The secret romance between art and technology

A Kiss Of Art? features interviews with leading practitioners and conceptual artists from media, performance, visual art, music and sound.
Each episode presents a series of interviews with contemporary artists intercut with images and recent footage of their work. The interviews provide insight to why, how and for whom these artists create their work, and where their passion and artistic inquiries originate from. Where are the boundaries between science, technology, politics, popular culture and art? Viewers are challenged with the question while witnessing the freeflow of imagination.

KISS OF ART SERIES 2 [11x26min episodes]

KISS OF ART S02 EP1 Laurence Malstaff, Amy Barclay EXPERIMENTA

Laurence Malstaff

The “Nemo Observatory” is captivating in a way that is simultaneously disconcerting and hypnotic. Lawrence Malstaf (Belgium) utilizes five fans and a walk-though PVC cylinder to create a localized cyclone. Thousands of bits of polystyrene fly about through the air, with the observer situated right in the middle of it all—literally in the eye of the storm. Regardless of whether he/she focuses on particles whirling all about or looks past the flurry of material off into the distance, the tempestuous circumstances seem to exert an extraordinarily calming effect. This high-energy spectacle suddenly becomes a uniform, almost spellbinding sensory impression. With his “Nemo Observatory,” Lawrence Malstaf has succeeded in producing a high-impact allegory—an apt symbolic representation of our ever-more-rapidly changing world and our attempt to maintain our composure amidst the storm. The Golden Nica in INTERACTIVE ART goes to “Nemo Observatory.”

Amy Barclay

Administration & Communications Coordinator at Experimenta Media Arts Melbourne Area, Australia | Fine Art Sunday Lights presents a conversation with the curator of Experimenta Media Arts, Amy Barclay. Experimenta is a Melbourne based arts festival focussing on new or innovative forms. Barclay was previously a curator of International Art Exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria.


KISS OF ART S02 EP2 David Elliott, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Michael Burton

David Eliott

David Eliott (born UK 1949) Artistic director of the 17th Biennale of Sydney. He is a cultural historian whose main interests concern contemporary art, Russian avant-garde and the visual cultures of central and Eastern Europe, Asia and the non-western world from the late nineteenth century. Beginning in the early 1980s, he formulated a series of pioneering exhibitions in one of the first programs to integrate non-western culture with contemporary art. He has published a large number of books, articles and catalogues on these subjects and has curated many exhibitions. He has also written extensively about the present-day role and function of museums and contemporary art.

Hiroshi Ishiguro

Hiroshi Ishiguro is a director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, Japan. A notable development of the laboratory is the actroid, a humanoid robot with lifelike appearance and visible behaviour such as facial movements. Ishiguro has made an android that resembles himself. Ishiguro's recent creations look like normal people. Robots, according to Ishiguro are poised to move from factories into daily life. The hope is that robots will one day help people with a multitude of tasks.

Michael Burton

Michael Burton (born UK 1977) works on the edge of speculative design and art. He creates objects, images and films as insights into richly imagined scenarios of the future. His work explores health and climate, challenges and the choices we face in evolving as a species. Burton exhibits internationally, most notably at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He leads a collaborative practice, working with organisations and individuals including scientists, performers, choreographers, designers and architects.


KISS OF ART S02 EP3 Bill Fontana, Tim Coldwell Circus Oz,

Bill Fontana

Bill Fontana (born USA 1947) is an American composer and artist who developed an international reputation for his pioneering experiments in sound. SInce the early 70’s Fontana has used sound as a sculptural medium to interact with and transform our perceptions of visual and architectural spaces. He has realized sound sculptures and radio projects for museums and broadcast organizations around the world. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, the Post Museum in Frankfurt, the Art History and Natural History Museums in Vienna, both Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London, the 48th Venice Biennale, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the Art Gallery of NSE in Sydney and the new Kolumba Museum in Cologne. He has done major radio sound art projects for the BBC, the European Broadcast Union, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, West German Radio (WDR), Swedish Radio, Radio France and the Austrian State Radio.

Tim Coldwell Circus Oz[Melbourne]

It started out as an unconventional theatre collective in Melbourne in the late 1970s. Now, Circus Oz is a successful Australian performance company and a perennial favourite on the international touring circuit. Proudly Australian with a delightfully irreverent, larrikin humour, Circus Oz set the benchmark for a generation of circus performers. Much more than breathtaking tricks, it came complete with a strong social conscience.


KISS OF ART S02 EP4 Momoyo Torimitsu, Serge Spitzer, Angelica Mesiti,

Momoyo Torimitsu – Momoyo Torimitsu, based in New York since 1996, playfully critiques contemporary Japanese culture through works in sculpture, installation and video. She has performed and exhibited widely, including performances on Wall Street in New York and exhibitions in ISEA 2008, National Museum of Singapore, Momenta Art, New York, Museum of Cotemporary Art, Sydney, Tate Gallery, London and City Museum of Modern Art Rome. Fighting the never–ending corporate battle, Miyata Jiro is a realistic, life–size robotic ‘salaryman’ (the Japanese expression for a white–collar worker), complete with suit, polished shoes, unwavering smile and spectacles. Rather than bow or shake hands in a traditional businessman’s greeting, he lies flat on his stomach and crawls, focused and commando–style, up the footpath of a metropolitan business district.

