Leon Cmielewski

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    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) & Josephine Starrs are Australian artists whose long term collaboration produces hybrid media art installations that often use play as a strategy for engaging with the social and political contradictions inherent in contemporary life. Their work is situated at the juncture of cinema, information visualisation, and data mapping, playing off the tensions between the large and small screen, and between information and sublime landscape.


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


    Leon Cmielewski (AU) and Josephine Starrs (AU) have produced a range of video and media art projects which have been widely exhibited. Cmielewski lectures at the College of Communication, Design and Media, University of Western 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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