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A collection digital artworks by queer artists from around the globe will be exhibited online at http://QueerTech.io/ during the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.

“There is a growing conversation about #queertech art practices internationally” explains Alison Bennett, one of the artists organising QueerTech.io. “We wanted to be a part of that conversation and find out more about how artists are thinking about #queertech as a creative space and an artistic strategy.”

The QueerTech.io project will be a both online (URL) as an internet art exhibition and installed physically (IRL) as data-projections at the Heaps Gay Mardi Gras party at the Factory Theatre 4 March 2017.

“#QueerTech artistic interventions evade arbitrary normative practices within digital culture – if one wants to ascribe to a unifying political goal….” Bennett comments, “#QueerTech art practices occupy virtual spaces as ‘utopic futurity’, as an extension of the queer body like a virtual mental prosthesis.”

Highlights of the exhibition include:


The Fourth Wall, a 360 video by Russian virtual reality artist Denis Semionov set inside a psychiatrist’s consulting room.


Aitu Vogue Ball, a video dance work by New Zealander Pati Solomona Tyrell, a member of the incredible FAF SWAG artist collective of performance and video artists.

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QueerQuest
, “a queer-as-fuck, point-and-clit adventure game” by Mo Cohen in the USA.


Infinite Surface, a collaboration between UK artists Jonathan Armour and Richard Sawdon Smith, in which a “micro-drone” is sent deep inside Richard’s HIV+ body, seeking out the virus in vain.


Not Today Satan, a digital collage loop based on the central panel from Hans Memling’s Last Judgement (c. late 1460s) by Melbourne based Xanthe Dobbie.

QueerTech.io will be embedded at three Australian queer arts festivals in early 2017: the Midsumma Festival in Melbourne, the Melt Queer Arts Festival in Brisbane and the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. The project has been organised by the QueerTech.io artist collective comprising of Alison Bennett, Travis Cox, Xanthe Dobbie & Mark Payne).

See it online at http://QueerTech.io/

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Media contact: Alison Bennett 0407 853 596 abennett@deakin.edu.au

Images Dropbox: https://goo.gl/bD9Tnj