Scenocosme, Akousmaflore, 2008, (Installation view) Interactive installation, plants. audio, Image courtesy the Artists & Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery 2011

EXPERIMENTA UTOPIA NOW: 4TH INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF MEDIA ART

OMINOUS TO OPTIMISTIC. INNOVATIVE AND INTERACTIVE.

Experimenta Utopia Now International Biennial of Media Art chases the dream of a perfect world. Showcasing more than 35 works from countries including Australia, Japan, Austria, India, Germany, Canada, France, Taiwan and the UK, Experimenta Utopia Now critiques the scope for happiness on earth as we know it, pokes fun at social and physical boundaries and questions the human race’s ability to preserve itself.

Featuring the artists: AES+F (Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovitch, Evgeny Svyatsky, Vladimir Fridkes) // Peter Alwast // Patrick Bernatchez // Blendid (David Kousemaker & Tim Olden) // Marco Bresciani // Persijn Broerson & Margit Lukács // Bu Hua // Michael Burton // Penelope Cain // Cao Fei // Leon Cmielewski & Josephine Starrs // Jen DeNike // Jean DuBois & Chloe Lefebvre // Hans-Peter Feldmann // Christopher Fulham // Shilpa Gupta // Adad Hannah & Niklas Roy // Susan Jacobs // Christian Jankowski // William Kentridge // Kwon Miller Productions (Annie Kwon and Paul Miller aka Dj Spooky) // Isobel Knowles & Van Sowerwine // Jimmy McGilchrist // Rowan McNaught // Angelica Mesiti // Laurent Mignonneau & Christa Sommerer // Ms & Mr (Stephanie nova Milne & Richard nova Milne) // Dorota Mytych // David OReilly // Stuart Ringholt // Scenocosme (Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt) // Momoyo Torimitsu // Kuang-Yu Tsui // Levi van Veluw // Kit Wise // Yang Zhenzhong

EXPERIMENTA CURATORIUM

EXPERIMENTA UTOPIA NOW:
Amy Barclay, Liz Hughes, Clare Needham, Jen Mizuik, Daine Singer
AN AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVE NOW: Clare Needham
AS SEEN BY EXPERIMENTA FILM PROGRAMMER: Kit Vane Tempest
FEDERATION SQUARE BIG SCREEN SHORTS CURATOR: Daine Singer
EXPERIMENTA UTOPIA NOW DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH TEAM: Caroline Farmer, Emma McRae, Ocea Sellar, Claire Wilson

UTOPIA NOW SCREENING PROGRAM

AN AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVE NOW (G)

An Australian Perspective Now showcases a diverse range of single channel video works by eight contemporary Australian artists. Each work presents a unique visual and conceptual approach to the widely embraced and complex terrain of video and explores ways in which we individually and collectively construct, navigate, survive, interpret and dream within the world we live.

Venue: the Arts Centre, Theatres Building, St Kilda Road Foyer, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Dates:
 12 February – 14 March 2010 Screening continuously during the Arts Centre Opening Hours

 

BIG SCREEN SHORTS AT FED SQUARE (G)

Big Screen Shorts features video art from international and Australian artists. The program brings together whimsical and engaging works that touch on themes of utopianism, the creation of worlds and the creative subversion of reality.

Venue: Big Screen Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne (opposite Flinders St Station)
Dates:
 1 February – 14 March 2010

 

BY MEANS OF SIGH – INTERACTIVE SCREEN WORK (G)

By Means of a Sigh is an interactive video installation by Canadian artists Jean Dubois and Chloe´ Lefebvre that invites the viewer to call a number on the screen with their mobile phone and lend their breath to inflate two bubble gum bubbles being blown between two people on the screen.

Venue: Big Screen Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne (opposite Flinders St Station)
Dates:
 1 February – 14 March 2010

AS SEEN BY EXPERIMENTA – FILM PROGRAM

A standout selection of the classic, the contemporary and the cult – As Seen by Experimenta is bound to turn a few stomachs and convert a couple of carnivores. From Capra to cannibalism, explore cinema’s greatest attempts to highlight the inevitable failures in humanity’s quest to manufacture utopia. Shown over three hot summer nights – don’t miss these iconic films on the big screen!

