Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine both have a Bachelor in Media Arts from RMIT University Melbourne. Their recent interactive installation, It’s a jungle in here won an Award of Distinction at the 2012 Ars Electronica festival. Their animated short, Clara won a special mention at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.Their other collaborative artworks have been exhibited at the ICA London, FACT, Liverpool, Media City Seoul and the Art Gallery of NSW. You Were In My Dream won the 2010 Premier of Queensland’s National New Media Art Award.
Isobel Knowles is a Melbourne based artist who incorporates animation into film-making, installation, music videos, and cross-platform performance work. Her aesthetic is inspired by children's book illustrations, shadow puppetry and dance videos. Most of her work explores audio-visual relationships, often including animated interpretations of music through movement and narrative.
Van Sowerwine works across the areas of stop motion animation, interactives, photography and painting. Her work explores ideas of childhood and its darker underpinnings. Inspiration comes from miniatures, old toys, amusement parks, strange animals and vintage children's books.
Tarwin is half of Touch My Pixel, a small company specialising in game design and development. He also codes for the web using Flash, HTML and CSS as well as server-side and content management systems. Touch My Pixel programmed the ScaryGirl game which was nominated for a 2009 AFI award.
Tarwin programmed You Were In My Dream using Flash and made it run incredibly smoothly despite the resource intense nature of combining a live video feed with a video and interactivity. During our month long run in Melbourne the work didn't crash once, an incredible feat.
Duncan worked overseas constructing children's playground equipment and theatre sets before returning to Melbourne to complete a carpentry apprenticeship.
Duncan built the housing for You Were In My Dream. This was a complex challenge because not only did the work have to be a beautiful structure in its own right, it also needed to house the complex components and be light enough to travel. In addition, Duncan built us a custom animation bench for our shoot and showed incredible patience throughout the many challenges that came his way.
James Cecil is better known as SuperMelody, a creator of fine pop music. His debut album Destination Unknown is due for release in early 2010. In 2009 SuperMelody released the EP Life is Like Glass. James is also currently part of electronica act Qua and is formerly of Architecture in Helsinki.
James used a variety of techniques to create the sound for You Were In My Dream. Our favourite was sticking his head in a bongo and growling to mimick a wolf inside a log. He worked to a very tight deadline and managed to wade through our simultaneously vague yet pedantic directions to produce a naturalistic and fantastic soundtrack.