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GEOFFREY DRAKE-BROCKMAN

Artist Information

Geoffrey Drake-Brockman is a cybernetics artist specialising in large-scale public installations. His autonomous robotic and optical artworks interact with audiences to bring about dynamic human/machine performances based on mutual feedback.

 

Geoffrey has exhibited in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Singapore, Denmark, New York, and London. He has shown work at the National Gallery of Australia, The Singapore Art Museum, and The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. His public commissions include the eleven-metre-tall robotic sculpture Totem at the Perth Arena, the cosmic ray-activated automaton Readwrite at the NEXTDC Data Centre, and the interactive light sculpture Surface at the Perth Children's Hospital.

 

"My background in Computer Science informs on ongoing project to create automata - interactive, self-determined, expressive machines - that test distinctions between person and artefact. I seek to create works that are able to support unique, emergent, ongoing, dialogues between viewer and art object."

 

"I am fascinated by robot mythologies - popular stories about 'made beings' such as Pinnochio, Coppelia, and Frankenstein. My work crystallises from these mythic possibilities to create technological agents that are behaviourally free, deeply connected, and that dwell here, among us."

 

"In many of my works I include a reflective element - a mirror. This inclusion is deliberate, as I see every created being as a kind of mirror. The implication is that the relationship between creator and created is ultimately reciprocal. Via the precession of simulacra our creations reveal in us aspects of an 'inverse Pinocchio' – the real boy who wishes he was wooden."

 

For more explanation see Geoffrey Drake-Brockman's TEDx Talk Created Beings or CNN's Great Big Story video Art of the Future in the right hand panel, or Geoffrey's paper: Created Beings: From Commonplace Motifs to Robot Myths and Simulacra presented at the Cyberworlds 2015 interdisciplinary conference on cybernetic realities.

Geoffrey Drake-Brockman has been exhibiting since 1986 with shows in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Denmark, New York and London.  He has had major exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia in 2001 and in 2005, Singapore Art Museum (2010) The Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (2002), The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, (2007) the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award (2004), Sculpture by the Sea (Bondi, Cottesloe, and Aarhus/Denmark; (2001 - 2014), and Collaborative Concepts in New York (2002). Other solo exhibitions include Linton and Kay (2016), Goddard de Fiddes (1997) and The Hooper Gallery in London (1991). Geoffrey won the National Sculpture Prize Highly Commended Award in 2001 and the Peoples’ Choice Award in 2005. 

 

Geoffrey was born in Woomera, South Australia in 1964 and is based in Perth, Western Australia. Geoffrey completed a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of Western Australia in 1985 and a Master of Visual Arts at Curtin University in 1994. Geoffrey has undertaken a number of large-scale Public Art Commissions including the 11m tall robotic artwork “Totem” for the Perth Arena (2012), and an external kinetic work called “Readwrite (2014) for the NEXTDC Data Centre in Malaga. Geoffrey has received the Sir Charles Gardiner Art Award in 1993, the Princess Margaret Art Award in 2003 and the 1997 AIIA National Award for Excellence in Information Technology. 

 

Geoffrey Drake-Brockman trained as a painter at Curtin University Art School and his early work was figurative, colourist, painting. Since 2000 Geoffrey’s work has been primarily sculptural and technology-enabled. The artist notes; “I am interested in the social impact of technology, a theme which I approach formally with geometric and colour based composition, as well as implementing electronic, interactive systems in my work. I seek to create autonomous works that are able to support unique, emergent, ongoing dialogues between viewer and art object”. Geoffrey sets out more detail on his conceptual basis in the talk he gave at TEDx 2013 in Perth, WA.

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2016     Looking Glass, Linton and Kay, Perth

2010     Floribots, Art Garden, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2007     Floribots, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth

2002     Clownhead, (collab. R. Kuhaupt) The Breadbox, Perth

2001     Geoffrey, (collab. R. Kuhaupt) The Verge, Perth

1997     The Identity Appliance, Goddard de Fiddes, Perth

1993     Augmentations, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle

1991     The Hooper Gallery, London, UK

1987     Greenhill Galleries, Perth

 

 

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

 

