Category Archives: Interactive Installation

Interactive artworks by Michele Barker and Anna Munster

évasion: installation shots and review of the exhibition







Here’s how the work is looking in its current install at UTS Gallery, Sydney. We’re really happy with the results, especially the beautiful octagon/tardis structure we designed that was built by Bart Groen of Objet B’art.




We went the extra mile and also created our own customised praxinoscope to sit directly outside the space in which évasion is installed. This helps to contextualise the work and its relation to pre-cinema practices. But it’s also a really beautiful object in itself and takes the animation aspects of the moving image somewhere else!

évasion – opening

évasion opens on Tuesday 28th October at UTS Gallery, Sydney. The show will be exhibited from 28 October– 28 November. It’s been a long process but we’re happy with the finished work. We filmed a professional escape artist, Ben Murphy, performing Houdini’s famous straightjacket escape. 

The installation plays back sequences of the escape performance across 8   separate flat screens both breaking-up and restitching it. Arranged in an    octagonal configuration, the audience circumnavigates the screens      watching the escape unfold with each screen playing back its own angle  and tempo of events. The circumnavigation promises to reveal how the escape ‘works’, but the  more of the escape unfolds the less of the trick is revealed. Multiplying beyond the ‘narrative’ of escape toward movement expressing itself, not one but several bodies escape.

Évasion’s soundscape is responsive to the viewer in the space. Some sound seems to move ahead of the viewer’s movement around the installation. Like the escape artist, the sound also threatens to escape from the audience. Unknowingly you actively engage with the media environment you perceive. Looking, hearing and moving are not separate modes of sense perception: they become relational. We hope, with works like these, to move toward a practice concerned with an ecology of media-perception.



Escape Artist: Ben Murphy

Hardware Development: Rob Lawther

Director of Photography: Tania Lambert

Costume: Trish Barker

Graphic Design: Mike Avery


évasion in progress at Artspace residency

We have started work on our new work évasion (New Work Grant, 2012–13, Australia Council for the Arts). We currently have a residency at Artspace, Sydney until the end of this year. And here are the beginnings of our 8-channel interactive installation emerging in the space:








In July this year, we shot the footage for the new installation featuring Ben Murphy as our escape artist. We are reworking this material taking inspiration from early cinematographic devices such as the praxinoscope and zoetrope to help us rethink relations between vision and movement in perception. The installation will playback sequences of the footage,  across 8 separate  flat screens to both break-up and restitch the performance of his escape. As the audience circumnavigates the installation, Ben’s escape unfolds from conflicting perspectives. Each screen plays back its own angle and tempo of events. The circumnavigation promises to reveal how the escape ‘works’. But the installation is a perceptual illusion; more of the escape unfolds yet less of the trick is revealed.

We are also working on the sound design, which will work with auditory illusions such as the shepard tone, an illusion that functions via pitch circularity, and with audio spatialisation. The soundscape will seem to precede the presence of audience members circulating around the installation. Sensors will detect audience position and trigger audio to travel ahead of the listeners’ position. Like the escape artist, the sound always escapes from the audience. Overall we will evoke a perceptual interplay between direct and fully present sound that promises to unfold yet nevertheless escapes resolution and/or auditory delivery.


HokusPokus goes to London

HokusPokus will be opening at Watermans Gallery, London on April 14, 2012 as part of their International Festival of Digital Art. It runs through to May 20, 2012

There will be a symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition at the gallery on April 21 at 3:30pm, followed by the opening. The symposium is free and speakers include ourselves, Sarah Kember and Eleanor Dare. It’s free but you have to register.