SPARE ROOM / 31 January to 22 March 2018 (Opening Thursday 22 February 5-7pm)
LIGHTSCAPES / 31 January to 1 April 2018 at the Building 2 Lightwell
Take the leap into the queer digital realm with this extraordinary project that gathers together digital artworks by queer identifying artists from across the globe, presented by QueerTech.io and Midsumma Festival in association with Testing Grounds, ACMI and RMIT:ART:INTERSECT.
Themes emerging from the 2018 selection include digitally-born queer utopias, queer re-imaginings of computer game platforms, and interactive works that extend the digital as a queer prosthesis. The project will feature over twenty artists engaged in making neural networks, augmented reality, computer games, interactive websites and video art.
Sandra Araújo [PRT], Laurel Beckman [USA], Alison Bennett [AUS], Kayla Anderson [USA], Katherine Corcoran [AUS], Sabella D'Souza [AUS], Jason Danino Holt [ISR], M. Darusha Wehm [NZ], Xanthe Dobbie (AUS), Fengyi Franklin Zhu [USA], Ellen.Gif [AUS], Alex Hovet [USA], Ethan Kristy [AUS], Metaverse Makeovers [AUS], Karl Munstedt [USA], James Murray [USA], Nucbeade (Quiela Nuc & Andrea Beade) [ESP], Andy Nicho Li [USA], Miriam Poletti [ITA], Daniel Pinheiro [PRT], Queer AI (Emily Martinez and Ben Lerchin) [USA], Queerly Represent Me [AUS], J.Rosenbaum [AUS], Tara Youngborg [USA].
Curated by: Alison Bennett, Travis Cox & Xanthe Dobbie
ACMI have kindly provided a recording of the QueerTech.io Q&A session at ART+FILM in the ACMI Studio 2 February. You can catch up on the discussion here.
Katherine Corcoran is a Sydney based artist who works with a diverse range of mediums including sculpture, photography, collage, performance, installation and video. She has been the recipient of the Gallery Barry Keldoulis Grant for Emerging Artists 2013, bentArt Prize winner 2011, UNSW International Exchange Scholarship 2010, and the Art and Australia Graduation Award 2009.
Katherine’s work syncs the embodied with the simulated and considers modes of existing and desiring that splinter from the norm. Investigating the potential for queer subjectivity and atypical modes of desire to be explored as virtual centres of power, the work looks towards a subtle body politic and mindful contemplation where queerness can reveal utopian ideals. A flesh that flows, a sound that fucks, a platonic hard on.