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Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre | Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art

Image: Andrew Styan, Life Support System (detail), 2016. Image courtesy of Rebecca Carey © the artist.
 
 
Submerge yourself inside a breaking wave; step into the shoes and eyes of a stranger using a virtual-reality headset; transform hand-drawn artworks to digital avatars; and, explore the body’s response to sensory deprivation and extreme isolation!
 
Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art launches at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre on Friday 27 July and it’s not to be missed.
 
Experimenta Make Sense is an immersive and interactive exhibition that investigates how we ‘make sense’ of the world; how we use our senses to make sense; and, how we make sense through making.
 
Curated by Jonathan Parsons and Lubi Thomas, the exhibition features the work of 20 Australian and international artists who engage with contemporary technology, including video, virtual reality, robotics, mechanics, computer software and electronics in playful and thought-provoking ways.
 
“The exhibition expresses the disconcerting and delightful world of the digital age,” Experimenta Artistic Director Jonathan Parsons said. “Both playful and thought provoking, this exhibition asks audiences to immerse their senses into a ‘thinking’, ‘feeling’ and ‘doing’ contemplation of what it is to be human in an age of technological acceleration.”
 
Tweed Regional Gallery Director Susi Muddiman, OAM, said the Tweed Regional Gallery was very keen to host this touring exhibition because the Gallery alone did not have the equipment to cater for new media to host this genre by itself.
 
“We were very keen to include Experimenta Make Sense in our exhibition program because it has been a long time since we have been able feature this genre at our gallery and there are not many quality, professional touring shows of its kind around.”

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Hello Future Self by Steve Berrick – create your own animated avatar in the Gallery Foyer. This segmnent will run throughout the exhibition and is suitable for both children and adults.

  • In My Shoes: Intimacy – a 360-degree experience exploring the power of human connection. These 30-minutes virtual reality sessions by Jane Gauntlett are restricted to people aged 15 and over. Bookings (for two) are required.
  • The Language of Listening – interviews with artist Gail Priest. Bookings are required.

 
The official opening of the exhibition will be hosted by the co-curators on Friday 27 July from 5-6pm. At 5pm, Ms Thomas will host an exhibition preview tour before Mr Parsons officially opens the show at 6pm.
 
The exhibition will run until 23 September.
 
For more information, visit experimenta.org/makesense.