OpenLAB July

OpenLAB July with speakers Karen Ann Donnachie and Steven Nicholson! Free event, shop all welcome!

This month we have:
– Karen Ann Donnachie presenting on her cross-discipline arts practice including new works produced for her recent PhD graduation show “The Human Use of the Human Face” which explored the selfie as action and artefact, viagra order and its effect on contemporary photography and digital identity.
– Steven Nicholson, head of technology at Airbag discussing some of their recent public projects including the Melbourne International Film Festival Emotion Simulator.

Following the talks please stick around for free tea and coffee, 4-4:30 pm.

See you all there!



Karen ann Donnachie (b. 1970) is an artist and photographer. From 1990 through 2010 she was based in Milan, Italy where, alongside her studio practice, she co-founded and curated the award winning experimental art periodical This is (not) a Magazine (from 2002) and later the imprint Atomic Activity Books (from 2008), from which a number of monographic artists’ books and compendia of internet art have been published, all distributed by Idea Books, Amsterdam.

Karen ann’s artistic activity overlaps fields as diverse as photography, video, performance, algorithmic and Internet art. Her work has won international awards and critical recognition, and is featured in a number of publications, including Lauren Parker’s Interplay (2004) on Internet art, and Princeton Architectural Press’ recent Come Together: The Rise of Cooperative Art and Design (2014). Karen ann has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Argentina, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and the USA; she has been guest speaker at Semi-Permanent, Sydney, ARCO art fair, Madrid; has conducted workshops in institutions such as the Hochschule Liechtenstein, UIAV Venice, Italy, the LCC, London, and at festivals such as Next Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania and Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Germany. She also teaches undergraduate units in the fields of contemporary image, data-visualisation and human-computer interfaces.

Karen ann has recently completed a PhD (Art) at Curtin University, her doctoral research “The Human Use of the Human Face” explores the selfie as action and artefact, and its effect on contemporary photography and digital identity.


Steve is the current head of the Tech division at Airbag, a multidisciplinary technology agency based in Melbourne that services industries worldwide. Beginning his tech work in web technologies, Steve has worked across a multitude of mixed media projects as director, producer, animator, designer, composer and coder. He is a passionate advocate for design, and believes good below-the-line advertising begins with a good experience. Whilst extremely tech capable, he’s always wary of that old adage, ‘when you have a hammer, all your problems look like nails’. So he is always keen to explore a lower tech solution if it results in a better experience.

Steve’s animation projects have won at AWARD, Spikes, Adfest & been nominated in New York.



OpenLAB is here to share and explore the wonderful world of creative makers. Each talk allows artists, musicians, engineers, performers, and designers to come together and share their work and creative passions with the public and other creatives.


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This is a free event.

Date and time: Sunday 3rd of July 2016, 2pm-4.30pm

Venue: Level 4, 2 Kavanagh Street, Southbank, VIC 3006

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