Orange Regional Gallery will host an exciting new digital media art exhibition as the final stop on a nationwide tour, in partnership with Museums and Galleries of NSW.
From November 30-January 29, ‘People Like Us’ will explore intimate human experiences through the platform of digital new media art, with works ranging from digital projections and interactive monitors to virtual reality headsets and meditative film.
Exhibition curator Felicity Fenner has broadly grouped these works into three themes – medical, sound and mapping – which represent the many various physical human conditions through the digital platform of new media art.
Fenner believes “in the 21st century digital technology is used to share information and nurture a sense of social belonging”.
VIDEO: Felicity Fenner’s thoughts on the exhibition …
Rather than send one-to-one notes into the world, we share information on social media platforms with potentially thousands of people.
Individual letters mailed through the postal service, and even emails sent through cyberspace, are fast becoming a thing of the past as technology allows us to expand our social reach instantly and almost infinitely.
Technological advances in all facets of life have enabled us to constantly extend and re-shape our individual value systems and human networks.
Throughout the exhibition, audiences can physically interact with and participate in works like George Poonkhin Khut’s award-winning Brighthearts app, which uses your real-time heart rate data to control images and sound.
The exhibition will also feature Volker Kuchelmeister and Laura Fisher’s bike-riding Veloscape, which allows you to peddle a bicycle through the virtual streets of Sydney to experience a unique perspective of cyclists exploring the urban environment.
‘People Like Us’ showcases the many ways in which new media artists are using experimental technologies to understand and comment on the physicality of the human body and our connection to the environment around us.
The exhibition is open to all audiences and entry is free.
Connecting with the lives and experiences of audiences throughout Australia, ‘People Like Us’ has toured nationally since 2016 as part of the National Touring Initiative, managed by Museums and Galleries of NSW on behalf of National Exhibitions Touring Support Australia.
The National Touring Initiative is supported by the Australian government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.
Join us for the opening of ‘People Like Us’ at the gallery at 6pm on Friday, November 30.
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