Scenocosme, 'Lights Contacts', 2010. Image: Mark Ashkanasy, RMIT Gallery 2012.


Experimenta Speak to Me, is an invitation to consider what it means, at this time, to be together. The exhibition launched in Melbourne at RMIT Gallery in September 2012 before embarking on a two year national tour taking in metropolitan and regional centres across the country. The exhibition will next be heading to The Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo NSW in August .

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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.

Ryoko Aoki & Zon Ito, 'the state one reaches by age of 9, and the sunshine of those days', 2011. Image: Mark Ashkanasy, RMIT Gallery 2012.

Experimenta also provides a platform for a number of new, site-specific works for the program. We welcomed Taiwanese artist Shih Chieh Huang to Melbourne to install a new work. Japanese artists Ryoko Aoki and Zon Ito collaborated to create a site specific multi-channel animation installation. In addition to this, Brisbane based Australian artist Archie Moore developed a new work Kinelexic Tokyo.