ANGELICA MESITI Born Sydney 1976 Lives & works Sydney Angelica Mesiti is a video, performance and installation artist based in Sydney. Her works take everyday environments and attempts to discover their unseen potential through displaced activities like performance, dance, costume and music. She was a founding member of the Sydney artists run Gallery Imperial Slacks during which time she curated the two part video publication Serial 7's. She has held solo shows at Mori Gallery (2003) and Rubyare Gallery (2004) and her work has been shown in Australia and overseas including; O.K Video Festival (2005), National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Game On (2006) for the Next Wave festival, Gertrude St Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne and the touring show PLAY: Portraiture and Performance in Recent Video Art from Australia and New Zealand, (2006) shown at The Performance Space Sydney, Adam Art Gallery New Zealand and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. She has been employed by the College of Fine Arts as a casual lecturer in the Time Based Art department since 2001. Mesiti is also a member of the collaborative group The Kingpins, who have exhibited and performed in museums nationally and overseas including the Liverpool Biennial 2006 - UK, The Palais de Tokyo and Nuit Blanche-Paris 2006, Contemporary Art Centre - Vilnius, Lithuania and Zacheta National Gallery of Art - Warsaw 2006, Transmodern Age Festival, Maryland, Baltimore USA 2006, South Korea, 2004 Taipei Biennale, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Super Delux Tokyo 2004.

Serge Spitzer

Serge Spitzer (born Romania 1951) is an American artist who uses sculpture, site-specific installations, works on paper, photography and video to question, explore and reflect on the shared reality everywhere. What ties his works together since the 1970s has been the challenging of assumptions. He gives a clue to this by calling his works 'reality models', alerting the viewer to the possibility that what we are looking at is perhaps an altered or amplified aspect of the world around us. Whether transforming architectural spaces by flooding them with hordes of unexpected, incongruous objects, or arranging a seemingly endless piece of thread into a tangle of lines as a 'drawing', Spitzer manages to gift his audience with a sense of wonder.


KISS OF ART S02 EP5 AES+F, David Kousemaker, Eduardo Kac,


Russian based photo-conceptualist group AES (made up of artists Tatyana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovitch, and Evgeny Svyatsky). The artist collective combines conceptual architecture, graphic arts, animation and photography to create fantasy worlds combining classical western mythology with contemporary global consumerism. Their acclaimed work "The Feast of Trimalchio" retells Petronius's epic poem from the "Satyricon" for a twenty-first century audience. Using the imagery of high-fashion, cinema, lifestyle magazines, and luxury design, "The Feast of Trimalchio" is an Olympic-sized orgy of wealth and pleasure.

Eduardo Kac

Eduardo Kac (born Brazil 1962) is an American contemporary artist internationally recognized for his interactive net installations and his bio-art. Kac considers himself a "transgenic artist," or "bio artist", using biotechnology and genetics to create provocative works that concomitantly explore scientific techniques and critique them. In 1997 Kac was the first person to have a microchip implanted in his body. He did this in the context of his work "Time Capsule", as a form of social commentary, in that it causes us to think deeply about the relationship we hold with technology

David Kousemaker

David Kousemaker works as part of art collective 'Blandid' with Tim Olden. Both are interaction designers with overlapping interests when it comes to interface design. Experienced in realizing projects in different areas of the creative digital field, 'Blendid' is most interested in designs that allow for digital technology to escape the more traditional interfaces and bridge the gap between the physical and the virtual. "Touch Me" (2004) is an interactive installation which generates images that are created by interacting with a plate of frosted glass.


KISS OF ART S02 EP6 Chloé Lefebvre & Jean Dubois, Grégory Lasserre, Christopher Fulham,

Chloé Lefebvre & Jean Dubois – Jean DuBois and Chloé Lefebvre are Canadian–based artists who have worked in close collaboration since 2001. Their work involves interactive installations that explore the relation between the spectator and the screen. The observer can obtain a level of intimacy with the fictional characters the artists have created through lyrical encounters facilitated by touch-screens and other technology. Bringing attention back to the globally uniting matter of air as the elixir of all life, Jean Dubois & Chloé Lefebvre’s By Means of a Sigh is an interactive screenbased video installation, designed for exhibition within a public arena, that invites empathy for oneness in humanity and the destruction of the other. Two faces in profile look at each other from two sides of a large screen. Each blows a gum bubble of ever–changing size and fragility. Viewers are prompted to call a number on their phones, which links them to one of the faces onscreen; blowing gently into the receiver directly affects the life of one bubble.

Grégory Lasserre (Scenocosme) - Scenocosme is the French artist couple Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt. Their work uses music and architecture to create interactive artworks in which the spectator is invited to be at the centre of a musical or choreographed collective performance. A hybrid of plants and technology, Akousmaflore is an enchanting hanging garden that expresses its sensitivity to gentle human touch or close proximity by singing in response. Embracing the notion that inanimate objects can react when given human attention, and testing the boundaries by which the everyday world is experienced, Akousmaflore reaches out and communicates through a ream, a chorus or an acoustic vibration.

Christopher Fulham Born 1973, Perth Western Australia Lives and works in Canberra Practicing across a range of time-based media including digital video and photography Christopher Fulham's work has been exhibited both in Australia and internationally. He divides his time between art-making and his work as a lecturer in Video and Internet Art at the ANU. Among the many shows he has appeared in are Gradations of Light, CarriageWorks, Sydney (2009), Urban Screens 08, Federation Square, Melbourne (2008), BOOM Taiwan-Australia New Media Arts Exhibition, Taiwan (2007), Forecast, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2006), and Mobile Journeys, Opera House, Sydney (2005). Recently his work has been shortlisted for the John Fries Memorial Prize, Churchie Emerging Art Prize and the Phoenix Prize for Spiritual Art. He is currently developing the pre-show program for the ARC cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) and his work is touring nationally as part of Experimenta's 2010 International Biennial of Art. His work is an exploration of the environment around him; transforming everyday moments into sublime and engaging works that promote a sense of reflection and invite the viewer to reconsider the ordinary with fresh perspective. The images presented such as Australian beach goers, views from a train, or shoppers descending an escalator, are commonplace, yet Christopher's engagement with his subject matter creates a space of intimate observation, and a sense of wonder and playfulness. His aim is to create an experience that is not about narrative, place or subject but rather it's an attempt to give rise to a sense of the ebb and flow of time and life. In the strange quasi public/private space that his work creates, the confluence of time and space creates a theatre of the everyday.



