If a System Fails in a Forest


WHEN: 12 - 5PM 13 Jun 2013 – 23 Jun 2013

COST: Free

If a System Fails in a Forest

Presented by ISEA2013, 107 Projects and the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW.

Communication is mediated by complex systems. Both machinic and biological, it is through engagement with these systems that our lives are shaped: we perceive ourselves and experience our world through the lens of the system. But what do these ubiquitous systems look like? Can we communicate with them, and what do they have to say? Do they even exist without our presence?

Interactive art explores these relationships through systems that require engagement to be realised, and increasingly blur the lines between author and viewer-turned-participant. If a system fails in a forest … addresses questions of communication, authorship and the temporal, emergent nature of art making in interactive media.

Curated by Scott Brown, a Sessional Academic and PhD Candidate at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. His research looks at sensory experiences in physical, interactive media, and is currently examining the potential of these artforms to facilitate communication in autistic children without written or verbal language skills. Brown completed a Bachelor of Digital Media (Hons) at UNSW in 2011 and received the University Medal. His work and ‘ill-considered ramblings’ can be found at www.kodamapixel.com.

Creative Producer: Carli Leimbach

Participating artists include Jenny Gillam, Eugene Hansen, Dr Kron and Daniel Shaw (NZ), Loren Kronemyer (Perth/USA), Ozge Samanci and Blacki Li Rudi Migliozzi (USA), Scott Morrison (Melbourne), Tara Cook (Melbourne), Tega Brain (Sydney), Tom Hetherington (Sydney) and WildPark: Yiwon Park and Peter Wildman (Sydney).


Opening night Thursday 13th June 6-9pm

Electrofringe Film Screening Thursday 13th June 6-9pm

Artist Talks + Performance Sunday 16th June

Exhibition continues Thursday to Sunday 1-6pm until Sunday 23rd June