Art, science and technology will collide in Melbourne this October at RMIT Gallery for the launch of Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art.
A host of international artists will exhibit in the touring exhibition which looks to ‘make sense’ of our present day world in the technological acceleration of our information society.
RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies explains that artificial intelligence and its impact on every aspect of our lives is shaping up to be the critical issue of our time. “It’s exactly the right moment for RMIT Gallery to exhibit art works that explore what it means to be human, in all senses of the word, in the face of emerging AI and rapidly developing technology,” she said. “We have every right as humans to be concerned, and to question what sort of future we are creating by critically exploring these issues now.”
Australian-born artist Matthew Gardiner will return to Australia from his home in Austria where he has become renowned as a pioneer of the field of ‘Oribotics’- a term he coined to describe the convergence of origami, folding and robotics to explore folding forms as the fundamental fabric of life. His sculptural work The Folded Geometry of the Universe (pictured) attempts to make sense of nature through the metaphor of folding, conceptualising the dark matter of the universe as an infinitely expansive sheet of origami and inviting audiences to imagine their own folded universes. Gardiner is recognised as a world-renowned origami artist and has published leading books on the art form.
Hailing from the UK, Jane Gauntlett is an innovator in VR film and art with more than ten years’ experience in interactive experiences across video games, the National Health Service and the Royal Shakespeare Company. In My Shoes: Intimacy continues her lifelong dedication to interactivity, challenging audiences to partner up with a stranger and experience three encounters from six very different first-person perspectives that explore the power of human connection. Intimacy forms part of In My Shoes, an internationally-recognised project in empathy in art.
Sci-fi speculative futurism will be explored by Lucy McRae, a British-born, Australian-raised sci-fi artist, film director and body architect has spent the last ten years working in the USA & Europe. Currently based in the UK, McRae has collaborated with leading institutes including NASA, MIT and Ars Electronica. Her film The Institute of Isolation is an observational documentary that contemplates whether isolation, or extreme experience, might be used as a gateway to training human resilience. Set in a near future reality, The Institute of Isolation is a fictional research and training ground, offering alternative methods to condition the body and adapt fundamental aspects of human biology.
The film references genetic engineering, space travel, sensory deprivation and the changing relationship the body is forming with technology.
Joining them will be Adam Donovan and Katrin Hochschuh from Austria/Germany, with their installation work Curious Tautophone – Tensor Field Ontology that inspires a sense of uncanniness in the observer through the use of a robotic device that emits sound and light to manipulate the immediate environment.
The exhibition will also screen video works by international artists Katarina Zdjelar (Netherlands) and Liz Magic Laser (U.S.A).
Experimenta is where creativity and technology collide. As Australia’s pre-eminent media arts organisation established by experimental film and video makers in 1986, it showcases dynamic contemporary art at the nexus of digital media, science and technology, and design.
Image credit: Matthew Gardiner, The Folded Geometry of the Universe by Nicky Pastore, 2016
Experimenta Make Sense
2 October – 11 November
Building 16 344 Swanston Street,
City campus, RMIT University, Melbourne VIC 300