Experimenta Social is a series of talks, discussions and demos designed to provide proximity to some of Australia’s most adventurous contemporary artists, researchers and creative technologists.

This artist-led series is curated by Emile Zile in collaboration with Experimenta Media Arts and explores practices at the nexus of art and technology, science, culture and design. You will hear from artists sharing their latest projects and researchers presenting projects that grapple with the concerns of our time. Beyond inconsequential debates over the role of media arts in a post-media world, Experimenta Social will combine activated audiences drawn from contemporary art, social research, electronic art and non-professional spheres for lively debate and discussion.

Experimenta Social will return in 2018. 

Catch up on what you missed in 2017 via the Experimenta YouTube Channel here.

Experimenta Social is presented in partnership with ACMI X.

PAST EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL EVENTS

EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #14

WED 8 November 2017:: materialist surrealist

MICHAEL CANDY & CERI AND JULE 

The surrealism of materials, sculptural absurdism and language all feature in this end-of-season Experimenta Social. Please join us for a celebratory conclusion of Experimenta Social with two presentations exploring the material world, symbolism, language and observation. 

This end of year celebration will be feature Ceri and Jule presenting live from the ACMI X kitchen where they promise to turn up the heat on their under cooked tasteless food-for-thought. Brisbane-based media artist Michael Candy will present his kinetic sculptural work featuring robotic personalities, sculptural paradoxes and physicalised responses to complex systems. We hope you will join us for this playful and performative end to the year.

About the Speakers

Michael Candy (Australia/Nomadic) uses physical technologies to impart systems theory on ecology and sociology. From making scale replicas of metamorphosis to remotely operated protest devices installed within the G20 exclusion zone. His devices empower and translate closed systems into tangible medium; a flooding river is given a voice, a goldfish is at the mercy of a cocktail party, colours shine never visible, synthesizers are controlled by an active volcano and in the Amazon mercury vapor rises above a golden statue in an illegal mining town. A myriad of encounters both ecological and political, giving rise to contrasts as paradoxes become diluted.
http://main.michaelcandy.com/

Ceri is a multidisciplinary arts practitioner who develops participatory art forms intended to enhance the conditions for collective idea generation. This approach to practice often avoids categorisation, as the outcomes are intentionally defused in the wonder/wander of everyday life. The gifting of metaphorical objects to instigate philosophical discourse stems from Ceri’s recently completed PhD research at RMIT, The Making of a Knowledge Casino (2016). The creation of low tech props for treating the urban condition as a 3D movie set were used to enable mutually inspired activities for people that may not consider themselves artists, but may become script writers of their own way to play. A link to his presentation can be found here: https://vimeo.com/200086947

Image courtesy of Michael Candy, Ether Antenna, 2017

EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #13

WED 11 October 2017:: participation, sense and taste

VIEW THE VIDEOS FROM EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #13 HERE:

CAT JONES & ELIZABETH WILLING 

Experimenta Social #13 will open its senses to art made for the body, smell and perception. Working in diverse fields such as scent, experimental food, language, ecology and psychology, Elizabeth Willing and Cat Jones are contemporary Australian artists working at the mouth of meaning. Join us for this special Experimenta Social, presented as part of Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art, for an insight into embodied art made for multiple senses.


About the Speakers

Cat Jones is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and researcher. Her work investigates inter-species relationships, gender, botanic politics, medicine and climate futures through the subversion of social constructs, science, history, language and the senses. With special interests in audience psychology and immersive experiences her projects manifest across live, site-specific, socially engaged, media and olfactive art.

Jones is a Bachelor of Arts – Drama graduate of Queensland University of Technology; research affiliate of the Sansom Institute, Body and Mind, University of South Australia; Creative Australia Fellow; SymbioticA and Synapse alumni, and winner of the 2016 Sadakichi Art and Olfaction Award with her project Century’s Breath for Vitalstatistix.

