Passive / Reactive / Interactive: Strategies That Unify Experimental Art, Artists, and Audiences

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  • Passive / Reactive / Interactive: Strategies That Unify Experimental Art, Artists, and Audiences

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  • This panel will discuss a framework that brings together experimental artists with new audiences through a combination of curatorial strategies that revolve around passive, reactive, and interactive forms of engagement between artworks and publics. By first presenting the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of this approach, the panel will discuss its practical applications in the context of work undertaken by Australian media arts organisation, Experimenta. Through a thirty years history developing and presenting experimental art, and fifteen years touring media art exhibitions around Australia, Experimenta has fostered artistic processes and participatory formats that blur the boundaries between artists and the audience and bring experimentation and the unexpected to traditionally fixed gallery environments. The panel will address the logistical challenges of commissioning and touring complex, technologically driven artworks, and will reflect on galleries and audiences’ reception of such artworks. In particular, the panel speakers will focus on a curatorial approach of cocreation, whereby audiences are required in the realisation of an artwork, and on collaborative methodologies with galleries to expand logistical and critical capacities in presenting media art.

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