dirty Films
Supported by Nicole Shanahan & Bia-Echo Foundation
Made in Collaboration With Natan Sinigaglia
Key scientific collaborator: The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS

The Tides Within Us
By Marshmallow Laser Feast
Co-commissioned by York Mediale with Coventry City of Culture Trust
Key scientific collaborator: The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS

Distortions in Spacetime
By Marshmallow Laser Feast
Commissioned by Manchester Science Festival, part of the Science Museum Group in partnership with The British Science Festival and University of Hull

We Live in an Ocean of Air
By Marshmallow Laser Feast


Watch, listen & learn

Soundscapes from Works of Nature

Recorded by MLF, this audio collection features musings by Dr Stephan Harding, Professor Katie J Field, Dr David Abram and Dr Merlin Sheldrake on nature, life and the more-than-human world. We've recut their recordings into four thematic meditative soundscapes, featuring all of the scientists in dialogue on four fascinating subjects: death, breath, collectivity and care.

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MLF Podcast
MLF - young woman interacting with multicoloured digital screen

How Works of Nature was made

From conception to opening, the process of putting together this awe-inspiring exhibition involved close collaboration between the creative folks at Marshmallow Laser Feast and the highly skilled crew at ACMI.

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MLF - Ersin Han Ersin in front of multicoloured digital screen

A 2-minute meditation

Close your eyes. Breathe. Relax. Ersin Han Ersin (artist and director, Marshmallow Laser Feast) guides you through a simple meditation exercise.

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MLF - young man interacting with blue digital screen

Why do we love immersive experiences?

From standing in front of a majestic Sequoia tree to being inside St Paul’s Cathedral to being in the circles of Stongehenge, humans love to be immersed in experiences – but why?

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