Recent performances and commissions include Scent of Sydney for Sydney Festival, Somatic Drifts, Radical Ecologies at PICA; Anatomy’s Confection and Plantarum: Empathic Limb Clinic for Proximity Festival; A Walk [with Herbivores] and currently Insecta Delecta with chef Soon Lee Low for The Wired Lab.

www.catjones.net

Elizabeth Willing is an Australian visual artist. In 2009 she completed her honours in Fine Arts (Visual Arts) and is currently undertaking a Masters of Fine Art (research) at Queensland University of Technology. In 2014 Elizabeth was the recipient of the Australia Council Kunstlerhaus Bethanien one-year residency. Furthermore Elizabeth has undertaken a two month residency at Helsinki International Art Program HIAP and a one year residency at Metro Arts Brisbane. Solo exhibitions and dining performances have been held in Australia and overseas at Tolarno Galleries Melbourne, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, and Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane. Awards and grants include Australia Council Project funding (2016), the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship (2013), Australia Council Artstart grant (2012), a JUMP mentoring Scholarship (2010), and the Melville Haysom Scholarship through QAGOMA (2010).

 

Image courtesy of Dessert |||/Fork Fork, Elizabeth Willing

EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #12 

WED 13 SEPTEMBER 2017:: The unstable body and it’s image

diego ramirez & Alexia Kannas

VIEW THE VIDEOS FROM EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #12 HERE:

Filmic horror, the monstrous and the body stalk Experimenta Social #12. We will reflect on the image of the body and its deformations, between Italian Giallo horror of the 1970’s and its reformulation by contemporary art.

Join contemporary artist/’Marilyn Manson of the PoC community’ Diego Ramirez and Cinema Studies academic Alexia Kannas for a night of reflection on the ever-unstable body on screen.

About the Speakers

Diego Ramirez is an artist and writer. He works primarily with video and pictures to develop installation projects for gallery contexts. His research-based practice deals with the legacies of colonialism in visual culture. Key areas of interest include the rhetoric of the image; the meaning making of fear and desire; and media mediation. As an artist, he seeks to reconfigure vernacular archives and popular images that embody these themes.

Alexia Kannas lectures in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. Her research concerns topics in film genre, cinematic modernism, cult cinema and cross-cultural reception and exchange. She is the author of Deep Red (Columbia University Press/Wallflower, forthcoming 2017) and is currently completing a monograph on the Italian Giallo film for SUNY Press.

Image credit: Colonial Void of Death, Installation View Courtesy: Diego Ramirez. Photography by Matthew Stanton. Courtesy of the artist and MARS Gallery.

EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #11

WED 9 august 2017:: curing media – the curator

VIEW THE VIDEO FROM EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #11 HERE

serena bentley & joel Stern

How do slippery art forms such as video gaming, contemporary music composition and performance art find their audiences? How do living forms become solid and thus become able to be represented? What are the challenges facing forward-looking curators to place contemporary cultural works in the canon? What role does a cultural gate-keeper play in the internet age of what’s been called the ‘amateurisation of everything’.

Serena Bentley (ACMI, ex-NGV) and Joel Stern (Liquid Architecture) join Experimenta Social #11 to discuss some recent case studies in their curatorial careers and to pry open the decision making that goes into their organisational methodologies.

Photo: Liquid Architecture 2016, Bryan Spencer / Marek Rygelski

EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #10 

WED 12 JUly 2017:: artist-led manufacturing in china

VIEW CAT FULL OF GHOSTS’ LIVE PERFORMANCE HERE

constant dullaart & Robert d. Jordan

What happens when an artist can’t get the product they want? They make it themselves.

This month, Australia’s pre-eminent media arts organisation, Experimenta Media Arts, explores artist-led manufacturing in China.

With more open access to mainland Chinese manufacturing processes, artists are beginning to work directly with factories in Shenzen, Guangzhou and the new territories to develop new tools that are responsive to the needs of their peers. Raising capital using online platforms such as Kickstarter and distributing products from the studio, artists are defining the terms of technology they want rather than being beholden to what’s available to them commercially.

In this Experimenta Social session we talk with New York-based Dutch conceptual artist Constant Dullaart about his DullTech Media Player project and local audio-visual instrument builder Robert D. Jordan on stories from the prototyping lab. (Due to time zone complications, Constant Dullart will be interviewed by Emile Zile via pre-recorded video).

**NeoLiberal Hardware Lulz FTW**

about the artists

Constant Dullaart is a Dutch conceptual artist whose work is deeply connected to the Internet. He was awarded the Prix Net Art late 2015 with the following jury statement; ““The fluidity of boundaries between artist and tech communities and questions of authorship, virtuosity, and the performativity of art in a mediated environment are an important aspect of the work of the winner of the 2015 Prix Net Art, Constant Dullaart. Dullaart’s work stays firmly yet defiantly within the realm of contemporary art, but from a position profoundly informed by the conditions of new media networks—technical as well as cultural, social, economical, and political networks. Dullaart strives for an honest, respectful, yet unembellished approach to the materials and conditions of the network. At the same time his work is full of humor, wit, and critical commentary.”

