According to the Manager of USC Art Gallery, Megan Williams: "Visitors can be submerged inside the sonic sounds of a breaking wave, step into the shoes and eyes of a stranger using a virtual reality headset or explore how bodies have adapted to sensory deprivation and extreme isolation".
'Experimenta Make Sense : International Triennial of Media Art' is an exhibition that conveys the unsettling but engaging world of the digital age. Each artwork is playful but challenging, inviting participants to engage their senses into a 'thinking', 'feeling' and 'doing' contemplation of what it is to be human in the digital age of technological acceleration.
On entering the foyer at USC's Art Gallery, visitors are immediately drawn in with an invitation from 'Drawing on Complexity' Artists: Briony Barr and Andrew Gelatos to participate for any length of time to the artwork on the foyer floor. No traditional drawing skills are required, just the use of tape and a pair of scissors (supplied by the organisers). The artwork is created using very specific rules, therefore young children need to collaborate with an adult. I can imagine spending all day on the foyer floor of USC's Art Gallery, determined to contribute to this fabulously intricate and colourful artwork.
Matthew Gardiner's sculpture 'The Folded Geometry of the Universe', uses folding as a metaphor for a continually expanding universe where each fold represents a new space-time entity.
The littlies in the family have been provided for too … their very own creative section! Children are invited to 'Create your own future Avatar!', which provides mum, dad and grandparents some alone time and the opportunity to wander around the exhibition while contemplating the very real quandary of what it means to be mortal in a digital age of ever-changing technology.
The FREE'Experimenta Make Sense Exhibition' is curated by Jonathan Parsons and Lubi Thomas and features more than twenty leading international and Australian artists who engage directly with this conundrum. To ensure you don't miss out on this creative and technological collision path, 'Experimenta Make Sense : International Triennial of Media Art'is open FREE to the public every day of the week except Sundays and in the author's opinion is definitely worth a visit.
Image: University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery FB