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Experimenta Life Forms: International Triennial of Media Art

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Experimenta Life Forms - International Triennial of Media Art is a timely exhibition featuring a diversity of artforms including robotics, bio-art, screen-based works, installations, participatory and generative art. The exhibition showcases 20 leading Australian and international artists whose work makes significant contribution to current dialogues about the changing landscape of life as we know it. Exhibiting from 19 Mar to 9 May 2021 from 11am to 5pm at Plimsoll Gallery UTAS, School of Creative Arts, UTAS, 37 Hunter St, Hobart. Once it leaves the gallery, it goes on a national tour around NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

Head to the website for the program and all details about the exhibition and artist interviews. The image above is Justine Emard's Soul Shift. It's a 6 min video work that captures the possible meeting of two generations of the same ground-breaking robot design called 'Alter', developed by Japanese roboticists.

Image below is Donna Davis' TRANSplant (becoming Kin). This multi-media work inspired by work being conducted by the Australian Tropical Herbarium imagines the adaptations required by flora to survive climate change.

The 2nd last image is of Rebecca Selleck's Snow Rabbits. An installation featuring rabbit-like forms which deliberates on introduced species and our human culpability in environmental changes.

Last but not least, Kite and Devin Ronneberg's Itówapi Čík'ala (Little Picture) is an interactive installation that reveals an Oglala Lakhota world view of the relationships between human and non-human entities and intelligences.

Find all these and other exciting works at the exhibition.

Part of the Ten Days on the Island event and held during the festival's closing weekend and special anniversary year, it reveals how contemporary artists, established and emerging, adventurous creators who work with technology in unexpected ways, are approaching this question at a time of change and discovery. What new life forms are emerging through technological and biological invention? Are our definitions of life shifting because of new scientific discoveries? How do First Nations' theories of knowledge influence our ways of thinking and understanding of life? This exhibition will thought-provokingly engage with ideas of how new understandings of biological and artificial life are challenging human-centric thinking.

Since its inception this event has developed a worldwide reputation for fostering creativity that extends the aesthetic, conceptual and experiential potential of art forms. The organisation is dedicated to commissioning, exhibiting and touring contemporary art driven by technology. Championing new ideas about technology, exploring creative possibilities and pushing the boundaries of expectation, the following are the Experimenta Life Forms Artists.

Daniel Boyd (Aus), Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr (Aus), Brad Darkson (Aus), Michael Candy (Aus), Donna Davis (Aus), Justine Emard (Fr), Anton Hasell (Aus), Floris Kaayk (NL), Kite & Devin Ronneberg (USA), Thomas Marcusson (Aus), m0wson&MOwson (Aus), Uyen Nguyen, Max Piantoni & Matthew Riley (Aus), PluginHUMAN (Aus), Helen Pynor (Aus), Dominic Redfern (Aus), Theresa Schubert (Germany), Rebecca Selleck (Aus), Agat Sharma (India), Miranda Smitheram (NZ), Laura Woodward (Aus).

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Why? Experimenta Life Forms - International Triennial of Media Art
When: 19 Mar to 9 May 2021
Where: Plimsoll Gallery UTAS, School of Creative Arts UTAS, 37 Hunter St, Hobart, TAS
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