Experimenta Make Sense launches

Experimenta Make Sense, International Triennial of Media Art

Experimenta Media Art is proud to announce Experimenta Make Sense, International Triennial of Media Art.

Become submerged inside a breaking wave, step into the shoes and eyes of a stranger using VR goggles or explore the body’s adaptions to sensory deprivation and extreme isolation when Experimenta Make SenseInternational Triennial of Media Art launches in Melbourne this October.

A challenge for 21st century humanity is that, “we have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions and god-like technologies”, according to Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson. We humans still ‘make sense’ of our world through our physical selves and our cultures. From Monday 2nd October until Saturday 11thNovember, Experimenta presents an exhibition of leading international and Australian artists who will engage directly with this conundrum.

Experimenta Artistic Director Jonathan Parsons said “the exhibition expresses the disconcerting and delightful world of the digital age. Both playful and thought provoking, this exhibition asks audiences to immerse their senses into a ‘thinking’, ‘feeling’ and ‘doing’ contemplation of what it is to be human in an age of technological acceleration.

Anna Munster and Michele Barker’s pull, a commission by Experimenta and the Australian Network for Art and Technolgoy (ANAT), is a walk-through installation which submerges the audience into the sonic and visual sensations of a wave breaking, and in Andrew Styan’s Catch Your Breath each participant will have their breath instantly captured, visualised and documented building a unique archive of the formless and invisible.

Science fiction artist Lucy McCrae, inventor of Swallowable Parfum, presents an observational fictional documentary, The Institute of Isolation, that explores the body and its adaptations to sensory deprivation and extreme isolation.

Scale Free Network will present Hierarchy of Eddies, an installation where audiences can interact with a large transparent chamber of swirling white balls, evoking the recent 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. The full Experimenta Makes Sense program will go live on experimenta.org in mid-July.

Participating Artists

Michele Barker and Anna Munster,  Antoinette J. Citizen, Gail Priest, Scale Free Network, Robert Andrew, Ella Barclay, Matthew Gardiner, Andrew Styan, Jon McCormack, Lauren Edmonds, Briony Barr in collaboration with physicist Andrew Melatos, Judy Watson, Adam Donovan and Katrin Hochschuh, Jane Gauntlett, Lucy Mcrae, Keith Armstrong, Steve Berrick, Katarina Zdjelar, Liz Magic Laser.

Key presenting partner: RMIT Gallery

Experimenta Make Sense is presented in association with Melbourne Festival

Experimenta is supported by the Australia Council for the ArtsCreative VictoriaAustralia Council’s Contemporary Touring InitiativeAustralia Council Visual Arts and Craft StrategyVisions AustraliaScreen AustraliaAustralian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT)Sofitel Melbourne on CollinsIAS Fine Art LogisticsCity of Melbourne, Daniel Besen, Haymen Design, and the British Council.


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