Presented by Metro Arts

Assembly Now Online is a virtual experience of Sally Golding’s recent installation, which inaugurated Metro Arts’ Gallery One at West Village, as part of Brisbane Festival 2020, on view from 3 – 27 September, 2020.

Simulating and expanding the physical installation, participants in the online version will be immersed in a work that plays with perception, interactivity and unexpected encounters – including the viewer’s own reflection captured and integrated within the artwork.

Assembly Now Online has been developed as a collaboration between Sally Golding, Spatial (Matt Spendlove) and Tim Cowlishaw.

Assembly Now uses the interface of the mirror to elaborate the psychology and technology of emergent algorithmic software, which functions  as a contemporary screen filtering our emotions.

We live in an age of ubiquitous photography– selfie culture, and surveillance capitalism– facial recognition and eye tracking. Emotion analytics software used in neuro-marketing and image recognition is a blend of psychology and technology– capturing data on expression, to assume correlations in mood determined by machine learning.

A discussion between artist, Sally Golding, and writer and researcher, Kate Warren, about Assembly Now, can be read here.                    


30 September – 14 October 2020


Online – via ‘VIRTUAL ACCESS’ link above


To experience this work online, you must use a mobile, laptop or desktop device that has camera and audio access. 

We STRONGLY recommend headphones to avoid feedback.

It is possible you will encounter other participants in our virtual space – please behave as if you were in the gallery IRL.

Please note, this work can be viewed online at any time but works best when there are multiple people in the space.


Sally Golding – Artist
Spatial – Artist
Tim Colishaw – Artist

Image courtesy of the artist. 



Sally Golding is an artist from Meanjin/Brisbane whose work considers participation and liveness in audiovisual art as a mechanism for shared experiences and dialogues within technological contexts. Golding’s participatory installations are audiovisual compositions which spatialise the viewer’s presence via reflection and image caption, questioning states of perception across new models of contemporary portraiture. Golding’s live audiovisual performances are edgy and intense– unravelling in the style of a ‘happening’ to incorporate aspects of the performance space. Performances and exhibitions have included: Tate Britain, Serralves Museum (PT), Digital Culture Centre (MX), Whitstable Biennale (UK), CAM2 (ES), Sound of Stockholm, Abandon Normal Devices (UK), San Francisco Cinematheque, Melbourne International Film Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image; Institute of Modern Art (AU), Contemporary Art Tasmania, South London Gallery and Tromsø Center for Contemporary Art (NO). Golding received the Oram Award 2017 (New BBC Radiophonic Workshop/PRS for Music Foundation) for women innovating in sound and creative technologies, and was selected for the prestigious SHAPE Platform 2019 for innovative music and audiovisual art in Europe.



Spatial (Matt Spendlove) is an electronic musician, audiovisual artist, creative technologist and curator from London whose work pushes the dynamics of sound system culture incorporating low frequency vibration, hacked code, and optisonic experiments. Spatial combines a preoccupation with emergent behaviour, rule based repetition and chaotic systems with an ability to shape dubbed out, cracked and reductive sonics into audible geometric form.



Tim is a researcher and creative technologist originally from London, now based in Barcelona. Across a mixed up career spanning the arts, design and technology, Tim has been creatively working with web technologies, AV media, data and machine learning for over a decade. His principal interest is in work which encourages dialogue between the practice of technology development and critical approaches drawing upon STS, Anthropology and the Humanities. In particular, he interrogates and documents the subjective experience of agency in our interactions with technology, cultures of measurement and how algorithmic views of the world shape and discipline choice and behaviour. Tim has presented work at Sonar+D, Eufonic Festival, Reworks Festival and Theorizing the Web, as well as leading the development of AI-produced documentary Made By Machine (2018) for BBC Four.                               



Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.