Recent projects

Recent projects in brief:

Now If What Then: Farming Tokyo, Spiral Gallery (2014): A solo exhibition of drawings and one very large 3D printed sculpture. This exhibition was a collaboration with The Tokyo University of Agriculture, Spiral Gallery and Kathryn Hunyor and Art Waku Waku.

Transfigured night, a projections residency with Camerata of St Johns, Queensland’s chamber orchestra. With writer Emily Conolan. (November 2014 showing)An illustrated adaption of the poem Verklärte Nacht (or Transfigured Night), written by Richard Dehmel and famously composed as a string sextet by Arnold Schoenberg in 1899. Our projected cartoon adaption explores artificial intelligence to accompany a 30m minute long, 16 piece orchestral performance.

Dogo Art Festival, Dogo, Japan (Built 2014)A story telling residency in the city of Dogo, Ehime prefecture in Japan. This project aimed to engage the local community to imagine and design a future bathing house which floats in the sky above a flooded city of 3014. The theoretically plausible flying bathhouse uses geothermal heated balloons for flotation. The project was presented as a series of large-scale public projections around the city for the Dogo Art Festival.

The People’s Projections Project: Smart Illumination, Yokohama, Japan (March 2014): As part of Smart illumination I developed and ran a public program where kids and adults used simple projectors and paper cut-outs to project large scale images of their ideas for a sustainable future onto the walls of the city.

Casula Powerhouse Termite City Sculpture (Built 2013): As part of the 2013 Way Out West (WOW) festival, Stephen worked with the Casula community to build a 14m high model of a future city inside the Turbin Gallery (a disused coal power station). The design was based on termite mounds, and built using 2200 illuminated milk crates by over 1000 children during a week of workshops. This construction program was accompanied by workshops on imagining biologically inspired city designs for the future. 

Urban Aquaponics Hub, CERES Environemnt Park (Built 2011 - ) In collaboration with Biologist Dr Wilson Lennard, this project involved designing and building a 100m2 commercial aqaponics system at CERES Environment Park in Victoria. This was devised to be water and energy self sufficient and uses 1% of the water that a regular farm uses. It is now operating commercially is part of ongoing work at CERES to explore the viability of intensive urban agriculture for Australian cities.The project was funded by state and federal sustainability grants.

15 Mile Creek School masterplan (2012 - ): Stephen worked with students, teachers and local community members at 15 Mile Creek School over the course of a year to develop a conceptual Zero Emissions re-design for the school's buildings, services and landscape. The resulting design presents visions for self-sufficient bush cabins made out of old cars, buildings which students rotate to track the sun, and a central hub complex which incorporates organic waste processing and food production. 

Developing world aquaponics system (2012-): In collaboration with Biologist Dr Wilson Lennard and Mechanical Engineer Neil Faragher, and with funding from the British Council as a recipient of the 'Big Green Idea' award, Stephen is currently involved with the design and testing of a human powered aquaponics system. This project aims to demonstrate a suitable solution for growing vegetables in arid developing world situations and is currently being tested in Melbourne before being built in India. The design will be open source (free to copy).

Food Hub project for the City of Casey (2012-): As a founding member of the Australian Food Hubs Network, Stephen worked with other planners, engineers and designers to develop an urban food plan for the City of Casey in Victoria. This plan involved the conceptual design of a 'Food Hub' complex where local food growers could share resources.

Mildura Eco Village master plan (2011 - ): Stephen worked with a team or architects and sustainability consultants to develop a Zero Emissions master plan for Mildura City Council's Eco Village park in central Victoria, Australia. This park (now under construction) is being developed on top of a polluted garbage dump site and will eventually be a centre for technology demonstration.

CERES Green Technology Manager (2006 - 2012): CERES Environment Park is a 9 acre technology demonstration park in Brunswick, Victoria. As part of a team of engineers and scientists at CERES, I managed and designed a range of technology demonstration projects to showcase designs for a future Zero Emissions World. These projects included Urban Biogas, wind, solar, and urban food production projects.

Sweet Dreams, The Song Company, Sydney (2011): Artistic direction and production of a shadow puppetry narrative for a touring one hour performance which involved seven puppeteers and six singers. 

Shadows and Light residency, Sydney Theatre Company (2010): Direction and performance of ten different shadow puppetry narratives in collaboration with Australian singer/songwriter Lior and a string quartette.

Shadows and Light tour and Sydney Opera House residency (2009): Stephen held a week long performance residency at the Sydney Opera House to produce and perform the Shadows and Light show. This show was also performed in Melbourne, Perth, Fremantle, Sydney, Launceston, Hobart and Brisbane.

I'll forget you, Lior 2007: Shadow puppetry Music video Production and Art Direction. A collaboration between Stories From The Ground Puppetry, Lior and Director Natasha Pincus. 

Myrhee Primary School Sculpture garden (Built 2008 - 2010): Stephen worked with regularly with students at Myrhee primary school for two years to help them to re-design and then physically renovate their small school to incorporate a food producing scupture garden called the 'Pizza Laboratory'. The design, which was largely built by the students, now incorporates a wood fired pizza oven, an aquaponics system, composting, herb gardens, eating areas, and a 'Robot butler monorail' system'. This project won the Victorian School Garden of the year award in 2011.