KISS OF ART S02 EP7 Shen Shaomin, Laurent Mignonneau and Christa Sommerer, David Hines (UK), Joyce Hinterding (AU),

Shen Shaomin

Shen Shaomin (born China 1956) has connected art and life, craft and the mechanical, in major sculptural installations covering themes of war, futuristic crisis, scientific abomination and the manipulation of nature. One of the most critically and socially aware of contemporary Chinese artists, his works use ancient Chinese culture to comment on contemporary ecological issues, politics and technology. In the early 2000s, Shen created a series of imaginary, 'extinct', monstrous creatures made from bone. In 2010 Shen has presented a hypothetical meeting of the most significant communist leaders in history whose life-sized bodies rest in crystal coffins.

Laurent Mignonneau and Christa Sommerer Laurent Mignonneau (born France 1967) and Christa Sommerer (born Austria 1964) are internationally renowned artists who have been collaborating since 1992. Their intuitive interface designs apply scientific principles to explore themes of artificial life through interactive computer installations. They work as researchers and professors and are currently heading the department of Interface Cultures at the University of Art and Design in Linz. Their work has been called "epoch-making" for developing natural and intuitive interfaces and for applying scientific principles such as artificial life, complexity, generative systems and nanotechnologies to their innovative interface design.
David Hines (UK), Joyce Hinterding (AU)
“EarthStar” examines the elementary, mystical qualities of the sun. Installation visitors are treated to an up-close-and-personal encounter—seeing, hearing and smelling the heavenly body that dominates our solar system. A hydrogen-alpha telescope captures fantastic images of the sun’s chromosphere; VLF antennas pick up the star’s radiation, which is converted by an amplifier into a soundtrack. And while all that’s going on, the installation space is being suffused with synthetic aromas meant to suggest ozone.


KISS OF ART S02 EP8 Chris Henschke Synchrotron, Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine,

Chris Henschke

Chris Henschke is a Melbourne-based artist who has been working with digital media for the past fifteen years. His main areas of research are in art / science relationships, interactive and hybrid media and experimental audio. Henschke is in a creative partnership 'Topologies' with Donna Kendrigan. His works have been shown in Australia and internationally. "Fissure" is a work inspired by geological illustrations and cross sections digitally recombined to create an enormous vinyl collage across the walls of the Federation Square Gallery, Melbourne. Henschke also has created a mural commission for Synchrotron, which stretched 20 m long.

Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine Isobel Knowles (born Australia 1980) and Van Sowerwine (born Australia 1975) is a Melbourne-based collaborative. Artist Isobel Knowles's multidisciplinary practice encompasses animation, music video, installation, visual art, film soundtrack and music. Van Sowerwine works across the areas of stop-motion animation, interactive art, sculpture and photography. Her work explores ideas of childhood and its darker underpinnings. Both artists have screened, exhibited and performed nationally and internationally.


KISS OF ART S02 EP9 Gerfried Stocker, ARS Electronica

Gerfried Stocker

Artistic Co-Director of the Ars Electronica Festival

Gerfried Stocker was born on January 26, 1964 in Judenburg / Austria. In 1991, he set up the x-space team to carry out interdisciplinary projects. Out of this came numerous installations and performance projects at the nexus of interaction, robotics and telecommunications. Stocker was also responsible for the conception of radio network projects and the organization of worldwide “Horizontal Radio.” Since 1995, he has been CEO of the Ars Electronica Center and, since 1996, jointly with Christine Schöpf, artistic director of Ars Electronica.


KISS OF ART S02 Ep10 Sophia Vari-Botero


"Born in 1940 in Vari near Athens. Lives and works in Paris and Pietrasanta in Italy Figurative at her beginnings as sculptress in 1975, Sophia Vari gradually finds an intense plentitude in freeing herself from the subject in order to measure herself against Time and Space. She discovers with passion the structure of the planes, the monumental. Her forms becom tangled, gather themselves, soar skywards, kink, unfold in extension, merge in ease. As Greek, she refuses what is approximate and her sense of perfection leads her to a rigour in her studies and search (her numerous journeys incite her to). Though abstract, her sculptures keep from her original land a certain classicism.



KISS OF ART S02 Ep11 Fernando Botero

Artist Fernando Botero

"Fernando Botero's distinctive style of smooth inflated shapes with unexpected shifts in scale is today instantly recognizable. It reflects the artist's constant search to give volume presence and reality. The parameters of proportion in his world are innovative and almost always surprising. . Today Fernando Botero divides his time between Paris, New York and Tuscany. His paintings, sculptures, and drawings are exhibited and represented in museum collections throughout the world. We meet with Botero on his 80th birthday where he has prepared a unique exhibition of his personal collection in the Tuscan town of Pietresante in front of the Michaelangelo Cafe."


  KISS OF ART SERIES 1 [26x26min episodes]  

KISS OF ART S01 EP01 Mike Stubbs , Peter Callas


Mike Stubbs' work encompasses film, video, mixed media installations, performance and curation. He has won more than a dozen major international awards including first prizes at the Oberhausen and Locarno Film Festivals, and in 1999 he was invited to present a video retrospective of his own work at the Tate Gallery, London.He has produced installation group Granular Synthesis (Venice Biennale, 2002) and curated new media programs for various international festivals.

