Cameron Bishop and Simon Reis
A Few Appliances and Avatars Talk about Climate Change
10.08.22 – 27.08.22

Bishop and Reis speculate on the internet of things, a future dialogue between avatars and machines that in the singularity gets confused about what is who and who is what. In an objective abstraction ideology is moot, while old analogue forms, digital networks and avatars continue to debate an issue that was lost at COP26.

Bishop and Reis have worked in collaboration for almost 20 years as artists and in curatorial and production roles. Simon Reis is an installation artist and engineer and recently completed his Masters of Public Art from RMIT. He has worked in production roles on numerous public art projects, inlcuding Treatment, Six Moments in Kingston and Front Beach Back Beach with Cameron and David Cross. As an artist he has been the recipient of public art commissions and awards including Australia Council and Creative Victoria grants. Shortlisted – with Bishop (and the collaborative group, Bozo Ink) – three times for the McClelland Gallery Outdoor Sculpture Award Bishop & Reis’ ongoing interest in new and old media technologies, disruption and surveillance saw them awarded a City of Melbourne Arts grant in 2019/20 to produce the public artwork, Wonder Room for One. Cameron Bishop (PhD) lectures at Deakin University and has written extensively on art in the public sphere. Since 2013 he has initiated, curated and produced a number of large scale public art projects including Venetian Blind (with David Cross and in conjunction with the Venice Biennale) and the Treatment Public Art Project with City of Wyndham. He has worked with Anne Wilson as a co-artist and curator on numerous large scale public art projects including White Night and Sounding Histories.

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