Armstrong Keith + Barker Chris
Keith Armstrong
Co-Director
Born Preston England 1965, PhD, BA (Visual Arts) Queensland University of Technology, MSc IT, BSc. (Hons.) Electronic Engineering, Leicester, England. Lives and works Brisbane, Australia. Current Roles: Freelance Media Artist and p/t Senior Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Creative Industries Faculty, Brisbane, Australia.
Full archive at :
www.embodiedmedia.com
selected exhibitions:
2010 The Remnant (v1), Treeline Festival, Maleny, Qld, AU (solo) / 2009 Knowmore (House of Commons), State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, AU (solo) / 2005-2009 Intimate Tranactions: Dual Site Interactive Installation, 22 locations globally including: Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) London, UK, 2005 (solo), Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, AT (group) and for Synthetic Times, National Art Gallery of China, Beijing, CN, 2008 (group) / 2007 InStep, Australian National University Gallery and Australian National Museum, Canberra, AU / 2006 Shifting Intimacies; several venues including Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, UK (solo)

Chris Barker
Co-Director
Born Adelaide, Australia, 1971. Doctor Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology, GradDip., Animation & Interactive Media, RMIT, B.Arch.St (Hons) Adelaide University. Current Role: Lecturer, Animation and Interactive Media, Masters program, School of Design & Social Context, RMIT, Melbourne.
selected exhibitions:
2009 24/0, synchronized data anamorphic video projection in Sensation, Permanent Collection of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Screen Worlds (group) /
Knowmore (House of Commons), State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, AU (with Keith Armstrong) / 2006-2007 Stand Here, 2-channel synchronized data digital video projection, in Eyes, Lies, Illusions, international traveling exhibition from the Hayward Gallery London, at Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) (group) / 2006 Shark Soup, International Digital Art Projects, Songzhang Art Museum, Beijing, CN (group)

Knowmore (House of Commons) comprises a large circular table spun by hand with a computer-controlled video projection that falls on its top, creating an uncanny blend of physical object and virtual media. It is accompanied by a real-time, six channel audio work. Participants’ presence around the table and how they touch it are registered, allowing up to five people to collaboratively ‘play’ this deeply immersive, interactive audiovisual work.
Participants experience a scenario in which they can directly influence a digital environment that computationally mimics complexities of natural and artificial systems. The work hints at broader ecological/cultural concerns by encouraging each participant to look for moments where small strategic actions make significant contributions to the whole. This dovetails with the Biennial’s curatorial rationale of presenting works that imagine how we might “go beyond”: i.e. to take newly conceived steps in a collective consideration of our futures. /Keith M Armstrong/

collaborating with:
Stuart Lawson, visual designer (Australia); Luke Lickfold, sound artist (Australia); Darren Pack, 3D programmer (Australia)

Knowmore (House of Commons) V. 2, 2009 (version 1), wooden table, electronics, computer hardware, Quest3D, Max MSP, VNS, 150 x 150 x 83
Fot.: S. DeSterke

Curated by Ryszard W. Kluszczyński