Realness

Image by Wesley Dowling

Queering the digital photographic medium

Bunjil Place and City of Casey present a new work by new media artist Wesley Dowling with sound design by Liam Power on the Bunjil Place outdoor screen.

Realness is an interactive, participatory web browser-based artwork that samples pixels and recorded audio from the webcams of user's devices. The artwork is an accumulated browser history of captured data and user interactions. The data is fragmented and overlaid with other users' data to create an ever-changing generative audio-visual experience that will evolve throughout the exhibition. Participants will instantly see the creative effect of their interactions on the outdoor screen as they interact with the website on their mobile device at Bunjil Place.

The artwork is part of a series that queers the digital photographic medium by harnessing the malleability of the electronic image. Queering is used as an approach in the work to undermine visual recognition to find a more open and variable mode of rendering that disrupts societal norms and essentialised notions of identity. The artwork transforms photographic representation into abstraction as a form of revolt against normativity, and to allow room to imagine other forms of being.

The sound component builds upon the central concepts of the visual work, in conversation with the growing ubiquity of technology and its effect on users. It provides the opportunity for users to ‘interact’ with an algorithm in real-time, encouraging discussion surrounding the monolithic ‘Algorithm’ pervasive in today’s society. The sound work forms a live ‘stream’ similar to a social media feed where non-contextual snippets of users' lives are recomposed and connected.

Panel Discussion: The Queer Lens
Bunjil Place Studio 
Wednesday 28 April, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm  
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Co-hosted by Melbourne Media Lab 

Proudly supported by Bunjil Place and City of Casey.

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Accessibility

English No Barrier
Wheelchair Access
Assistive Listening

Dates & Times

WHEN 21 Apr-23 May | Daily 10am-noon & 6-8pm

Location

Bunjil Place

2 Patrick North East Drive, Narre Warren

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Packenham line to Narre Warren + 16 min walk

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