Call Out for Experimenta Life Forms Commissions

Experimenta is seeking Expressions of Interest for media artworks by Australian artists for the triennial touring exhibition Experimenta Life Forms (2020-2023).

Experimenta is delighted to be partnering with two of Australia's leading experimental contemporary art organisations to enrich this commissioning program. The Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) will be part of the selection process alongside Experimenta and will support the commissioning of one new work. SymbioticA will provide a residency opportunity for up to three months at its labs at the University of WA.


Commissioning new works by Australian artists is fundamental to Experimenta’s artistic program. Through the commissioning process we support artists to create works for a touring exhibition that draw on many artforms and may be interactive, transdisciplinary, mobile, participatory and/or performative. Our commissions provide a significant opportunity for Australian artists to undertake professional and creative development, with financial and in-kind support from Experimenta, in order to realise innovative works that engage and ignite the imaginations of our audiences.

Commissioned artists will join other exceptional Australian and international media artists selected for inclusion in Experimenta’s forthcoming triennial exhibition, Experimenta Life Forms (2020-2023). After premiering in Melbourne, the exhibition will tour to almost a dozen galleries and venues around Australia and be experienced by tens of thousands of people.

Commissioned projects will be awarded funding of up to $8,000 and will receive generous in-kind support and assistance in securing additional funding where applicable.


Philosophers have wrestled with defining life for thousands of years. Experimenta Life Forms reveals how contemporary artists are approaching this perennial question, at a time when technological change and new research findings are making definitions of ‘life’ increasingly difficult to pin down.

What new life formations are emerging through technological and biological adaptation, invention or discovery? What are the ethical questions, particularly now that scientific research is identifying sentience in animals, plant-life, and may soon be found in our machines? How close to reality are the fantastical paradigm shifts conjured by artists and sold to us by tech companies?

Experimenta Life Forms seeks to make a significant contribution to the dialogue around the changing landscape of life as we know it, or indeed, as we don’t know it. 

- Co-Curators Jonathan Parsons and Lubi Thomas

/ / / EOI Application is due by 5pm on Thursday 25th April 2019.

Visit the Experimenta website to download the application form and guidelines:

For further inquiries, please contact experimenta@experimenta.org or call (03) 9650 9977 (Monday – Thursday)

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Image Credit: Featuring An Experimenta & ANAT Commission (2017): 'A Hierarchy of Eddies' by Scale Free Network. Photo by Jessie Jane


Monday 25 March, 2019
Thursday 25 April, 2019
Experimenta Media Arts
Venue Address
225 Bourke Street

National, , Australia

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