Dr Betty Sargeant: Artist

PhD (Creative Media, RMIT University), B.A. (Hons), B.Ed

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 immersive art installations that socially and physically engage audiences.

Betty has exhibited internationally (Asia, Europe, The United States, Australia). She has won Good Design Awards (2020 and 2018) and a Premier’s Design Award (2017) for her progressive artworks. 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).

Betty’s collaborative work with PluginHUMAN

PluginHUMAN: Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer. BREATHE environment controlled light installation
BREATHE: Site specific environment-controlled public light sculpture. On location in old growth forest. Betty Sargeant and PluginHUMAN 2019
PluginHUMAN_Betty Sargeant_Justin Dwyer_Projection Mapping Artist
CONCEAL Projection art: Video art
Betty Sargeant with Primary Source_Melbourne Performance Art
Ship of Fools. Melbourne International Festival. Betty Sargeant (seen standing on top of ship) in collaboration with Primary Source.


2020   Good Design Award: Winner

2019   Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Art Fellowship: Winner

2018   Good Design Award: Winner

2017   Premier’s Design Award: Winner

2016   Melbourne Knowledge Fellow: Winner

2016   Consensus Innovation Award: Winner

2015   PhD Ranked top 3, CHASS Prize


2020-21 CAPTURE. Public video art projection.

                     Rupert Bunny Visual Art Fellowship exhibition, City of Port Phillip, AUSTRALIA.

2020     [ I MISS YOUR TOUCH ]. Interactive online video artwork. **Winner: Good Design Award 2020**

                     Be/Hear-Now Festival AUSTRALIA (2020).

                     ArtPlay, AUSTRALIA (2020).

2020-23 PULSE. Environment-controlled sculptural light installation.

                       Experimenta Triennial, Experimenta Media Arts, AUSTRALIA (pending exhibition).

2019-20 CONCEAL. Public video art projection.

                      Luminous Festival, AUSTRALIA (2019).

                      Light Windows Festival, HoloCenter, NYC, USA; Centre for Projection Art, AUSTRALIA (2020).

2019       HIDDEN CITIES. Interactive art installation.

                      C-Lab, TAIWAN.

2019       BREATHE. Environment-controlled media art installation.

                      Melbourne Museum, White Night Festival, AUSTRALIA (2019).

                      Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong, AUSTRALIA (2019).

                      Digital Agora Festival, AUSTRALIA (2019).

2019       QUEIMADAS [The Burning]. Experimental light installation.

                      INPA, Manaus, BRAZIL.

2019       WITHIN. Experimental video artwork.

                      Dinacon, PANAMA.

2019       THE LOOP. Multi-sensory projection art performance.

                      Melbourne Knowledge Week Festival, Melbourne Meat Market, AUSTRALIA.

2019-23  FRACTAL MOODS. Interactive brain-controlled touring installation.

                      Born or Built, Questacon, AUSTRALIA

2018       DREAM 2.2. Interactive brain-controlled immersive art installation.

                      National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. TAIWAN.

2018       THE WORD TREE. Interactive art installation.

                      Oil Tank Culture Park, SOUTH KOREA.

2018       INTER-DREAM. Interactive multi-sensory art installation.

                     RMIT University, AUSTRALIA.

2017       THE PLAYGROUND. Interactive sculptural light installation.

                      ACT Festival, Asia Culture Centre, SOUTH KOREA (2017).

                      Ararat Regional Art Gallery, AUSTRALIA (2017).

                      State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Knowledge Week Festival, AUSTRALIA (2017)

2016       THE STORYTELLING MACHINE. Interactive immersive art installation. **Winner: Good Design Award**

                      ACT Festival, Asia Culture Centre, SOUTH KOREA (2016).

                      Geelong After Dark Festival, AUSTRALIA (2017).

                      Glen Eira City Art Gallery, AUSTRALIA (2018).


