Invitation to Experimenta opening & public programs


Experimenta Make Sense is an exhibition that expresses the disconcerting and delightful world of the digital age.

Join us at RMIT Gallery on Thursday 5 October 6-8 pm for the opening by Professor Calum Drummond, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President RMIT University. BOOK

What does it mean to feel in an era of disembodied communication? To think in a world of algorithms and artificial minds? What does it mean to ‘do’ today? Both playful and challenging, this exhibition asks audiences to immerse their senses into a ‘thinking,’ ‘feeling’ and ‘doing’ contemplation of what it is to be human in the age technological acceleration.

Biologist E.O.Wilson believes that “the real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology.”

Experimenta Makes Sense presents a program of over 20 leading international and Australian artists who engage directly with this conundrum including Robert Andrew, Keith Armstrong with Luke Lickfold and Matthew Davis, Ella Barclay, Michele Barker and Anna Munster, Briony Barr, Steve Berrick, Antoinette J. Citizen, Adam Donovan and Katrin Hochschuh, Lauren Edmonds, Matthew Gardiner, Jane Gauntlett, Liz Magic Laser, Jon McCormack, Lucy McRae, Gail Priest, Scale Free Network: Briony Barr and Gregory Crocetti, Andrew Styan, Judy Watson, and Katarina Zdjelar.

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Antoinette Citizen, Apparatus and Method for Time Displacement, Device002 & Device002 , photo courtesy of the artist.

Public Programs: Bookings Eventbrite

Tuesday 3 October 10am-4:30pm Drawing on Complexity workshop with Briony Barr: bookings limited. A hands-on workshop with the artist exploring complex systems through collaborative tape drawing. BOOK

Wednesday 4 October – Wednesday 11 October 11-5 pm Drawing on Complexity drop-in sessions. All welcome –add your mark to a complex network of tape patterns. BOOK

Friday 6 October 1-2 pm Join curator Jonathan Parsons and immerse your senses into the ‘thinking’, ‘feeling’ and ‘doing’ of Experimenta Make Sense. BOOK

Friday 6 October 2pm-5pm & Sat 7 October 12-3pm The Language of Listening with Gail Priest. one on one conversation with the artist and explore ways of creatively describing what we hear. BOOK

Saturday 7 October 1-2pm the names of places: In Conversation with Judy Watson.  Find out more about research-based mapping of Aboriginal massacre sites across the country. BOOK

Monday 9 October 10-11 am Seniors Festival Event with Antionette J.Citizen. Morning tea & demonstration of wearable art devices. BOOK

Saturday 14 October 1-2pm Eddies & Swirls: Talking Turbulence a first-hand demonstration with artists Scale Free Network and Physicist Andrew Melatos. BOOK

Mondays and Tuesdays during October, 11am-3pm: In My Shoes: Intimacy – book in for a 20 min virtual reality experience exploring a first-person documentary. BOOK

Thursday 2 November 6pm-9 pm Experimenta Make Sense – Up Late. Special one-night only performances and happenings to activate your senses through sound and light. BOOK


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