WED 15 MAY 2019

Playable art

Hugh Davies
Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey

ACMI X Studio,
Level 4, 2 Kavanagh Street, Southbank, Melbourne
6:00PM – 8:30pm  /  Free Event
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This month we handover the controls to the audience and venture into the world of play and gamification in art making. Through an experientially-driven exploration of play-based techniques, these artists are choosing complex and interactive methods to allow for unique audience experiences in their artworks. By blurring the barrier between analogue and digital realms, they are able to create new worlds where provocation and poetry co-exist.


Hugh Davies is a maker, curator and researcher of games and play. His practice explores histories of media devices and cultures of games in the Asia Pacific Region. Awarded a PhD in Art, Design and Architecture from Monash University in 2014, Hugh’s studies in game cultures have been supported with fellowships from Tokyo Art and Space, M+ Museum of Visual Culture and the Hong Kong Design Trust. Davies is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.


Curated exhibition:


Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey are leading Australian audio conceptual artists who create unexpected situations for listening. Their work is driven by a curiosity and questioning about sound in human culture and seeks to evolve and engage with new processes and audiences, through public and participative interventions. Their practice intertwines local, national and international relationships.

They have an award winning long term collaborative practice. In 2017 their practice was awarded the prestigious national Australia Council Award for Emerging and Experimental Artforms. Their work has been presented and commissioned widely internationally including Theater Der Welt, Germany: Brighton Festival UK: Sonica Festival Glasgow: Asian Arts Theater, Gwangju: Incheon Art Platform, Seoul: Sydney Festival Australia: Melbourne Festival Australia: AsiaTopa, Melbourne: Perth Festival Australia: MONA FOMA Australia: Kennedy Center, Washington USA, ANTI Festival Finland amongst many others.

Their current areas of interest are existential risk, artificial intelligence in public space, and long form socially engaged public art interventions.

Experimenta Social is presented in partnership with ACMI X, and supported by Marc Besen AC and Eva Besen AO.

Image Credit:TIMeR’ app, 2019,  by Hugh Davies in collaboration with Troy Innocent, Olivia Guntarik and N’arweet Carolyn Briggs.

ACMI X – Venue  Access:
The venue is wheelchair accessible. Enter the Australian Ballet Centre building from Kavanagh St, into a lobby with elevators. Take the elevator to Level 4.  ACMI X is further up the corridor and on the left.  Amenities with wheelchair access are available on Level 4. There is on-site parking with elevator access.

Alternatively you can also get to ACMI X via St Kilda Rd, across the pedestrian bridge behind Arts Centre Melbourne to Australian Ballet Centre. ACMI X is located immediately to the right of the entrance.

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