Billboard Communicative is a large scale painting multimedia installation developed during the Melville Haysom Scholarship at QAGOMA.
Featuring two opposing large paintings of billboards, video is projection-mapped onto the work, setting up a dialogue between them. The commercial media found on billboards is stripped out leaving soft footage of rolling clouds.
Lumen.Cloud is an art, lighting, sound and installation collective led by Michelle Xen and designer Richard Candy. Working across disciplines, Lumen.Cloud have been commissioned to design and develop projects from lighting, interactivity, to installation, public art and festival events.
Featured project: Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre – by Singaporean artist Suzann Victor, presents a chorus of eight kinetic chandeliers that “sing” with movement as they sway in a dramatic mid-air choreography of light. Each chandelier is constructed and shaped from stainless steel and studded with a sparkling array of precision-cut Swarovski crystals accentuated by LED light designed by Lumen.Cloud. Together, the chandeliers create breathtaking aerial calligraphy as they morph from one hypnotic pattern to another, high above the bridge linking the National Museum’s original 19th-century colonial building with its modern futuristic glass wing.
The One Million Stars installation is composed of over one million handwoven stars created by an international community, led by artist Maryann Talia Pau. to promote peace, light and hope in the world has been unveiled in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD in King George Square.
The installation is presented by Museum of Brisbane and the Queensland Government for Festival 2018 in King George Square, and was designed by Michelle Xen and Richard Candy – Lumen.Cloud.
“The One Million Stars public artwork is a fully immersive experience, inviting visitors inside a four-metre high, 15-metre wide dome created from 370 brightly coloured star garlands, forming a kaleidoscopic effect accompanied by a soundscape created by artist Michelle Xen.”
SYNAESTHSIAC is a multidisciplinary project across music, art and performance. Featuring the single L.O.V.E. produced by Quan Yeomans of Regurgitator, the music video incorporated a series of art installations and custom costumes.
Supported by the Creative Sparks Grants Program, an initiative of Brisbane City Council in partnership with the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
BLEACH* ELECTRIFIED and Festival 2018 commissioned an event with Michelle Xen featuring live performance, DJ performance, video remix and set design including performances from Confidence Man and Electric Fields.
For the live performance of her band Michelle Xen + The Neon Wild, Michelle designed a large scale dichroic installation and also collaborated with animator Helena Papageorgiou to create a series of immersive digital artworks for the show.
Empathy Expanse II was commissioned by the public art exhibition Real Talk, curated by Sebastian Moody.
Featuring two installations both with a suspended group of transparent dichroic texts: “EMPATHY” and “EXPANSE”. The work is both transparent and reflective as it appears and disappears like a kaleidoscopic mirage as pedestrians move past.
Utilising transparency, all the layers of the work are visible at all times; creating a kind of iridescent analog feedback of the site and the traffic moving through it.
The Crush Pop Box II is multimedia installation using remixed video and sound by Michelle Xen. Housed in a square black box, two screens sit opposite in a form of dialogue, visible from both the interior and exterior of the box.
Created as part of a Master of Arts in Research, Queensland University of Technology.
Lumen Body is a collaboration developed by choreographer Elise May of Expressions Dance Company (now ADC Australasian Dance Collective) with Michelle Xen and animator Paul Van Opdenbosch.
Performed in three different spaces, four dancers from the dance company interact with animated visual forms, electronic sound and live vocal performance. Simple geometric sculptures are illuminated by projected imagery that responds to the movement of the dancers’ bodies.
Lumen Body premiered in July 2016 in three locations: Brisbane Powerhouse (1 July) Gasometer at Gasworks Plaza Newstead (15 July) South Bank’s River Quay Green (29 July).
Choreography: Elise May Sound Design and Vocal performance: Michelle Xen Animation: Paul Van Opdenbosch Set Design: Lumen Cloud (Michelle Xen & Richard Candy) Dancers: Michelle Barnett, Rebecca Hall, Benjamin Chapman and Jake McLarnon
Lumen Body was created for EDC Expressions Dance Company (now ADC Australasian Dance Collective).