Mari Velonaki


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  • University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts, Associate Professor

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  • ISEA2015

    Prof. Mari Velonaki & Deborah Turnbull Tillman, New Media Curation, Creative Robotics Lab, National Institute for Experimental Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

    ISEA2011

    Mari Velon­aki is a media artist and re­searcher who has worked in the field of in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tion art since 1995. Her prac­tice en­gages the spec­ta­tor/par­tic­i­pant with dig­i­tal and ro­botic “char­ac­ters” in in­ter­plays stim­u­lated by sen­sory trig­gered in­ter­faces. Her in­no­v­a­tive hu­man-ma­chine in­ter­faces pro­mote in­ti­mate and im­mer­sive re­la­tion­ships be­tween par­tic­i­pants and in­ter­ac­tive art­works. She was awarded a PhD in Media Arts at the Col­lege of Fine Arts, Uni­ver­sity of New South Wales (AU) in 2003. Since 2003, Mari has been work­ing as a se­nior re­searcher at the Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Field Ro­bot­ics. In 2006 she co-founded with David Rye the Cen­tre for So­cial Ro­bot­ics within the Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Field Ro­bot­ics at the Uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney. In 2007 Mari was awarded an Aus­tralia Coun­cil for the Arts Vi­sual Arts Fel­low­ship in recog­ni­tion of her body of work. In 2009 she was awarded a pres­ti­gious Aus­tralian Re­search Coun­cil Queen Eliz­a­beth II Fel­low­ship (2009-2013) for the cre­ation of a new robot. This re­search that in­ves­ti­gates hu­man-ro­bot in­ter­ac­tions in order to de­velop an un­der­stand­ing of the phys­i­cal­ity that is pos­si­ble be­tween a human and a robot. Mari’s media art in­stal­la­tions have been ex­hib­ited in mu­se­ums and fes­ti­vals world­wide.


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  • Sydney, Australia

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