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Ei Wada

Experimenta Recharge: 6th international biennial of media art

RMIT Gallery, Melbourne – 28 November 2014 – 21 February 2015

Experimenta presents a collection of 18 works from Australian and international artists who question how technology and cultural contexts create new perspectives on knowledge.

From unconventional perspectives, can experimental artists illuminate existing knowledge and meaning for a new generation? The Experimenta 6th International Biennial of Media Art explores whether artists lead us to entirely new modes of consciousness. 

Artists Appearing at RMIT Gallery

These images, links and clips are just indicative samples of some of the participating artist’s work, not necessarily actual works they will be presenting at RMIT Gallery during the exhibition. 

Ei Wada (Japan)

Ei Wada’s poetic sound installation imagines a future civilisation’s misinterpretation of a common 20th century artefact – analogue tape recordings. Toki Ori Ori Nasu (Falling Records) (2013) was a Jury Selection in the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival 2014.

Ei Wada’s participation in Recharge has been supported by the Japan Foundation.

Cake Industries (Australia)

Dean Petersen and Jesse Stevens have worked under the collaborative pseudonym of Cake Industries since 2006. Their practice uses electro-mechanics and robotics to create anthropomorphic and autonomous objects that embrace retro-futurism.

An Experimenta New Work Commission.

Maree Clarke

Maree Clarke, a Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, Boonwurrung woman from northwest Victoria. She is a pivotal figure in the reclamation of southeast Australian Aboriginal art practices, reviving elements of Aboriginal culture that were lost over the period of colonisation. Clarke’s installations of photography, painting and sculpture further explore the rituals and ceremonies of her ancestors.

  • Maitha Demithan (United Arab Emirates)

Maitha Demithan works across photography, scanography, drawing, painting and photo transfer to weave together scans of her fellow citizens, traditional cultural imagery and contemporary practice. In perfecting the technique of using a flatbed printer to take multiple images of her subjects, Demithan combines the mechanical with the emotional in her deconstructed portraits.

Christy Dena

Collaboration with Marigold Barlett, Trevor Dikes, & Cameron Owen

Christy Dena is a writer, designer and director who has worked on pervasive, digital and card games, theatre performances, and films. Dena was granted Australia’s first Digital Writing Residency at The Cube, QUT to create the large installation “Robot University”. Her web audio adventure “AUTHENTIC IN ALL CAPS” won the WA Premier’s Book Award for Digital Narrative and the Australian Writers’ Guild award for Interactive Media, and was Official Selection at the 2014 Media Arts Show for the Electronic Literature Organization. Dena’s works explore our relationship with technology, death, and our past.

An Experimenta New Work Commission.

 Anaisa Franco (Germany/Brazil)

Inspired by psychology, dreams and the possibilities inherent in DIY electrical engineering, Anaisa Franco animates objects with behaviours and feelings, inviting audiences to respond and engage, blurring the boundaries between body, mind and machine.

Anaisa Franco is in residence at the University of Technology Sydney’s Creativity and Cognition Studios as a part of the EMARE AUS CDN Move On Exchange (European Media Artist in Residence Exchange with Australia and Canada). Supported by the Culture 2013 program of the European Commission and the Goethe Institut.

  • Abel Korinsky  (Germany)

Korinsky are a sound collective of three brothers whose work concentrates on the emotional and physical effect that directional sound has upon listeners. Using custom-developed software called ‘Vertical Sound Lab’, Korinsky conflate sound with visual material to produce rich, multi-layered auditory and visual illusions, often in unique architectural locations.

Abel Korinsky is Experiment’a artist-in-residence as part of the EMARE AUS CDN Move On Exchange (European Media Artists in Residence Exchange with Australia and Canada). This program is supported by the Culture 2013 Program of the European Commission and the Goethe Institut. Hosted by RMIT School of Art International Artist in Residency Program.

Svenja Kratz is an interdisciplinary artist who utilises traditional and experimental bio-art practices to explore the impact of new technologies and science on concepts of the self, other and the body. From 2007 to 2012, Kratz worked with the Tissue Repair and Regeneration (TRR) Group at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

An Experimenta New Work Commission.

Khaled Sabsabi’s practice spans video, sculpture and painting, though is most recognised for his multi-screen immersive and site-specific installations. Sabsabi’s work transgresses borders and encourages cross-cultural dialogue, focussing critical attention on experiences related to conflict, ideologies and spirituality.

Leisa Shelton is a performance artist, maker and curator whose practice foregrounds collaboration and advocacy for new Australian transdisciplinary work. Her practice concentrates on the development of new frames for the presentation of performance. Shelton is also dedicated to delivering greater environmental sustainability within the arts and performance sectors.

An Experimenta New Work Commission.

  • teamLab (Japan)

teamLab was founded by Toshiyuki Inoko in 2001, and has been at the forefront of digital innovation and art since. teamLab are a technologist company of engineers, mathematicians, architects, CG animators, web designers, graphic designers, artists, editors and more. In their creative practice, teamLab produce a range of polished media art works spanning locative media, robotics, interactive sound installations and immersive environments.

  • Tele Visions Afterlude (Australia)

TELE VISIONS Afterlude

In the final days of analog TV transmission in Australia, Tele Visions created a temporary TV Station broadcasting 24hrs a day from the 28th of November to the 3rd of December 2013.

Join us in Tele Visions Afterlude as we present the best moments of the broadcast that marked the passing of TV and re-imagined what might have been.

  • Darrin Verhagen and Stuart McFarlane (Australia)

Stuart McFarlane and Darrin Verhagen explore how the simplest of objects may be transformed into something startling and mesmerising through the use of technology.

Verhagen and McFarlane are Melbourne based artists working across a variety of art and design disciplines. Their collaborative works emphasise emotion in relation to light, motion and narrative.

  • Yunkuura Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes (Australia)

Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes

Yunkurra Billy Atkins collaboration with Sohan Ariel Hayes retells an ancient story as a startling digital animation. Yunkurra is a Martu elder (from the Western Desert, West Australia), steeped in the knowledge of important Martu sites and their stories. Sohan Ariel Hayes is an award winning animator based in Perth.

  • Raymond Zada (Australia)

Raymond Zada

Raymond Zada is an emerging artist working primarily with photography, video, and digital design. He is of the Barkindji/Paakintji Peoples, South Australia.

In 2013 Zada won the New Media category of the 30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

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