25 August, 2006
SEEKER - ADELAIDE
LEON CMIELEWSKI & JOSEPHINE STARRS
25 AUGUST-23 SEPTEMBER 2006 | OPENS 6PM THURSDAY 24 AUGUST
GALLERY TALK 4PM FRIDAY 25 AUGUST
Leon Cmielewski and Josephine Starrs' visual art practice focuses primarily on the relationship between society, the machine and the individual, often using play as a strategy for engaging with the social and political contradictions inherent in contemporary society. SEEKER uses a series of large projected screen-based artworks to explore migration, territorial boundaries, conflict commodities and human displacement.
"SEEKER not only traces the global movement of people and resources, but also illustrates the ongoing process of translation from the physical to the virtual in the way we perceive the world. Translation implies a desire to communicate; each person who engages with SEEKER will be prompted to consider what is lost and what is gained, what is repressed and what is discovered in the process" [Fiona Trigg, Contemporary Commonwealth 2006 catalogue eassay]
Cmielewski & Starrs are artists that have been collaborating off and on for the past decade or more, doing new media work, video and animation.
Formerly from South Australia and now residing in Sydney, their works have been shown extensively in Australia and internationally. Their collaborative projects include "Trace" mixed media installation commissioned by the Sydney Records Centre in 2002, "Dream Kitchen", an interactive stop-motion animatioin published on CD-ROM and their digital video "a.k.a.".
In 2003 their work "Bio-tek Kitchen", a computer game modification, was included in the "House of Tomorrow" exhibition mounted by Experimenta, Melbourne, and was also exhibited in Chicago and Germany.
Cmielewski & Starrs also exhibited at ISEA2004 with "Floating Territories", a site-specific mixed media installation.
Leon Cmielewski lectures at the School of Communication, Design & Media, University of Western Sydney, and is a current recipient of a New Media Art Fellowship from the Australia Council.
Josephine Starrs lectures at the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, and was awarded an Asialink grant to undertake an artist residency at Sarai, the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, India, in 2005.
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