Meet the Artists: Experimenta Recharge Free Public Programs

Japanese artist Ei Wada at RMIT Gallery installing his work Falling Records
Japanese artist Ei Wada at RMIT Gallery installing his work Falling Records. Photo Helen Rayment.

Experimenta Recharge’s public program is your chance to meet the artists and curators behind the 6th International Biennial of Media Art and delve into the ideas behind this exhibition. We have selected artists from the exhibition to come together on a range of key thematic topics to discuss the role artists play in creatively investigating the possibilities and pushing the limits of contemporary technologies. Join us to see how artworks help us to imaginatively experience and critically reflect on the role technologies play in the transformation of art, culture and knowledge.


Friday 28 November 

Event: Curator’s Tour and meet the artists.

Time: 12.30am – 2pm

Venue: RMIT Gallery

Christy Dena's Magister Ludi
Christy Dena’s Magister Ludi

Join Jonathan Parsons, Artistic Director, Experimenta & Curator of Recharge, as he guides you through Experimenta Recharge: 6th International Biennial of Media Art and delves into the ideas behind development of the exhibition theme, selection of works and introduces you to some of the artists behind the works. He will be joined by Recharge artists Raymond Zada and Christy Dena, who will discuss their work.

Christy Dena has written and produced artworks as games in her New Work Commission for Experimenta; Magister Ludi playfully investigates the recent cultural phenomena of both computer and live ‘escape room’ puzzles through an interactive game installed in a vintage school desk. Raymond Zada’s ‘Acknowledged’ examines the historical processes of erasing memory in the urban landscape of his home-town of Adelaide.

Friday 28 November 

Event: Book launch – Matthew Perkins (ed), Video Void: Australian Video Art, Australian Scholarly Publishers, 2014.

Time: 5-6 pm

Venue: RMIT Gallery


Join book editor Matthew Perkins and contributors in celebrating the launch of this fascinating book which will be launched as part of Experimenta’s 6th International Biennial of Media Art.

Video is one of the most visible contemporary art mediums of our time. Since the 1960s Australian artists such as David Perry, Peter Kennedy, Mike Parr, Jill Scott, Gary Willis, Stephen Jones, Bonita Ely and Lyndal Jones, to name a few, have paved the way for a new generation of artists who have taken up video as a creative medium. But anyone who wants to explore Australian video art faces the difficulty of accessing information about these works and tracing the histories that connect them. Video Void: Australian Video Art offers an in depth study of video art in Australia from the 1960s into a new millennium considering the next generation of artists such as Shaun Gladwell, David Rosetzky, Monika Tichacek, Daniel von Sturmer, Catherine Bell and Angelica Mesiti. With contributors John Conomos, Matthew Perkins, Stephen Jones, Jacqueline Millner, Darren Tofts, Daniel Palmer and Anne Marsh.

Friday 28 November 


With guest speakers: Justine Hyde – Director Library Services and Experience – State Library of Victoria, Danny van der Kleij – La Société Anonyme, in conversation with Simon Abrahams – Freelance creative producer

Venue: RMIT Kaleide Theatre, Building 8, 360 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Feature length Documentary Film, 90 minutes (2013)

Time: 6-8pm

GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN, directed by Ben Lewis, radically questions the nature of the Internet by looking at the story of Google Books. Google Books, Google’s unprecedented project to scan all books thus realising mankind’s ancient dream of a universal library was stopped in an American court after an international campaign. The futuristic world of the Net meets the traditional culture of the library through interviews with the world’s leading Internet thinkers and librarian-scholars. The film uses Google Books as a prism through which issues of data-mining, copyright, freedom and surveillance are illuminated.

Saturday 29 November

Artist Talk: Ei Wada on his work Falling Records

Time: 1-1.30pm

Venue:  Gallery 3, RMIT Gallery

Japanese musician and artist Ei Wada uses a combination of old electric and acoustic instruments to create multi-channel performance arrangements. His work Falling Records is a poetic sound installation that imagines a future civilisation’s misinterpretation of a common 20th century artefact – analogue tape recordings. His work alerts us to the potential pitfalls when we attempt to capture and catalogue knowledge from the past. 

