PluginHUMAN is a multi-award-winning art duo led by Dr Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer. PluginHUMAN are at the progressive edge of their field, providing audiences with new cultural, environmental and scientific perspectives. Their artworks address the leading questions and concerns of our times.
PluginHUMAN’s work centres around the art of illumination. They create projection mapping and video artworks, and LED immersive multi-sensory environments. They use the medium of light to translate complex data into meaningful audience experiences.
PluginHUMAN has created commissioned artworks for institutions such as the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea), Questacon (Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre), the Melbourne Museum (White Night Festival, Australia) and Experimenta (Australian triennial touring media art exhibition). They have exhibited in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. PluginHUMAN were awarded the Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Art Fellowship (2019/20); they’re developing new carbon neutral and carbon negative materials and working methods. They have also won Good Design Awards (2020 and 2018), and a Victorian Premier’s Design Award (2017).
PluginHUMAN has an acute understanding of the role that technology plays in contemporary society. They reimagine new technologies to produce artistic innovations, creating meaningful large and small scale audience experiences for indoor spaces and outdoor public arenas.
Dr Betty Sargeant is a multi-award-winning, internationally recognised media artist. She is co-creative director and artist with the art-technology duo PluginHUMAN. Betty creates multi-sensory installations with a focus on disappearing the interface.
Betty has exhibited internationally (Asia, Europe, The United States, Australia). She was the Melbourne Knowledge Fellow (2016), was artist-in-residence at the Exertion Games Lab, RMIT University (2017-19); and was creator-in-residence at the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea, 2016-17). Betty’s PhD was ranked top three at the CHASS Prize (2015). Her CV is available on LinkedIn. She has academic publications and regularly speaks at public events. In 2019 Betty represented Australia in a federal government cultural delegation to India focusing on partnership building and future collaborations (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Asialink 2019).
Betty has created media art installations for institutions such as the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan, 2018), Questacon (the National Science and Technology Museum, Australia, 2018) and the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea, 2016 & 2017).
Justin Dwyer is a globally recognised, multi-award-winning digital artist. He is co-creative director and artist with the art-technology duo PluginHUMAN. Justin specialises in media art installations, real-time projection mapping (TouchDesigner), electronic music (AbletonLive), and he reimagines new hardware technologies. He has exhibited internationally – Asia, North America, Australia.
Justin was top 5 at the international Lumen Prize (2015), and his audio collaborations have led to 3 ARIA Award nominations (Australia’s premier music awards). Justin was artist-in-residence at the Exertion Games Lab, RMIT University (2018-19); and was artist-in-residence at the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea 2017).
Justin has created media art installations for the Banff Centre (Canada, 2015), Dork Bot (USA), the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan, 2018), C-Lab (Taiwan 2019) and the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea, 2016 & 2017). Justin’s CV is available on LinkedIn.