Photo by Marc Pricop

Andy Bates is a new media artist, designer and researcher based in Brisbane, Australia, whose creative practice focuses on facilitating new and novel experiences for audiences within interactive art installations. Andy’s work applies his experience in interaction design to a reflective process of making, where environment, materials, electronics and audience experience are explored within a creative conceptual framework.

The key interests that guide this conceptual framework are theories of Biophilia, meaning the innate connectedness people feel towards other forms of life (flora, fauna and humans) and Sense-making, which is the way people make sense of the world. Concepts currently explored within Andy’s creative practice include reflection, anticipation and safety.

Andy has exhibited work both locally at the Sunshine Coast New Media Art Prize (Noosa, QLD), Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival (Imbil, QLD), Robotronica Festival (Brisbane, QLD), SHAPE of Things To Come (Brisbane, QLD) and internationally at the Ars Electronica Festival (Linz, Austria) and Japan Media Arts Festival (Tokyo, Japan).