Experimenta Life Forms – – COMMISSION ARTIST

Artist: Uyen Nguyen, Max Piantoni and Matthew Riley (VIC)
Artwork: You, Me, Things

You, Me, Things is a playable installation that invites audiences to ‘breathe life’ into a fantastical virtual world by capturing their non-verbal sounds which are transformed into digital entities.

This work makes no distinction between an environment and its inhabitants – its digital entities consist of parts of both. The population created in conjunction with the audience is continually in flux, with each sound made by a participant acting as a ‘call’ that brings the digital entities into existence. These changes create unique audiovisual compositions as the digital entities – strange flora and fauna like forms – emerge, co-exist and interact with one another in different ways. 

You, Me, Things encourages affinities and bonds, and joy and affection, within this network of relations engendered through play. However, while the world is constructed by this attunement, it’s logic can also become unsettled. You, Me, Things is an enticing and playful world, while also subject to an uneasy precariousness.

Read an ‘in development’ interview with the artists HERE

Image credit: still from ‘YomeciLand’ (2019)

Uyen Nguyen, Max Piantoni and Matthew Riley create experimental playable works using games, art, animation and installation for exhibitions, festivals, events and research. Working together since 2019, the collaboration brings together each of their respective practices.

Nguyen is an animator, designer and filmmaker investigating the playful potential of sound in animation, games and interactive media. Piantoni is an artist, developer and designer specialising in the creation of interactive experiences and creative tools. Riley is a designer, academic and researcher who has developed pervasive games, public art, interactive environments and generative systems to construct mixed reality experiences.

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 2021 and will tour nationally until 2023. Click here to find out more.

‘You, Me, Things’ by Uyen Nguyen, Max Piantoni and Matthew Riley is an Experimenta commission.