Robert D Jordan is a sound designer, VJ and the product designer and engineer behind Cat Full of Ghosts Electronics (CFOGE). Based in Melbourne CFOGE creates experimental audio and video hardware made with custom-designed PCBs that are used by artists, producers and creative around the world. CFOGE has a focus on creating new ways of interacting live with audio and video, creating new ways to play, manipulate and control sound and video.

Synthesizers and hardware from Cat Full of Ghosts Electronics are in the collections of the Pratt Institute of Film (NYC) and the Princeton Media Department among others.

Image courtesy of Constant DullaartDullTech

EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #9

WED 14 june 2017 :: moving image futures

VIEW THE VIDEOS FROM EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #9 HERE:

XANTHE DOBBIE & AARON CHRISTOPHER REES

From the structural experiments of early seventies video artists like Woody and Steina Vasulka, to the cinema-scale projection of Bill Viola, to the proliferation of contemporary video-mapping in outdoor locations; video art has fractured and proliferated over many media surfaces. 

Join innovative post-video artists Xanthe Dobbe and Aaron Christopher Rees from the ‘Another Space’ exhibition to discuss the development of their new screen and projection-based works and the futures of the moving image.

This session will also include a showing at Testing Grounds, 7:30pm (5mins walk from ACMI X) featuring projects presented as part of the ‘Another Space’ exhibition. Find out more exhibition info here: www.facebook.com/events/1651737831520762/?active_tab=about

about the artists

Xanthe Dobbie is a Melbourne-based new media artist and curator. Her practice aims to capture the experience of post-internet contemporaneity as reflected through feminism, art history, iconography and queer culture.

Aaron Christopher Rees is a multidisciplinary artist who recycles images to consider how technology and the act of picture-making mediates our experience of the world. Rees’s work is concerned with affect, phenomenology and abstraction, with recent work taking form as site-specific installations where screens interpolate space.

Image courtesy of Xanthe Dobbie, ’21st Century Greatest Hits Screensaver Pack’

EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #8

WED 10 MAY 2017 :: MEMORY, GEOLOGY, PERFORMANCE

VIEW ZOE SCOGLIO’s TALK FROM EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #8 HERE

AMY SPIERS & ZOE SCOGLIO

The geological imaginary: between a rock and a soft, water based body.

Unpacking the cultures and rituals that humans place around geological forms, presenting artists Amy Spiers and Zoe Scoglio use speculative approaches, hybrid techniques and literary reverse-engineering within their work.

Amy Spiers is a Melbourne-based artist and writer. Her socially-engaged, critical art practice focuses on the creation of live performances, participatory situations and multi-artform installations for both site-specific and gallery contexts. For her recent project, ‘Miranda Must Go’, Amy calls for the acknowledgement of the negative impact of white settlement at Hanging Rock, awakening the true history of the infamous landform.
www.amyspiers.com.au

Zoe Scoglio’s practise unites performance, video, sound and installation to create interdisciplinary, site-specific and participatory work. Playing with notions of time, origin, sentience and morphology, her work engages the varied cultural, political and personal narratives we create about this rock we call home.
www.zoescoglio.com

Experimenta Social #8 will be a night of reflection on the rock, the language we use about Land and the power of naming and mapping.

DATE: Wednesday 10 May 2017, Doors 6pm / Event starts 6:30pm
LOCATION: ACMI X, 2 Kavanagh St, Southbank (located behind the Art Centre Melbourne).
COST: Free, Book here: www.experimenta-social-8.eventbrite.com.au

Light refreshments provided. 
Experimenta Social is a free event, taking place every second Wednesday of the month (12 April, 10 May, 14 June, 12 July, 9 August, 13 September, 11 October, 8 November 2017), curated by Emile Zile in collaboration with Experimenta Media Arts. Supported by ACMI X.

