Curators Floortalk — Experimenta

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‘feeler’ by m0wson&MOwson. Experimenta Life Forms, The Lock Up (Newcastle NSW) 2021. Photo credit: Ben Adams

Curators Floortalk

Saturday 11 December 2021
1.00pm – 2.15pm (AEDT)

In-Person Event at the Gallery
Please read ‘How to Experience’ notes for conditions of entry to gallery.

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Experimenta Life Forms explores the changing understandings of life in unexpected, playful and challenging ways. Join exhibition curators Jonathan Parsons, Lubi Thomas and Jessica Clark for a unique guided tour of the exhibition, delving into the artists’ works and the exhibitions’ thought-provoking themes. 

Featuring 26 contemporary Australian and International artists working across diverse artforms – including robotics, bio-art, screen-based works, installations, participatory and generative art – the exhibition makes significant contribution to current dialogues around defining life across science, technology, biology and First Nations Epistemology. 

Experimenta is the future of art, presenting work that is poised on the intersect between art, science and technology. Since its inception in 1986, Experimenta has developed a worldwide reputation for fostering creativity that extends the aesthetic, conceptual and experiential potential of art forms. Experimenta presents art that can not be experienced elsewhere, imagining the future of art and exploring unchartered pathways towards it.

This exhibition is presenting at Tweed Regional Gallery (Murwillumbah, NSW), 10 December 2021 – 30 January 2022 and touring nationally until 2024.

About the Speakers:

Jonathan Parsons

Jonathan has over twenty years of experience working in arts and culture in Australia and internationally. In 2013 and 2015 he was the Creative Director of Robotronica, an event held by the QUT Science and Technology Centre featuring the latest in robotics. He was the Director of ISEA2013 (International Symposium on Electronic Art) an international festival of art, technology and ideas in partnership with Vivid Sydney.

Jonathan Parsons

Jonathan Parsons has over twenty five years of experience working as a curator, artistic director and creative producer in Australia and internationally. He initiated and was the Creative Director of Robotronica (2013 – 2019), a biennial festival of robotics and interactive design at QUT in Brisbane.  He was the Director of ISEA2013 (International Symposium on Electronic Art) an international festival of art, technology and ideas in partnership with Vivid Sydney.

He has artistically led and collaborated on a broad range of cultural programs and events across all art forms including for the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Riverfestival, Byron Bay Writers Festival, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, Pacific Wave Festival, Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Awesome Festival and the London International Festival of Theatre.

Lubi Thomas

Lubi Thomas - Experimenta Life Forms Co-Curator.

Lubi Thomas

Lubi Thomas is an experienced curator working in the field of digital/new media arts and associate practice areas. In the past decade, she has developed and delivered an extensive range of exhibitions, projects, festivals, events, residencies and mentoring programs, as well as, public and education focused programming. Site-responsiveness is a key element in her practice, working closely with artists, creative technologist, and their collaborators to produce works and cultural experiences for a variety of audiences. Lubi’s master’s Curating in Uncharted Territories proposes a methodology for cultural programming development and sustainability for sites engaged in the display of, and engagement with, experimental creative practice.

Lubi takes a networked and site-responsive approach to programme structures, audience engagement, and partnership development. She has developed cultural programming frameworks for The Cube Brisbane, Creative Industries Precinct QUT, and Qld State Library.  Lubi has developed key partnerships with LEGO Education, Ars Electronica, FACT Liverpool, EMARE, and the Australia Council for the Arts to support these programming sites.  Lubi wears many hats with her key activities being as an Independent Curator and Artist, Experimenta’s Curator @ Large and curatorial advisor to Digital Placemaking Institute. Lubi works and consults locally, nationally and internationally.

Jessica Clark

Jessica Clark

Jessica Clark (palawa AU) is an independent curator with a background in art history and art education, and current PhD candidate at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Recent independent and collaborative curatorial projects include: In and of this place (2021) in partnership with NETS Victoria and Benalla Art Gallery, Experimenta Life Forms: International Triennial of Media Art (2021-2023), one (&) another (2020), and VIETNAM – ONE IN, ALL IN (2019-2020) in partnership with Country Arts SA. Jessica is alumni of the PIAD First Nations Colloquium, South Africa (2019), Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Cultural Keepers Program (2017-2020), Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership Program (2018), and the First Nations Curators Program for the Venice Biennale (2017).