MAP Office (Gutierrez + Portefaix) – still from Runscape, 2010 (HD video transferred to Blu-ray, colour with sound, 25 minutes)


Presented by the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) and ISEA2013, Running the City is an experimental, interactive exhibition in which artists deploy a range of electronic media and tactics to both map and move throughout the city. Connecting with the ISEA2013 theme – Resistance is Futile – Running the City plays on the relationship of virtual to real space, exploring how boundaries and points of resistance are circumvented.

Running the City explores through new media art, our movement through the urban environment and the reconfiguring of its operations in ways that are variously liberating and disturbing. The exhibition features Australian and international artists, and combines laboratories and workshops with new and existing video and interactive projects that address the psycho-physical dynamics of our inhabitation and utilisation of city spaces.

Running the City is part of the Curating Cities research project at the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant in partnership with the City of Sydney and Object: Australian Design Centre.

Curated by Felicity Fenner, Galleries Director and Chief Curator, NIEA.

Artists include:

Richard Goodwin + Russell Lowe (Australia)
Volker Kuchelmeister (Australia)
Laurent Gutierrez + Valerie Portefaix (MAP Office) (Hong Kong)
Brad Miller and Ian McArthur (Australia)
Marnix de Nijs (the Netherlands)
Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (Vietnam)