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11 July 2018

Victorian experimental art collective Cake Industries is having a stellar year, fuelled by a Creators Fund grant from Creative Victoria.

Cake Industries

Cake Industries: Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen

Cake Industries is artist duo Jesse Stevens and Dean Petersen, whose eclectic practice utilises mechatronics, robotics, carpentry, 3D printing, and reworked everyday objects to create anthropomorphic and autonomous sculptural works.

In December 2017, it was announced that Cake Industries would receive $30,000 in the inaugural round of the Creators Fund to support an extended period of professional development, research and experimentation. The fund is designed to give creative practitioners more time, supporting bold evolutions in their creative ideas.

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This week, the collective reported on the progress of their work, which has involved new experiments in pneumatics, the fusion of human anatomy and mechanism, pure mechanical movement and the development of video/audio collage and object fusion techniques.

“We've found ourselves reaching even further than our original scope into live performance fusing video/sound/sculpture into a live improvisational set, including building new technology and custom equipment to allow that,” Cake Industries writes.

“We can't express enough how important funding opportunities like this are for artists like us, where materials even for exploration are a significant cost of producing work, and for allowing time for exploration without the pressures of also earning enough income to survive…Our huge thanks to Creative Victoria and the Victorian Government for this fantastic opportunity, this will benefit our career for years to come.”

The collective has announced an open studio event at their facility in Scarsdale on Saturday 18 August, showcasing their progress and experiments from the Creators Fund period — details to be announced soon.

Cake Industries has also opened a new gallery space in the small regional town of Linton, which will serve as a testing ground for their own work and the work of other experiment artists, as well as live art.

Later in the year, Cake Industries will travel to Germany and Austria where they will spend six weeks, researching and meeting with artists who have set up permanent spaces and experiences that sell tickets for visitation, transforming their artistic practice into viable tourist attractions.

Cake Industries are currently showing work in the Port Fairy Winter Weekends Festival, running until Monday 23 July. Visit Port Fairy Winter Weekends for program information.

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Applications to the next round of Creators Fund are now open, until 5pm on Thursday 26 July.

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