OpenLAB May at ACMIx

openLAB May 2016OpenLAB has a new venue! We are going to be hosting future OpenLAB talks at the new ACMI offices and co-working space,  titled ACMIx. The venue is located in Southbank,  just behind the Arts Centre. There’s a pedestrian footbridge you can take to get there easily from St. Kilda road. We looks forward to engaging with this new site as well as organising future collaborations together with ACMI. This month we are kicking off the 2016 OpenLAB season with two very excellent speakers – the talented Megan Beckwith who works at the juncture of art, technology and performance and recently won an Australia Post art prize, as well as the multi-talented Andrew Sorensen, a world leader in live performative coding environments. As usual, not to be missed! Join us for our ACMIx debut, we are the first event ever held at that venue.




Megan Beckwith combines live performance & multi-media to develop works that explore the relationship between the physical & virtual. She investigates this relationship by combining contemporary dance and 3D animation in a choreographic process that layers one over the other, re-working the human figure into new forms. She received the 2016 Australia Post Art Prise for her work Torso and reviewing her 2013 work ‘Parallax’ in The Age, Chloe Smethurst described Beckwith as a “trailblazer”. Her practice explores the idea of physicality and technology through the figure of the cyborg and augmented reality. Her current work asks: how does the body react to a distorted reality and how does virtual reality affect emotions through the use of stereoscopic 3D illusions. Recent performances installations such as Parallax, Time For Tea, and Closer, placed the live human body within virtual stereoscopic environments.

Her 2016 collaboration with Alison Bennett and Mark Payne, Virtual Drag was featured in the New York based blog Prosthetic Knowledge and picked up by Tumblr Rader. The computer game culture magazine KillScreen noted that the convergence of virtual reality and drag ‘realness’ opens a rabbit hole of accelerating conceptual possibilities. The Killscreen article was retweeted by @NEWINC, the art technology incubator of the New Museum.

Beckwith is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts School of Dance and is currently completing a Ph.D. in dance and technology at the Motion.Lab at Deakin University where she also lectures in Performance Technology.



Andrew Sorensen is an artist, a programmer, and a computer scientist. His interests are diverse, but unify under a common theme – the programming language as an interface for real-time dialogue between human, machine, and environment. In exploring these ideas Andrew is as likely to be found hacking code in nightclubs as steering code on distributed high performance computing clusters.

Andrew is well known for creating the programming languages that he uses in live performance to generate audiovisual theatre. He is regularly invited to perform these contemporary improvisations all around the world. Andrew is also a regular conference speaker, with invitations to YOW!, Lambda Jam, OSCON, GOTO, Pioneers, Codemania, Supercomputing Frontiers and OOP, to name a few.

Andrew is the author of the Extempore programming language – a systems programming language designed for high-performance “live” programming. Andrew is a company director (MOSO) and a PhD candidate (Australian National University).


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.



This is a free event.

Date and time: Sunday 1st of May 2016, 2pm-4pm

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

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