Thursday, July 30, 2015


Digital Forest / Nervous Plants from Tully Arnot on Vimeo.

Underbelly Arts Festival kicks off this weekend on Cockatoo Island and we are looking forward to seeing Tully Arnot's brand new artwork, Digital Forest, which was successfully realised through the support of his Pozible campaign and will be brought to life for the first time.

Digital Forest is an extension of his solo exhibition, Trace Etc, at Artereal Gallery in March, which developed on the artist's investigations into the blurring between digital reality and real life and the tensions between CGI/Artificial Intelligence/robotics and more organic or natural elements.

Digital Forest uses our connection with objects to explore the alienation that exists in an increasingly connected, but ultimately disconnected world.  By integrating complex technologies with everyday components, the artist merges the familiar and the unfamiliar. His work creates an uncanny feeling, indicative of the isolating nature of our digital existence.

Underbelly Arts develops and presents work from the boldest new voices in Australian art and was established in 2007 as a response to the number of artists working out of their bedrooms and in warehouses, in isolation. As a kind of social experiment, it sought to bring all those artists under the one roof and expose them to one another, and to new audiences.

Earlier this year, we produced a short in-studio film with Tully Arnot about his practice, which you can watch here

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