EXPERIMENTA's 5TH INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF MEDIA ART
Experimenta Speak to Me, curated by Abigail Moncrieff, is an invitation to consider what it means, at this time, to be together. The exhibition began its two-year National Tour in June 2013 in Sydney as part of ISEA2013. The exhibition will next tour to the Queensland University of Technology from 5th April to 4th May, 2014. Speak To Me wil then go to the Albury Library Museum from 18th May to 13th July, 2014. Special events and public programs throughout the remainder of the tour will be released soon.
Our ability to communicate with each other anywhere, all of the time - ultimate interconnectivity - has been with us for some time. We have seen previously impermeable boundaries become redundant to an extent where relationships can now exist in a parallel universe, a second life.
As this capacity for connectedness is integrated more and more into our lives, it affects many of our significant, daily actions and the way we engage with places around us. In a rapidly changing technological field, how do we now consider these new relationships to the world, technology and each other? What does this connectedness offer us?
Experimenta Speak to Me brings together works that offer multiple perspectives as to how we form connections with others and how we negotiate intimacy in our lives. The exhibition features significant Australian and international artists, and has a focus on the Asia Pacific region.
The 5th biennial has focused on supporting and presenting new work by Australian and international artists. We have been working with artists Jess MacNeil, Wade Marynowsky, Katie Turnbull and Christopher Fulham as our Experimenta Commissions. We are also very proud to have partnered with ACMI to commission Ian Burns project for the exhibition In the Telling. Finally, we are excited to partner with Federation Square to commission Korean artists YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES.
Experimenta also provides a platform for a number of new, site-specific works for the program. We will welcome Taiwanese artist Shih Chieh Huang to Melbourne to install a new work. Japanese artists Ryoko Aoki and Zon Ito will collaborate to create a site specific multi-channel animation installation. In addition to this, Brisbane based Australian artist Archie Moore is developing a new work.