Curriculum Vitae

Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine Curriculum Vitae
Born 1980, Ballarat (Isobel Knowles) and 1975, Melbourne (Van Sowerwine).
Live and work in Melbourne, Australia.


2001      Bachelor of Media Arts, RMIT University. (Isobel Knowles)
2000      Bachelor of Media Arts, RMIT University. (Van Sowerwine)

Selected Exhibitions

2017      Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial 2017, Sydney
2016      Public Art Melbourne Biennale Lab, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne. Part of the 2016 Melbourne Festival.
2015      Dwelling, site-specific performance, Footscray. Part of Big West Festival
2014      You Were In My Dream, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.
2014      Journey To Fantastic Lands, QAGOMA, Brisbane.
2014      You Were In My Dream, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.
2014      ANtIMATION, Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Precinct, Brisbane.
2014      In Your Dreams, Counihan gallery, Brunswick, Melbourne.
2013      It's a jungle in here, The Rocks, Sydney. Part of ISEA 2013.
2013      Experimenta at Powerhouse Museum for ISEA 2013, 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      It’s a jungle in here, Screen Space, Melbourne. Part of the 2011 Melbourne Festival.
2011      Experimenta Utopia Now, MONA (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 International Biennial of Media Art, BlackBox Melbourne, and Carriageworks, Sydney.
2008      International Digital Art, Songzhuang Art Museum and Beijing Film Academy Gallery, Beijing, China
2006      Experimenta Under The Radar , ICA, London, UK and FACT, Liverpool
2005      Basics Media Festival, Gallery 5020, Salzburg Austria.
2005      Move on Asia, Japanese tour: Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, remo, Osaka, +Gallery, Aichi.
2004      Anne Landa Award, Art Gallery of NSW
2004      Media City Seoul New Media Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art.
2003      Experimenta House of Tomorrow, Black Box, Melbourne.
2002      Play With Me, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne .

Selected Screenings

2018      Tricky Women International Animation Filmfestival (Austria)
2017      Melbourne International Animation Festival, Puppet Is A Human Too Festival (Poland), New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival (Japan), Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK), Craft Animation Festival (Indonesia), Sommets du cinéma d'animation (Canada)
2006      Sundance Film Festival, USA
2005      Chicago International Film Festival, AFI Fest (Los Angeles), Cinanima (Portugal), Stockholm international Film Festival, Anima Mundi (Brazil), KROK (Ukraine).
2005      Cannes Film Festival, in competition, France.
2005      Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane International Film Festivals.

Selected Awards

2015     Nominated, Design & Realisation in Contemporary Performance, Green Room Awards.
2012      Award of Distinction, Interactive Art, Prix Ars Electronica.
2010      Winner, Premier of Queensland's National New Media Art Award.
2010      Premier of Queensland's National New Media Art Award People’s Choice Award.
2005      Golden Hugo for Best Animation, 2005 Chicago Film Festival.
2005      Special Distinction, Cannes Film Festival.
2004      Finalist, Anne Landa Award, Art Gallery of NSW

Selected Bibliography

2016      "New Rules For Public Art" and "New Rules For Public Art: Part 2" Art guide Australia. Articles written by Isobel Knowles & Van Sowerwine describing the processes of creating Out In The Open.
2015      Bailey, John, "House built at Big West festival for Dwelling, a show about homeless women and children", The Sydney Morning Herald, November 12.
2015      Wilson, Clare, Freelancing in the Creative Industries,The Oxford University Press, pp 21-2, 49-50, 55, 228, 39, 138 2012     
2012      Blair, Ulanda, “Interactivity, agency & the ethics of participation”,  RealTime Apr/May 2012 #108 p22.
2012      Słodownik, Agnieszka, "Interaction Design", #92 2012 (Polish).
2012      Warren, Kate, "Animated Encounters with Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine", Excerpt Magazine #03 2011 pp 59-62.
2011      Barrett, Estelle, Kristeva Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinks for the Arts (Contemporary Thinkers Reframed), I.B.Tauris, pp 5, 60, 83-5, 88, 90-1
2010      Walton, Saige, “The future with a foot in the past”, RealTime Apr/May 2010 #96 p27
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 DreamDesktop magazine online, March 4.
2009      Tofts, Darren, “Innocence Uncut” Photofile March-June 2009 No 86 pp 30-35.
2015      Flanagan, Mary, Critical Play: Radical Game Design The MIT Press, pp 44-47.
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 Mar-May 2005 p.56.
2005      Gallasch, Keith, "Who wins: video or new media art?", RealTime #65 Feb/Mar 2005.
2004      Tunnicliffe, Wayne, Catalogue essay for Anne Landa Award catalogue, p. 35, published by Art Gallery of New South Wales.