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Biome Exhibition & Symposium

New Media Curation and University of NSW Art and Design

Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM (AEST)

Biome Exhibition & Symposium

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Biome ( is a cluster of researchers, practitioners and artists investigating natural paradigms as a language shared in biology, mathematics, music, behavioural studies, engineering, interaction design and architecture.

There are 3 events linked to this group of researchers:

1] Digital Interdisciplinations Exhibition @ Tin Sheds Gallery

2] The Biome Symposium

3] Pozible Crowdsourced funding drive for a publication to document both the Exhibition and Symposium


ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM | 18 August 2012 | 10am 2pm - 5pm followed by performances from 6.30pm

Digital derivations of biological systems, biomimetics, are increasingly informing research in a diverse range of disciplines. This research engages in conversations that explore a mathematical language (code, script, parameter, algorithm) as a natural paradigm, and transfers of this language into and out of the diverse fields of biology, mathematics, music, behavioural studies, engineering, interaction design and architecture.

For some the goal is representation, for others it solves structural and function problems, for others still it is a creative medium of expression and exploration. The call for papers looks beyond our initial fascination with the idea of biomimicry to an era where digital biologies are everyday practice, where they become the backdrop to new paradigmatic forms. What have we achieved so far? What are the possibilities to come? What human experiences and relations can be expressed and supported through our imitation of nature?


  • 2pm - Registration
  • 2.10pm - Welcome session 
  • 2.30 - 4.30pm 
    • Talks by various speakers
    • Presentations of 'Digital Interdisciplinations' artworks
    • Video conversation between Paul Brown and Ernest Edmonds
  • 4.30 - 5pm: Closing session
  • 5.30pm: Drinks and exhibition viewing
  • 6.30 - 7.30pm: Live performances



We explore language, gesture, sound and form by interfacing and generating interdisciplinary exchanges between our respective fields, and proceed through design, research, and creative artworks.

Generic systems as found in nature, universal biological methods and principles, biomimicry and biomimetics have increasingly become drivers and problem solvers in diverse fields ­ from science to design. In this current context, we are increasingly working with parametric formulas, algorithmic scripts, and processing codes ­ simple component rules that privilege the general over the specific, yet produce complex forms, behavioursand phenomena. A formal and procedural logic reproduces formative, performative, evolutionary solutions in biological systems. In nature, unique variations develop through universal code according to specific affordances. A code or mathematical formula varies in shape by application to different contexts and materials in which these are solved. Such code also leads to immaterial formations, and ephemeral expressions in behaviour and duration.

By reviewing the way code becomes matter and type in nature, and type and coded matter initiates/invites behaviour, this interdisciplinary discourse derives mathematical principles in natural forms as a language. A language of transformation which extends to include the nature of experiential effects and affects encountered in engagement with digitally organised and fabricated matter.





Have questions about Biome Exhibition & Symposium? Contact New Media Curation and University of NSW Art and Design

When & Where

WIlkinson Building (G04)
148 City Road
University of Sydney
Darlington, NSW 2008

Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM (AEST)

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New Media Curation and University of NSW Art and Design

Since commencing a PhD at UNSW Art & Design at the Creative Robotics Lab in 2014, NMC and CRL have worked together on various publications, including:

Turnbull Tillman, D., Forseck Ruah Hain, J. and Velonaki, M. (July 2017). An Exploratory Case Study into Curatorial Intervention within the Context of HCIHCI International, 2017. Springer International Publishing AG 2017. A. Marcus and W. Wang (Eds.): DUXU 2017, Part III, LNCS 10290, pp. 540–555, 2017. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-58640-3 39.

Turnbull Tillman, Deborah and Mari Velonaki (2016). 'Disruption and Reflection: a curatorial case study.' Chapter 12 in England, David, et al. (Eds.). Curating the Digital: Space for Art and Interaction. Springer Series on Cultural Computing. Springer International: 2016. P. 181-201.

Turnbull Tillman, D. and Mari Velonaki (2015). Curating: a disruptive technique for disruptive technologies. Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2015). ISSN: 2451-8611 | ISBN: 978-1-910172-00-1. Vancouver, BC, Canada: 2015. 

Turnbull Tillman, D., Mari Velonaki and Petra Gemeinboeck (2015). Authenticating Experience: curating digital interactive art. TEI '15, January 16 - 19 2015, Stanford, CA, USA. p. 429-432.

Deborah's first public curatorial intervention titled Denouement was situated at VIVD Music's Musify+Gamify (curated by Ollie Bown and Lian Loke) outside the Seymour Theatre. She also performed a reflective curatorial practice with ISEA2015:disruption.

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