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In Devolution Garry Stewart collaborated with Canadian roboticist Louis-Philippe Demers, UK video artist Gina Czarnecki and London based costume designer Georg Meyer-Wiel to create a startling and unique world. Situating humans in communion with 30 robotic machines and prosthetics, Devolution explores the relationship between robotic and human performers within an artificial ecosystem. Imbued with ritualised process Devolution explores mutualism, territoriality, parasitism, predation, symbiosis and senescence to suggest that in the midst of technology we remain subject to the instincts of the flesh.

Devolution won the Helpmann Awards Best New Australian Work and Best Lighting in 2006.

To view roboticist Louis Philippe Demer’s website and find out more about the Human and Robot Performance of Devolution click here. 

Devolution was assisted by the Arts SA Major Commission Program and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, through the New Australian Stories Initiative and its Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Incorporated, the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts and Sydney Festival.