Art, science and tech intersect in new Lock-Up exhibition

Justine Emard Soul Shift 2018, video still. Picture: courtesy of the artist.

An ambitious exhibition, exploring notions of how human thought is influenced by research and technology opens at The Lock-Up this week.

The exhibition, Experimenta Life Forms, reveals how contemporary artists are exploring notions of life, at a time when technological change and new research are making definitions of ‘life’ increasingly difficult to pin down.

What new life forms are emerging through technological and biological adaptation and invention? Are our definitions of life shifting because of new scientific discoveries? How do First Nation’s epistemologies influence ways of thinking and understanding life? How are notions of our place in the web of life changing now that research is identifying sentience in animals, plant-life, and perhaps soon in our machines?

Lofty questions, no doubt.

The exhibition will feature works from 26 contemporary Australian and international artists working across myriad forms including robotics, bio-art, screen-based works, installations, and participatory and generative art.

“We are thrilled to present Experimenta Life Forms, an exhibition that looks at the intersects of digital media, science and technology. This exhibition continues our vision of bringing the best national and international artists to our Hunter—based audiences,” Lock-Up Artistic Director Courtney Novak said.

Since its inception in 1986, artistic collective Experimenta has developed a worldwide reputation for fostering creativity that extends the aesthetic, conceptual and experiential potential of art forms.

The organisation’s programs are quite unlike anything else and redefine what art can be, embracing the practices of bio-art, creative coding, robotics, data-driven works, virtual and augmented reality.

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID status in NSW associated programming for the exhibition, including artist discussions, workshops and live performances,have been postponed until further notice.

The Lock-Up will be looking to bring these events back once restrictions ease so keep up-to-date with any and all developments on the gallery’s website and socials.

Experimenta Life Forms is on at The Lock-Up from Saturday 10 July to Sunday 22 August. Head here for more information.

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