As a video artist, Carla Zimbler manipulates 3D animation to blur boundaries and distort fragments of the natural world to alter mood and trigger emotional response. Working between physical/digital environments, audiences are coaxed inside immersive spaces where sound-responsive visuals expand, contract and melt into darkness. Carla is interested in the growth and decay of visual noise and the digital extrusion of organic material, in her live performances she bends and projection maps distorted manifestations across architectural curves and site-specific sculpture.

Carla has developed and operated visuals for Dour Festival (Belgium), Distortion Festival (Denmark), LungA (Iceland), Field Day, Beyond The Valley, Festival X, VIVID and Sydney Opera House. Carla co-curated PACT Salon: SLURP!, launched ‘A Nice Warm Bath’ A/V Festival for Melbourne Music Week and co-founded Studio Tszuj where she has designed installations for ACMI, Mixcloud’s Future Rising, Boiler Room Sydney, Red Bull Music Festival, Inner Varnika, Something Unlimited and Hybrid Festival.

Fast Five with Carla Zimbler

What feels alive about your practice right now?
I’ve started to translate digital environments into physical objects, shifting from ephemeral to tactile, examining eternality and hard/soft edges.

Are there any particular sounds you’ve been noticing in lockdown?
Train horns, kettles boiling, electrical humming, chip packets rustling, heartbeats pounding. Liquid drains, gurgles and oozes.

How have you been experiencing time in recent months?
Hours melt between nonsensical routines, surreal stillness and irregular sleep patterns. Dark curtains disrupt time, drawn open for fragments of sun.
Vivid dreams triggered by heated blankets throw my body between time-zones. In my mind I’m in a thousand places at once whilst standing stationary.

Can you evoke the concept for your Hi-Viz Short Work Commission in a few words?
Nostalgic // Empathetic // Phantasmic

What’s one thing you do to keep stimulated and engaged as an artist?
Seek connection and emotional response. Siphon thoughts into tangible/intangible realities, redefine boundaries and approach multi-sensory spaces with mindfulness

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