Museum of Brisbane

Man & Wah: CELESTON 2

  • 9 Sep 2020 – 31 Jan 2021
  • 10am - 5pm daily, 10am - 7pm Fridays
  • Free
  • Level 3, City Hall

Man & Wah’s creative practice is an invitation to slow down and reflect on the interconnectedness between humans and the universe.


Man & Wah: CELESTON 2

Man & Wah’s creative practice is an attempt to inspire reconnection with the dimensions of nature and the cosmos, elements that greatly influence their creative work and lives. Their artworks are an invitation to slow down and reflect on the interconnectedness between humans and the universe in its micro and macro states.

CELESTON 2 extends on a video work Man & Wah developed during Museum of Brisbane’s Artists @ Home residency program, during the COVID-19 lockdown in early 2020. It is a curated amalgamation of audio, video and photographic material centred on the cosmic and botanical worlds, drawn from the artists’ extensive catalogue created over the past seven years. The work was informed by Man & Wah’s attempt to make sense of the unfolding global events and the mass flow of information that accompanied them. It examines how the past and present can mould ideas, beliefs and social structures, and how digital information is controlled to induce human reactions.

This exhibition is part of the Ars Electronica 2020 Festival for Art, Technology & Society. Programs such as this, themed around the idea of a garden, are taking place around the world in both physical and virtual spaces between 9 – 13 September.

Explore the Museum of Brisbane Man & Wah CELESTON project in the Ars Electronica Festival 2020.


Banner image: Man & Wah, LIFE FORCE – AMAZONIA COSMOS 2020, photograph, LED sphere screen display and interactive media. | Image: Man & Wah, S3 INTERCONNECTEDNESS 07 2020photograph and digital print, planetary graphics:  Erich Karkoschka (Uni of Arizona), NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS,NASA/ESA& Erich Karkoschka, Uni of Arizona, ESA/Hubble &NASA, L. Lamy / Observatoire de Paris, Hubble Heritage Team(AURA/STScI/NASA/ESA), NASA, J.Bell (Cornell Uni), M Wolff (SSI), Hubble HeritageTeam (STScl/AURA),NASA,ESA, & E. Karkoschka (Uni of Arizona). | Thumbnail Image: 

MoB Artists @ Home residency was designed to support artists and record their lived experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

MoB’s Artist-in-Residence program is supported by Tim Fairfax AC.