Image courtesy of Zoe Scoglio, ‘The Sedimentary Collective’ for Treatment Flightlines 2017 at the Western Treatment Plant

EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #7

VIEW OSCAR RABY’S TALK HERE

WED 12 april 2017 :: THE VIRTUAL AND REALITY – PERCEPTION, PARTICIPATION, POTENTIAL

In an era of purported Fake News, queries on whether we are living in an elaborate computer simulation and the widespread ease in which individuals select recreational sex partners, gender identities and filter bubbles it is appropriate to begin the 2017 season of Experimenta Social with a panel on​ the real and the immersive, ​ virtual reality and its potential. We are seeing a widespread adoption of VR in multiple spheres of creative, commercial and medical use. In this discussion, we will host innovative practitioners in the field to unpack the complexities of VR production, narrative construction and audience activation. Is VR here for the long-term? How do we tell engaging stories in VR? Is there scope for artist-led VR experiences in a commercially oriented industry? What is the potential to use VR storytelling in therapeutic use for mental health?

Presentations lead by Oscar Raby ( VRTOV ) and Dr. Greg Wadley (University of Melbourne), will unpack the complexities of VR production, narrative construction and audience activation. Each speaker will share their unique approach to this quickly developing medium.

Oscar Raby is the Co-Founder and Creative Director at VRTOV, the Melbourne-based Virtual Reality studio behind the projects The Turning Forest, Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel and Assent. In 2013 he completed a Masters degree in Animation and Interactive Media at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where the subject of his research was Portraiture in New Media. His graduating work, the autobiographical Virtual Reality documentary Assent, has been part of Sundance New Frontier, IDFA DocLab and Sheffield Doc/Fest as well as festivals in Australia, Canada, USA, Mexico, the Netherlands and the UK. Assent received the Audience Award for Cross-platform at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014.
www.vrtov.com

Dr Greg Wadley is a Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne working on the application of technology to health and wellbeing in areas such as youth and adult mental health, social connectedness, addiction, health screening and chronic pain. He is interested in the influence of mood-enhancing technologies on culture and society.
www.people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/gwadley

DATE: Wednesday 12 April 2017, Doors 6pm / Event starts 6:30pm
LOCATION: ACMIx, 2 Kavanagh St, Southbank (located behind the Art Centre Melbourne).
COST: Free BOOK HERE
Light refreshments provided. 

This project is supported by ACMIx.

Image by VRTOV.

EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #6

WED 26 OCTOBER 2016 :: ausTRALIANA, THE MONGREL AND AMNESIA

VIEW THE VIDEOS FROM EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #6 HERE:

The final Experimenta Social in the series, we invited Philip Brophy and Eugenia Lim to reflect on Australian identity, place and belonging. Using pop cultural forms as a lens to view Australian society, both Eugenia and Phil uncover latent meanings and interpretations through their video works, writing and installation. Expanding on his AFTRS Classics of Australian Cinema book that uses Priscilla Queen of the Desert as a map of Australian identity, Philip Brophy will deliver an expanded illustrated version of this book.

Philip Brophy: After a series of experimental mixed-media works exhibited in art and non-art contexts over many years, Philip Brophy has consolidated his interests to produce a range of audiovisual works focussing on his key interests in pop, sex and music. Brophy continues to lecture and present on film sound and music internationally, specializing in horror, sex & exploitation, film sound & music and Japanese animation. He is widely published in all three areas, and his book 100 MODERN SOUNDTRACKS has been translated and published in Japan. http://www.philipbrophy.com

Eugenia Lim is an Australian artist who works across video, performance and installation. Interested in how nationalism and stereotypes are formed, Lim invents personas to explore the tensions of an individual within society: alienation and belonging in a globalised world. http://www.eugenialim.com

This project is supported by the Besen Family Foundation and the City of Melbourne, and presented in conjunction with ACMIx.

Image: Phllip Brophy, courtesy of the artist.

EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #5

WED 12th october 2016 :: words

WATCH THE VIDEOS FROM EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #5 HERE:

Holly Childs and Christopher LG Hill deal with words, words as objects, words as recombinative forms. The internet and the street have conflicting voices, a sense of lawlessness, a place for infinite recombination and juxtaposition. Both these artists reflect the autonomous zones of the club, the artist-run initiative and the street in their writings, performances and installations. We are proud to invite Holly Childs and Christopher LG Hill to reflect on the impact of writing over networks, language as power, the power of networked speech at Experimenta Social 5.

