exist as part of Metro Arts’ new Friday Night event series; is excited to be programming a series of works in progress from contemporary artists at Metro Arts.
Curated by Nicola Morton, and starring Alrey Batol and Leif Gifford this event features live performance and installation work exploring questions of haptic relationships and giving new life to memories.
Alrey Batol and Leif Gifford
Both Batol and Gifford are Australian artists that engage with notions of the body, presence and technology. Batol born in the Phillipines and Gifford in the UK, are both migrants to Brisbane and their work often tests their feelings of disassociation.
Alrey Batol will be presenting an interactive installation, Touch Machine.
Touch Machine questions the value of touch and the physical body in our own art community, how ready are we to touch and what do we expect will happen? These questions are framed in Batol’s signature use of hacking technology. In this case, it is a hacked radio, which provides the sonic response to how two people approach (ie. testing the sensitivity and frequency of) touching each other. ‘Touch Machine’ shows how Batol’s live art process has developed since his last work in progress, ‘Waterbirds’ was shown at Metro Arts’ Friday Night: May 2013. Inspired by the live art and ready-to-interact audience that fill Metro Art’s Friday Night, Touch Machine further tests the viewers’ interactivity with machines and each other.