Saturday 29 November

Experimenta Recharge Opening Weekend Media Art Seminar

Venue:  RMIT University, Building 16, Level 7, Green Brain, 342 – 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Event one: 1.30 – 2.30 pm Echoes from the past Chair – Professor Darren Tofts, Media and Communications, Swinburne University. Panel: Svenja Kratz, Khaled Sabsabi, Abel Korinsky.

Event Two: 2.30 – 3.30pm Digital Age Archive Makers – Chair – Senior Curator Geraldine Barlow, Monash University Museum of Art. Panel: Leisa Shelton, Danny van der Kleij, Emma Ramsay.

Event three: 3.30-4.00 pm Embodied Knowledge – Anaisa Franco in conversation with Lisa Gye, Senior Lecturer – Media and Communications, Swinburne University.

(due to unforeseen circumstances Garry Stewart and Maree Clarke are unable to attend this session as previously advertised)

Join us for one, two or all three panel discussions located at the RMIT Green Brain seminar room next to RMIT Gallery. The panels are designed to run for 30-50 minutes each, with time allowed for questions and a five minute break between sessions.

Event details


Image: "70,000 Veils" by Khaled Sabsabi
Image: “70,000 Veils” by Khaled Sabsabi

Event one: Echoes from the past:  Panel: Svenja Kratz, Khaled Sabsabi, Abel Korinsky

This panel shows how the use of contemporary technologies can transform our view and understanding of the world. In The Contamination of Alice: Instance #8 Svenja Kratz comments on the transformative capabilities of Alice’s cells, an 11 year old girl who died of cancer in 1971 and whose cells, donated to science, have since proliferated in science laboratories across the globe. Khaled Sabsabi transgressive practice immerses us in a plethora of visual material, the physical evidence of his memory, with his 100 screens in his work 70,000 veils. While Korinsky’s Big Bang speculates on the new possibilities now that scientists having found remnant sounds originating in the birth of the universe.

La Societe Anonyme, The SKOR Codex
La Societe Anonyme, The SKOR Codex

Event two: Digital Age Archive Makers: Panel: Leisa Shelton, Danny van der Kleij, Emma Ramsay

This panel examines the way that history can disappear and reappear and the role that artists can play in countering cultural and historical amnesia. All of the artists on this panel have considered the role of archiving in the digital age. Leisa Shelton’s Mapping our Media Art is collecting stories from audiences of their seminal memories of media art experiences. Danny van der Kleiji speaks to the challenge of how to document the stories of one of the Netherlands dynamic arts organisations closed due to recent government funding cuts. Emma Ramsay worked with curator Alex White to create Tele Visions Afterlude so that Biennial audiences can surf with a remote control to access many of the live performance works and other works created for a TV broadcast from Carriageworks in Sydney to mark the end of analogue TV in Australia in 2013.

Donation of Skor Codex to State Library of Victoria

Paranoia by Anaisa Franco
Paranoia by Anaisa Franco

Event three: Embodied Knowledge Panel: Garry Stewart, Anaisa Franco, Maree Clarke

In this panel each artist explores the role of the body as a holder of knowledge and memory. Choreographer Garry Stewart in his collaborative film project Collision Course reveals the subtle differences of dancers and sports-peoples differing training through the use of slow motion film. Anaisa Franco in her Psychosomatic series creates interactive sculptures representing and eliciting from audiences different human emotions. Maree Clarke in Born of the land speaks about how the body holds knowledge through ritual.

Thursday 27 November to Saturday 29 November

Mapping Our Media Art: Leisa Shelton

Venue: RMIT Gallery


27/11/14 – 6-8 pm

28/11/14 – 12-3 pm

29/11/14 – 12-2 pm, 4-5 pm

What would a map of Australian media art look like? Leisa Shelton invites audiences to share their stories at RMIT Gallery in this audience inclusive artwork.
Leisa Shelton invites audiences to share their stories at RMIT Gallery 

What would a map of Australian media art look like? Leisa Shelton invites audiences to share their stories in this audience inclusive artwork at RMIT Gallery. Leisa 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. Leisa is also dedicated to delivering greater environmental sustainability within the arts and performance sectors.



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