Impossible Geographies presents a selection of artworks by Petra Gemeinboeck.
Petra is an artist and researcher, working across creative robotics, performance and feminist theory. In her current creative research, Petra collaborates with AI researcher Rob Saunders to develop robotic works that explore our entanglements with machines and make tangible the vulnerabilities and politics involved. She currently leads an Australia Council Research project that investigates the potential of movement, and dance in particular, for reimagining how machines look, learn and affect us. An earlier work, Accomplice (2013-14), investigates the co-evolution of humans and machines by deploying autonomous robots embedded into the architectural fabric of a gallery. Previously, Petra has developed interactive installations, locative media works and virtual environments that engaged participants in scenarios of encounter, provoking them to negotiate with a machinic co-performer.
Petra was a finalist for the National New Media Art Award 2012, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, and the International Lace Award 2011, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, and received an honorary mention at the Live 2011 Grand Prix, Digital Turku, European Capital of Culture. Her works have been exhibited internationally, including at the Ars Electronica Festival, AT, International Triennial of New Media Art at NAMOC, Beijing; Centre des Arts Enghien at Paris; Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), Liverpool, UK; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, AU; ICC Tokyo; and MCA Chicago, IL. She has published widely on issues of interactivity and machine agency.