Digital Medai Gallery
Property Donor: The GPT Group
109 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle NSW
Contact: Damian Castaldi
e: [email protected]
Solange Kershaw and Damian Castaldi are better known as s o d a c a k e. Solange comes from Paris and Damian’s family comes from Malta. They recently moved from Newtown in Sydney to East Newcastle and live and work down by the park at Colliers Close. Together they have traveled, lived and worked in Sydney, Barcelona, Paris, Dordrecht, Sancerre and La Bastide de Lordat in the south of France.
Solange Kershaw is an electronic music composer and Damian Castaldi is a percussionist and sound artist. They conduct a variety of audio, web and digital media related work with teaching and program management. They are also the co-founders of Loop Magazine, which has now transformed into Loop Space thanks to Renew Newcastle.
What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
Marcus Westbury’s talk at the TINA festival in 2008 was very inspiring. The opportunity to get involved with a small community movement that looks at generating interest and opportunities for sound and digital media arts is very exciting.
What are you doing in your new space?
Solange and Damian are managing a shopfront gallery space with a focus on sound and digital media art. They will run the space commercially and exhibit/install contemporary works over a series of 4 to 5 shows for 2009.
Tell us about your space
The new Loop Space was once the old Fletcher Jones clothes store and is situated in the heart of the Newcastle Mall. It is an ideal space for a gallery with two large showcase windows on either side of the entrance and a central floor space of just over 9.5 square meters. A further mezzanine level at the back also lends itself to either exhibition or workshop space and unique to Fletcher Jones for the new Loop Space are 5 old wooden mirrored changing rooms all in immaculate condition and ideal for what will become intimate listening booths of an Acousmatic nature.
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