PluginHUMAN is a multi-award-winning art duo led by Dr Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer. PluginHUMAN are at the progressive edge of their field, providing audiences with new cultural, environmental and scientific perspectives. Their artworks address the leading questions and concerns of our times.
PluginHUMAN’s work centres around the art of illumination. They create projection mapping, LED and video artworks; and sculptural immersive multi-sensory environments. They use the medium of light to translate complex data into meaningful audience experiences.
PluginHUMAN has created commissioned artworks for institutions such as the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea) and the Melbourne Museum (White Night Festival, Australia). They have exhibited in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. They were awarded the Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Art Fellowship (2019/20); they’re developing new carbon neutral and carbon negative materials and working methods. They have also won two Good Design Awards (2020, 2018), and a Victorian Premier’s Design Award (2017).
PluginHUMAN has an acute understanding of the role that technology plays in contemporary society. They reimagine new technologies to produce artistic innovations, creating meaningful large and small-scale audience experiences for indoor spaces and outdoor public arenas.
PULSE: The Life Force of Trees
This work comprises of a light sculpture whose shifting light and sound scape is driven by environmental data collected from significant trees across the world. The work ruminates on the sentience of trees, asking audiences to contemplate their relationship with the landscape.
Biopolymer Workshop with Betty Sargeant
As part of their on-going research, Australian artist-duo PluginHUMAN (Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer) have been conducting extensive research and experimenting with compostable biopolymers, their aim is to establish carbon negative creative materials and working practices. Facilitated by Betty Sargeant, this in-person workshop at Plimsoll Gallery (Hobart, TAS) investigated how biopolymer materials can be moulded […]
Experimenta Life Forms ⟶ In Development Interview: PluginHUMAN and 'Pulse: The Life Force of Trees'
In order to get to know our commissioned artists for Experimenta Life Forms a little better we are publishing a series of interviews about their works. This week we spoke to Betty Sargeant from PluginHUMAN who discusses her research into trees and their ecosystems that she has undertaken in the Amazon, Panama, Taiwan, India and […]