New media artist who works in the areas of animation,
installation and interactives. Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.
Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1975. van[AT]vansowerwine.com
Represented by Stills Gallery, Sydney
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2001 Honours in Media Arts, RMIT University
2000 Bachelor of Media Arts, RMIT University.
1997 Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne.
2013 It's a jungle in here (with Isobel Knowles), The Rocks, Sydney. Part of ISEA 2013.
2011 It's a jungle in here (with Isobel Knowles), Screen Space, Melbourne. Part of the 2011 Melbourne Festival.
2009 Hold My Hand and We'll Be Safe, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2009 A Child's Eyes: Van Sowerwine, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW.
2007Small Beasts, Stills Gallery, Sydney.
2006 Purikura Infestation, Area 58 and State Library of Queensland, Brisbane. (collaboration with Alice Lang for MAAP (Multimedia Art Asia Pacific).
2006 Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth, Johnston Gallery, Perth.
2006 Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth, Museum of Brisbane.
2005 Fantastic Animals, Antipodes Gallery, Sorrento
2005 Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2005 Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth, Republic Tower, Melbourne
2004 What Big Eyes You Have,
West Space, Melbourne
2002 Play With Me, Centre for Contemporary Photography,
2001 Small Horrors. WestSpace Gallery, Melbourne (collaboration
with Camilla Hannan)
Selected Group Exhibitions
2013 Experimenta Speak to Me, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
2013 Responsibility, Vogele Kultur Zentrum, Zurich, Switzerland.
2012 CyberArts 2012, OK Centrum, Linz, Austria. Part of Festival Ars Electronica.
2012 Cinekid, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012 Selectively Revealed, Chulalongkorn University Art Space, Bangkok, Thailand
2012 Selectively Revealed, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan.
2011 Selectively Revealed, Aram Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
2011 Experimenta Utopia Now, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington.
2010 Premier of Queensland's National New Media Art Award, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
2010 Experimenta Utopia Now, Blackbox, Melbourne, Carriageworks, Sydney, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland,
2009 Trouble in Toyland, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne.
2008 While You Were Sleeping, Kick Gallery, Melbourne.
2008 International Digital Art, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China.
2007 Arc Biennale, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane.
2007 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney.
2006 Experimenta Under The Radar , ICA, London, UK.
2006 Greatest Hits/Previously Unreleased Tracks, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.
2006 Experimenta Under The Radar. FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool. UK.
2006 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise.
2006 Martine Corompt, Sophie Kahn and Van Sowerwine, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2006 Liquid Aesthetics, Black Box, Melbourne.
2005 Toy Takeova, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne and The White House, Brisbane.
2005 The Influence of Anxiety, Blindside, Melbourne.
2005 Basics media festival, Gallery 5020, Salzburg Austria.
2005 Move on Asia, Japanese tour: Tokyo
Wonder Site, Tokyo, remo, Osaka, +Gallery, Aichi.
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2004 Media City Seoul New
Media Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art.
House of Tomorrow, National tour: Adelaide, Brisbane and
2003 Experimenta House of Tomorrow, Black Box,
2003 WestSpace Goes Downtown, Downtown Art Space,
2002 Nouveau Noir, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne.
2002 Trigger: Game Art, Gamma Space Gallery, Melbourne.
2002 The Open Museum Net.Art @ The Irish Museum of Modern Art,
2001 d>gest, Arts SA Gallery, Adelaide.
2001 Pacemaker. Ed Video Media Arts Centre, Guelph,
2001 Welcome to Junkiesville. Casula Powerhouse,
2000 dArt>00. City Exhibition Space, Sydney.
Part of the Sydney Film Festival.
2000 Blink. Australian Centre for Contemporary
Art, South Yarra.
A Next Wave Festival 2000 event.
1999 Times Own. First Site Gallery, Melbourne.
Part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
1998 F1 Digital Arts Festival, The Public Office,
2007 Galerii 008, Tallinn, Estonia
2007 Genialiste Klubi, Tartu, Esonia
2006 Sundance Film Festival, USA
2005 Chicago International Film Festival, AFI Fest (Los Angeles), Cinanima (Portugal), Stockholm international Film Festival, Anima Mundi (Brazil).
2005 Cannes Film Festival, in competition, France.
2005 Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane International Film Festivals.
2004 Move On Asia: Animation & Single
Channel Video Art Festival, Loop, Seoul, Korea
2003 NewFest 2003:
The 15th Anniversary New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
2002 Reanimate International Festival of Web Based Animation,
Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
2002 Femmedia, WOW Film Festival,
Fox Studios, Sydney
2002 Melbourne Queer Film Festival,
2002 Mardi Gras Film Festival, Dendy Bar, Sydney.
2001 Auburn International FIlm Festival for Children and
Young Adults, Reading Cinemas, Auburn, Western Sydney.
2012 Award of Distinction, Interactive Art, Prix Ars Electronica 2012.
2010 Winner, Premier of Queensland's National New Media Art Award.
2010 People's Choice Award, Premier of Queensland's National New Media Art Award.
2009 Experimenta Commission with Isobel Knowles.
2007 Finalist, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney.
2007 Residency at MoKS center for Art and Social Practice, Estonia.
2005 Golden Hugo for Best Animation, 2005 Chicago Film Festival.
2005 Special Distinction, Cannes Film Festival.
2005 Australia Council RunWay grant.
of Film Victoria Short Film Fund, with Philippa Campey
2003 Recipient of Experimenta New Visions Commission (with Isobel
2001 1st prize, Animation, National Student Film and Video Festival
2001 Highly Commended: Yoram Gross Animation Award, 2001 Dendy
Short Film Festival (Gillian).
