The National Gallery of Victoria Presents WADE MARYNOWSKY: NOSTALGIA FOR OBSOLETE FUTURES, 8/22-10/19
A masquerade ball for robots will be part of an exhibition that brings together robotics, performance art, sound and video at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.
Dr Wade Marynowsky, a self-described 'anti-disciplinary' artist, creates works straddle humour and high-camp to surprising effect.
This unnerving array of interactive exhibits has seen Marynowsky break gallery conventions when instruments were tumbled down four flights of stairs at NGV Australia as part of a new site-specific video work for the exhibition.
NGV Director, Tony Ellwood, said that Nostalgia for Obsolete Futures gives insight into Marynowsky's remarkable artistic practice.
'The exhibition will include a range of experimental and emerging art forms including The Hosts; four programmed robots which will roam around the foyer of NGV Australia and the Studio, interacting with visitors through sound and movement to create an uncanny and unique experience.'
'Marynowsky has created a number of new works for this exhibition, one of which is Stairway to Heaven, a performance based work which makes use of the grand staircase at NGV Australia. A range of musical instruments were released from the top of the staircase and a recording made as they fell down the seventy-six steps. It is the latest in a series of video and sound works where Marynowsky has combined his interest in experimental music and autonomous improvisation,' Mr Ellwood said.
Other interactive works include Black Casino 2013 in which five flying V guitars are mounted atop a rotating roulette wheel reminiscent of popular games such as The Wheel of Fortune and when spun, create Diablous in Musica (The Devil's chord) and Fish and Chips 2013, a robotic and video work which studies seagulls in flight searching for hot chips - transforming a great Australian pastime into poetry in motion.