EXPERIMENTA LIFE FORMS : International Triennial of Media Art
6 Aug to 1 Oct 2023
Experimenta Life Forms: International Triennial of Media Art features 26 contemporary Australian and International artists working across diverse artforms –including robotics, bio-art, screen-based works, installations, participatory and generative art.
The exhibition explores the changing notions of life in response to new scientific research and technological change. While the focus is on biological life, there are also artworks that look to a future with sentient machines and the possibilities afforded by biotechnology research.
In unexpected, playful, and challenging ways the exhibition connects us to the complexity and messiness of the life that envelops us.
Experimenta Life Forms reveals how contemporary artists are exploring notions of life, at a time when technological change and new research findings are making definitions of ‘life’ increasingly difficult to pin down. What new life forms are emerging through technological and biological adaptation and invention? Are our definitions of life shifting because of new scientific discoveries? How do First Nation’s epistemologies influence ways of thinking and understanding life? How are notions of our place in the web of life changing now that research is identifying sentience in animals, plant-life, and perhaps soon in our machines?
Experimenta Life Forms features a diversity of artforms including robotics, bio art, screen-based works, installations, participatory and generative art. The exhibition showcases 20 artworks by 26 leading Australian and international artists who are making a significant contribution to current dialogues about the changing notions of life, as we know it.
Curators: Jonathan Parsons and Lubi Thomas. Associate Curator: Jessica Clark.
Artists: Daniel Boyd; Michael Candy; Brad Darkson; Donna Davis; Justine Emard; Anton Hasell; Floris Kaayk; Thomas Marcusson; Uyen Nguyen, Max Piantoni and Matthew Riley; Helen Pynor; Dominic Redfern; Theresa Schubert; Rebecca Selleck; Agat Sharma; Miranda Smitheram; PluginHUMAN; The Tissue Culture & Art Project; mOwson&M0wson; Laura Woodward; Kite and Devin Ronneberg.
Experimenta is the future of art, presenting work that is poised on the intersect between art, science and technology. The organisation’s programs are quite unlike anything else and redefine what art can be, embracing the practices of bio art, creative coding, robotics, data-driven works, virtual and augmented reality.
Experimenta commissions some of the world’s most adventurous contemporary artists working on the periphery of convention; artists who work with technology in unexpected and original ways. It presents major touring exhibitions, partnerships with like-minded provocateurs, holds talks and symposiums, develops public programs and advocates on behalf of the sector.
Working with established and emerging artists, Experimenta provides a vital platform for unique and curious collaborations with experts in other fields (scientists, researchers, engineers, architects and technologists) realising ambitious, daring and complex projects.
Since its inception in 1986, Experimenta has developed a worldwide reputation for fostering creativity that extends the aesthetic, conceptual and experiential potential of art forms. The organisation is not bound by traditional artforms and brings very different people into arts practice, championing new ideas about technology, exploring the creative possibilities and unearthing emerging artforms.
Experimenta presents art that can not be experienced elsewhere, imagining the future of art and exploring unchartered pathways towards it. Since 2003, the cornerstone of Experimenta’s program has been its biennial and triennial tours of media art around Australia. Our national tours have visited more than than 40 regional and metropolitan galleries and have been experienced by 1.2 million audiences around the country.
Experimenta Life Forms is the organisation’s 8th national tour. Experimenta Life Forms is a timely exhibition featuring a diversity of artforms including robotics, bio-art, screen-based works, installations, participatory and generative art. The exhibition showcases 26 leading Australian and international artists whose work makes significant contribution to current dialogues about the changing landscape of life as we know it.
ENTRY TO THIS EXHIBITION IS FREE
Exhibition Eventsexhibition opening 5 Aug
Main Image: Experimenta Life Forms (2021) Plimsoll Gallery, UTAS, Hobart (TAS). Justine Emard, ‘Soul Shift’ (rear); Laura Woodward, ‘Planet’ (foreground). Photo credit: Rémi Chauvin.