Dr Troy Innocent
Swinburne University of Technology
Dr Troy Innocent is a world builder, iconographer and reality newbie. Since 1989, he has been constructing languages and evolving artificial worlds. He has received numerous awards, including Honorary Mention, LIFE 2.0: Artificial Life, Spain (1999); Foreign Title Award, MMCA Multimedia Grand Prix, Japan (1998); and Honorary Mention, Prix Ars Electronica (1992). Innocent is currently Senior Lecturer, Games & Interactivity, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
Innocent has been exploring new aesthetics enabled by computers since 1989. Deconstructing and understanding the endemic properties, language and nature of the digital realm has been the underlying theme of his work. Trained as a designer and practising as an artist, he has moved across media in works involving digital games, generative systems, artificial life, computer animation, installation, interactive media, synthetic images and sound. His work has been exhibited widely at national and international galleries, conferences, and symposia, including Ars Electronica in 2004.
Typically, these works involve the construction of artificial worlds that explore the ‘language of computers’. His media arts practice explores the connections between artificial systems such as language and natural processes abundant in life. In this work, Innocent explores the dynamic between the iconic ideal and the personal specific, the real and the simulated, and the way in which our identity is shaped by our language and communication.
The languages evolved and constructed for these works became the focus of his PhD thesis on the poetics of digital media: a model for interaction, representation, structure and algorithm articulated via a system for human-computer expression.
Innocent recently completed a residency at Tokyo Wonder Site that investigating urban art environments and locative media projects that respond to the urban spaces of Tokyo. Other recent works include Semiomorph (ISEA02, Nagoya, Japan), Iconica; trans’forms (Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, Australia), lifeSigns: eco-system of signs and symbols (2004: Australian Culture Now, ACMI, Melbourne, Australia), and Scenes from Ludea (SIGGRAPH2006, Boston, USA).
His most recent major work is a commission for the Digital Harbour precinct within Melbourne’s Docklands entitled Colony. Innocent has developed a public art practice that uses materials and motifs that draw upon the language of the contemporary urban landscape that aims to integrate art into the environment itself. Typically augmented by electronic light and sound, his urban art environments are inspired by themes of play and participation that invite the audience to become part of the work through interaction.
Innocent is represented by Tolarno Galleries and Hugo Michell Gallery.