Light of Extinction

Armstrong, Keith M., English, Lawrence, & Lickfold, Luke (2014) Light of Extinction. [Digital/Creative Work]

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Light of Extinction presents a diverse series of views into the complex antics of a semi-autonomous gaggle of robotic actants. Audiences initially enter into the 'backend' of the experience to be rudely confronted with the raw, messy operations of a horde of object-manipulating robotic forms. Seen through viewing apertures these ‘things’ deny any opportunity to grasp their imagined order. Audiences then flow on into the 'front end' of the work where now, seen through another aperture, the very same forms seemingly coordinate a stunning deep-field choreography, floating lusciously within inky landscapes of media, noise and embodied sound.

As one series of conceptions slip into extinction, so others flow on in. The idea of the 'extinction of human experience' expresses a projected fear for that which will disappear when biodiverse worlds have descended into an era of permanent darkness. ‘Light Of Extinction' re-positions this anthropomorphic lament in order to suggest a more rounded acknowledgement of what might still remain - suggesting the previously unacknowledged power and place of autonomous, synthetic creation. Momentary disbelief gives way to a relieving celebration of the imagined birth of ‘things’ – without need for staples such as conventional light or the harmonious lullabies of long-extinguished sounds.

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ID Code: 70942
Item Type: Creative Work (Digital/Creative Work)
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
Robotics Designer
  • Michael Candy
Software Designer
  • Clinton Freeman
Funders: Australia Council For the Arts
Material: Robotics, fibre optics, wood, mirrors, glass, sound,, structures
Measurements or Duration: 7 x 5 x 3m
Number of Pieces: 1
Published Source: Catalogue for thingworld: International Triennial of New Media Art,
Publisher: National Art Museum of China
Location: From date: To date:
National Art Museum of China 1 Wusi Dajie, East District, Beijing, China, 100010 2014-06-11 2014-07-07
Keywords: media art, ecology, robotics, extinction of experience, seasonality
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Electronic Media Art (190203)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Interactive Media (190205)
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Art & Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
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Deposited On: 01 May 2014 23:02
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2014 02:34

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