2017 Media Releases

Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial: Algorithmic Pareidolia exhibition

06 September 2017


A Willoughby Council curated solo exhibition by Wade Marynowsky

OPEN HOURS: 10am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday
EXHIBITION DATES: Wednesday 6 September to Sunday 1 October
OPENING NIGHT: 6pm, Thursday 7 September
WHERE:  Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small Street, Willoughby

Algorithmic Pareidolia, an exhibition by leading Australian media artist Wade Marynowsky is one of the stand out events of this year’s Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial (WVAB).

Through the theme of Kaleidoscope, the WVAB will transform the Chatswood CBD with sculpture, sound and video installations, as well as pop up art activities and ‘happenings’ in public places and art spaces across the Willoughby area from 6 – 24 September.

Algorithmic Pareidolia is a series of new experimental video, installation and robotic artworks that explore how our reality is increasingly simulated.

Pareidolia, is the psychological phenomena of seeing or experiencing things which do not really exist, for example seeing a face in the moon. Closely linked is to this concept is Anthropomorphism: attributing human characteristic or behaviours to non-human agents, for example robots.

For the exhibition Marynowsky will launch his latest robotic work; Synth-Bot, which investigates how humans perceive notions of robotic performance and robotic agency via a robotic arm that creates music, by playing a synthesiser.

In his new video works Marynowsky combines art history and popular culture by applying the techniques of the special effects industry onto audio visual field recordings of his surroundings. Asking what will Sydney look like in the future? How does cinematic popular culture influence the way we understand our surroundings? Will we someday live in completed simulated worlds?

About Wade

Dr. Wade Marynowsky is one of Australia’s leading media artists, achieving significant critical praise and international recognition for his performances and exhibitions. Working interdisciplinary and collaboratively across the arts, science and technology sectors, he specialises in the emergent and experimental practice of robotic performance art. His main body of work explores the notion of robotic performance agency by challenging notions of classical spectatorship and performance. Through the use humour, camp and a host of unnerving thematics he addresses important issues highly relevant to our ever increasing technological society. He has designed numerous interactive robotic art works for exhibitions and performances that constantly defy traditional concepts of how robots should act and behave.

In recent years, Marynowsky's work has been presented both nationally and internationally, at events and venues such as:

  • The International Triennial of New Media Art, National Art Museum of China
  • The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea
  • The 2nd International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Poznan, Poland
  • The National Performing Arts Centre, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • The International Symposium of Electronic Art, Sydney
  • The Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery
  • The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney
  • Contemporary Art Tasmania / MONA FOMA
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
  • The National Gallery of Victoria
  • The 17th Biennale of Sydney
  • Performance Space, Sydney
  • Carriageworks, Sydney
  • Artspace, Sydney

For the full program of WVAB events, visit http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/wvab

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