The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Matthew West­wood

Viet­namese ar­chi­tect Vo Trong Nghia’s in­stal­la­tion in Syd­ney an­nounces it­self with a sweet, smoky smell that, on an early morn­ing visit, al­most in­duces hunger pangs. Green Lad­der is con­structed from bam­boo that has been soaked and smoked to en­sure dura­bil­ity, pro­duc­ing a savoury odour. It is the fourth of the Fugi­tive Struc­tures ar­chi­tec­ture se­ries at the Sher­man Con­tem­po­rary Art Foun­da­tion. Vo’s firm pro­duces dis­tinc­tive ar­chi­tec­ture, help­ing re­turn nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als to ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments. Green Lad­der, a 4m struc­ture with pots of Aus­tralian na­tives, is a sim­pli­fied demon­stra­tion of an ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice that also makes elab­o­rate bam­boo canopies and domes for halls, restau­rants and re­sorts. Sher­man Con­tem­po­rary Art Foun­da­tion. 16-20 Good­hope Street, Padding­ton. Wed-Sat, 11am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 9331 1112. Un­til De­cem­ber 10. Be­hind your eyes, be­tween your ears Dig­i­tal me­dia artist Ge­orge Khut works in a pub­lic stu­dio space to de­velop this in­ter­ac­tive dig­i­tal por­trai­ture pro­ject. Khut uses bio­med­i­cal sens­ing tech­nol­ogy to ex­plore mind­body pro­cesses. Na­tional Por­trait Gallery, King Ed­ward Ter­race, Parkes. Daily, 10am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 6102 7000. Ends to­mor­row.

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