Australia-China Council

Experimenta 2012 – Showcasing pioneering media art from Asia

Melbourne-based Experimenta is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated artistic program for the 5th International Biennial of Media Art. Running at RMIT Gallery in Melbourne from September 14 to November 17 2012, Experimenta Speak to Me is a dynamic showcase of emerging and experimental artworks by leading media artists from Australia and around the world.

Experimenta, with the support of the Australia China Council presents Shih Chieh Huang's work Slide to Unlock (2012).

Shih Chieh Huang creates site-specific installations that feature eco-systems populated with seemingly organic ‘living things’. Fabricated out of common, store-bought materials such as household appliances, zip ties, lights and cheap motorised toys, the works also use dissected and disassembled electronics to create interactive ‘living’ environments and sculptures. Huang’s work features mundane objects such as Tupperware repurposed to create a skeletal system, or computer cooling fans repurposed for locomotion. The phosphorescent installations he creates explore the unusual evolutionary adaptations undertaken by creatures that reside in inhospitable conditions.

Taiwanese-born Shih Chieh Huang (b. 1975) has exhibited his sculptures and installations at the Busan Biennale, Korea; Aichi Triennial, Japan; 52nd Venice Biennale Taiwan Pavilion, Italy; ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose, California; Biennial Cuvée in Austria; the ARC Biennial, Australia, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai. His solo exhibitions have been held at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington; RISD Museum of Art, Rhode Island; Beall Center for Art and Technology, University of California; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei. Huang’s awards include an Artist Research Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution, a Creative Capital Grant and a Rockefeller Foundation New Media Arts Fellowship.

This year Experimenta will for the first time present its central exhibition at RMIT Gallery, as well as major venues across the city including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Faculty Gallery Monash University, Federation Square, National Gallery Victoria (NGV) International, RMIT Project Space, SIGNAL, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, The Wheeler Centre: Books, Writing, Ideas and public sites across Melbourne.

Following its Melbourne launch, the new exhibition will tour across Australia over two years. The Biennial program will include public works and performances, big-screen programs and projections as well as a variety of public and education programs.

More information at Experimenta.

Speak to Me, Experimenta 2012, ABC Arts Online.