2001 Recipient of B(if)Tek WINK Award (Best Electronic Arts by
a Gal) (Girlplay).
2000 2nd prize, Fest on the Net competition, Next
Wave Festival 2000.
2000 Animation Finalist: in 2000 National Student Film and Video
festival (Roller Coaster).
2000 Highly Commended: Visual Arts category, Melbourne Fringe
Festival (Times Own).
1998 Best Animation: RMIT Film and Video festival (At Night)
1998 Recipient of RMIT Union Arts Grant for Leg People.
2012 Blair, Ulanda, “Interactivity, agency & the ethics of participation”, RealTime Apr/May 2012 #108 p22.
2012 S?odownik, Agnieszka, "Interaction Design", dwutygodnik.com #92 2012 (Polish).
2012 Warren, Kate, "Animated Encounters with Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine", Excerpt Magazine #03 2011 pp 59-62.
2010 Walton, Saige. “The future with a foot in the past”, RealTime April/May 2010 No 96 p 27
2010 Slack-Smith, Amanda, “A World of Wild Things”. Catalogue essay for Premier of Queensland's National New Media Art Award 2010 catalogue, pp 20-23, published by Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.
2010 McKnight, Brendan. “You Were In My Dream” Desktop magazine online, March 4.
2009 Tofts, Darren. “Innocence Uncut” Photofile March-June 2009 No 86 pp 30-35.
2009 Modra, Penny. "Trouble in Toyland: Review", The
Sunday Age, 25th September 2009, M Magazine p. 26.
2006 Zuvela, Danni. "Internet incarnate", RealTime and OnScreen, Oct - Nov 06, No. 75 p. 2.
2006 Louise, Dany. "A Magical Early Warning", Metro (Liverpool), June 13 2006, p. 21.
2006 De Groot, Vanessa. “Doll’s House With A Twist”, Courier-Mail, 9th June 2006 p. 39.
2006 Gallasch, Keith. "Living Dolls and sentient wheelchairs", RealTime and OnScreen, Dec 05 - Jan 06, No. 70 p. 55.
2005 Engberg, Juliana. “The Little Girl in Van Sowerwine”, Melbourne International Arts Festival Visual Arts Program 2005 Catalogue, pp. 57 – 65.
2005 Sullivan, Eve. “Anne Landa Award”, Art & Australia Vol 42 No 4 Winter 2005 p 599.
2005 Millner, Jacqueline. "Anne Landa Award", Broadsheet Vol 34 #1 March - May 2005 p. 56.
2005 Gallasch, Keith. "Who
wins: video or new media art?" ,
RealTime and OnScreen, #65 February/March 2005.
2005 Ascroft, Michael. "New
media art: Techno meets avantgarde", Artlook, #8
Julianne. “Squeeze Me Please”, Photofile, #72
Spring 2004, pp. 32-35.
Russell. “Crypto-realism. BitterSweet: Contemporary Australian
Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales”, Art Monthly Australia #168
April 2004 pp. 37-41.
2003 Gye, Lisa. “Future Longing”, RealTime
and OnScreen, Dec 2003 – Jan 2004 No. 58 p. 27.
2003 Strickland, James. "West Space Art Exhibition", dB
17 September 2003 p. 45.
2003 Strahan, Lucinda. "Homes of the Future", The
Age, 11th September 2003
2003 Hale, Eleni. "Experimenta: House of Tomorrow - Future Shack", Scene Magazine, #20, 10/9/03, p. 35.
2003 "Experimenta House of Tomorrow", Desktop,
Issue #185, September 2003
2002 Haig, Ian. "My
Brain Hurts" RealTime and OnScreen, Nov-Dec 2002 No.
2002 Early, Jaye. The
Noir Connection, RealTime and OnScreen, Jun-Jul 2002
2002 Early, Jaye. Play
With Me at CCP: Unspeakable interactive realities, RealTime
and OnScreen, June -July 2002 No. 49.
2002 Crawford, Ashley. From the dark speaks art, The
Age, 29th May 2002 The Culture p4.
2001 Whitelaw, Mitchell. net.art: a polymorphous survivor
in Working the Screen 2001, RealTime and OnScreen,
October-November 2001 No. 45, p3.
2001 ORourke, Claire. Steel City with an Electrofringe
on top, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2nd October, p. 18.
2001 Piper, Christine, Queen of Arts: Tactical intervention
Strategies, Passing Show, Issue 7, Volume 20, October
2001, pp. 16 17.
2001 Courtin-Wilson, Amiel, dir. Emerging Artist:
Van Sowerwine for
youth arts series Chromatic for ABC digital.
2001 Poole, Jean. Girlplay Nerves ThreeDWorld,
Issue 558, 18th June 2001 p. 60.
2000 Boyle, Deborah, Digital lets artists push new boundaries,
The Australian, June 22nd28th, Media p. 13.
2000 Girlplay featured on Stunned ArtZine (http://www.stunned.org)
1999 Antony, Rachel, Fringe Just Wants to Have Fun, The Melbourne Times, Wed Sept 29th 1999, p. 11
1999 Girlplay featured on Rhizome new media arts site
2003-2004 Board Member, Experimenta
2002-2004 Committee member, WestSpace
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