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A romantic mutiny in a maelstrom of data.


Nancy Mauro-Flude’s Divination is a live performance installation at Dark Park’s Goods Shed. Divination – traditionally a method of visualising the unseen – highlights the ease of access to so-called ‘private data’ and offers an alternative view of the information we transmit on a daily basis. Audiences will be chaperoned by human and non-human agents (that is, ‘chatbots’) called Pirate Girls, through an energetic collision of nautical mythology, computer culture and transgressive fiction.

Mauro-Flude says of the project “Divination explores the idea of personal data as a new form of modern treasure – it also highlights the talismanic logics of island cultures and formidable pirate women who survive as fugitives against all the odds”.

By looking at issues of privacy through a performative lens the work exploits the “opt-in” strategies of marketing and consumer culture that we know so well; Facebook, Instagram, Loyalty Cards, Terms of Use and Location Tracking, which are just some of the ways we willingly sacrifice our privacy in exchange for convenience, leaving digital footprints in our wake. As Divination trawls through a sea of metadata, analytics and profiling, audiences will find themselves trying to make sense of what is actually at stake when a networked entity is given control of so-called private data.

Presented by Contemporary Art Tasmania and Dark Mofo.

A 21st century Dada WIFI Salon. Join the performance as the Pyrate Queen sets sail on her maiden voyage – audiences must register at they do, the remote performance begins.

Performance – Maiden voyage
–> 10 June 18:00 <–
–> location: Dark Park Goods Shed <– there will be sea shanties, friggin’ in the riggin’ and a jolly roger or three.

Ongoing Installation

–> exhibited for the duration of Dark Mofo 10–19 June 2016 <–

Twitter: @Pyrate_Queen


Artistic Director | Concept | Performer –  Nancy Mauro-Flude (TAS): art-punk provocateur: a writer, producer, curator, interdisciplinary artist and performer. Her work explores how we articulate the resonances and dissonances between performing arts and computer science, within the context of the contemporary art. Driven by the demystification of technology, and the ‘mystification’ that lie in and through the performance of the machinic assemblage. Gray magics, hijackings, driftings and seizures of power are many of the sensitive and subversive subterfuges by which the artist urges, twist and explores the esthetic politic of the open source spirit. The artists attempt to grapple with practices and talismanic logics of island cultures does much to prick the art world with a potent needle.         


Executive Producer –  Alexander Godschalk (NL): international freelance producer and project manager in the fields of art and culture. Since 1993 Alexander has developed & produced International exhibitions and art projects. Highlights include MoBA – Fetishism in Fashion, The Netherlands (2013); Micol Assael – Fomuska, Russia (2009); Yoko Ono – Odyssey of the Cockroach, Russia (2008); Sonsbeek – Grandeur, The Netherlands (2008); the realization of the 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russia (2005); Giant Pink Rabbit with artist group Gelitin, Italy (2005); and from 1993 to 2000 he worked closely with Marina Abramovic coordinating her projects, from theatre shows to sound & video installations, at international venues, museums and festivals including Balkan Baroque at Venice Biennial (1997) – which was awarded a Golden Lion. Godschalk enjoys producing site-specific projects in unconventional environments and locations where he is required to creatively invent almost every aspect in order to realise the project.

Australian Producer Contemporary Art Tasmania – Kylie Johnson (TAS): artist, administrator and curator. In 2010 she returned to Hobart after working at Artspace, Sydney to take up the position of Exhibitions & Public Programs at Contemporary Art Tasmania. She has sat on Tasmanian and national panels as well as curated and worked on projects including; Shotgun (2010-14) with Detached Curator, Craig Judd, Network Art Forms: Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits with Curator Nancy Mauro-Flude (2013), Iteration:Again, public art projects & symposium with Director, David Cross (2011), and One Way or Another, Artist self-organisation in NSW, symposium with Reuben Keehan & Blair French, Artspace, (2009).

Digital Stage Technique / Web Design – Linda Dement (NSW): Sydney based artist who has worked in arts computing since the late 1980s. Originally a photographer, her digital practice spans the programmed, interactive, performative, textual and virtual. Her work deals with issues of disturbance, commingling psycho sexual violent corporeality with the digital and electronic, giving form to the difficult territory of the unbearable and conflicted. Her interactive, programmed and still image work has been widely exhibited internationally and locally, including at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Ars Electronica in Austria, the International Symposia of Electronic Art in Sydney and Montreal and at Impakt Media Arts Festivals in Europe. She is twice winner of the Australian National Digital Art Award and has been awarded a New Media Arts Fellowship by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Technical co-Producer / Digital Art – Matt Daniels (TAS): interactive media developer with a passion for art and technology.  Matt is interested in how people relate to technology and what role it has in art and play. Matt is currently exploring physical computing and taking digital art beyond the screen. Matt was the Systems Designer for Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s highly regarded production ‘LOVE’ (2011). Matt also works as Technical Director with Blue Rocket while teaching Flash animation and interaction at The Polytechnic. Matt has a Bachelor of Computer (Games Technology) from University of Tasmania.

Technical co-Producer / Sound Composition – Nick Smithies (TAS): artist, musician and producer interested in computer/real world interfacing, responsive installation, aleatoric music constructed from found data sets and electronic performance tools. Recent projects include: CTM, Festival for Adventurous Art & Music Berlin, Meta.Morph Trondheim Biennale. He has been known to collaborate with the Tasmanian Artist Blacksmith Association performing durational sound works at MONA FOMA, and has involvement in several networked radio art projects including; I married a dead ice cream, Gijón, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación, Spain; and Convergence, a compilation of Hobart Experimental music by Rough Skies Records and Miss Despoinas Critical Salon.

