Experimenta Studio Sessions2020-09-03T12:52:05+10:00


Experimenta takes you through the lens to examine artist’s spaces and their relationship with technology.

The artist studio has a long lineage that can be traced back to the Renaissance when artists moved from the monastery to patronage by wealthy benefactors. Artist’s studios are revered for the insight they can provide into the creative process as can be seen by the number of artist’s studio’s that are preserved for the public. Arthur Boyd’s studio at Bundanon and Margaret Olley’s recreated studio at the Tweed Regional Gallery are just two of many examples in Australia. Technological change has always played a part in changing the requirements of a studio and with the advent of the digital revolution the tools for art-making expanded.

The Experimenta Studio Sessions is a new series of digital stories designed to provide a unique insight into the studio life and creative practice of a selection of Australian artists. Presenting projects and perspectives on how artists are working with technology, it is an opportunity for our arts community to connect and communicate, sharing their experiences on the diverse practice that is ‘media art’.

Matthew Sleeth
“Technology is a driver of the language”

The first interview for this video series invites Australian artist Matthew Sleeth to reflect on time spent recently in the studio, influencing him to think more broadly about his history working with image as motion. He also discusses his collaborative process working with diverse technologies and how this approach has allowed him the creative flexibility that has shaped his career. 

Experimenta has been working with Sleeth since 2014 through the commissioning of his ambitious media-art artwork A Drone Opera. A visceral exploration of drones and their social and cultural impact, Sleeth speaks about the evolving life of this work and the direction it continues to head in for future iterations in physical and virtual spaces.

Cake Industries
“Technology and the Human Condition”

Central to Australian experimental artist duo Cake Industries’ practice are works that reflect and challenge our relationship with technology. In this episode of ‘Experimenta Studio Session’, Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen discuss their process for discovering new creative tools to push the boundaries of sculpture and electronics.

In 2019 Experimenta commissioned Cake Industries’ roaming artwork, The Hybrid Society, which premiered at Robotronica (QLD) and captivated audiences at White Night Ballarat (VIC). Get an insight into how these mechatronic sculptures are developed and how these artists find inspiration in new materials, objects and methods within their studio space.


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This video series is crated by Experimenta. Filmed on lands of the Wurundjeri people and Turrbal and Yuggera peoples.
Supported by Yarra City Council.
Video Editing: Leela Schauble. Music: Miles Away by Eugenio Mininni