PETER CALLAS has utilised a wide variety of electronic and digital media for over two decades to create an ongoing series of cultural 'portraits', making work from varied locations, often during sustained periods of residence, in locations such as Papua New Guinea, Japan, the United States, Germany, Brazil, and India, as well as Australia. In 2002-03 Asialink toured 'Peter Callas: anti-terrain', a major solo exhibition of Callas' video and photomedia works, in art museums throughout Asia including the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India, the China Millennium Monument, Beijing, and Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

KISS OF ART S01 EP2 Garry Stewart's DEVOLUTION [Dance Theatre]


Garry Stewart [AUS] & Louis-Philippe Demers [Canada] & Gina Czarnecki [UK]

2006 Helpmann Award Winners Garry Stewart has built a reputation for pushing dance- and his dancers-beyond conventional limits. In Devolution, Stewart collaborates with Canadian multi-disciplinary artist Louis-Philippe Demers and UK video artist Gina Czarnecki and goes one step further, with the introduction of robotics. Prosthetic limbs, large-scale ambulating robotic creatures, robotic spines and a kinetic set and lighting design-is the relationship between machine and body symbiotic or antagonistic? Exploring concepts of mutation and evolution, the nature of consciousness and co-habitation, Devolution pushes ADT's extraordinary, dancers in new directions, creating a unique world the likes of which theatre has never produced before.



KISS OF ART S01 EP3 Julien Maire, Drew Berry


Born in 1969 in Metz, France, Julien Maire currently lives and works in Berlin. Maire? work has been exhibited internationally in solo shows at galleries including Diderot Gallery, France; Francoise Knabe Gallery, Germany; Jacqueline Moussion Gallery, France; and group shows including Les Rencontres Internationales de la photographie, Arles, France; and Hull Time Based Art, Hull, UK.


Drew Berry is a 3D digital animator who creates complex biomedical visualisations for the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI), Australia's flagship centre for medical research. Born in New York, he relocated to Australia where he gained a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. He went on to receive a Master of Science for his work in studying human cells using time-lapse microscopy. The innovative and elegant approach to 3D biomedical animation that he has engaged in while at WEHI has seen his work transcend the boundaries of medical research. Berry's animations have been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the National Museum of Australia and, most recently, as part of SIGGRAPH 2003 in San Diego, USA. His animations have also been included in numerous documentaries for Channel 4, PBS and ABC. Focusing primarily on visualisations of cells, DNA and proteins, Berry's work has enabled a large audience to understand the microscopic workings of the human body while illuminating the mysterious landscape of the body at cellular level.


KISS OF ART S01 EP04 Stanley Kubrick Exhibition


Jan Harlan - Malcolm McDowell-Christianne Kubrick.

Long time Stanley Kubrick collaborator Jan Harlan encapsulates the stunning life and career of Kubrick through pictures, home movies and poignant and insightful comments from some of cinemas most prominent creators and commentators. Christianne Kubrick painted for her husband's films; the paintings seen in the Harford's apartment in Eyes Wide Shut are hers; as are the various paintings in the Cat Lady's apartment in A Clockwork Orange. Kubrick was born in Germany in 1932 into a theatrical family. She was trained as a dancer and actress but always wanted to be a painter. Success in her earlier career as a dancer and actress led to her being cast in Paths of Glory by Stanley Kubrick. They married in 1958. The Kubrick family moved to England in the 1960s where Christiane continued to paint and exhibit.



KISS OF ART S01 EP05 Meart

MEART - Rat neurons in Atlanta, USA operating a robotic arm in Perth Australia mimicking the "artistic process" of drawing a portrait.

Guy Ben-Ary - Born and educated in Law in Israel before moving to Australia where he became director of the Image Analysis and Acquisition Facility (IAAF) at the Institute for Anatomy and Human Biology at the University of Western Australia.

STEVE POTTER Assistant Professor in the Laboratory for NeuroEngineering. This is a collective research unit within the Department of Biomedical Engineering shared between Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Philip Gamblen - Kinetic Artist. Oron Catts - Artist and curator, Artistic Director and co-founder of SymbioticAThe Art & Science Collaborative Research Laboratory, School of Anatomy & Human biology, University of Western Australia. Founder of the Tissue Culture & Art Project (1996).

STUART BUNT After training as a Zoologist at Oxford, Stuart was the photographer for a number of expeditions to the Andes, the Seychelles and the farflung corners of Europe. Settling down to research in the U.S.A., Stuart started unique work on the regeneration of the spinal cord, work that continues to this day.



KISS OF ART S01 EP6 Werner Nekes, Goya Tangale


Eyes, Lies & Illusions contains more than 500 historic objects, books, prints, instruments and optical ephemera drawn from the Werner Nekes Collection. This extraordinary collection began in the mid-sixties when Nekes, a German experimental filmmaker and professor, started collecting examples of optical phenomena as teaching aids. The Nekes Collection has since grown to become one of the world's most important and encyclopaedic private collections of pre-cinematic media, housing more than 20,000 objects.


Featuring the stars of the 2005 international hip-hop festival The stars of Breakin' Convention 2005, the annual international hip-hop dance theatre festival at Sadler's Wells appear in Australia for the first time ever for an evening of inspired hip-hop, breaking, popping, and beats. France's astonishing Wanted Posse perform their electric production Bad Moves-a showcase of what the body is capable of doing 'when scored to melodious beats', in a surreal world of humanoids, living in a parallel universe. Wanted Posse won the coveted 2001 World Breakdancing Championships.



