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Experimenta Life Forms

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  • The Lock-Up
    90 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia

Philosophers have wrestled with defining life for thousands of years. EXPERIMENTA LIFE FORMS reveals how contemporary artists are approaching this perennial question, at a time when technological change and new research findings are making definitions of ‘life’ increasingly difficult to pin down.

  • What new life forms are emerging through technological and biological adaptation and invention?
  • Are our definitions of life shifting because of new scientific discoveries?
  • How do First Nation’s epistemologies influence our ways of thinking and understanding life?
  • How are notions of our place in the web of life changing now that research is identifying sentience in animals, plant-life, and maybe soon to be found in our machines?

EXPERIMENTA LIFE FORMS is a timely exhibition featuring a diversity of artforms including robotics, bio-art, screen-based works, installations, participatory and generative art. The exhibition showcases 26 leading Australian and international artists whose work makes significant contribution to current dialogues about the changing landscape of life as we know it

If you have any questions about access please feel free to email or call 02 4925 2265.

Curators: Jonathan Parsons and Lubi Thomas Associate Curator: Jessica Clark

Image: Justine Emard Soul Shift 2018, video still. Image courtesy of the artist.

Location Information

The Lock-Up has a ramped entrance, accessible unisex toilets and accessible parking out the front on Hunter Street. The majority of the building is accessible to people with mobility issues.