Urban Reneural Exhibition


OpenLAB November is here! The last one for the year. Come along to ACMI X in Southbank to hear two fantastic speakers discuss their creative technology practices. Sunday 6th November 2:00pm – 4:30pm!

You’re in for a treat this month with our speakers Georgie Pinn and Max Pianton i- two artists using multiple forms of technology to produce interactive and engaging work.

Georgie is a multi-media artist working across many areas of creative practice including directing, editing,  composing and animating. Georgie will discuss her many projects including her Electric Puppet projects working with motion tracking to create real-time animations.

Max is an artist and creative coder who spends his time turning amusing ideas into interactive artworks and film projects. Max will discuss his numerous film and art projects which have been shown nationally and internationally, including some of the projects shown on his website.

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



Georgie is a multimedia artist who has been flexing her creativity across Europe and Oz for over 17 years. She began as a director & editor of music videos and after winning an Aria award for Regurgitator’s Polyester Girl she then left for Europe where she developed further into motion animation, editing and multi media installation.
After working the post-production scene in London she co-established her own motion graphics/post company and created branding & title sequences for the likes of the BBC and channel 4. At the same time she was also designing creative visual concepts for the events Industry. This included special effects and video content for the dance, theater & festival industry.
For the last 5 years she has been developing experimental interactive projects under the Umbrella of Electric Puppet. The original project was commissioned by Federation Square. This was an activation where children and adults could digitally select interchangeable body parts of retro style robots, which they could then animate in real time using Kinect motion tracking. Since then she has continued to create a range of motion tracking activated animation events. Her projects have been funded by Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne as part of the curriculum in schools. In this case she combines her audio visual work and motion tracking ideas with education, bringing children’s drawings to life by making them move and talk. This kinetic, user-centric form of education aims to push new boundaries of expression and diversifies involvement to a range of participants. These projects make animation more accessible and draw the user away from the screen.
Her added ability to write and compose music and scores for film adds another creative string to her bow and plays an integral part in all of her audio visual work.



Max Piantoni spends his time turning amusing ideas into interactive and film projects. Recently he has produced a suite of software and games that facilitate creative productivity for players in novel and amusing ways. Where much interactive media is destructive, Max tends to focus on creating constructive experiences. Sometimes he makes his work to solve particular problems, other times because he feels he has enough good jokes to make about whatever it is he’s working on, or often both. Max’s work has screened at numerous film festivals around Australia and internationally, and shown at galleries around town, but he is happiest tinkering away on prototypes in the lab.




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.



ACMI X is the creative hub coworking space (run by ACMI) in Southbank.
Want to know more about the space? Check out: https://www.acmi.net.au/acmi-x/

This is a free event. Book Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/openlab-november-2016-tickets-28549055995

Date and time: Sunday 6th November 2016, 2pm-4.30pm

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

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1801563086779351/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Media-Lab-Melbourne-183550608358171/

Media Lab Melbourne is proud to present the Urban Reneural exhibition, implant
running from Tuesday 29th November – Sunday 4th December.

Opening on Tuesday 29th November at 6pm, the Urban ReNeural project and exhibition responds to the prompt: “How can we rewire the city through technology, data and artistic processes?” Four artworks explore sustainability, liveability, play and the environment.




Architectural Desires – Travis Cox

Architectural Desires examines sustainable urban practices through artificial intelligence. Using open source data from the internet and the Yarra council, Architectural Desires, simulates living organisms within the local area which will live, grow and die over the course of the exhibition highlighting architectural forms, community desire paths and the environment in which we live.

Live Data – Dan Macnish

Live Data uses a plant as a living billboard, to convey information about the health of the cities we live in. A basil plant responds to the daily ebb and flow of traffic in Melbourne, wilting when roads are congested, and flourishing when traffic flows freely.

Bus Station Poetry – Pierre Proske

“Bus Station Poetry” transforms the act of waiting or idling into a creative, poetic word-play. Five LED displays are set up as a public poetry display whereby each display will show a word and the five words will combine into a short “haiku” sentence. A large push-button connected to each display will allow visitors to change the word on that display with an algorithm selecting a new word from an electronic dictionary that makes basic grammatical sense.

Urban Oracle – Richie Cyngler

In the tradition of pirate radio Urban Oracle invites you to opt into a WLAN and participate in a consultation using your own device. Online offline inline. Our landscape riddled with hardware. Woven of radio waves. Anxiety society. Take a moment out of the network. Exit the stream, enter a bubble. Focus. Get intimate with the IEEE 802.11 protocol. Breathe. Open yourself to Urban Oracle. Reflect and consider (y)our future… Welcome to the adhocracy.



This is a free event.
Opening: Tuesday 29th November at 6pm
Gallery opening hours: Wednesday 30th November to Sunday 4th December 2016, 12pm – 4pm
Venue: Second Space Projects, Second floor, 95 Victoria Street, Fitzroy


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/706136182869033/



This exhibition was made possible through support from the City of Yarra and Creative Victoria.

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