Multisensory Cybernetics: bodies, machines, and nature in dialogue

30 Nov 2022
Multisensory Cybernetics: bodies, machines, and nature in dialogue
Multisensory Cybernetics: bodies, machines, and nature in dialogue

A tour through five immersive installations at the School of Cybernetics.

30 November, 10.45am–12.30pm (This event is FREE but registration is essential)

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Immerse yourself in five playful art installations, highlighting our relationship with interactive technology and the natural environment to ignite the senses and inspire visions about the futures that we can co-create.

In this session, artists featured in the exhibition Australian cybernetic: a point through time will guide visitors to engage in the experiences, explain the creative process, and welcome questions.

System of a Sound (exclusive premiere)#

A generative AI, audio-visual experience connecting visitors to the pulsating rhythms of the Birch building as a living system.


  • Justin Shave, Charlton Hill and Caroline Pegram, Dr Brendan Wright, Uncanny Valley
  • Rodolfo Ocampo and Dr Oliver Bown, UNSW
  • Dr Josh Andres and Adrian Schmidt, ANU School of Cybernetics

Random Excuse Generator#

Spin the dials, push the levers, flip the switches and pedal away… This interactive installation, referencing the early days of cybernetics, prompts reflection upon the myths and narratives surrounding technology and its past, current and future impact on our lives.


Mark Thompson, Speculative Histories Laboratory, Institute of Backyard Studies

PANIC: Playground Ai Network for Interactive Creativity#

This interactive work explores how different ways of connecting “Creative AI” models up to one another can give rise to different outputs, emergent behaviours, recurring patterns, and degenerate or edge cases. But just because we can put our text/audio/images into these models and have them provide new text/audio/images in return, does it mean that we should?


Ben Swift/Adrian Schmidt, ANU School of Cybernetics

Hydraloops: experiments in ethico-aesthetics#

A collaborative material investigation into the interconnecting systems of the Murray Darling Basin. Interplays between organic and digital elements reference the relationships between the human and non-human in such waterscapes.


ANU School of Arts and Design

  • Emily April O’Neill
  • Clementine Belle McIntosh
  • Bridget Baskerville

Terpsichora pressure-sensitive floors#

The terpsichora pressure-sensitive floors (The Floors) are a set of wooden platforms with sensors which respond to movement and pressure, facilitating music-making via whole-body movement. The Floors are primarily used for performance of composed and improvised electronic music. They are made as part-replicas of Vernus floors, originally designed for the Australian pioneering dancer Philippa Cullen (1972).


Dr Iran Sanadzadeh, Monash University

Join our guided tours!#

This event is followed by a guided tour around Birch Building and through our exhibition Australian Cybernetic: a point through time.

This guided tour is optional, but bookings are essential. We have provided a separate but easy-to-do registration through this booking page. Tickets are limited, book yours ahead!

Our exciting exhibition and public program continue throughout the day to celebrate the official launch celebrations of both the ANU School of Cybernetics and the award-winning Birch Building. For the complete list of all events, visit our School launch page.

Pay & Display parking is available at the back of the Birch Building and around the university.

You are on Aboriginal land.

The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

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