Darkly humorous and provocatively satirical, Cake Industries' performative mechatronic sculptures construct anachronistic narratives to reveal the struggles and absurdities of modern life. Machination is a collection of their most recent works that marks a new direction in their ever-evolving practice. Their adoption of human/object hybrid forms combined with collaged archival video and sound helps forge a surreal world that offers a new perspective on our own world.
Included are works from Cake Industries' recently completed Voyagesproject. Based on the history, essence and cultural impact of historic amusement park Luna Park, Melbourne, the project featured a series of surreal public mechatronic sculptural incursions inside the grounds, exploring alternate realities and suspensions of disbelief.
Regional Victorian based experimental artist duo Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen have worked together since 2006 as permanent collaboration Cake Industries.
The Voyages project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Additionally, the artists would like to thank Luna Park Melbourne and its staff for their invaluable support for project Voyages. It's Nice To Be Alive originally commissioned by the City of Ballarat for the 2016 Laneways Lumieres.
This event is in association with Robotronica.
20 August 2017 - 29 October 2017