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Technology and creativity collide in this Melbourne biennial of media art

For 25 years Experimenta has been the home for contemporary art that engages with technology. Their latest biennial, titled Speak to Me, questions what it means to be together and to communicate sincerely in our society. We asked Director Jen Mizuik to share her top hits for the Festival.

YHCHI and Marc Vogel

The screen at Federation Square hosts internationally renowned Seoul based artists Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (YHCHI) in collaboration with American artist, Marc Vogel. You can expect sharp and witty text-based animations that unravel in fast moving and unresolved narratives.

Hiroshi Ishiguro keynote lecture

Professor Ishiguro is an expert in artificial intelligence and interaction between humans and robots. Yep, robots. Hear him speak at the Wheeler Centre about his newest empathetic robot, Telenoid, who crosses boundaries in science, robotics, design and telecommunication.

The Acconci Robot

Speaking of robots, Australian artist Wade Marynowsky presents his performative new robot, The Acconci Robot, at the RMIT Gallery. Riffing off 1960s performance artist Vito Acconci, this robotic wardrobe follows viewers around the room whilst there backs are turned but stops in its tracks as they turn to see who is following. It’s a bit like a creepy robot version of the childhood game What’s the Time Mr Wolf?

Sparrow Hawk

London-based Australian artist Jess MacNeil transports viewers to Paris in winter in her Experimenta commissioned work at the RMIT Gallery. This immersive and poetic three channel video work looks at ice-skating without the ice-skaters. MacNeil digitally erases the bodies of the ice-skaters, leaving only the sounds and ghostly imprints of the skaters.

Light Contacts

You become a human instrument in this large scale, interactive and sensory artwork at the RMIT Gallery. French art collective Scenocosme have perfected this intimate work, where bodies become the conductors for lights and sounds in the space.

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Date 14 Sep 2012-17 Nov 2012

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