Eight new works to be unveiled at Experimenta Make Sense

Eight never-before-seen works will be unveiled at Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art launching in Melbourne on Monday 2 October until Friday 11 November. These works ask audiences what is means to feel in an era of disembodied communication; to think in a world of algorithms and artificial minds.

Both playful and challenging, Experimenta Make Sense asks the audience to contemplate just what it is to be human in the technological acceleration of our information society. Presented in association with Melbourne Festival (5 October – 22 October) a program of over 20 leading Australian and international artists will engage directly with this conundrum, more specifically exploring ideas around Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson’s assertion that humanity’s greatest challenge is that “we have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions and god-like technologies.”

Five out of the eight new works have been commissioned by Experimenta and Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), including SonoLexic by Gail Priest, a sound driven installation that explores how people process, communicate and generate the listening experience through language. In a darkened room, a soundscape plays. At the same time a voiceover, meditating on the act of listening, is delivered via an ultrasonic hyper-directional speaker, which allows it to hover in a defined space. In the distance a glowing plasma tube – a proto hologram – displays liquid images of sonic visualisations and text. 

Indigenous artist Robert Andrew’s Moving from the Binary uses mechanical processes to turn English translations of Yawuru language words into new, physical forms created by rocks, bluestone and ochre coloured earth from his country around Broome.

Steve Berrick’s highly interactive, family-friendly work Hello Future Self explores our impending augmented world by allowing participants to create their own avatar that unites human and robotic senses and then comes alive in a digital animation.

Other new or recent works include Michele Barker and Anna Munster’s Pull, a walk-through installation which submerges the audience into the sonic and visual sensations of a wave breaking and Andrew Styan’s Catch Your Breath (pictured) allows audiences to have their breath instantly captured in a stunning photograph.

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program, Scale Free Network will present A Hierarchy of Eddies, an installation where audiences can interact with a large transparent chamber of swirling white balls, evoking the scientific concept of ‘complex systems’.

Experimenta is where creativity and technology collide. As Australia’s pre-eminent media arts organisation established by experimental film and video makers in 1986, they showcase dynamic contemporary art at the nexus of digital media, science and technology, and design.

Experimenta Make Sense exhibiting artists: Robert Andrew, Keith Armstrong with Luke Lickfold and Matthew Davis, Ella Barclay, Michele Barker and Anna Munster, Briony Barr in collaboration with Andrew Melatos, Steve Berrick, Antoinette J. Citizen, Adam Donovan and Katrin Hochschuh, Lauren Edmonds, Liz Magic Laser, Jon McCormack, Lucy McRae, Gail Priest, Matthew Gardiner, Jane Gauntlett, Scale Free Network: Briony Barr and Gregory Crocetti, Andrew Styan, Judy Watson, and Katarina Zdjelar.

Image credit: Andrew Styan, Catch Your Breath, photo courtesy of the artist.



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