2017    SKY, Perth Winter Arts Festival Main Activation, Interactive Installation

2016    Surface, Perth Children's Hospital, Interactive Light Sculpture

2015    Curl, Carter Lane Park, Subiaco - Exterior Sculpture

2015    Luminous, Chinatown, Perth, Exterior Interactive Light Sculpture

2014    Rain on Water, Butler Train Station – Interior Sculpture

2014    Readwrite, NEXTDC Malaga Data Centre – Exterior Robotic Interactive Sculpture

2012    Spiral, Northbridge Police Complex – Exterior Sculpture

2012    Totem, The Perth Arena – Interactive Sculpture and Laser Installation    

2010    Headspace – Interactive Sculpture for Christ Church Grammar School

2009    Counter, Transart – Interactive Sculpture in Central Perth    

2008    Autobot, Automotive TAFE – Interactive Robotic/Optical Sculptures    

2008    Optic Alley – Interactive Laser Installation in Central Perth    

2007    Anemone, 3X3 Forrest Place – Interactive Sculpture for Central Perth    

2005    Transfiction – Laser Sculpture on Parliamentary Triangle Axis, Canberra    

2004    LaserWrap – Permanent Laser Sculpture on the ACT Heath Building, Canberra    

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2018    Curious Characters, The Morris Museum, NJ, USA

2016    Machines and Makers, Mundaring Arts Centre, WA

2014    Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney, NSW

2014    Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA

2012    City of Joondalup Invitation Art Exhibition

2011    Sculpture by the Sea, Aahus, Denmak (Europe)

2011    Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA

2010    Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA

2009    Out of the Box, Holmes a Count Gallery

2006    Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA

2005    National Sculpture Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

2005    Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA

2004    Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Prize exhibition, Melbourne

2003    Luminous Image, Collaborative Concepts Art Gallery, New York, USA    

2002    Sculpture from Sea, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney    

2002    Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney    

2002    Mnemotech, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth    

2002    Biennale of Electronic Arts, Perth

2001    National Sculpture Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

2001    Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney    

2000    Suburb, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA)    

2000    A Multi-Story City, City of Perth Invitation Art Award

1999    Shaky Ground, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA)    

1992    Pulit8, Pulit Artspace, London, UK

1989    New Works, Greenhill Galleries, Perth

1987    Triyptych, Praxis, Fremantle

1986    Sixpack, Praxis, Fremantle

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

2007    Orlan Post-Graduate Masterclass, Institute of Advanced Studies, UWA

1994    Master of Arts (Visual Arts), Curtin University School of Art

1991    Life Drawing, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK

1985    Bachelor of Science (Computer Science), University of Western Australia

 

 

AWARDS

 

2005    People’s Choice Award, National Sculpture Prize, National Gallery of Australia 

2004    National Exemplar, Year of the Built Environment

2003    Princess Margaret Search for Genius Art Award 

2001    Highly Commended, National Sculpture Prize, National Gallery of Australia

1997    Australian Information Industry Assn. Award for Excellence in Information Technology

1993    Sir Charles Gairdner Annual Art Award

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

2017    DUSTMAN, Emily A, Geoffrey Drake-Brockman - Cybernetics Artist, E-Squared Magazine, Issue #3

2017    DRAKE-BROCKMAN, Geoffrey, Mirror Beings - Robot Complexity, Myths, and Simulacra, Digimag 76

2015    DRAKE-BROCKMAN, Geoffrey, Created Beings - From Commonplace Motifs to Robot Myths and Simulacra, Cyberworlds Conference 

2015    SASAKI, Kasuo, Floribots Robotics and Japanese Origami, Tokyo University of Technology School of Media Science 

2015     UEHARA, Kenneth, 30 Hypnotic Kinetic Sculptures You Can’t Ignore, Hongkiat 

2015    CAUSA, Emiliano, Invasión Generativa, La Plata National University of Argentina

2015    Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Drake-Brockman

2015    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/gdrakebrockman/videos

2013    TEDx Talk: http://www.tedxperth.org/created-beings

2013    BEVIS, Stephen, Mechanical dancer a life work, The West Australian. 19 April

2012    KLICH, Rosemary & SCHEER, Edward , Multimedia Performance, Palgrave Macmillan

2012    BEVIS, Stephen, Totem Tribute to Robotics, The West Australian. 5 November

2007    SPENCER, Ric, The West Australian - Visual Arts. 10 Feb

2005    RICHARDSON, Elvis, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 15 July - 9 October 2005, Artlink. Vol 25 no 4

2005    WARDEN, Ian, The Canberra Times. 15 July, p3

2004    FIRTH, Dianne & BARNEY, Jane, Landscape – Journal of the Institute of Landscape Architecture

2003    GENNOCIO, Ben, Using Illumination to Truly See, The New York Times Arts Review. 28 Dec

2002    ERICKSON, Dorothy, Mnemotech : sense + scape + time + memory, Artlink. Vol 22 no 4

2002    GRALTON, Beatrice, Craft Arts International. Vol54, p70

2001    BROMFEILD, David, The West Australian. 24 March

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