Shanghai 2010: Transdisciplinary - Art & Sound in Public Space Project

A Design Research Institute - Intervention Through Art Project

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RMIT participates in Shanghai world expo through Art in Public Space project.

Art in Public Space

From left: Shanghai City Model at the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum, Shanghai, Photo: Tammy Wong, Artist Cameron Robbins at work at his drawing machine installation in the old lifeboat shed in Queenscliffe Vic, Photo: Cameron Robbins

Project Official Launch at East China Normal University for Expo

Meridians Shanghai 2010: Art & Sound in Public Space will be officially launched on Tuesday, 18th May 2010 at East China Normal University, Shanghai China.

The launch will coincide with Victoria Week at World Expo (17-21 May).

Melbourne Pre-launch by Vice Chancellor Margaret Gardner

On Thursday 3 December Vice Chancellor Margaret Gardner officially pre-launched the 'Meridians: Shanghai 2010 Art & Sound in Public Space Project' at RMIT University at the Historic Magistrates Court, Courtyard. December 3 is an official Expo celebratory day and marks the six month lead up to the official opening of the launch of the Shanghai World Expo 2010. The Meridians team launched the project with an installation inviting participants of the pre-launch to take and wear a part of the installation, signifying the underlying 'Meridians' conceptual framework metaphor as a series of points of connections through the process of art making and are now preparing for the implementation of the event in May, 2010.

From left: Vice Chancellor Margaret Gardner opens the event, The Meridians Team celebrate the exhibition launch, Vice Chancellor Margaret Gardner and staff takes part in the installation at the Meridians Launch, Launch participants take part in the installation.

About the project

‘MERIDIANS - Shanghai 2010: Transdisciplinary Art & Sound in Public Space Project’ researches connections between public urban contemporary art and international collaborative practice. This will be achieved through the creation of a contemporary art intervention in an urban space, Shanghai. The work will be conceived and produced by a collaborative team of Chinese and Australian artists. Curatorial themes of urban sustainability and natural energy have been identified for exploration.

This event will be held in conjunction with the Shanghai World Expo and will form a satellite project for the official Victorian Cultural Program within the Australian contribution to World Expo through the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development and will be a RMIT collaborative contribution to the event.

RMIT Alumni Cameron Robbins ( is the lead Australian collaborating artist who will be working alongside a Chinese Collaborator selected by ECNU School of Fine Art. Cameron’s selection is based on his inventive use of natural elements in his artistic processes, and his knowledge and understanding of working in public spaces using both visual and sound based practices.


The project was initiated through an invitation from East China Normal University (ECNU) to work on a collaborative public art project and was seeded by the RMIT’s Design Research Institute – Intervention Through Art seeding grants program. Seeding funds allowed the research team to research and develop the initial project planning.

A research trip to Shanghai took place in March 2009 leading to the overall development of the ‘Art & Sound in Public Space Framework’, this strategy will lead to a number of outcomes including an Art in Public Space Field Trip to Shanghai and Melbourne based collaborative public art projects.

Project team

The project team consists of Geoff Hogg, Program Director of Art in Public Space, School of Art and Art in Public Space, Public Art Project Researchers Clare Leporati, Tammy Wong, Rupa Ramanathan, Claire Tracey & Joanna Buckley. On their visit, the team met with their partnering organization ECNU to discuss possibilities and potential sites.

For further information on the Meridians Project contact us at


Design Research Institute

Shanghai World Expo

Victoria at World Expo

Project Partners:





  • Design Research Institute
  • RMIT Alumni & Development
  • Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development
  • Australia International Cultural Council
  • Australia China Council
  • Baddaginnie Run Wines