Christopher LG Hill __________laces on shoes then some words biodegradable people of such in places hard ruptures some other words including Christopher L G Hill an artist untitled poet unknown everythings anarchist Y3K ignorant teacher porpoise torture bunyip trax collaborator friend facilitator curator lover anti power dexta daps falling words scrolling noise wall gardener monochrome co-label boss walking sips a homebody mirriad dancer plate and platter considerate participator dishwasher wind and sounds from the currawong graffiti bencher fine food eater exhibitions tweeter @clghill moorhenrafft fog fatiguée dj cognitive labour/gunic slack conversation comas or spittle independent representing our self and others born melbourne 1980c.e lives World new tab and window shopper expel binary dialog dispersed library open doors

Holly Childs is a writer and editor. Her work explores the use of digital networks in contemporary culture. Recent presentations of her work include: as art writer within Adam Linder’s choreographic service Some Proximity at MCA, Biennale of Sydney (2016); Danklands [Swamped in 3 voices] for Capitalist Surrealism curated by Liquid Architecture at NGV, Melbourne (2015) and as curator of both Quake II, Arcadia Missa, London (2014) and waterfalls.biz at Slopes, Melbourne (2014). She is the author of two books: Danklands, published by Arcadia Missa and No Limit, published by Hologram, Melbourne. She was an Associate Producer at Next Wave 2015-16, and founding editor of Next Wave’s online publication Worm Hole. In 2016-18 she is a Gertrude Contemporary studio holder.

This project is supported by the Besen Family Foundation and the City of Melbourne, and presented in conjunction with ACMIx.

Image: wall, wall, wall, no entertainment, nothing but wall.  Christo Crocker 2016

EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #4

WED 28th september 2016 :: Authorship, the non-expert and social art

WATCH THE VIDEOS FROM EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #4 HERE:

In the fourth Experimenta Social session we dive into working with community in the creation of artwork. What is the potential of working with non-artists in large-scale community work? Where are the fault lines between stakeholders, funding organisations, venues and audiences? Are distinctions between expert, artist and non-artist valid? What are the ethics of participation in the realm of the non-expert? How are new approaches to social practice being defined by leading practitioners in the field? We are proud to present the work of two independent Australian artists who also have elaborate and sustained engagement with the non-artist, James Hullick and Lara Thoms.

Lara Thoms recently received a two year Creative Australia Fellowship to explore site-specific and participatory possibilities in contemporary art. Lara was commissioned to create a large scale public work Ultimate Vision: Monuments to Us as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s C3WEST program, a publication of the same title was released by the MCA in 2014. Other works include ‘Exposition’ for the Melbourne Art Fair with Jason Maling, ‘The Experts Project’, (2011- 2013) where she spoke with 150 ‘unofficial experts’ as part of Local Positioning Systems at the MCA, and the ‘Funeral Party’ (2016), working with a funeral director to create an art event for Dark Mofo.
http://projectswithpeople.tumblr.com/

James Hullick is a composer, community arts worker, sound artist and producer. His projects have been presented internationally for a variety of ensembles and electronic formats. Innovative sonic terrains that James continues to work through include: recursive compositional techniques, perceptual music making, real time scores, sound making machines and community arts projects. In 2011 James founded The Click Clack Project, an organisation that combines community sonic artists with professional sonic artists. James recently completed a three-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Melbourne. He was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship (2015) and received the Michael Kieran Harvey Piano Scholarship (2015-16).
http://www.hullickmedia.com/

This project is supported by the Besen Family Foundation and the City of Melbourne, and presented in conjunction with ACMIx.

EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #3 

WED 14th september 2016 :: ACCELERATION, LEGISLATION AND KNOWLEDGE-SHARING

The acceleration of networked communication has led to a proliferation of platforms for distribution and dissemination of knowledge. How do the disruptive efficiencies of digital distribution play against hundreds of years of copyright legislation that has known authorship and publishing in a very narrow channel? Where do the cracks in appear when a digital platform leverages its speed and efficiency against the monoliths of cultural gate-keeping? We are very happy to host Sean Dockray in the upcoming Experimenta Social to present alternative platforms for knowledge dissemination including aaaarg.org and The Public School.