KISS OF ART S01 EP7 Phillip Norton, Bernie Searle,


Philip Norton is originally from Chicago and was runner-up in Mark Smith's first ever slam series final at the Green Mill in 1984. He then left for Japan where he lived for 6 years, performing at the Kyoto Connection and teaching Modern Poetry at the Kyoto University of Education.


Berni Searle was born in 1964 in Cape Town, South Africa, where she currently lives and works. She studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, completing her MA in 1995. In 2003 she was presented with the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award (South Africa), with a resulting solo exhibition, Float, which toured nationally. In 2004 Searle was short-listed for the international Artes Mundi award. Other solo exhibitions have included A Matter of Time at the UC, Berkeley Art Museum, 2003; Presence, Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, 2004; and About to Forget, Michael Stevenson Contemporary Art Gallery, Cape Town, 2005. Recent group exhibitions include Hang In There, My Dear Geum-Sun, Busan Biennale, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Seoul, 2004; Min(e)dfields, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, 2004; 5th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, China, 2004; and Always a Little Further at the 51st Venice Biennale, 2005. Berni Searle is represented by Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town.



KISS OF ART S01 EP08 Dr Jeffrey Shaw, Keiko Kimoto


Professor Shaw is a foundation Professor for Media Art at the University of Art and Media, Karlsruhe and the foundation Director for the Research Institute for Visual Media at ZKM, Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe. Under his direction the Research Institute for Visual Media has become, alongside the MIT Lab, USA, the GMD, National Research Centre for Information Technology, Germany and KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.


Tokyo-based Keiko Kimoto employs mathematical tools and computer programming methods such as the visualization tools of Nonlinear Dynamical System to create Imaginary Numbers. Kimoto seeks to avoid representational context, instead, she strives to visually express transitions in the world that are not replications of nature as seen by the human eye. Kimoto has exhibited her work throughout Japan, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Tokyo Art Projects, Inc/Mika Gallery, New York, hosted a solo exhibition of her work in 2004. In late 2005, Kimoto will commence lecturing in the Department of Visual Communication Design at Musashino Art University.



KISS OF ART S01 EP09 Peter Bosch & Simone Simons, RAPHAEL LOZANO-HEMMER


Peter Bosch studied psychology at the Universities of Leyden and Amsterdam (1976-83) and sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (1986-87). Simone Simons studied in the audio-visual department of the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam (1980-85). Since 1990, however, they have focused their attention on the development of 'music machines' that by balancing at the edge of order and chaos possess certain creative powers.


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City in 1967. In 1989 he received a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montr?l, Canada. He is an Electronic artist who develops large-scale interactive installations in public space, usually deploying new technologies and custom-made physical interfaces. Using robotics, projections, sound, internet and cell-phone links, sensors and other devices, his installations aim to provide "temporary antimonuments for alien agency". His work has been commissioned for events such as the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the Cultural Capital of Europe in Rotterdam (2001), the United Nations' World Summit of Cities in Lyon (2003), the opening of the Yamaguchi Centre for Art and Media in Japan (2003) and the Expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004). His work in kinetic sculpture, responsive environments, video installation and photography has been shown in two dozen countries, including Art Basel Unlimited (Switzerland), the Sydney Biennale (Australia), the Liverpool Biennial (UK), the Shanghai Biennial (China), the Ita? Cultural (Brazil), the Istanbul Biennial (Turkey), the ARCO art fair (Spain), Bienal de la Habana (Cuba), Architecture and Media Biennale (Austria), Laboratorio Arte Alameda (Mexico), the Mus? des Beaux Arts (Canada), European Media Art Festival (Germany) and others.



KISS OF ART S01 EP10 Stelarc & Shilpa Gupta


Gupta has exhibited in many international exhibitions including Art Meets Media-Adventures in Perception, ICC Tokyo, 2005; 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, 2005; ISEA, Tallinn Estonia, 2004; Asian Traffic, Asia-Australia Art Centre, Sydney, 2004; Transmediale, Berlin, 2004; Edge of Desire, Asia Society, New York, and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 2004; Video Brasil, St Paulo, Brazil, 2003etc.


Stelarc is an Australian artist who has performed extensively in Japan, Europe and the USA- including new music, dance festivals and experimental theatre. He has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems and the Internet to explore alternate, intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body. He has performed with a THIRD HAND, a VIRTUAL ARM, a VIRTUAL BODY and a STOMACH SCULPTURE. He has acoustically and visually probed the body- having amplified brainwaves, blood-flow and muscle signals and filmed the inside of his lungs, stomach and colon, approximately two metres of internal space. He has done twenty-five body SUSPENSIONS with insertions into the skin, in different positions and varying situations in remote locations.



KISS OF ART S01 EP11 Dennis Del Favero, Anouk van Dijk,


Anouk van Dijk, born in 1965, in The Netherlands, graduated from the Rotterdam Dance Academy in 1985. For almost a decade she was a lead soloist with companies including the Rotterdam Dance Group and Amanda Miller's Pretty Ugly Dance Company. Having started to choreograph works as early as 1989, Anouk van Dijk has created 15 full evening works and more than 20 shorter choreographies, receiving critical acclaim from international press and audiences

DENNIS DEL FAVERO Queen Elizabeth II Fellow

Dennis Del Favero was born in Sydney. He has had numerous exhibitions including solo shows at Munchner Stadmuseum, Munich; ViaFarini, Milan and Neue Galerie, Graz. He has participated in various major international exhibitions including Sex and Crime, Sprengel Museum, Hannover; Kriegszustand, Battle of the Nations War Memorial, Leipzig (joint project with Jenny Holzer), 1996; Der anagrammatische der Korper, Kunsthaus Muerzzuschlag, Muerzzuschlag, 1999; Future Cinema, 2002, ZKM, Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe. Del Favero hold an Australian Research Council QEII Fellowship and is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Interactive Cinema Research at the University of NSW and Artist-in-Resident at ZKM. His CD-ROM multimedia work has been published by Hatje Cantz and during 2001 he co-curated and co-edited with Jeffrey Shaw (dis)LOCATIONS, an interactive DVD-ROM and Book: part of the ZKM Digital Arts Edition series. His video and multimedia work is the subject of a survey exhibition and book by the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, the Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney and UNSW Press pulished in 2004. Del favero is represented by the Mori Gallery, Sydney and Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich.



