BORIS + NATASCHA
Using photography, video, mixed media and text, BORIS + NATASCHA produce twisted conceptual works that explore the human condition. Born during the war of Not-So-Nice-Land vs the world, Boris learned fast to have an evil plan. Although he never imagined one day to meet his evil twin: Natascha, daughter of communist immigrants, born in Convict Country. After two lifetimes as solo artists – throwing bombs in places like Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Videonale Bonn; European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück; The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne; The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; The Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne; The Next Wave Festival, Melbourne and the Edinburgh, Taiwan and Hannover International Film Festivals – they started collaborating in 2003. In between their dark pranks, BORIS + NATASCHA maintain University teaching positions in Pottsylvania and Mainz. BORIS + NATASCHA are represented by Strychnin Gallery New York/Berlin.
George Khut was born in Adelaide in 1969 and currently lives and works in Sydney. His practice-based research interests focus on the use of biofeedback and physiologically responsive media as tools for sensing and re-imagining the lived experience of mind-body interrelation. His interactive installation works enable participants to experience and interpret aspects of their own bodily processes as dynamic audio-visual environments. Recent works include Drawing Breath and Cardiomorphologies v.1 (with John Tonkin) and Cardiomorphologies v.2 (with Lizzie Muller and Greg Turner), both of which where developed during his Doctorate of Creative Arts candidacy at the University of Western Sydney. George has exhibited widely throughout Australia and overseas, including Cardiomorphologies v.2, Arnolfini, Bristol (2006); Strange Attractors, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2006); and Asian Traffic, Gallery 4A, Sydney (2005–06). In addition to his recent work with interactive media, George has also worked as a sound designer and video artist on numerous dance, theatre and community arts projects.
Ulf Langheinrich was born in Wolfen, Sachsen Anhalt, Germany in 1960, and currently lives and works in Austria and Ghana. His projects utilise photography, sound and video, light and technology to create sensory environments that seek to question the conventions of multimedia. Ulf began studying art at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts in 1978, the same year he undertook his military service in the National People’s Army of the GDR, and continued his studies at the College of Art and Design in Halle, Germany from 1981–1984. A number of Ulf’s recent solo installations / performances have been included in international group exhibitions and art fairs, such as From Flash to Pixel, Zendai MoMA, Shanghai (2006); Ars Electronica, Linz and Madrid (2005–07); White Noise, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne (2005); Art Brussels, Chromosome Gallery, Belgium (2004); and the Dutch Electronic Art Festival, Rotterdam (2004).
From 1991 to 2003 Ulf’s career has been dedicated to Granular Synthesis, a media-art collaboration he formed with Kurt Hentschläger in 1991. The ambitious projects of Granular Synthesis have been exhibited widely, including Modell 5 at VEO Festival, Valencia, Spain; Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London (1994–2006); Noisegate at Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal and Creative Time, New York (1996–2000); POL at Zeitfluss / Salzburg Festival, Wien Modern, Vienna (1998–2000); Areal at Elektra Festival, Montreal and Dissonance Festival, Rome (2000–06); Reset, created specifically for the Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2001) and Lux at Eyebeam, New York and The Center for Art and Visual Culture, Baltimore (2003–06).
Since 2003, Ulf has received much recognition working as a guest professor at both the Academy of Visual Arts, University of Leipzig and at the FH Salzburg University, Austria. He was also the featured artist at Ars Electronica in 2005 and an artist in residence at RMIT University, Melbourne in 2006. Ulf Langheinrich is represented by Epidemic, France.
A home grown and emerging new media talent, Kylie Ligertwood has forged a diverse practice that hybridises genres and mediums. Having previously completed her Honours in Medical Science, Ligertwood graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Electronic Arts) from Edith Cowan University in 2005. She has maintained a consistent exhibition history since 2004, including commissioned work for the 2005 Artrage Festival, participation in PICA’s Studio Program in 2006, and inclusion in the Hatched National Graduate Show of the same year. Kylie has also undertaken curatorial work, including You are Here…entangle for Tura New Music’s 7th Totally Huge New Music Festival (in association with SoundCulture WA) and was an Associate Producer of the 2006 Artrage/City of Perth Northbridge Festival.