Experimenta RECHARGE: 6th International Biennial of Media Art 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 existing knowledge and meaning for a new generation? Can an artwork lead us to new modes of consciousness?

Media art is inherently multidisciplinary and Recharge features artworks that draw from photography, biology, sculpture and installation, electromagnetics, sound art, robotics, gaming, dance, the world-wide-web, performance, 3D printing, animation, film, video, and analogue television. Featuring five new commissions, the exhibition presents works from more than twenty artists from across Australia and international artists from Brazil, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, UAE and USA.

“The artists in the Experimenta 6th International Biennial of Media Art are alert to both the intimate and the broader cultural contexts through which they move and live. By listening, watching, thinking and making, they recharge knowledge and meaning systems, reinvigorating these systems or radically transforming them. “ [Jonathan Parsons, Artistic Director]

BROOK ANDREW (AUSTRALIA)

Presented by: RMIT Design Hub
12 Dec 2014 – 14 Feb 2015

Brook Andrew is a Melbourne based artist who works with neon, installation, photomedia, mixed-media, performance and video. Andrew challenges cultural and historical perception, using text and image to comment on local and global issues regarding race, consumerism and history.

CATALYST: Katherine Hannay Visual Arts Commission. A NETS Victoria exhibition curated by Bridget Crone for The Cinemas Project.

La Société Anonyme (The Netherlands)

La Société Anonyme is a collective of four European artists formed in 2012 to create artworks that reflect on contemporary economics. Their SKOR Codex book documents through a form of code, the history of the Foundation for Art & Public Domain (SKOR) that was defunded as part of the severe Dutch government’s cuts to the arts in 2013. The code is able to be translated by any intelligent terrestrial life form, or for future humans who may find it. Copies of the work have been acquired by selected libraries around the world since 2012.

YUNKURRA BILLY ATKINS & SOHAN ARIEL HAYES (AUSTRALIA)

Yunkurra Billy Atkins collaboration with Sohan Ariel Hayes retells an ancient story as a startling digital animation. Yunkurra is a Martu elder (from the Western Desert, West Australia), steeped in the knowledge of important Martu sites and their stories. Sohan Ariel Hayes is an award winning animator based in Perth.

MAREE CLARKE (AUSTRALIA)

Maree Clarke, a Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, Boonwurrung woman from northwest Victoria. She is a pivotal figure in the reclamation of southeast Australian Aboriginal art practices, reviving elements of Aboriginal culture that were lost over the period of colonisation. Clarke’s installations of photography, painting and sculpture further explore the rituals and ceremonies of her ancestors.

MAITHA DEMITHAN (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)

Maitha Demithan works across photography, scanography, drawing, painting and photo transfer to weave together scans of her Emirati community, traditional cultural imagery and contemporary practice. In perfecting the technique of using a flatbed printer to take multiple images of her subjects, Demithan combines the mechanical with the emotional in her deconstructed portraits.

Christy Dena (Australia)

Collaboration with Marigold Barlett, Trevor Dikes, & Cameron Owen

Christy Dena is a writer, designer and director who has worked on pervasive, digital and card games, theatre performances, and films. Dena was granted Australia’s first Digital Writing Residency at The Cube, QUT to create the large installation “Robot University”. Her web audio adventure “AUTHENTIC IN ALL CAPS” won the WA Premier’s Book Award for Digital Narrative and the Australian Writers’ Guild award for Interactive Media, and was Official Selection at the 2014 Media Arts Show for the Electronic Literature Organization. Dena’s works explore our relationship with technology, death, and our past.

An Experimenta New Work Commission.

Anaisa Franco (Germany/Brazil)

Inspired by psychology, dreams and the possibilities inherent in DIY electrical engineering, Anaisa Franco animates objects with behaviours and feelings, inviting audiences to respond and engage, blurring the boundaries between body, mind and machine.

Anaisa Franco is in residence at the University of Technology Sydney’s Creativity and Cognition Studios as a part of the EMARE AUS CDN Move On Exchange (European Media Artist in Residence Exchange with Australia and Canada). Supported by the Culture 2013 program of the European Commission and the Goethe Institut.

MICHAELA GLEAVE (Australia)

Michaela Gleave’s practice investigates the physicality of perception, interrogating the systems and structures through which we construct our image of reality. Executed as a series of experiments, her often-temporal works question our relationship to time, matter and space, working with natural phenomena and tricks of perception within the frameworks that shape our knowledge of the universe.

Cake Industries (Australia)

Dean Petersen and Jesse Stevens have worked under the collaborative pseudonym of Cake Industries since 2006. Their practice uses electro-mechanics and robotics to create anthropomorphic and autonomous objects that embrace retro-futurism.