KISS OF ART S01 EP12 Mari Velonaki, Isaac Julien


Mari Velonaki is a media artist working in the field of interactive installation. In the last eight years her work has been engaging spectators with digital characters in interplays activated by sensory triggered interfaces (breath activated, electrostatic charge measurements, artificial vision systems and speech recognition). Areas of research include robotics, distributed and decentralised systems and human/machine interaction.


Isaac Julien was born in London, England, where he currently lives and works. Julien attended St Martin's School of Art, graduating in 1984. He founded the Sankofa Film and Video Collective in 1983-84, and was a founding member of Normal Films in 1993. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001 for The long road to Mazatl?, 1999, made in collaboration with Javier de Frutos. Earlier works include the documentary Looking for Langston, 1989; the Cannes prizewinning Young soul rebels, 1991; and Frantz Fanon: Black skin and white mask, 1996. Isaac Julien is a visiting lecturer at Harvard University and the Whitney Museum of American Arts' Independent Study Program. He is currently Visiting Mellon Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2001 Julien was the recipient of the MIT Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts. In 2003 his video installation Baltimore won the Grand Jury Prize at the Kunstfilm Biennale, Cologne. Exhibition venues in 2005 include Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MAK Center, Los Angeles; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. A re-working of Paradise Omeros, titled Encore (Paradise Omeros Redux), 2003, is currently being shown at Tate Modern, London, UK.


KISS OF ART S01 EP13 Justine Cooper, Alex Davies,


Born in Sydney, Australia and currently residing in New York, interdisciplinary artist Justine Cooper's artwork investigates the intersections between culture, science and medicine. She moves between many forms of media - animation, video, installation, photography, as well as medical imaging technologies such as MRI, DNA sequencing, Ultrasound and SEM (scanning electron microscopy). Her work has been internationally recognized and exhibited in over sixty shows and screenings.


Born in 1977, Alex Davies currently lives and works in Sydney. Awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours from the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW in 2001, Davies has since been researching, developing and presenting audio-visual installations. Davies? practice spans a diverse range of media including film, network, realtime audio-visual manipulations and responsive installations; his current practice is based around the development of evolving audio-visual installations in which individuals and dynamic environmental factors shift the conditions of a controlled space. Davies work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including: drift, ISEA, Helsinki, Tallinn, & Stockholm, 2004; Swarm, 2004 Australian Culture Now, ACMI, Melbourne, 2004; Filter Feeder, Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2003; and Radiotopia, Network Event, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria, 2002


KISS OF ART S01 EP14 Brian Gothong Tan, Ian Haig,


Brian Gothong Tan was born in the Philippines in 1980 and grew up in Singapore, where he trained in fine arts, multimedia and animation. Working extensively with multimedia for theatre productions, he received the Singapore Young Designers' Award for Multimedia in 1999 and 2000. His first solo exhibition, Heavenly Cakes and Sentimental Flowers, was held at the Singapore Art Museum in 2003.


Ian Haig works at the intersection of visual arts and media arts. His work explores the strangeness of everyday reality negotiated through subject matter that is at times perverse and provocative. His practice focuses on the psychopathological relationship to technologies and the human psyche, often exploring the themes of the body, mutation and devolution through the lens of low cultural forms. He works across media, including installation, video, animation, web, sculpture and drawing. His work has been exhibited in galleries and video/media festivals around the world. Including exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, The Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Artec Biennale - Nagoya, Japan, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Art Museum of China, Beijing and The European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck, Germany. In addition his animation and video work have screened in over 120 Festivals internationally.




Kunoh and Chikamori have been creating artworks together as minim++ since 1996. Their works have been exhibited extensively throughout Japan and also internationally at Siggraph, Ars Electronica, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the 3rd Seoul International Media Art Biennale.


Ulf Langheinrich began studying at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts in 1978, the same year that he was called to do his military service in the National People's Army of the GDR. In the early 1980s he studied industrial design, and carried out audio-experiments using organs and harmoniums. His request for his citizenship of the GDR to be dissolved was granted in 1984, and he moved to Göttingen, where he established a recording studio and took up photography. From 1985 to 1990, he taught drawing, painting and photography. Based in Vienna since 1988, he continued to exhibit paintings and drawings, holding a solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse and putting out a catalogue of his work. He designed musical soundscapes for various film and video projects and produced experimental concerts for Vienna's Kunstradio. During this time, he was also involved in the founding of the multimedia group Pyramedia, and joined the board of directors of the independent cultural organisation WUK. In 1991 he founded the groundbreaking audio-visual performance and installation duo Granular Synthesis with Kurt Hentschlager. Granular Synthesis have presented their evolving body of work extensively in Europe and the United States.



