Bodies of Tech at Brisbane Powerhouse

Please join the Creative Lab as we showcase an exciting two nights of art and panel sessions from Creative Lab researchers and HDRs.

August 7 and 8th


Showing Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th August at the Brisbane Powerhouse is Bodies of Tech – a series of artworks and panel sessions curated by Steph Hutchinson which explore the human experience in technological systems.

Free entry.  


Performing Robots – Panel (Wednesday 7.30pm)
The QUT Creative Lab will present a panel discussion on Performing Robots. The Panel will be chaired by Prof Louis-Philippe Demers and include panellists Professor Jonathan Roberts, Dr Steph Hutchison, Dr John McCormick and Dr Adam Nash. The panel will discuss robots increasing presence in our daily life and on stage. They will explore how their practices investigate the possibilities of new technological performers and the possibilities and implications for living with them. How do we collaborate? And, what might this collaboration between performing arts and robotics contribute to human-robot interaction and social robotics?



Art and Big Data –Thursday 7.30pm 
QUT Creative Lab presents the Art and Big Data panel discussion. The panel will be chaired by Dr Benjamin Nicoll and include panellists Dr Kathryn KellyDr Kiley GafneyDr Daniel McKewen and Associate Professor Bree Hadley. The panel will discuss the way artists, audiences and society are making use of big data.



EACH NIGHT the panel will be preceded by performance installations which will run from 6-7.30pm:


Eve of Dust (Steph HutchinsonJohn McCormickAdam Nash) is a collaborative performance and installation between a human and a robot. The artwork draws on both the possibilities and anxieties arising from the collaboration between humans and emerging intelligent systems personified in the robot. The artwork uses a Sawyer collaborative robot, an articulated 7-jointed robot arm that somewhat resembles a snake. The robot is able to be used in close proximity to humans, unlike most industrial robots, and will stop before causing physical harm. This enables human partners to physically interact with the robot to co-create a performance of dance and music.

Cosmic Background (Chris Handran) engages with the material hermeneutics of contemporary scientific practice, which operates beyond the parameters of human perception. The title of the work playfully references the contemporary scientific project of mapping ‘cosmic background radiation,’ a phenomenon that was first identified through attempts to eliminate static from radio broadcasts.