Leon Cmielewski

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  • University of Western Sydney, School of Communication Arts, Lecturer

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  • ISEA2017

    Leon Cmielewski is an Adjunct Fellow at the School of Humanities and Communications Arts at Western Sydney University, Australia.


    Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski are Australian artists who produce media art  installations situated at the juncture of cinema, mapping and sublime landscape. Their project Incompatible Elements, focusing on landscapes in crisis has been shown in Australia, USA, Taiwan, Korea, NZ, and the Maldives Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2013. In their current work they use a drone to record a dancer’s site-responsive performances in several locations. The result is a video artwork that encourages contemplation about our relationship to nature and technology. Cmielewski is a Senior lecturer at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney.


    • Leon Cmielewski,  University of Western Sydney, AU


    • Leon Cmielewski & Josephine Starrs are Aus­tralian artists whose video and new media works have been shown ex­ten­sively in Aus­tralia and in­ter­na­tion­ally. They have cre­ated nu­mer­ous pro­jects in­clud­ing Seeker an in­stal­la­tion that ex­plores is­sues of mi­gra­tion, ter­ri­to­r­ial bound­aries, con­flict com­modi­ties and human dis­place­ment. Seeker won an Award of Dis­tinc­tion in In­ter­ac­tive Art from the 2007 Prix Ars Elec­tron­ica, Aus­tria. Cmielewski and Starrs have been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in sev­eral in­ter­na­tional res­i­dency pro­grams in­clud­ing Banff, Canada 1998, Sarai, New Delhi, India, 2006 and Fu­ture Lab, Linz, Aus­tria, 2009. Cmielewski lec­tures at the School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Arts, Uni­ver­sity of West­ern Syd­ney, Starrs is a Se­nior Lec­turer and Chair of Film & Dig­i­tal Art at Syd­ney Col­lege of the Arts, Uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney.


    Leon Cmielewski has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Animation at the Victorian College of the Arts and a Certificate in Graphic Design. He has been active as a graphic designer in several events in Australia and has worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. His personal work has been shown recently at the Experimental Art Foundation, the OZCHI Conference and the Underdale Art Museum.


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  • Sydney, Australia

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