Tully Arnot Epiphytes work in progress - plants
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Thu 30 Apr 2020

In conversation with Tully Arnot

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The artist spoke with curator Shelley McSpedden and presented the first work-in-progress look at 'Epiphytes', his first virtual reality project.

Tully Arnot's work Epiphytes (working title) is the 2019 recipient of the $80,000 Mordant Family VR Commission. Epiphytes will be presented at ACMI in 2021.

This talk is presented by ACMI and the Mordant Family VR Commission. The Mordant Family VR Commission is a partnership between Catriona Mordant AM and Simon Mordant AM, ACMI and the City of Melbourne.

About Tully Arnot

Tully Arnot is one of Australia’s leading visual artists. His work utilises found objects, tech and the manufactured items of modern life to create absurdist sculptures and installations, and is designed to challenge the way we interact with ourselves and technology.

Arnot has exhibited across Australia, UK, Germany, Belgium, Italy, China, Russia, and New Zealand. His work has increasingly incorporated video, documentary, performance and experimental media as a means for understanding how technology mediates our relationship with the natural world.

Arnot's work addresses the role of automation and simulation, often looking at robotic and less-sentient substitutes for humans and human interactions. Many of his projects investigate innovations in plant robotics, as well as emergent research into plant communication and consciousness.

About the host

Shelley McSpedden is a curator with a passion for contemporary visual art. Prior to joining ACMI, she worked across a number of visual arts organisations, including Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) and NETS Victoria. She has also held research and teaching roles at Monash University and RMIT, and has written extensively across a range of arts publications.