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Philosophers have wrestled with defining life for thousands of years. Experimenta Life Forms reveals how contemporary artists are approaching this perennial question, at a time when technological change and new research findings are making definitions of ‘life’ increasingly difficult to pin down. What new life forms are emerging through technological and biological adaptation and invention? Are our definitions of life shifting because of new scientific discoveries? How do First Nation’s epistemologies influence our ways of thinking and understanding life? How are notions of our place in the web of life changing now that research is identifying sentience in animals, plant-life, and maybe soon to be found in our machines?

Experimenta Life Forms is a timely exhibition featuring a diversity of artforms including robotics, bio-art, screen-based works, installations, participatory and generative art.  The exhibition showcases 26 leading Australian and international artists whose work makes significant contribution to current dialogues about the changing landscape of life as we know it.

Curators: Jonathan Parsons and Lubi Thomas
Associate Curator: Jessica Clark

Philosophers have wrestled with defining life for thousands of years. Experimenta Life Forms reveals how contemporary artists are approaching this perennial question, at a time when technological change and new research findings are making definitions of ‘life’ increasingly difficult to pin down. What new life forms are emerging through technological and biological adaptation and invention? Are our definitions of life shifting because of new scientific discoveries? How do First Nation’s epistemologies influence our ways of thinking and understanding life? How are notions of our place in the web of life changing now that research is identifying sentience in animals, plant-life, and maybe soon to be found in our machines?

Experimenta Life Forms is a timely exhibition featuring a diversity of artforms including robotics, bio-art, screen-based works, installations, participatory and generative art.  The exhibition showcases 26 leading Australian and international artists whose work makes significant contribution to current dialogues about the changing landscape of life as we know it.

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Curators: Jonathan Parsons and Lubi Thomas
Associate Curator: Jessica Clark

 

 

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A pale coloured still animated graphic

Experimenta Life Forms:
Family Day

Sat 20 Mar 2021, 11:30AM – 5PM
Plimsoll Gallery UTAS
Two robots bowing to each other

Experimenta Life Forms:
Curators Tour

Sat 20 Mar 2021, 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Plimsoll Gallery UTAS
Dead insects incased in plastic on a table

Experimenta Life Forms:
Special Arts Forum - Oron Catts

Fri 19 Mar 2021, 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Dechaineux Theatre

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