Closing the Loop + Biomachines 2000

ANAT provided support to a number of new media projects and events during the Telstra Adelaide Festival 2000.These included the Closing the Loop 2000 project and Biomachines – a post-industrial carnival meltdown. Closing The Loop (CTL) was an international research and performance project
examining how sound, technology and gameplay can conspire to promote collaboration and inventiveness across networks.The CTL2000 project aimed at investigating the effectiveness of techniques for net based collaboration.

CTL2000 was divided into two distinct phases. The first phase (incorporating a Research Laboratory and a Social Laboratory) took place at two venues in South Australia earlier this year. At the Research Laboratory, a number of artists, pseudo scientists, technicians and geeks from around Australia, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and New Zealand gathered together to examine sound technologies and online networks with a view to collecting and compiling these experiences into a coherent form.

The manifestations of this research were presented (live and online) at a Social Laboratory in Port Adelaide on 12 February 2000.

Phase two, the culmination of these activities, took place at Biomachines in Port Adelaide between 9 -12 March 2000. Biomachines, devised and curated by Julianne Pierce, David Cranswick and Tim Boykett, was an autonomous entertainment area, comprising robots, machines, fire and sound. Part factory, part performance space, part club – an interactive underworld of games, entertainment and sonic reverberations.

Biomachines was presented by The Performance Space and the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre as part of the Telstra Adelaide Festival 2000, and featured an impressive line up of Australian and international artistes, pseudo scientists and mechanic pranksters.

These include John Kenny, Anne Sabiel and Shane Fahey, Theatre of Hell, Time’s Up, Heliograph, Matt Heckett, Josephine Starrs, Leon Cmielewski, and Triclops International.

Closing the Loop was generously assisted by Arts SA.
Biomachines was supported by the New Media Arts Fund of the Australia Council.

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