KISS OF ART S01 EP16 Liz Hughes EXPERIMENTA, Martina Mrongovius,


Liz has directed documentaries and TV drama for the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, Disney Television and Channel Seven. She directed three episodes of Short Cuts, winner of the Australian Film Institute award in 2002 for Best Children's TV Series. As Artistic Director of Experimenta, Liz curated the highly successful Prototype exhibition and co-curated Experimenta? 2003 major exhibition, House of Tomorrow, touring nationally and internationally in 2004 and 2005. She was one of three curators for the Seoul International Media Art Biennale in Korea in 2004-2005.


A graduate of Applied Physics at RMIT University, Martina Mrongovius is a Melbourne-based artist who has specialised for the last few years in holographics. She has been working and researching at the cutting edge of this new technology with specialists and professionals around the globe. Mrongovius artworks have been diverse, ranging from short films and animations to comic books and holograms. Recent exhibitions of her work have been held at Experimedia, State Library of Victoria, 2002, The Foundry, London, 2002, and as part of Next Wave, Melbourne, 2004.



KISS OF ART S01 EP17 Adam Elliot [Harvey Krumpet] , Sue Broadway,


Strange Fruit - Synchro Swim, It's like air ballet. You won't see anything like it.?

The Wharf, UK Move over Esther Williams. Australian synchronized swimming routine over four metres above the ground. A world premiere from these aerial wonders.


Adam Elliot has become one of Australia's most celebrated animators - and certainly our most successful short filmmaker. His touching trilogy of short films - Uncle, Cousin and Brother - have built his international recognition as a master storyteller. His shorts trilogy has participated in over two hundred film festivals and won over fifty awards - including four AFI awards. But it is Adam's latest short film, Harvie Krumpet, that has ensured his name will be remembered after his exciting Oscar win at the 2004 Academy Awards. The little plasticine character Harvie beat three of the giants of the animation industry - Disney, Pixar and 20th Century Fox - to win the coveted 'best animated short film' award. Harvie Krumpet is narrated by actor Geoffrey Rush with a cameo by Kamahl.


KISS OF ART S01 EP18 Gina Czarnecki , Simon Barley


Gina Czarnecki is a British new media artist whose hybrid artworks result from intersections of film, video and computer-generated imagery. Until recently she headed the postgraduate course in Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Beginning her career as an animator, Czarnecki embraced new media technologies, producing installation works such as Versifier, which was exhibited at ACMI as part of Remembrance + the Moving Image.


Simon Barley founded Bambuco in 1998. His artistic background is in spatial design for theatre and dance, and installation sculpture. His motif, especially in dance, was use of vertical space. It still is. In 1993, while sitting by the Yarra River in Melbourne, he began thinking about building his own bridge over the river*. A material that was light and inexpensive was needed. For the next two years Simon researched bamboo construction, mainly in SE Asia, and experimented with different systems and adaptations. 1995 marked his seventh year as designer in residence with the contemporary dance company, Danceworks. Together they presented this first foray into large scale bamboo installation and performance ? Bridge ? built for Melbourne International Arts Festival over a two week period followed by a season of aerial dance performance. Curiously, the audience seemed more captivated by the two week construction process than by the spectacular performance?he idea of bamboo construction as performance began here.


KISS OF ART S01 EP19 Brett Graham, Meschac Gaba,


Brett Graham is one of New Zealand's most exciting and accomplished sculptors, highly regarded for his ability to abstract complex historical and cultural ideas into formally strong and beautiful sculptural forms. . In the last decade Graham has exhibited extensively, locally and internationally, as well as being regarded as a leading authority on contemporary Maori sculpture.


Meschac Gaba was born in1961 in Cotonou, Benin, and now lives and works in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He began studying art in Zossou Gratien? workshop in Cotonou and then at the Rijksakedemie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam from 1996 to 1997. His work has been featured at the 3rd Kwangu Biennale (2000), the 2nd Taipei Biennial (2001), Berlin Biennial (2001), Documenta XI (2002), the 50th Venice Biennale (2003), Africa Remix (2004-2005) and has been included in exhibitions in Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa and Switzerland. His most significant exhibition to date is his ?useum for Contemporary African Art? (1997-2002), which traveled all over the world to museums in Amsterdam, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland and the United States. Creating works in painting, sculpture and installation art, Meschac Gaba is one of the most innovative artists of African descent exhibiting internationally. His artistic strategy is diverse and complex, and is best known for his correlation of economic power, commercialism, globalism, public space and the role of the western museum.


KISS OF ART S01 EP20 Monica Maimone STUDIO FESTI, Jean-Baptiste Duperray, Compagnie des Quidams,


Studio Festi. The European tradition of the open-air theatre extravaganza is unparalleled in the world of outdoor performance. In a specially-commissioned world premiere presentation, the great Compagnia di Valerio Festi performs a site-specific masterpiece Il Cielo che Danza (The Dancing Sky). Studio Festi's magical production sees dancers appear from the heavens, emerge from the river and traverse the parkland.

Compagnie des Quidams - "Herberts Dream" [France] Jean-Baptiste Duperray

Herberts Dream Visually stunning? The London Season White figures on stilts emerge from the shadows and slowly transform into majestic four metre high illuminated beings. As the strains of beautiful original music float over the park, these enormous and ethereal creatures begin a strange and enchanting magic rite to raise the moon. Herbert? Dream has cast its magic over 400 times around the world. Now it? your turn to fall under its spell.



KISS OF ART S01 EP21 Gideon Obarzanek CHUNKY MOVE, Hany Armanious


Melbourne-based Chunky Move was founded by artistic director Gideon Obarzanek in 1995 and has been the State of Victoria's flagship contemporary dance company since 1998. Chunky Move's work constantly seeks to redefine contemporary dance within an ever-evolving Australian culture.The company's work is both diverse in form and content; to date the company has created a number of works for the stage, site-specific projects in its home city of Melbourne, and new media and installation works.