Sean Dockray is a Melbourne-based artist, a founding director of the Los Angeles non-profit Telic Arts Exchange, and initiator of autonomous knowledge-sharing platforms The Public School and aaaarg.org. With a focus on social systems, time, and impermanence, Dockray’s practice often emphasizes an active, critical engagement with technology. As a recent research fellow the Post-Media Lab at Leuphana University, he explored the physical infrastructure of the sharing economy, focusing on Facebook’s new northern European datacenter. His written essays address topics such as online education (Frieze), the militarization of universities (in Contestations: Learning from Critical Experiments in Education), property within “the cloud” (in Undoing Property), book scanning (Fillip), traffic control (Cabinet), and radio (Volume). Between a BSE in Civil Engineering and Architecture from Princeton University and an MFA from UCLA (Design|Media Arts), Dockray worked for Plumb Design in New York and consulted for a variety of cultural producers including Laura Kurgan Architecture, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Not a Cornfield public artwork, and the Milosevic trial video archive.

This project is supported by the Besen Family Foundation and the City of Melbourne, and presented in conjunction with ACMIx.

EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #2

WED 31ST August 2016 :: DRAMATURGY OF NEW MEDIA

WATCH THE VIDEOS FROM EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #2 HERE:

Uniting dramatic energy and new media technologies is not a new challenge. Artists have consistently explored the overlap of technology and drama. From Italian Futurists privileging the new sounds of 1910s new media, namely the car and the machine gun, to 1960s developments around democratised broadcast technologies and the opening of video art to the body as exemplified by Nam-June Paik and Charles Atlas.

Working at the intersections of performance, installation and new technology Martyn Coutts and Matthew Sleeth will unpack their elaborate individual practices and delve into what rehearsal decisions make technology invisible, how do technical advances drive creative decision making and what is the potential for media art on stage.

Matthew Sleeth is an Australian artist living and working between Melbourne and New York City. His conceptually driven practice uses a range of media, including sculpture, photography, video and public installation. In 2015 Sleeth directed A Drone Opera which featured unmanned aerial vehicles in an experimental multimedia performance featuring drones, their pilots and opera singers, combined with a new sound score, laser light design and moving image. A Drone Opera also featured collaborators Kate Richards, Robin Fox, Phil Samartzis, Susan Frykberg. http://sleeth.info

Martyn Coutts is an award winning Australian interdisciplinary artist concerned with ideas of the live, the interactive and the mediated body. His work has been shown in theatres, online, public space & galleries throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific. His works include Operation, Computer Boy and I Think I Can with Blood Policy, the Wayfarer series of works with Kate Richards, Thrashing Without Looking with Aphids, Visible City (the keynote project of 2010 Melbourne Fringe) & SAC35 for Salamanca Arts Centre. http://www.martyncoutts.com

This project is supported by the Besen Family Foundation and the City of Melbourne, and presented in conjunction with ACMIx.

Image:  “I think I can premier” Sydney Central Station 2013 courtesy Martyn Coutts

EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #1

WED 31ST August 2016 :: MAPPING AND TRACKING GLOBAL SYSTEMS

WATCH JOE HAMILTON’S TALK HERE.

Citt Williams is currently a PhD candidate at the Digital Ethnography Research Centre RMIT and is researching the behaviour of global systems such as climate change, animal migration and ecosystem modification. With a background in filmmaking, policy development and environmental science she has developed and shot independent documentaries in India, Nepal, Tajikistan, Siberia, Japan, Papua New Guinea, France, Borneo and Australia. From 2003-2005, Citt was the Executive Producer at the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association. http://teacup.net.au/citt-williams/

Joe Hamilton is a Melbourne-based artist working at the intersections of big data, global imaging and Capitalist Realism. Hamilton is part of a new movement of post-photographic artists that have less use for a camera than a database. Sourcing raw material from stock photography, open source mapping data and industrial 3D scanning techniques, Hamilton’s work uncovers a sense of contemporary visuality that privileges machine processing over the lens’ humanist inheritance. http://www.joehamilton.info/

This project is supported by the Besen Family Foundation and the City of Melbourne, and presented in conjunction with ACMIx.

Image: courtesy Emile Zile, artwork by Joe Hamilton, Ikea Roof Terrace 2014

A GALAXY OF SUNS – MICHAELA GLEAVE 

APP now available!

