Experimenta Life Forms – – COMMISSION ARTIST

Artist: PluginHUMAN – Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer (VIC)
Artwork: PULSE

Through PULSE, PluginHUMAN are presenting data collected from significant trees and waterways from around the globe. This work is inspired by their recent residencies in the Amazon, Panama, Taiwan, India and remote Australia. The resulting installation will display the microscopic structure of significant trees enlarged and printed onto acrylic sculptural forms. The sculptures will be lit by full-colour programmable LED lights controlled by data collected from the trees’ environs. This data will reflect subtle environmental changes, as well as information on temperature, humidity, air pressure, sounds, wind speed and direction.

This project aims to forge empathetic connections between people and our natural world. PULSE raises questions around ecological conservation in the age of economic rationalism.

PluginHUMAN ­– ­an art-technology duo foundered by Australian artists Dr Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer – create immersive environments and provide audiences with hands-on interactive experiences. Underpinned by an acute understanding of the role that technology plays in contemporary society, their work places people at the centre of a digital-organic encounter.

PluginHUMAN have held creators-in-residence positions at the Exertion Games Lab, RMIT University, Australia. They received a Good Design Award and a Victorian Premier’s Design Award, and they have created commissioned artworks for institutions such as the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea), the C-Lab (Taiwan) and Questacon (Australia’s National Science and Technology Museum).


Experimenta Life Forms International Triennial of Media Art

Exploring how biological and artificial life are challenging human-centric thinking, Experimenta Life Forms will be Experimenta’s 8th national touring exhibition. It premieres in Melbourne (VIC) at the RMIT Gallery from 11 September to 14 November 2020, and will tour nationally until 2023. Click here to find out more.

Experimenta Life Forms Commissions are developed in partnership with the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) and SymbioticA.

Image credit: PluginHUMAN (Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer). Created during LABVERDE Art Immersion Program, Amazon (2019).