• BodiesofTech



Bodies of Tech

Presented by QUT Creative Lab in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

QUT Creative Lab presents: Eve of Dust and Cosmic Background alongside panel discussions which explore and demonstrate the embodied experience of humans in the digital age.

Each project affords a different perspective and experience for the audience, complimented by panel discussions which further interrogate robots, social media, and the possibilities of new technologies.

Digital Powerhouse is presented by QUT

Eve of Dust
WED + THU from 6pm
(Steph Hutchinson, John McCormack, Adam Nash) is a collaborative performance and installation between a human and a robot. The artwork draws on both the possibilities and anxieties arising from the collaboration between humans and emerging intelligent systems personified in the robot. The artwork uses a Sawyer collaborative robot, an articulated 7-jointed robot arm that somewhat resembles a snake. The robot is able to be used in close proximity to humans, unlike most industrial robots, and will stop before causing physical harm. This enables human partners to physically interact with the robot to co-create a performance of dance and music.

Cosmic Background WED + THU from 6pm 
(Chris Handran) engages with the material hermeneutics of contemporary scientific practice, which operates beyond the parameters of human perception. The title of the work playfully references the contemporary scientific project of mapping ‘cosmic background radiation,’ a phenomenon that was first identified through attempts to eliminate static from radio broadcasts.

Performing Robots – Panel Discussion WED 7.30pm 
The QUT Creative Lab will present a panel discussion on Performing Robots. The Panel will be chaired by Prof Louis-Philippe Demers and include panellists; Professor Jonathan Roberts, Dr Steph Hutchison, Dr John McCormick and Dr Adam Nash. The panel will discuss robots increasing presence in our daily life and on stage. They will explore how their practices investigate the possibilities of new technological performers and the possibilities and implications for living with them. How do we collaborate? And, what might this collaboration between performing arts and robotics contribute to human-robot interaction and social robotics?

Art and Big Data – Panel Discussion THU 7.30pm 
QUT Creative Lab presents the Art and Big Data panel discussion. The panel will be chaired by Dr Benjamin Nicoll and include panellists Dr Kathryn Kelly, Dr Kiley Gafney, Dr Daniel McKewn and Professor Bree Hadley. The panel will discuss the way artists, audiences and society are making use of big data.

More Info

QUT Creative Lab is the research centre for the School of Creative Practice at QUT. The Creative Lab aims to generate new knowledge, create value, lead innovation, and assist communities and organisations as they engage with the great challenges of our era. The Creative Lab looks to actively collaborate in transformational partnerships with other disciplines such as health, education, science and technology. As well as solving problems these collaborations can produce unique, high-quality and powerful outcomes

About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and The Fantauzzo.