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Kiss of Art - Volume 5: Animated Identities

Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine

Year: 2010, 19 mins
Code: EX-Kiss5
ISBN: 978-1-921895-27-2

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Interview with Van Sowerwine and Isabel Knowles, Jemima Wyman.

The series “Kiss of Art” is about a romance between art and technology, it is a tale of a human in love with a machine. Each episode attempts to capture the fleeting moment of fascination and genius present in the process of artistic exchange. The contemporary muse breaks free of conventions, her kiss of art does not discern between robot engineers, conceptual animators or graphic designers. Such ephemeral instances of warmth can now be communicated between a machine and a human by means of intuitive interfaces. The impulse of our touch can incite a hybrid plant to sing in response and the digital video technology admits us entry into the world of exciting and dangerous new ecologies. Kiss of Art is a series of contemporary art inspiration and creative brilliance.

Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine
Isobel Knowles (born Australia 1980) and Van Sowerwine (born Australia 1975) is a Melbourne-based collaborative. Artist Isobel Knowles’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses animation, music video, installation, visual art, film soundtrack and music. Van Sowerwine works across the areas of stop–motion animation, interactive art, sculpture and photography. Her work explores ideas of childhood and its darker underpinnings. Both artists have screened, exhibited and performed nationally and internationally.

Jemima Wyman
Jemima Wyman (born Australia 1977 ) lives and works in Brisbane, Australia and Los Angeles, USA. Jemima Wyman works with performance, video and photography to produce works that engage themes of identity, disguise, resistance, fear and liberation. In live performances and video, customised masks and photocollages, Wyman explores the idea of ‘combat drag’ – the use of camouflage (often the iconic Australian plaid of flannelette shirts), masks and multiple layers of cloth – to give such homogenous identities to collective bodies.

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