Western Digital screening, Charleroi Belgium

LI-MA Presents: digital trees and talking machines
Saturday, 24 June, 2023 QUAI10 in Charleroi, Belgium
Programme: 20:30
Entrance: €6


LI-MA has had the honor to curate a digital art program taking place at arts center Quai10 in Charleroi during the festival Canaux, Pays-Bas x Pays-Noir.

Thanks to communication technologies working at the speed of light, we are everywhere, all the time. We are in constant contact with each other, but what does that mean, and what are the consequences? In this video screening programme, artists ask themselves and us how we are connected to each other and the surrounding landscape in technological times. Curator Sanneke Huisman selected six video works made between 1970 and now, which are each from the LI-MA collection. Together they show a broad palette of new relationships between people, landscape and technology through the lens of video art. A colorful procession of analogy tricks and digital techniques breaks through existing boundaries of the natural and the artificial. Find yourself surprised by early experiments with the video camera, get lost in a dilapidated digitized primeval forest and become familiar with the strangest AI creations. With works by Steina, Broersen & Lukács and Emile Zile, and more!

This event is made possible with the support of ‘Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Belgium’.

ACMI Podcast interview

Amber Gibson interviewed me about humour, performance, technology and gesture in her ongoing series that profiles artists working at ACMIX.



ACMIOnline · Making dark comedy with Emile Zile

Logical Conclusions/Automation Effects


Curated by Mark Andrejevic, Laura McLean, and Joel Stern, this free experimental program at Miscellania club features artists, musicians, writers and researchers thinking with and against the logic of digital automation, algorithmic culture, and AI in order to trouble and subvert systems that extract, aggregate, model, and predict.

With performances and presentations by Monica Lim, Sean Dockray, Mara MacDonald, Vaughan Wozniek O’Connor, Roslyn Orlando, Emile Zile, Zacharius Szumer, Jathan Sadowski, Tom Smith, Sahej Rahal, Shareeka Helaluddin, Karen Ann Donnachie and Andy Simionato.

Logical Conclusions/Automation Effects is part of the 2022 ADM+S Symposium ‘Automated Societies: What Do We Need To Know?’ showcasing the Centre’s distinctive cross- and multi-disciplinary approach to automated systems and exploring a range of critical current and emerging problems, challenges, and conceptual questions.

Logical Conclusions/Automation Effects is presented by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society and Liquid Architecture.

Third Year PhD Milestone complete

Entering the final stretch of my practice-based PhD at Digital Ethnography Research Center RMIT. Presentation to outside assessor occurred on 5 July 2021, no revisions required.

Next steps;
– Revise and rewrite chapters on public performance works ‘4500 Lumens’, ‘Audience / Performer / Lens (after Dan Graham)’, ‘Becoming The Icon’
– Write concluding chapter and refine introduction chapter
– Confirm public screening and talk in late 2021 at ACMI Cinemas

Print Screen, a new podcast and event for the National Gallery of Victoria

I am producing a series of podcast interviews and a live weekend of events for Melbourne Art Book Fair, Melbourne Design Week commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria. Full event program below, the live event will be streamed via NGV website.

Podcast audio production by Carl Anderson, Graphic Design by Lauren Messina

Melbourne artist Emile Zile hosts a podcast series and live event for Melbourne Art Book Fair and Melbourne Design Week at the NGV.

Looking at the state of alternate publishing and new forms of distribution, PRINT SCREEN will host discussions on the widespread disruption of traditional media channels and the accelerating digitisation of shared cultural consumption. Via podcast and live forum PRINT SCREEN will open up a vital discussion on the new waves of publishing and promotion that are located in simultaneously public and private realms.

What are the possibilities for new forums of cultural dispersion? Is there any escape from software after Covid? Where is the new gatekeeper? Who is making new claims? Is this moment of destabilisation a significant opportunity to reimagine publishing?

Saturday 27 March – Great Hall, NGV International

Newsletter DJ (Tiesto) LG Hill
Christopher LG Hill plays his newsletter live and direct, chopping download links and slinging .zip archives. Taking his esoteric and wide-ranging email newsletter as a starting point, Melbourne artist, publisher and musician LG Hill flips the great (dance)hall on its ear for Melbourne Art Book Fair.
Listen to Emile Zile interview Chris at Print Screen podcast.

