PluginHUMAN (Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer). Created during LABVERDE Art Immersion Program, Amazon (2019)

Exhibitions

Experimenta Life Forms

11 Sep 1:00am -
14 Nov 6:00am

344 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC
Australia

Free

Jonathan Parson, Lubi Thomas & Jessica Clark

Exploring how changing definitions of life are challenging human-centric thinking, Experimenta Life Forms, Experimenta’s 8th national touring exhibition, premieres at RMIT before touring nationally until 2023.

Philosophers have wrestled with defining life for thousands of years. Experimenta Life Forms reveals how contemporary artists are approaching this perennial question, at a time when technological change and new research findings are making definitions of ‘life’ increasingly difficult to pin down.

At what point do our technological advancements transform us into something beyond what we have until now understood as human? What new life formations are emerging through technological and biological adaptation, invention or discovery?

What are the ethical questions, particularly now that scientific research is identifying sentience in animals, plant-life, and may soon be found in our machines? How close to reality are the fantastical paradigm shifts conjured by artists and sold to us by tech companies?

Featuring new works by Helen Pynor, Dominc Redfern, PluginHUMAN, Brad Darkson, Thomas Marcusson, and more, including new commissions.

Image: PluginHUMAN (Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer). Created during LABVERDE Art Immersion Program, Amazon (2019)

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