[ISEA2013] Artists Statement: Isobel Knowles, Van Sowerwine & Matthew Gingold – It’s a jungle in here

Artists  Statement

What happens when an everyday encounter becomes not so everyday? This interactive installation explores the boundaries between what’s OK and what’s not in daily life. Participants become performers in a drama in which they have little control. Animated frame-by-frame using paper puppets and a diorama of a train line, the work is a stand-alone cabinet of wonders. Interact with the work and transform yourself into someone quite unexpected.
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  • Isobel Knowles & Van Sowerwine (AU) have collaborated since 2001 on stop-motion animation in films and interactive installations. It’s a jungle in here premiered at the 2011 Melbourne Festival and won an Award of Distinction for Interactive Arts, Prix Ars Electronica 2012. Their 2010 installation You Were In My Dream won the 2010 Premier of Queensland’s National New Media Art Award and toured nationally with Experimenta and internationally with Asialink throughout 2010-12. They have exhibited both nationally and also internationally, and their short animation Clara won a Special Distinction at Cannes Film Festival (2004) and a Golden Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival.  isobelandvan.com
  • Matthew Gingold (AU) has been developing and implementing technology in performance and installation for the last 15 years. His works have been presented both in Australia, and also internationally at Ars Electronica (Austria), Expo Bicentenario (Mexico), Hi Seoul Festival (Korea), MOCA Taipei (Taiwan) and The Melaka International Arts Festival (Malaysia). He recently completed a residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Austria, and was a project leader for Interactivos? ’12 in Ljubjlana. He is currently working on several projects, including a permanent installation for the Melbourne Museum and an interactive dance work for Surrey Urban Screen in Vancouver. gingold.com.au