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Experimenta Social #23 - Beyond the Gallery

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SPEAKERS:
Cake Industries - Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen
Centre for Dramaturgy and Curation - Mark Pritchard

Taking art outside of traditional gallery spaces is not a new phenomenon, yet the artists featured in the last Experimenta Social of the year rise to the challenge of setting new benchmarks for unexpectated, unconventional and participatory ways to experience artwork. Blurring the line between exhibition space and viewing point, Cake Industries’ Jesse Stevens and Dean Petersen, and the Centre for Dramaturgy and Curation’s Mark Pritchard will discuss the ways in which questioning traditional presentation methods works to redefine audience’s experiences and expectations.

Darkly humorous and provocatively satirical, Cake Industries’ performative mechatronic sculptures construct abstract narratives to reveal the complexities and absurdities of modern life. Their human/object hybrid forms are players in a surreal mechanical theatre, often presented in surprising public spaces, festivals and events.

Mark Pritchard’s practice focuses on new writing, hybrid dramaturgies, and an investigation of ritual, narrative, and mythology in contemporary culture. One half of the Centre for Dramaturgy and Curation, along with curator and artist Arie Rain Glorie, the Centre leads independent research and experimentation in the fields of dramaturgy and curation, encouraging the intersection of the visual arts and theatre and explore what they can learn from one another.

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SPEAKER BIOS

Regional Victoria based artist duo Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen have worked together since 2006 as Cake Industries. As an experimental and multidisciplinary permanent artist collaboration, Cake Industries are fiercely self-sufficient, and the broad range of skills in a variety of mediums that they share between them allows them to execute works that are technically, functionally and structurally complex.

Their eclectic experimental practice utilises mechatronics, robotics, human anatomy reproduction, 3D printing, wood-work, metal-work, and reworked everyday objects to create anthropomorphic and autonomous sculptural works. As an extension to their practice they have recently opened a gallery space in the small regional town of Linton, Victoria, as a platform for experimental artforms, performative installation and live art. http://www.cake.net.au


Mark Pritchard is a dramaturg, producer and director trained at the Victorian College of the Arts, PACT, and the University of Wollongong. His practice focuses on new writing, hybrid dramaturgies, and an investigation of ritual, narrative, and mythology in contemporary culture. Mark has been Resident Dramaturg at Malthouse Theatre since 2014, a role which includes literary management, programming support, project coordination and providing dramaturgical support across the company’s activities. He is also a producer for New Working Group, and co-director of interactive theatre outfit NO SHOW. Mark is a recipient of the Mike Walsh Fellowship, and a participant in the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program. www.dramaturgyxcuration.com


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ACMI X - Venue Access:
The venue is wheelchair accessible. Enter the Australian Ballet Centre building from Kavanagh St, into a lobby with elevators. Take the elevator to Level 4. ACMI X is further up the corridor and on the left. Amenities with wheelchair access are available on Level 4. There is on-site parking with elevator access.
Alternatively you can also get to ACMI X via St Kilda Rd, across the pedestrian bridge behind Arts Centre Melbourne to Australian Ballet Centre. ACMI X is located immediately to the right of the entrance.
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Experimenta Social is a series of talks, discussions and demos designed to provide proximity to some of Australia’s most adventurous contemporary artists, researchers and creative technologists.

This artist-led series is curated by Experimenta Media Arts explores practices at the nexus of art and technology, science, culture and design. You will hear from artists sharing their latest projects and researchers presenting projects that grapple with the concerns of our time. Beyond inconsequential debates over the role of media arts in a post-media world, Experimenta Social will combine activated audiences drawn from contemporary art, social research, electronic art and non-professional spheres for lively debate and discussion. Free drinks and refreshments are available.

Experimenta Social is a free event, taking place every third Wednesday of the month. The November session is the last for 2018. Next year's dates will be released soon.

Experimenta Social is presented in partnership with ACMI X, and supported by Marc Besen AC and Eva Besen AO.

www.experimenta.org/experimenta-social


Please note that your email address will only ever be used to communicate with you regarding Experimenta Social events. Your information is strictly confidential and will never be shared with any third party organisations.


Image Credit: 'Scenic’ (2017) by Cake Industries. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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