The blogsite Telematic Café is a discursive space whose aim is to extend networking and dialogue alongside events – the inaugural event Telematic Embrace – Café and further incarnations of Telematic Café. 

Telematic Café for Geelong After Dark at Little Malop Street, Geelong (Beavs Bar and Vacant shop): Friday, 6 May 2016, 6pm-10pm

Geelong After Dark is co-produced by City of Greater Geelong and Diversitat.

Key artists and partners (see links):

Kazuhiro Goshima (Tokyo, JPN)
Michael Morgan (Batesford, AUS)
Stephanie Andrews, John McCormick, Jordan Vincent and Motion.Lab (Deakin University, Melbourne, AUS)
THE PULSE 94.7FM (Geelong, AUS)
Geelong Amateur Radio Club (Geelong, AUS)

Curator: Marita Batna (Melbourne/Geelong, AUS)

Addressing this year’s event theme – “air” – Telematic Café draws on the nature of air as it signifies immateriality and space, and is titled Telematic Café: On Air. “Telematic communication models” enacted by the project are therefore relating to the capacity of constructing new spaces, highlighting the merge of separate worlds and modes of materiality, in order to expand territories for communication, experience and existence.

Telematic Café at George Paton Gallery: 13 – 29 May 2015

Key artists:

Camille Robinson (Melbourne, AUS)
Travis Cox (Melbourne, AUS)
Tara Elizabeth Cook (Melbourne, AUS)
Richie Cyngler (Melbourne, AUS)
Chris Williams (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

Curator: Marita Batna (Melbourne, AUS)


The first physical version of Telematic Cafe ran at the George Paton Gallery located at the University of Melbourne Student Union. The project focused on investigation of communication networks. It aimed to re-visit the avant-garde visions of enormous possibilities for human exchange through expanded technology-mediated experience in consideration of current critical awareness of networks as inherently manipulative environments used by the systems of power that originated them.

The connectedness in today’s networked reality is taken for granted whereas the early visions of networks such as the conception of telematics explored by media theorist and artist Roy Ascott magnifies the architecture of network systems with their transformative impact on human consciousness and creative potential. It can be seen not just as a utopian perspective but as a way to critically investigate the anatomy of communication, the underlying regulations of the world determined by technological networks and its creative potentialities. How rigid are control mechanisms of network structures? What are the boundaries of manipulation? What is the potential for human relationships and creativity to benefit from mediated networked communication?

The project derived its title from the notion of ‘telematic embrace’ used by Roy Ascott in his essay ‘Is There Love in the Telematic Embrace?’ (1990) [1] and refered to the hope he expressed: ‘(..) brought together in the telematic embrace, we can hope to glimpse the unseeble, to grasp the ineffable chaos of becoming, the secret order of disorder.’ [2]

At George Paton Gallery, Telematic Café – a proposed space of communication – mediated a range of artistic strategies of remote communication and connection of spaces enacting them as “telematic communication models”. These ‘models’ explored the tension between their potential and limitations, the critique of the networked environments and the search for creative possibilities that lie beyond the control systems within these environments.


[1] ‘Telematic Embrace’ is also used for the title of the book (2003), which compiles Ascott’s writings edited by Edward A. Shanken.

[2] Ascott, R 1990, ‘Is there Love in the Telematic Embrace?’, in E A Shanken (ed.), Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology, and Consciousness, 2003, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California, pp. 232-47.








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