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Art Meets Technology In New Exhibition At Te Papa

Art Meets Technology In A New Exhibition At Te Papa

A new and innovative exhibition combining art and technology opens at Te Papa on Saturday 3 August. ST@RT_UP - new interactive media presents an exciting range of works by artists who use technology, and in some cases audience participation, as a feature of their work. Visitors are encouraged to use their creativity to manipulate different media, using a range of technologies.

ST@RT_UP features seven works by leading New Zealand and international artists, with five works displayed at any one time.

The exhibition includes the world premiere of the major new work by one of the most important new media artists of our time - American Bill Seaman. Hybrid Invention Generator is an interactive video work where visitors will be able to select known inventions, such as cameras and engines, from a touch-screen menu, and cross-breed them into new and unexpected mutations. This work is enormous fun, as well as thought-provoking, and is your chance to build a Frankenstein's monster or a work of genius - or both!

The binney project is a work specially commissioned for the exhibition from Auckland artist Sean Kerr. Kerr uses the iconic New Zealand painting, Pacific frigate bird I, by Don Binney to create an interactive work that the audience can activate in two ways. The public can make their own bird glide and perform different moves across seven monitors within the exhibition, either via a website or by using their cellphone.

Three works from Australian media artists, selected by Australian curator Kathy Cleland, will feature, each showing for two months. The exhibition opens with The Levitation Grounds by David Haines and Joyce Hinterding. This work constructs imaginary landscapes using 3D animation and digital post-production technology. Pin Cushion by Mari Velonaki will feature during October and November, and Neonverte, by Anita Kocsis, during December 2002 and January 2003. Terminal Time, created by Paul Vanouse, Steffi Domike, and Michael Mateas (USA), is a cutting-edge combination of real-time documentary, interactive television, market research, and artificial intelligence. Coached by an on-screen host, the audience claps to show its preference for key ideas about history. Based on these decisions, the Terminal Time machine plays back a half-hour version of world history tailored to the audience's desires, prejudices, and sense of humour!

During ST@RT_UP, a programme showcasing the latest in New Zealand and international animation will feature on a giant screen.

'ST@RT_UP represents a developing phase in contemporary art practice', said Te Papa Concept Leader Ian Wedde. 'Advanced technology is now part of everyday life, and artists are exploring imaginative worlds in which artificial intelligence, virtual reality, cyborgs, wireless communications, and microscopic nanotechnology are defining what it means to be human. We have moved beyond science fiction.'

ST@RT_UP - new interactive media is sponsored by Sony.

Floortalks by the artists will run over the opening weekend.

ST@RT_UP runs from 3 August until January 2003 in the Ericsson Zone, Level 3. Admission is free.


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