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Artist biographies

Marian Abboud is a multi-disciplinary Western Sydney based artist. She works across various technologies to create projected images that feed into performance, installation and site-specific works. Marian graduated from University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Visual Communication in 2002. She has exhibited extensively locally and nationally and has collaborated on many dance and performance based projects.

Heath Franco’s practice is primarily based in video, although the process of production and exhibition of works is also concerned with photography, performance, costume, sound, music, digital media, video special effects, and installation. His videos are structured with respect to flow and rhythm rather than traditional plot narrative and, in turns, attract and repulse the viewer through a mix of hyper aesthetic, catchy jingles and absurd, grotesque performances. Franco’s works are informed by explorations into Western popular culture and leisure, domesticity/notions of ‘home’, and contemplations on human existence and the possibilities of space-time.

Jerry Kahale is a multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, composer and Club Weld music facilitator. He began his involvement in music as a means to relate and communicate to people, a strategy for dealing with his Aspergers. Jerry picked up the guitar at the age of 13, studied music after high school and then got into audio engineering and composition. After tackling the online challenge, Weekly Beats 2012 (to compose a song every week for one year) Jerry ventured to Information and Cultural Exchange to participate in his first multimedia project, Parranormal. He has since worked at I.C.E. on a number of other project including, Pearls of Granville (2013); and his first film score for Lost in the Woods (2014).

Nicola Morton is an Asian-Australian artist that uses DIY and experimental processes in composition, performance and video making. She studied a Bachelor of Music Technology at Queensland Conservatorium of Music and is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts at Sydney College of Art. She has composed for Javanese Gamelan and Classical ensembles in Australia and Indonesia, but musically has spent the last 7 years focusing on analogue synthesizers and free improvisation, touring Europe, China and the USA. The National Film and Sound Archive has collected a set of her solo experimental electronic recordings. Her video art, ‘Remote Viewing Experiment #1’ was also shortlisted in the 17th International Contemporary Art Competition (formerly Videobrasil).

James Nguyen makes videos, performances and installations. He sets up situations with the camera so that people can start conversations and think about the issues around them. His interests include watching and taking ideas from films, tv and documentaries to test them out in his own work. James hopes to continue collaborating and meeting amazing creative people by simply making art and talking about it with others. Art is just an excuse for something else.

Naomi Oliver’s current artistic practice is based mainly around digital video, animation, sound, performance and installation. For a couple of years she has been creating digital glitch images and animations, and has have always liked to use software in ways it may not have been designed for, to see what will happen. She has also been creating craft-based sculptural pieces that reflect her interest in the digital (such as embroidered and woven ‘glitch’ imagery). Her practice ultimately celebrates and exposes the flaws in technology.