NFT fireside chat with Joe Hamilton and Nic Hamilton
Digital Artists Joe Hamilton and Nic Hamilton talk about their individual video practices and the newest category of commercial art, the NFT. Join us for a jargon-free primer for those curious about all that is non-fungible.
Followed by audience Q+A

Sunday 28 March – Great Hall, NGV International

Digital Self-Publishing with Amelia Winata, Diego Ramirez and Anador Walsh
Art Criticism is migrating online, join leading local writers and editors to discuss digital art criticism, self-publishing and the challenges and limitations of being very online.
With Amelia Winata of MeMO review, Anador Walsh of Performance Review, Diego Ramirez of Running Dog
Followed by audience Q+A

Static Bodies, Networked Bodies with Shian Law, Lilian Steiner, Harrison Hall and Sam Mcgilp
During COVID-19 dancers found new ways to move. How did dancers and choreographers publicise and distribute themselves under pandemic conditions? What was learnt in the great pivot to digital, what is to be kept? What is to be left in 2020?
Followed by audience Q+A
With Shian Law, Lilian Steiner. Harrison Hall and Sam Mcgilp

4500 Lumens, NGV Triennial EXTRA Performance

4500 lumens
Emile Zile

Continuing with his ongoing interest in light as a carrier of information, be it the projected image, shadow play or expanded cinema performance, Emile Zile presents a new performance in the Gothic and Medieval galleries of NGV International for Triennial EXTRA. Referencing the scientific measurement of light and the once-new technology of the candle as a participant in the development of the Western artistic tradition, his new performance takes place in a subdued, dark environment surrounded by five hundred year old devotional wood carvings.

Emile Zile is an artist, filmmaker and performer. Utilising a darkly comical re-use of media broadcasts, communication protocols and online platforms, his work reflects a distributed humanity, a yearning for transcendence and the limits of language. Emile Zile is a PhD candidate at Digital Ethnography Research Centre RMIT and is profiled in ‘Australiana to Zeitgeist: an A to Z of Australian Contemporary Art’ 2017 Thames & Hudson and ‘Companion to Mobile Media Art’ 2020 Routledge.

Jan 29, Feb 3, 6, 8, 10, 12
8:00 – 8:20pm
Gallery 13 Level 1

Connection in Times of Isolation


What role do we want technology to play in connecting our art practices to the wider world? What skills are artists working in isolated or remote parts of the world equipped with? Can issues such as digital saturation and digital inequality be overcome in order to create a more sustainable future?

Like many regional artists, Kim Goldsmith and Alana Hunt often create work in relatively isolated parts of Australia. In contrast, Jessica Olivieri and Emile Zile both practice in metropolitan areas, but have been no less impacted by the isolation imposed by lockdowns. What can these artists teach each other about isolation and digital connection, and how might this inform our thinking about where to next as arts practitioners?

Online Conversation on 25 Nov 2020

AEST: 03:30pm – 04:30pm
ACST: 03:00pm – 04:00pm
AWST: 12:30pm – 01:30pm

Pandemic Playlists

During Plague 2k20 *the big PAUSE* I have been having conversations with Melbourne-based artists, writers and creative operators about their responses to COVID-19 and what media they are consuming while under quarantine, lockdown, isolation and/or temporary hiatus… While our bodies are slowed and our antennas are raised I’ve tried to capture some of the social histories of CV-19.

Subscribe on all major podcast platforms [Apple, Spotify, Google, WWW, RSS]


Sound by Carl Anderson, Graphic by Lauren Messina.
Pandemic Playlists is supported by the City of Melbourne Covid19 Quick Response Art Grants.

Becoming The Icon – Premiere August 19

Becoming The Icon is a film in which the language of power manifests in familiar yet uncanny ways. Echoing the rhythms of political speech and gesture, artists Lilian Steiner and Emile Zile reveal the ways in which truth and conviction are more than abstract concepts, instead finding surprising roots in our embodied experience.

As debate and propaganda, intimidation and manipulation are all played out through posture, stance and gesture, the secret vocabulary of power is made apparent.

Both intimate and distanced, Becoming The Icon invites you into a seductive realm with a hidden agenda.

Becoming The Icon is the feature project of BLEED between 17 August – 30 August. New works and content will be going live throughout the feature dates.


Response to Metahaven exhibition Field Report for RMIT Design Hub


REFLECTING ON FIELD REPORT We have been reflecting on Metahaven: Field Report through the words and voices of contributors drawn from across Melbourne’s diverse creative community.

Metahaven: Field Report reflection series: Local Melbourne-based artist, filmmaker and performer Emile Zile recalls his experiences of the exhibition from the perspective of isolation.
Created as a response to Metahaven: Field Report (7 March – 9 May, 2020), exclusively developed for RMIT Design Hub Gallery, RMIT University and presented in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

Field Report was conceived and designed by Metahaven, Netherlands.

Guest exhibition curators: Brad Haylock (RMIT) and Megan Patty (NGV).