PluginHUMAN is a multi-award-winning art-technology duo featuring Australian artists Dr Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer. They have exhibited in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. PluginHUMAN create projection mapping and video art; sculptural and community artworks; and immersive audio-visual environments. They translate data into meaningful aesthetic, multi-sensory audience experiences, addressing some of our most pressing cultural-environmental-scientific issues.
PluginHUMAN has created commissioned artworks for institutions such as the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea), C-Lab (Taiwan), the Melbourne Museum (White Night Festival, Australia) and Experimenta (Australian triennial touring media art exhibition). They were awarded the Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Art Fellowship (2019/20), where they’re developing new carbon neutral and carbon negative materials and working methods. They also won a Good Design Award (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 the public arena.
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. Betty represented Australia in a federal government cultural delegation to India focusing on partnership building and future collaborations (Asialink 2020).
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.