News » POSTED 08.12.2015

Technics & Touch Public Program

Join us for a series of free, public events as part of Technics & Touch: Body-Matter-Machine.

Opening Event » 6 - 8pm, Thursday 10 December
Project Rooms 1 & 2, Level 2 

Exhibition to be opened by Professor Richard Blythe, Dean, School of Architecture & Design.

Technics & Touch » 
6.15pm, Tuesday 15 December 
MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 

MPavilion brings together Gertrude Contemporary, West Space, RMIT Design Hub and Next Wave to present an intriguing and honest conversation about the issues within (and surrounding) emerging and experimental art and design.

For this discussion, the panellists will delve into the idea of galleries as ‘testing spaces’ for risk, experimentation, play and speculation. 

Following an introduction from RMIT Design Hub Curator Fleur Watson, artist and landscape architect Charles Anderson and arts academic Jondi Keane will exchange ideas with invited guests about the exhibition. 

Using the Technics & Touch lab as a springboard, Charles and Jondi will explore how gallery spaces can present exciting opportunities for autonomous intelligence systems to interact with performers and the public – meaning further interactions between arts organisations and new technology. Will this change the function of gallery spaces as we know them? And how will the artist’s role change with these developments?

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Technics & Touch Conversations » Every Tuesday and Thursday from 15 December - 28 January, 3 - 4pm
Project Room 1, Level 2

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon visitors to the exhibition are invited to join Charles Anderson and Jondi Keane in the ‘lab’ to take part in a series of informal and open conversations exploring human and robot collaborations. These conversations will prove an important ‘feedback’ loop in progressing the project to its next stage so come and be part of the live experiment!

Technics & Touch Symposium » Thursday 28 January, 2 - 4pm
Project Room 1, Level 2

Join Charles Anderson and Jondi Keane for a half-day symposium exploring the implications and applications of the Technics & Touch research project. 

Speakers include Roland Snooks, Tim Schork, Jane Burry, Gwylim Jahn, Pia Ednie-Brown amongst other invited guests.

The artists will be working with the robot in Project Room 1 every Tuesday and Thursday, 1 - 4pm for the duration of the exhibition. 

Further programs and invited speakers to be announced. Please note we will be closed from Thursday 24 December 2015 - Monday 11 January 2016.