Hany Armanious Armanious is known for his methodically messy installations that game the eye as well as the mind with circular materialities and metaphors. His work (shown above) at the Foxy Production booth was one of the standouts in the Art Positions section of the Art Basel Miami Beach fair, for which galleries present a statement exhibition made by one artist.


KISS OF ART S01 EP22 Bruce Gladwin, Eric Noel Grouppe F


Bruce Gladwin's "Small metal objects" is the hilarious yet disturbing tale of two ?mall time' men and their accidental role in the downfall of a awards night. The plot looks at respect and the lack of it in an age when our value is calculated by our productivity. The action happens in Forrest Place against a background of real shoppers and commuters who become extras in the drama. The audience wears headphones, and actors with radio microphones move through the square.


The artistry of acclaimed French pyrotechnicians, Groupe F, is known throughout the world; they have lit up the Eiffel Tower, the Stade de France for the football World Cup, the Olympic Games in Athens and the 2004 and 2005 New Years Eve celebrations in London.



KISS OF ART S01 EP23 Ulik Kahlert, Gerard Vaughan, NGV,


Glisssssendo S.N.O.B.: Service Nettoyage des Oreilles Bouches (Blocked Ear Cleaning Service) The astonishing gliding orchestra from Europe. They move swiftly and silently, morphing as if by magic into transfixing choreographed routines. And all as they play an eclectic repertoire ranging from Philip Glass to Michael Nyman. Catch them before they slide away.


Dr Gerard Vaughan, appointed Director of the National Gallery of Victoria in 1999, is an art historian with extensive experience within the international art and museum worlds. His research interests are particularly concerned with the history of taste and art collecting in the 18th and 19th centuries, ranging from neo-classicism to post-impressionist painting. After completing his Master's thesis at Melbourne University on the French post-impressionist painter Maurice Denis, Dr Vaughan taught art history at Melbourne University before undertaking doctoral research at Oxford University from 1981. For fifteen years from 1983 Dr Vaughan was the London-based adviser to the Felton Bequests' Committee, and during the 1980s held several positions at Oxford University while completing his doctorate on the collecting of classical antiquities in 18th century England, under the supervision of Professor Francis Haskell. From 1989-1991, Dr Vaughan served as Private Secretary to the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. During the early 1990s Dr Vaughan was Deputy Director of Campaign for Oxford University, at the time the most successful fundraising program undertaken in Europe, securing $AUD 1 billion. He became Director of the British Museum Development Trust in 1994, and in this role led a ? million ($AUD400million) development program for the Museum. Dr Vaughan has been awarded several fellowships during his career, including Wolfson College Oxford, a Paul Mellon Research Fellowship at the Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven; and has been elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.



KISS OF ART S01 EP24 Lucy Guerin, Watermill Theatre UK,


Born in Adelaide, Australia, Lucy Guerin graduated from the Centre for Performing Arts in 1982 before joining the companies of Russell Dumas (Dance Exchange) and Nanette Hassall (Danceworks) She moved to New York in 1989 for seven years where she danced with Tere O'Connor Dance, the Bebe Miller Company and Sara Rudner. Guerin recently received the 2000 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for achievement by an individual. Other awards include the Prix d'auteur from the Rencontres Choregraphiques Internationales de Bagnolet in France and a 1994 New York Foundation for the Arts Choreographic Fellowship.


WATERMILL THEATRE AND OLD VIC PRODUCTIONS BY PROPELLER Shakespeare's brilliantly surreal and controversial romantic comedy gives a glimpse into the complex relationship between men and women, and subservience and obedience within marriage. A man playing a boy dresses up as a girl and a girl played by a boy dresses up as a bride in this delicious story full of mistaken identities and transformations. Propeller is fast becoming the most notable Shakespeare specialists in the world, Propeller's performances sizzle with energy and imagination. Propeller's all-male ensemble format is based on Elizabethan tradition - men play the roles of women, just as they did in Shakespeare's time. Performing two of Shakespeare's greatest comedies of mistaken identity, Propeller reveal a human truth, exploring beautifully how being in love with the wrong person reveals genuine feeling.



KISS OF ART S01 EP25 Craig Walsh, Lloyd Kaufman


Lloyd Kaufman is many things: producer, director, screenwriter, editor, composer, actor, and, above all, a renegade fighting against the further conglomeration and homogenization of Hollywood. Kaufman is president and co-founder of Troma Entertainment, one of the last bastions of independent, low-budget exploitation films, the kind that bear titles such as Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986) and Stuff Stephanie in the Incinerator (1989).


Walsh is an installation artist who has exhibited and collaborated both nationally and internationally. Primarily interested in site-specific projects and the exploration of alternative contexts for contemporary art, his work often utilises projection in response to existing environments and contexts. Walsh has been awarded international residencies and has exhibited throughout Asia. He has produced work for festival environments and has recently completed a range of permanent and temporal public art commissions in Australia. Recent exhibition venues include: Havana Biennale, Cuba; Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art; Sydney Festival; Womad Singapore/Adelaide; and Queensland Biennial Festival of Music.


KISS OF ART S01 EP26 Scott Redford, Nimrod Weiss



" I have always liked the way pornography is able to be understood and be relevant to many people. So, in a way making this piece was perfectly natural for me. However I'm not naïve and realize the piece will be read by some as an attempt to gain notoriety through shock. This is why I resisted getting into sex imagery for so long. "


Developer of clever software-driven interactive art installations.