Venue: Australian Centre for the Moving Image Cinemas, Federation Square

SCREENINGS SUNDAY 14 FEBRUARY @ 7:30PM AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE SCREENING SECOND SKIN, Directed by Juan Carlos Pineiro-Escoriaza (feature), MA 15+ MONDAY 15 FEBRUARY @ 7:30PM – DOUBLE BILL GRISTLE, Directed by Jonathan auf der Heide (short film), unclassified MA 15+ SOYLENT GREEN, Directed by Richard Fleischer (feature), M 16 FEBRUARY @ 7:30PM LOST HORIZON, Directed by Frank Capra (feature) PG POP UP EXPERIMENTA Selected video works will be screening at City Library, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne during City Library opening hours WHAT’S YOURS IS MINE JAKI MIDDLETON AND DAVID LAWREY What’s Yours Is Mine is an interactive sculptural installation that creates the illusion of a forest scene that explores the intersection between physical and virtual space. Inspired by childhood mythology, this hyper-real magic faraway tree presents portals into a simulated forest that sprouts from a patch of Astroturf. Venue: The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins St, Melbourne Dates: 18 January – 21 March 2010 Times: All day, every day MOMOYO TORIMITSU MIYATA JIRO, PERFORMANCE Watch as life-size robotic businessman Miyata Jiro crawls his way commando-style through the CBD battlefield like so many before him. Tended to by his lovely nurse artist Momoyo Torimitsu performances are not to be missed! FEBRUARY 12, 13 AND 15, 2010, Venues various around CBD. THE NAURU ELEGIES: A PORTRAIT IN SOUND AND HYPSOGRAPHIC ARCHITECTURE BY PAUL MILLER (DJ SPOOKY) AND ANNIE K. KWON, EXHIBITION AND PERFORMANCE This project looks at the combination of unique qualities that make a remote place like the island of Nauru a core member of the 21st century global economy: It explores an island in a state of environmental collapse. The music component of the Nauru Elegies reflects colonial and postcolonial issues facing the digital economy of the 21st century translated into a string quartet, composed by Paul D. Miller/DJ Spooky, while the architectural component conceptualized by Annie K. Kwon spatializes and formalizes otherwise invisible economic flows and irreversible ecological devastation. Venue: Blindside Gallery, Nicholas Building, Level 7, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne Dates: 19 February – 6 March. Opening night February 18 6:00pm -8:00pm. EXPERIMENTA, OPEN CHANNEL, SHED 4 AND STABLE PRESENT: DJ SPOOKY: THE NAURU ELEGIES LIVE PERFORMANCE Venue: Victoria Harbour, Shed 4, North Wharf Road, Docklands, Melbourne Date: Friday 5 March 8:00pm

NATIONAL TOUR VENUES

 

ALBURY LIBRARYMUSEUM, ALBURY, NEW SOUTH WALES

3 DECEMBER 2011 – 29 JANUARY 2012

Albury LibraryMuseum showcased 16 artworks from Experimenta Utopia Now International Biennial of Media Art

Peter Alwast (Australia), Blendid Interaction Design (The Netherlands), Penny Cain (Australia), Leon Cmielewski & Josephine Starrs (Australia), Bu Hua (China), Cao Fei (China), Susan Jacobs (Australia), Christian Jankowski (Germany), Isobel Knowles & Van Sowerwine (Australia), Jimmy McGilchrist (Australia), Rowan McNaught (Australia) Angelika Mesiti (Australia), Laurent Mignonneau & Christa Sommerer (Austria/France), Dorota Mytych (Australia), Scenocosme (France), Kit Wise (Australia).

MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART (MONA), HOBART, TASMANIA

4 AUGUST 2011 – 3 OCTOBER 2011

Museum of Old and New Art showcased 28 artworks from Experimenta Utopia Now International Biennial of Media Art.