Lighting Design – Jason James (TAS): lighting designer for over ten years; creating designs principally for new works. His recent credits include ‘Angry Electrons’ 1 000 dimly lit globes programmed to react to body movement DARK MOFO 2015 –  Motel Dreaming, and Galla Placidia; Echo, The Barbarians and Kimisis for IHOS Opera; Big Baby, Pip and Pooch, Shadow Dreams, Sleeping Horses Lie, Love, and The Gatekeeper for Terrapin Puppet Theatre; Born from Animals, Branch Book Bench, The Company I Keep, If I jumped I’d Fly Tasmanian Theatre Company, She’s Not Performing Alison Mann; Birds for M.A.D.E.;  Error_in_Time() for Nancy Mauro-Flude; La Casa Di Signori Marisa Mastrocola and Nigel Kellaway; DJ Shadow, and Meat Puppets at MONA.Projection. Video Artworks publicly exhibited: Death of the Actroid, One Second Life, Instill, Instill 2, Instill 3, Kill Machine, Emo.

Network Engineer – Alexei_Blinov (RU/UK): London-based electronic engineer and new media artist, was trained as a doctor before moving to the UK. In the early 1990s he specialised in large scale high quality laser projections. Since the late 1990s he has been the creative force behind many interactive art projects in the UK. Between 1993 and 1996 he worked extensively in the Netherlands, creating laser projections for scientific events, music and arts festivals and for dance companies. Since 1997 he has worked mainly in the UK creating interactive audio-visual installations at a number of art galleries including the ICA, and the Barbican Art Centre, London. He collaborates with a number of creative artists on a regular basis; including Jamie Reid (widely known for his promotional works supporting the Sex Pistols) and is also privileged to  work with Ciron Edwards. He is founder of experimental organisation Raylab producing creative projects that are based on the wireless networking.

 Network Communication – Danja Vasiliev [GER/RU] Даня Васильев: Critical Engineer born in Saint-Petersburg, currently living and working between Berlin and New York. “..when a person gives self-control over to a computer and accepts the default options without question, that person becomes a cyborg..” Vasiliev studies Systems and Networks through anti-disciplinary experimentation with hardware, firmware and software. Using computational platforms he engages in examination and exploitation of System and Network paradigms in both the physical and digital realms. Based on these findings, Vasiliev creates and exhibits works of Critical Engineering. Since 1999 Vasiliev has been involved in computer-technology events, media-art exhibitions and seminars around the world. He has received a number of awards and mentions at Ars Electronica, Japan Media Art Festival, and Transmediale, among others. He gives public workshops and talks, as well as regularly teaching courses on topics of network insecurity, software/OS modification, hardware re-engineering, digital forensics and other technology related subjects. In his work and daily computing, Vasiliev uses GNU/Linux software.
He propagandizes Open Source practices in all facets of life.

Kinetic Stage Engineer – Guy Paramore (TAS): works primarily to commission, with several prototypes of limited production items in development. Guys’ practice centres on understanding manufacturing techniques, awareness of sustainability in design, openness to innovation, new ideas, methods and materials and the blending of contemporary and classical design and making. website

Dramaturg – Briony Kidd (TAS): Tasmanian-based writer and director and has written and/or directed short films that have screened around the world, including the acclaimed short animation ‘Sam and Piccolo’ and the Gothic melodrama ‘The Room at the Top of the Stairs’. She recently directed the short thriller ‘Watch Me’. In addition to her own creative pursuits, Briony is the artistic director of the Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival, a showcase of new genre films directed by women and a cross-disciplinary mini-con.

Documentation Manager / Technical Assistant – Aaron Horsley (TAS): inspiring diamond in the rough for all students at the Tasmanian College of the Arts for over a decade. After graduating from the University of Tasmania in 1997 he worked as a graphic designer and multimedia producer for 4 years before being offered role ‘Technical officer’ for E-media at the Art School. During the past decade he has continued with his artistic practice regularly participating in various exhibitions and shows nationally as well as serving on the board of Inflight ARI now known as CONSTANCE. Aaron was a founding member of the 313RGB Collective that began in 2005 which is innovative in its approach to performance and computational media developments in club environments and is an accomplished photographer.

Sound Engineer – Greg Gurr (TAS): is a sound engineer and designer. He has worked in film, theatre, video, radio production, contemporary live music and sound design recently The Barbarians and Kimisis for IHOS Opera. His more than forty years in the industry have taken him from Tasmania around Australia to Chicago and Amsterdam, working for local national and international artists including the Angels, Ted Mulry, Roy Orbison, the Stranglers and Gerald Murnane.

Print Design – Cath Robinson (TAS): is a sound and installation artist based in Hobart, Tasmania. Robinson’s practice explores vulnerable moments of reflection; ums, ahs, pauses and punctuation, the “in between space”, the impossible hiatus between the private processes of thought and the abstraction of language and art. Robinson’s recent group exhibitions include Ghost Hunters, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart 2013; Wonderland: Contemporary Art from Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan 2012. Solo exhibitions include A Composition of Ideas: Reflective Space for the Player Piano, MONA, Hobart 2011; Thought noise wave form preludes, Firstdraft, Sydney 2011; Shotgun, CAST Gallery, Hobart 2010

Storyteller – Jim Woff (NSW): troubadour and bass-player with Sydney band Crow, whose evocative and influential music is widely acknowledged as having left an indelible mark upon the Australian musical landscape. Cited as the ‘best band in Australia since The Birthday Party’(Juice Mag). For the Occasion of Divination – Woff brings his dark and soulful music into the realm of storytelling.

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