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Mari Velonaki


E: m.velonaki-ampersand-acfr.usyd.edu.au
P: +61 2 9351 5847
F: +61 2 9351 7474

Room 108
Rose Street Building J04
The University of Sydney 2006 NSW

PhD UNSW 2003,
BFA (Hons 1) UNSW [COFA] 1997

I have worked as a researcher and artist in the field of interactive media since 1995. I have proposed a new theoretical foundation for interface design that promotes intimate and immersive relationships between humans and machines based on my concept of ‘amphidromos,’ a meeting point beyond action and reaction and prior to discourse—a brief moment of recognition between two parties. My position has been experimentally demonstrated through a series of interactive artworks—24 catalogued exhibitions during 2002–07—that engage the spectator/participant with digital and robotic ‘characters.’ Many of these have been selected as case studies in academic monographs.

In 2003 I initiated and led a major ARC art/science research project ‘Fish–Bird: Autonomous Interactions in a Contemporary Arts Setting’ in collaboration with Drs Rye, Scheding & Williams. The project created a new theoretical foundation for communication between humans and machines that incorporates notions of trust and shared intimacy.

In 2006, with Dr David Rye, I co-founded the Centre for Social Robotics within the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, University of Sydney.


Mari Velonaki, works 1997-2006.

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