AES+F (Russia), Peter Alwast (Australia), Patrick Bernatchez (Canada), Blendid Interaction Design (Netherlands), Persjin Broersen & Margit Lukács (Netherlands), Bu Hua (China), Michael Burton (United Kingdom), Penelope Cain (Australia), Leon Cmielewski & Josephine Starrs (Australia), Cao Fei (China), Hans-Peter Feldmann (Germany), Christopher Fulham (Australia), Shilpa Gupta (India), Susan Jacobs (Australia), Christian Jankowski (Germany), William Kentridge (South Africa), Isobel Knowles & Van Sowerwine (Australia), Annie K. Kwon &Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky (USA), Jimmy McGilchrist (Australia), Rowan McNaught (Australia), Dorota Mytych (Australia), Laurent Mignonneau & Christa Sommerer (France/Austria), David OReilly (Ireland), Stuart Ringholt (Australia), Scenocosme (France), Kuang-Yu Tsui (Taiwan), Kit Wise (Australia).

 

MORNINGTON PENINSULA REGIONAL GALLERY, MORNINGTON, VICTORIA

12 MAY – 19 JUNE 2011

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery showcased 25 artworks from Experimenta Utopia NowInternational Biennial of Media Art.

Featured artists included; Peter Alwast (Australia), Patrick Bernatchez (Canada), Blendid Interaction Design (Netherlands), Broersen & Lukacs (Netherlands), Bu Hua (China), Michael Burton (UK), Penelope Cain (Australia), Cao Fei (China), Leon Cmielewski & Josephine Starrs (Australia), David OReilly (Ireland), Hans-Peter Feldmann (Germany), Christopher Fullham (Australia), Susan Jacobs (Australia), Christian Jankowski (Germany), Jimmy McGilchrist (Australia), Rowan McNaught (Australia), Angelica Mesiti (Australia), Laurent Mignonneau & Christa Sommerer (France/Austria), Van Sowerwine & Isobel Knowles (Australia), Kuang-Yu Tsui (Taiwan), Dorota Mytych (Australia), Stuart Ringholt (Australia), Scenocosme (France), Kuang-Yu Tsui (Taiwan), Kit Wise (Australia).

 

CARRIAGEWORKS, SYDNEY

25 SEPTEMBER – 16 OCTOBER 2010

CarriageWorks showcased 23 artworks from Experimenta Utopia Now International Biennial of Media Art.

Featured artists included; Peter Alwast (Australia), Patrick Bernatchez (Canada), Blendid Interaction Design (Netherlands), Broersen & Lukacs (Netherlands), Bu Hua (China), Michael Burton (UK), Penelope Cain (Australia), Cao Fei (China), Leon Cmielewski & Josephine Starrs (Australia), Hans-Peter Feldmann (Germany), Susan Jacobs (Australia), Christian Jankowski (Germany), Jimmy McGilchrist (Australia), Rowan McNaught (Australia), Angelica Mesiti (Australia), Laurent Mignonneau & Christa Sommerer (France/Austria), Van Sowerwine & Isobel Knowles (Australia), Kuang-Yu Tsui (Taiwan), Dorota Mytych (Australia), Stuart Ringholt (Australia), Scenocosme (France), Kuang-Yu Tsui (Taiwan), Kit Wise (Australia).

Experimenta Utopia Now was also part of the Sydney Children’s Festival.

REDLAND ART GALLERY, CLEVELAND

6 JUNE – 11 JULY 2010

Redland Art Gallery showcased 18 artworks from Experimenta Utopia Now International Biennial of Media Art.

Featured artists included; Patrick Bernatchez (Canada), Michael Burton (UK), Christopher Fulham (Australia), Christian Jankowski (Germany), Isobel Knowles & Van Sowerwine (Australia), Laurent Mignonneau & Christa Sommerer (France/Austria), Stuart Ringholt (Australia), Kuang-Yu Tsui (Taiwan), Kit Wise (Australia), Peter Alwast (Australia), Penelope Cain (Australia), Leon Cmielewski & Josephine Starrs (Australia), Susan Jacobs (Australia), Jimmy McGilchrist (Australia), Rowan McNaught (Australia), and Dorota Mytych (Australia).

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