'Galaxy of Suns' by Michaela Gleave, at Dark MOFO (2016). Photo by Lucy Parakhina courtesy- of Michaela Gleave.

Our Story2018-12-12T16:03:16+00:00

OUR STORY

Experimenta is Australia’s pre-eminent media arts organisation. We showcase dynamic and challenging contemporary art that intersects with digital media, science and technology, and design.  We lead industry discussion and grow audiences for media art. Experimenta is an incubator for experimentation, challenges convention, celebrates the maverick, and encourages collaboration.
Established in 1986 by experimental film and video makers, Experimenta has been instrumental in the development of Australian media art from an underground cultural phenomenon to a celebrated form recognised by major cultural institutions, and growing in scope and sophistication. Melbourne based, with a national and global reach, Experimenta commissions, presents and advocates for Australian artists. Through our research, education and development programs, Experimenta deepens engagement with our existing audiences and builds new audiences and markets for media art, increasing the capacity of the cultural sector.
To date, Experimenta has presented six editions of the Experimenta International Biennial of Media Art, with 36 artists commissioned to produce new work. This exhibition is the only international biennial to tour Australia, and presents technology-driven art to diverse audiences across the country. Alongside this program, Experimenta has presented countless exhibitions, site­‐specific interventions, screenings, performances, education projects, and international exchanges. Acknowledging the rapidly changing understandings of media art, and the pervasive presence of technology in our lives, Experimenta will shift to presenting a triennial exhibition and tour in 2017. This will allow us to invest more deeply in artist and creative development processes, and present projects outside of traditional gallery contexts in non-triennial years.

Experimenta offers these (local) practitioners an opportunity for engagement with national peers, networking and professional development. Educationally, this offers us several threads with which to create meaningful experiences for our audiences.

Gareth Colliton, Curator of Exhibitions and Outreach, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Vic, 2014

Experimenta have been long time supporters of our work, and among other things their groundbreaking national and international tours have brought our work to new audiences and given us opportunities that we would never have had otherwise. Opportunities such as those provided by Experimenta are incredibly rare in our industry and we are very grateful that Experimenta exists to provide such assistance for artists.

Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerine , (Experimenta artists, winners of the Premier of Queensland’s National New Media Art Award, 2010)