Created by artist Michaela Gleave, composer Amanda Cole, and programmer Warren Armstrong, A Galaxy of Suns is large-scale choral work and associated smart phone app that ‘plays’ the stars as they rise and set over 360˚ of the horizon – for any location on Earth. Operating on a galactic scale this project is a collaboration across contemporary art, music, astronomy and design.  A Galaxy of Suns works with the native potentials of smart device technology to create a unique experience of the cosmos accessible to audiences wherever they find themselves in the world.

Tracking the Earth’s motions through space, A Galaxy of Suns documents in real-time the audience’s precise position in relation to the stars, sonifying stellar data to create a sound and visual composition unique to their location in space and time.  Using the GPS data automatically recorded by smart phones and operational without network access, the project works with parameters such as location on the horizon, brightness, size, age and chemical composition of stars, and translates them into sonic and aesthetic variables including rhythm, pitch, volume, panning, colour and light intensity. 

If you are in Bristol on the 8th September you can experience A Galaxy of Suns as part of the Bristol Biennial 2016: In Other Worlds. Buy tickets here.

A Galaxy of Suns – The Performance premiered at Dark Mofo at Dark Park, Hobart, on the 10th and 11th June 2016. 

Download your version here:

iOS  https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/a-galaxy-of-suns/id1124035028?ls=1&mt=8

Android  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.agalaxyofsuns.general

For more information visit http://www.agalaxyofsuns.net, http://darkmofo.net.au/a-galaxy-of-suns/

Produced in association with Experimenta Media Arts

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
This project is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

Image courtesy Michaela Gleave and Anna Pappas Gallery Melbourne.

A DRONE OPERA – Matthew Sleeth

A Drone Opera premiered to sell-out audiences at Arts House at Meatmarket, Melbourne, on 10-13 September 2015. For enquiries about future performances and touring, please contact us.

“A Drone Opera, an exciting high-tech, high-art spectacle”  Andrew Fuhrmann, Realtime Issue 129, 2015

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 featured 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.

A Drone Opera was performed at Arts House, Meatmarket, Melbourne, 10-13 September, 2015.

Unique theatrical spectacle, unleashing a new world of possibilities for fusing art and technology”
Cameron Woodhead, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 September, 2015

“We’re at the interface between technology and art, between two types of creativity: scientific invention and its aesthetic inflection”
Andrew Fuhrmann, Realtime Issue 129, 2015

“A piece of innovative theatre making bold attempts to transport its viewers to a dystopian fantasy”
Tom Beasley, Theatre People 2015

EXPERIMENTA SOCIAL #4

WED 28TH SEPTEMBER 2016 :: AUTHORSHIP, THE NON-EXPERT + SOCIAL ART

In the fourth Experimenta Social session we dive into working with community in the creation of artwork. What is the potential of working with non-artists in large-scale community work? Where are the fault lines between stakeholders, funding organisations, venues and audiences? Are distinctions between expert, artist and non-artist valid? What are the ethics of participation in the realm of the non-expert? How are new approaches to social practice being defined by leading practitioners in the field? We are proud to present the work of two independent Australian artists who also have elaborate and sustained engagement with the non-artist, James Hullick and Lara Thoms.

Lara Thoms recently received a two year Creative Australia Fellowship to explore site-specific and participatory possibilities in contemporary art. Lara was commissioned to create a large scale public work Ultimate Vision: Monuments to Us as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s C3WEST program, a publication of the same title was released by the MCA in 2014. Other works include ‘Exposition’ for the Melbourne Art Fair with Jason Maling, ‘The Experts Project’, (2011- 2013) where she spoke with 150 ‘unofficial experts’ as part of Local Positioning Systems at the MCA, and the ‘Funeral Party’ (2016), working with a funeral director to create an art event for Dark Mofo. http://projectswithpeople.tumblr.com/

James Hullick is a composer, community arts worker, sound artist and producer. His projects have been presented internationally for a variety of ensembles and electronic formats. Innovative sonic terrains that James continues to work through include: recursive compositional techniques, perceptual music making, real time scores, sound making machines and community arts projects. In 2011 James founded The Click Clack Project, an organisation that combines community sonic artists with professional sonic artists. James recently completed a three-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Melbourne. He was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship (2015) and received the Michael Kieran Harvey Piano Scholarship (2015-16). http://www.hullickmedia.com/

This project is supported by the Besen Family Foundation and the City of Melbourne, and presented in conjunction with ACMIx.

Image: Lara Thoms A Singular Phenomenon 2015. Photographer Bryony Jackson

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