An Experimenta New Work Commission.

KORINSKY (Germany)

Korinsky are a sound collective of three brothers whose work concentrates on the emotional and physical effect that directional sound has upon listeners. Using custom-developed software called ‘Vertical Sound Lab’, Korinsky conflate sound with visual material to produce rich, multi-layered auditory and visual illusions, often in unique architectural locations.

Abel Korinsky is Experimenta’s artist-in-residence as part of the EMARE AUS CDN Move On Exchange (European Media Artists in Residence Exchange with Australia and Canada). This program is supported by the Culture 2013 Program of the European Commission and the Goethe Institut. Hosted by RMIT School of Art International Artist in Residency Program.

Experimenta New Work Commission

SVENJA KRATZ (AUSTRALIA)

Svenja Kratz is an interdisciplinary artist who utilises traditional and experimental bio-art practices to explore the impact of new technologies and science on concepts of the self, other and the body. From 2007 to 2012, Kratz worked with the Tissue Repair and Regeneration (TRR) Group at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

An Experimenta New Work Commission.

STUART MCFARLANE & DARRIN VERHAGEN with TOBY BRODEL (AUSTRALIA)

Stuart McFarlane and Darrin Verhagen explore how the simplest of objects may be transformed into something startling and mesmerising through the use of technology.

Verhagen and McFarlane are Melbourne based artists working across a variety of art and design disciplines. Their collaborative works emphasise emotion in relation to light, motion and narrative.

Tele Visions: ALEX WHITE & EMMA RAMSAY (AUSTRALIA)

Tele Visions Afterlude

In the final days of analog TV transmission in Australia, Tele Visions created a temporary TV Station broadcasting 24hrs a day from the 28th of November to the 3rd of December 2013.

Join us in Tele Visions Afterlude as we present the best moments of the broadcast that marked the passing of TV and re-imagined what might have been.

KHALED SABSABI (AUSTRALIA)

Khaled Sabsabi’s practice spans video, sculpture and painting, though is most recognised for his multi-screen immersive and site-specific installations. Sabsabi’s work transgresses borders and encourages cross-cultural dialogue, focussing critical attention on experiences related to conflict, ideologies and spirituality.

LEISA SHELTON (AUSTRALIA)

Leisa Shelton is a performance artist, maker and curator whose practice foregrounds collaboration and advocacy for new Australian transdisciplinary work. Her practice concentrates on the development of new frames for the presentation of performance. Shelton is also dedicated to delivering greater environmental sustainability within the arts and performance sectors.

An Experimenta New Work Commission.

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Garry Stewart, Australian Dance Theatre and Carmelo Musca CM Film Productions (Australia)

Alongside his role as Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre, Garry Stewart pursues an active interest in audio-visual works. These works are created in partnership with the dancers of Australian Dance Theatre and national and international collaborators.

TEAMLAB (JAPAN)

teamLab was founded by Toshiyuki Inoko in 2001, and has been at the forefront of digital innovation and art since. teamLab are a technologist company of engineers, mathematicians, architects, CG animators, web designers, graphic designers, artists, editors and more. In their creative practice, teamLab produce a range of polished media art works spanning locative media, robotics, interactive sound installations and immersive environments.

MASHA TUPITSYN (USA)

Masha Tupitsyn is a writer, multi-media artist, and cultural critic based in New York. Her 24-hr durational video piece, Love Sounds (2014), an audio archive of love in cinema, marks cinema as the last cultural medium for speaking and performing love. A sound poem and history, Love Sounds dematerialises cinema’s visual legacy and reconstitutes it as a form of critical listening.

Tupitsyn is the author of numerous titles including Like Someone In Love: An Addendum to Love Dog (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Love Dog (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013) and Beauty Talk & Monsters, a collection of film-based stories (Semiotext(e) Press, 2007).

Ei Wada (Japan)

Ei Wada’s poetic sound installation imagines a future civilisation’s misinterpretation of a common 20th century artefact – analogue tape recordings. Toki Ori Ori Nasu (Falling Records) (2013) was a Jury Selection in the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival 2014.

Ei Wada’s participation in Recharge has been supported by the Japan Foundation.

Exhibited at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne and The Block, QUT, Brisbane only

RAYMOND ZADA (AUSTRALIA)

Raymond Zada is an emerging artist working primarily with photography, video, and digital design. He is of the Barkindji/Paakintji Peoples, South Australia.

In 2013 Zada won the New Media category of the 30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award.