10-13 September at the Arts House, Meatmarket, Melbourne
A Drone Opera viscerally explores the rapidly developing technology of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), colloquially known as drones, and their social and cultural impact. Artist Matthew Sleeth directs an experimental multimedia performance featuring drones, their pilots and opera singers, combined with a new sound score, laser light design and moving image.
Feeling the drones’ air displacement and hearing their rotor sound, audiences will experience this robotic technology first hand, shifting their knowledge of drones from political abstraction into embodied experience in time and space. Curious about their potential to re-shape our world, Sleeth has designed, built and programmed customised drones specifically for the performance context.
Sleeth’s largest work to date, A DRONE OPERA also features an inspiring line-up of collaborators, including experimental artists Kate Richards, Robin Fox, Phil Samartzis and Susan Frykberg, lighting designer Bosco Shaw and choreographer Shelley Lasica.
National Experimental Art Forum, Perth – 5-6 October
Leisa Shelton responds to a perceived lack of knowledge about the history of media art in Australia with her ongoing work Mapping Australian Media Art.
In this participatory project, Shelton sits at a table in the gallery and invites individuals to join in a conversation about significant encounters they have had with media art in Australia – to name the artists that have made an impression on them and marked us as a culture. Notes from each conversation are documented on an individual archive card, stamped and signed, and placed in a handcrafted archive box.
Image: Leisa Shelton, Mapping Australian Media Art (installation view) 2014–16, performance, desk, chairs, archive cards, rubber stamps, stainless steel archive boxes, custom built plinth, 90 x 236 x 38cm, archive box installation designed and fabricated by James McAllister/BARBOUR and Tom Burless/TOMIKEH, Image courtesy RMIT Gallery, Photography Mark Ashkanasy
Experimenta Recharge presents the work of artists who employ, critique and experiment with media and technology. The exhibition’s thematic and title, Recharge, focuses attention on artists whose work is inspired by and entangled with the past. Recharge asks: does knowledge change when it is presented in different technological forms and cultural contexts? Through processes of experimentation, and by producing unconventional perspectives, can artists illuminate knowledge for new generations? Can an artwork lead us to new modes of consciousness?[read more…]