[ISEA2020] Institutional Presentation: Jonathan Parsons, Susan Kukucka & Nicky Pastore — Experimenta Life Form

Institutional Presentation Statement

Experimenta is Australia’s leading organisation dedicated to commissioning, exhibiting and touring contemporary art driven by technology. We commission some of the world’s most adventurous contemporary artists working with technology in unexpected and unconventional ways. We champion new ideas about technology, explore the creative possibilities and unearth emerging artforms. Experimenta’s programs are quite unlike anything else and redefine what art can be, including bio art, creative coding, robotics, data-driven works, virtual and augmented reality. We work with established and emerging artists and provide a vital platform for them to collaborate with experts in other fields (scientists, researchers, engineers, architects and technologists), to realise ambitious, daring and complex projects. We are not bound by traditional artforms and we bring very different people into arts practice. Since its inception in 1986, Experimenta has developed a worldwide reputation for fostering creativity that extends the aesthetic, conceptual and experiential potential of new art forms. As an organisation that continues to support new and emerging forms of contemporary practice, Experimenta is recognised as a leading hub of experimental art in Australia. experimenta.org

  • Jonathan Parsons (AU), Artistic Director Experimenta. Jonathan has over twenty five years of experience working as an artistic director, curator and creative producer in Australia and internationally. He is currently Artistic Director of Experimenta, Australia’s preeminate media arts organisation based in Melbourne. He was the Creative Director of Robotronica (2013-2019), a biennial showcase of the latest in robotics and interactive design at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In 2013 he was the Director of ISEA2013 in Sydney. He has artistically led and collaborated on a broad range of cultural programs and events across all art forms including for for the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Riverfestival, Byron Bay Writers Festival, Adelaide Festival of the Arts, London International Festival of Theatre, Powerhouse Museum, Awesome Festival, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival and Pacific Wave Festival.
  • Susan Kukucka (AU), General Manager Experimenta. experimenta.org
  • Nicky Pastore (AU) Experimenta Exhibition Manager and Program Producer.