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 will begin its two-year National Tour in June 2013 in Sydney as part of ISEA2013.
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.
This year's 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.
Artists presented at RMIT Gallery
Ryoko Aoki & Zon Ito (Japan), Sylvie Blocher (France), Natalie Bookchin (USA), Christopher Fulham (Australia)*, Johan Grimonprez (Belgium), Shih Chieh Huang (Taiwan), Hiroshi Ishiguro (Japan) (12-15 September only), Tristan Jalleh (Australia), Eugenia Lim (Australia), Jess MacNeil (Australia)*, Wade Marynowsky (Australia)*, Archie Moore (Australia), Kate Murphy (Australia), Dominic Redfern (Australia), Nina Ross (Australia), Scenocosme (France), Nobuhiro Shimura (Japan), Soda_Jerk (Australia), Charlie Sofo (Australia), Grant Stevens (Australia), Kenji Suzuki (Japan), Katie Turnbull (Australia), Takayuki Yamamoto (Japan), YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (South Korea)*
Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 11am - 5pm, Thursdays until 7pm. Saturday 12pm - 5pm.
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All images above: Mark Ashkanasy, RMIT Gallery 2012.
Other key venues:
Ian Burns (Australia)* Ian Burns: In the telling
Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 9.30am - 6pm
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Nobuhiro Shimura, Dress (2012)
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturdays 12pm - 5pm
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Meiro Koizumi (Japan), My Voice Would Reach You (2009)
Opening hours: 10am - 5pm, Closed Tuesdays
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Priscilla Bracks & Gavin Sade (Australia), E. Menura Superba (2009)
Opening hours: 9am - 9pm
Visit Sofitel Melbourne on Collins website
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (South Korea)*, Young-Hae and Marc are in town for a few days doing something or other, if you're interested (2012)
Screening times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday 1pm & 5pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 9pm
Saturday at 6.30pm
Please note, times are subject to change
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YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (South Korea)*
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
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Yandell Walton, The Human Effect (2012)
In partnership with Melbourne Festival.
Opening hours: After dark
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* Denotes Experimenta Commission