69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.


Dalton Stewart
Trent Crawford

08 July 2017–29 July 2017

PDLC is an installation project that investigates the perceptual conditions of present information landscapes. It explores ways in which humans deal simultaneously with communication, connection, visibility and privacy in the dense multiplicity of urban experience. The exhibition uses corporeal structures in an installation that facilitates transformative optical views, through lenses, filters, and light that mediate spaces of the everyday.

In polymer dispersed liquid crystal devices (PDLCs), liquid crystals are dissolved or dispersed into a liquid polymer followed by solidification or curing of the polymer. During the change of the polymer from a liquid to solid, the liquid crystals become incompatible with the solid polymer and form droplets throughout the solid polymer. The curing conditions affect the size of the droplets that in turn affect the final operating properties of the “smart window”. Typically, the liquid mix of polymer and liquid crystals is placed between two layers of glass or plastic that include a thin layer of a transparent, conductive material followed by curing of the polymer, thereby forming the basic sandwich structure of the smart window. This structure is in effect a capacitor.


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  • Dalton Stewart is interested in image surfaces and investigating the potential of the digital image. His work evokes the liminal moments in time where the subject or material function as filtering devices, mediating the vision, experience, and navigation of a tactile space.