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Old New Media, Techniques of the Old Masters re-visited through electronic art, ISEA2013

Photograph of Microscope and Camera Lucida
Microscope and Camera Lucida Image Powerhouse Museum

This Thursday, 4 July from 6-9pm, the Museum will host  ‘Electric Dreams’, a late night event dedicated to electronic art, one of the public programs for the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art,  ISEA 2013.  Along with talks from the artists, there will be make tables, video games, raspberry pi karaoke, wearable interactive art on parade.  One of the key features of the evening will be the use of microscopes, which can be fitted with Camera Lucida.

In 2001, Canadian artist David Hockney exposed the use of this technology by Old Masters from as far back as the early 15th-century. We will demonstrate this older technology for augmenting art alongside the more contemporary digital technologies that augment electronic art.

The Museum has three exhibitions in league with the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art. With the theme Resistance is futile the element of technology driven objects on display provided a contemporary history to the more historic objects housed permanently in the Museum’s collection, like Loco No. 1 or the Boulton and Watt Steam Engine. It sits particularly well with the  Museums 25th Anniversary exhibition Technologies that changed our minds.

ISEA2013 consists of 3 exhibitions which feature Australian and international artists. Experimenta’s Speak to me is about the interconnectedness of everyone to everything all the time through modern technology, sometimes through the medium of the works and sometimes through their message.  Symbiotica’s Semipermeable (+) is about the membrane as a site, metaphor and platform for a series of artistic interventions and projects; and Synapse: a selection presents the very best of works developed from artists and scientist’s collaborating over a three month period.

Book here for ‘Electronic Dreams’

Written by Deborah Turnbull, assistant curator and Matthew Connell, Principal curator.

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