2019       LABVERDE, Artist Immersion in the Amazon, BRAZIL

2019       Digital Naturalism Lab, PANAMA

2018-19 Artists-in-Residence, XGL research lab, RMIT University, AUSTRALIA

2017       Creators Lab, Asia Culture Institute, Asia Culture Centre, SOUTH KOREA

2016       Creators Lab, Asia Culture Institute, Asia Culture Centre, SOUTH KOREA

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Sargeant, B, Dwyer, J, Mueller, F 2020, Investigating Novel BCI Displays that Support Personalised Engagement and Interpersonal Connections, Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), ACM, New York.

Semertzidis, N, Sargeant, B, Dwyer, J, Mueller, F 2019, Towards Understanding the Design of Positive Pre-sleep Through a Neurofeedback Artistic Experience, Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), ACM, New York.

Sargeant, B, Dwyer, J, Mueller, F 2018, Using EEG to Design Embodied Play for the Resting Mind, Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Play Conference, ACM, New York.

Sargeant, B, Dwyer, J, Mueller, F 2018, The Storytelling Machine: A Playful Participatory Automated System Featuring Crowd-Sourced Story Content, Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Play Conference, ACM, New York.

Sargeant, B, Dwyer, J, Mueller, F 2018, Using EEG Technology to Interact with Dream Visualisations: Playful Brainwave Art Workshops, Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Play Conference, ACM, New York.

Sargeant, B, Mueller, F, Dwyer, J 2017, Using HTC Vive and TouchDesigner to Projection-Map Moving Objects in 3D Space: A Playful Participatory Artwork, Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Play Conference, ACM, New York. CHI PLAY’17 ACM, New York.


2020 Behind the Scenes with Immersive Multi-sensory Artworks, ACMI, AUSTRALIA

2020 Extra-Terrestrial Ecologies, Environmental Film Festival Australia, AUSTRALIA

2019     Inter-Reactive Art: Fostering Empathy in the Era of Climate Change, Artist Talk and Discussion, Academy of Art and Design, Tsinghua University, TAIWAN

2019     Art in the Anthropocene, Artist Presentation, Dinacon, LABVERDE, the Amazon, BRAZIL

2019     Inter-Reactive Art: Fostering Empathy in the Era of Climate Change, Keynote Speaker and Discussion Panel, C-Lab, Taipei, TAIWAN

2019     Experimenta Social 24, Artist talk, Experimenta, ACMI X, AUSTRALIA

2018     Korean Arts and Education Week Festival, Artist Talk and Discussion Panel–Live to TV, Oil Tank Culture Park, Seoul, SOUTH KOREA

2018     Art, Automation and Social Identity, Keynote Presentation and Panel Discussion, Taipei Culture Lab, TAIWAN

2018     Art and Design in the Age of Automation, Sensilab, Monash University, Melbourne AUSTRALIA

2018     Presentation Speaker for Melbourne Knowledge Week, Veski Innovation Awards, Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

2018     Customised Reality Opening Ceremony, Guest Speaker and Discussion Panel, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, TAIWAN

2017     ACT Festival, Artist Talk, Asia Culture Centre, SOUTH KOREA

2017     Art, Automation and Social Identity, Invited Speaker, Melbourne Knowledge Week, AUSTRALIA

2017     Beyond Research: Pathways to Impact, Invited Speaker, RMIT University, Melbourne Convention Centre, AUSTRALIA

2016     ACT Festival, Artist Talk, The Storytelling Machine, Asia Culture Centre, SOUTH KOREA

2016     STEM, Art, Technology and Multi-Literacies, Keynote speaker, Australian Literacy Educators’ Association and ACMI, ACMI, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

2016     The Remediation Loop, Artist Talk, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), City University, HONG KONG

2015     Social interaction over shared mobile devices, Invited speaker, /dev/world/2015, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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Betty Sargeant, Artist and Creative Director at PluginHUMAN