On Wednesday 11 March, from 5.30-6.30 pm, Experimenta Recharge: 6th International Biennial of Media Art, artists will gather at RMIT Gallery for an informal after work artist’s talk.
Cake Industries, (Dean Petersen and Jesse Stevens), Stuart McFarlane and Darrin Verhagen (with Toby Brodel), and Leisa Shelton will speak about their work in the exhibition. Please join us for this fascinating insight into the exhibition and artistic practice.
Experimenta Recharge ends on Saturday 21 February at White Night Melbourne. RMIT Gallery will be open from 7 pm to 7 am and we welcome everyone to come in and play with the works!
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.
Cake Industries’ Simulacrum reinstates the sense of occasion and significance of ageold
processes of portraiture that have become disposable in the digital world. The
artists invited 15 members of their community in Melbourne to have their portrait
taken using 3D scanning and printing technology, a process that involves careful and
time-consuming preparations by both the subjects and artists to ensure a successful
In homage to the forgotten subjects of 19th century daguerreotype photographs, the
artists have chosen not to identify their subjects by name but by archetypes, including:
The Neighbour, The Mechanic, The Performer, The Illustrator, The Explorer, The Artist,
The Melbournian, The Cultural Ambassador, The Student, The Salesman, The
Costumier, The Designer, The Master Craftsman, The Music Agent and The Activist.
STUART MCFARLANE & DARRIN VERHAGEN with TOBY BRODEL
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.
A series of small wire objects (many of them uninteresting): Object 2
sound, light, code, plinth, black-out curtains,
AkE (Audiokinetic Experiments) Lab RMIT, (((20Hz)))
A series of small wire objects (many of them uninteresting) is concerned with
extending sound art composition into visual form through the use of an ordinary
sculptural object as a means of focusing audience attention. The artists explore how
the simplest of objects may be transformed into something startling and mesmerising
through the simultaneous use of sound, light and colour.
In this work, an open-source platform created by Stuart McFarlane and Darrin
Verhagen has been pushed to its limits through collaboration with audiovisual artist
and programmer, Toby Brodel. This second iteration of the work, ‘Object 2’, was
inspired by the sensory immersion of Panos Cosmato’s cult film Beyond the Black
In Mapping Australian Media Art, Leisa Shelton has responded to a perceived lack of
knowledge about the history of media art in Australia. In this participatory project,
Shelton will sit at a table in the gallery inviting individuals to join her in a conversation
about significant encounters they have had with media art in Australia – to name the
artists that have made an impression on them and marked us as a culture.
Notes from each conversation will be documented on an individual archive card, stamped
and signed, and placed in a handcrafted archive box. Individual cards will never be
displayed and will only ever be accessed by the artist. This process will be repeated at
each venue as Experimenta Recharge tours Australia during 2015–16, building a
serendipitous history of media art across Australia.
While Mapping Australian Media Art honours the handmade and the individual, it
shifts significance beyond the tangible material produced, marking conversations,
collective remembering and the sharing of information as vital, conceptually rich