RMIT Gallery open for White Night Melbourne

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White Night returns this Saturday February 21 with an expanded footprint, great new sites and returning favourites. And RMIT Gallery will be open from 7 pm to 7 am.

Come and join us for the last night of the interactive media art exhibition Experimenta Recharge.

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

White Night, now in its third year, is inspired by the international Nuit Blanche movement that began in Paris, France.

It provides an all-night, free cultural event with visual art, illuminations, music, food, theatre, sport, fashion, film, design and performances on display in the city.

Public transport will be running regularly right throughout the night, and the message from organisers is to arrive after midnight to beat the crowds.

Title: White Night at RMIT Gallery
Date: Saturday 21 February
Time: 7pm to 7am
Venue: RMIT Gallery Building 16, City campus
Cost: Free

LEISA SHELTON PERFORMANCE AT RMIT GALLERY

IMG_5950Leisa Shelton will be performing Mapping Australian Media Art at RMIT Gallery time on Saturday 21 February from 1-4pm.

In this participatory project, Leisa 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.

Come along and share your stories with Leisa.

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We will be sealing the archive box and marking the end of Mapping Australian Media Art at RMIT Gallery from 4-5 pm with a small celebration following, hosted by Leisa Shelton and Elise Routledge, program manager, Experimenta.

Date: Saturday 21 February

Time: 1-4pm, followed by a small celebration 4-5 pm for sealing the archive box.

Venue: RMIT Gallery 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Cost: Free

Seeing red at White Night

RMIT’s Alumni Courtyard will be a part of the popular White Night festival on Saturday from 7pm and 7am.

The newly-revamped Alumni Courtyard Food Market will be glowing red, referencing the Seven Deadly Sins theme in the adjoining Melbourne Gaol, and market traders will be open all night offering festival-goers an ambient space to rest and revive.

Artists talk about Experiment Recharge

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!

 

Cake Industries, Simulacrum 2014 3D printed portraits, frame, LED lights, motors 92 x 130 x 25 cm

Cake Industries, Simulacrum 2014
3D printed portraits, frame, LED lights, motors
92 x 130 x 25 cm

Cake Industries 

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
outcome.

Cake Industries, Simulacrum 2014 3D printed portraits, frame, LED lights, motors 92 x 130 x 25 cm

Cake Industries, Simulacrum 2014
3D printed portraits, frame, LED lights, motors
92 x 130 x 25 cm

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.

A series of small wire objects (many of them uninteresting): Object 2 2014 dimensions variable sound, light, code, plinth, black-out curtains, AkE (Audiokinetic Experiments) Lab RMIT, (((20Hz)))

A series of small wire objects (many of them uninteresting): Object 2
2014
dimensions variable
sound, light, code, plinth, black-out curtains,
AkE (Audiokinetic Experiments) Lab RMIT, (((20Hz)))

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 2014 dimensions variable sound, light, code, plinth, black-out curtains, AkE (Audiokinetic Experiments) Lab RMIT, (((20Hz)))

A series of small wire objects (many of them uninteresting): Object 2
2014
dimensions variable
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
Rainbow (2010).

LEISA SHELTON

LEISA SHELTON, (centre) meets with audiences in this participatory project at Experimenta Recharge

LEISA SHELTON, (centre) meets with audiences in this participatory project at Experimenta Recharge.

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.

Leisa Shelton, Mapping Australian Media Art 2014–16 performance, desk, chairs, archive cards, rubber stamps, stainless steel archive boxes, custom built plinth 90cm x 236cm x 38cm

Leisa Shelton, Mapping Australian Media Art 2014–16
performance, desk, chairs, archive cards, rubber stamps, stainless steel
archive boxes, custom built plinth
90cm x 236cm x 38cm

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.

Leisa Shelton, Mapping Australian Media Art 2014–16 performance, desk, chairs, archive cards, rubber stamps, stainless steel archive boxes, custom built plinth 90cm x 236cm x 38cm

Leisa Shelton, Mapping Australian Media Art 2014–16
performance, desk, chairs, archive cards, rubber stamps, stainless steel
archive boxes, custom built plinth
90cm x 236cm x 38cm

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
outcomes.

 

Leisa Shelton, Mapping Australian Media Art 2014–16 performance, desk, chairs, archive cards, rubber stamps, stainless steel archive boxes, custom built plinth 90cm x 236cm x 38cm

Leisa Shelton, Mapping Australian Media Art 2014–16
performance, desk, chairs, archive cards, rubber stamps, stainless steel
archive boxes, custom built plinth
90cm x 236cm x 38cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

EVENTS ARE FREE BUT BOOKINGS PREFERRED: RMIT GALLERY (03) 9925 1717

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

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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 

Film Screening: GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN + Q&A

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

Times:

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.

 

 

Experimenta Recharge Countdown: 15 days to go

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.