Some Reviews,
& Blabberings

Synarcade is no doubt experimenting with technology and successfully integrates aspects of VJ culture into their multimedia productions. What is quite unique however is that their style and concept opens it up to a different audience, who are not standard theatre audiences or those that would necessarily engage in hybrid arts practices. It is incredibly accessible …."
Virginia Hyam, Studio Executive Producer, Sydney Opera House

"This form of innovation that both draws upon research into the experience of everyday life and yet retains the immediacy and openness of live performance should be recognized as at the forefront of contemporary artistic practice today.”
Dr.Charles Merewether, Artistic Director & Curator, 2006 Biennale of Sydney

"Heads and tales have audiences transfixed" Sydney Morning Herald 2018. Read full article


"Emergence is a fascinating show and delivers a genuine poignancy, inspired by a profound recognition that human virtues and failings are inextricably intertwined."
The Age, Melbourne

“Mark’s creative work is at the very cutting edge of interactive arts practice at the moment and what I find particularly exciting is his pioneering creation of unique technology for each of his multimedia projects.”
 Jennifer Wilson, The Project Factory

"Head-turning" IntelQ

"The world's weirdest 12-headed choir!" Popular Science (US)

"How did they do that?!" Cablevision (US)

"An eerie yet melodic experience" Discovery Channel

"It is hard to do justice to just how successful Synarcade have been in merging the trappings of technology with the concerns of a theatrical experience."

“The technological delight that is the [Lumiphonic Creature] choir is like nothing Australia may have seen locally.  A work of this calibre is more commonly seen offshore where experimentation across mediums is encouraged and more commonplace.  It would be my great pleasure to see this work grow as it challenges medium, perception and interaction through performance and visuals that is unique unto itself.”
Annie Laerkesen, Director, Artist Residency Program, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Australia.

"[Emergence is] a unique and groundbreaking artistic and cultural phenomenon.”
Metro Screen

"Emergence takes audience interactivity to a brave new level"
Drum Media

Canberra Times

“[Emergence is]... an explosive performance of curiosity, science and in-depth thought about what the ‘perfect’ human could possibly be.....”
Carved Media Empire

Generation Q

"Meddling with genes raises plenty of issues for lawyers, doctors and radio shock jocks to argue about, but Emergence turns this ethical minefield into an interactive multimedia performance involving film, theatre and music"
Sydney Morning Herald

 “Certainly I found [Emergence] a most stimulating exploratory performance experience with thought provoking interactivity built into the concept….I found the gentle humour and quietly challenging propositions very refreshing.”
Tamara Winikoff, Executive Director, NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts)


CV for Mark Bolotin, Founder/Director of Synarcade

Personal Details:

• Mark Bolotin


• Founder and Artistic Director, Synarcade Audio-Visuals
• Co-Founder and Co-Director of Hyphen Hub, New York.
• Multimedia Practitioner/Director/Technologist
Multimedia Tutor and Audio-Visual Coordinator


• 2001 - onw.     Founder and Artistic Director, Synarcade Audio-Visuals
• 2013 - 2017     Co-founder, Co-director, Hyphen Hub Inc., New York.
• 2013                 Multimedia Producer, Remy Toledo Galleries, New York.
• 2001 - 2013      Private Tutor: Multimedia, Interactive Technology and Film. Uganda, Kenya, China.
• 2001 - 2010      Multimedia and Interactive Visuals Producer, Design Portfolio Pty Ltd
• 2008                 Peer Member, Assessment Board for Inter-Arts office, Australia Council of the Arts
• 2006 - 2007      Co-Producer/Artistic Director “Emergence”, Sydney Opera House
• 2002 - 2007      Multimedia Tutor, Audio-Visual Tech Assistant, Metro Screen
• 2004                 Multimedia Director, Children and Development, Plan International Australia


• 2021        Masters of Fine Arts (Directing) - NIDA
• 2014        Course: Isadora – Using Technology for Theatre with Mark Coniglio, New York
• 2008        Diploma in Digital Visual FX. Metro Screen
• 2006        Graduate Diploma of Interactive Multimedia, Computer Graphics College (CGC), Sydney.
• 2003        Certificate in DVD Production and Authoring, Metro Screen
• 2001        Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree with Distinction, University of Sydney
• 1998        Sydney University Alumni Scholarship
• 1998        Old Sydneian’s Union Scholarship
• 1997        Completed High School Certificate  (TER 99.75)
• 1996        Business Skills Tertiary Program: Technology (IBM Australia)

Selected Multimedia/Interactive Work:

• 2021        ETC: Experiments in Theatre and Cinema. National Theatre of Parramatta.
• 2020        Icarus – a new multimedia adaptation of the myth. Writer/director. (NIDA)
• 2020        Blood – Jack R.Reilly music video for ABC/Triple J Unearthed. Director (NIDA/Triple J)
• 2019        Lumiphonic Creature Choir Multimedia Rock Opera showcase, Bilpin (NSW).
• 2018        Performance at TEDxBlighStreet (Australia).
• 2018        Performance at SymbioticA’s “Quite Frankly Conference on Frankenstein”, Perth.
• 2018        Solo show: “The Museum of Faces”, 107 Redfern Sydney.
• 2018        Delegate to the Future Innovators Summit, Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria).
• 2018        Performance at TEDxSydney to 5,400 people, ICC Sydney (Australia).
• 2018        Interactive Visuals for Vivid Sydney: Art as Catharsis Showcase at 107 Projects.
• 2016        Alchemy, with choreographer Jennifer Muller, National Center for Performing Arts, Beijing.
• 2016        The Museum of Faces. Solo show, Immersive Gallery, Beford Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
• 2016        The Warhol Project, multimedia dance (US/Holland) in collaboration with the Warhol Estate.
• 2015        Honorarium Project: Burning Man 2015 (US) – The Lumiphonic Creature Choir, Nevada, USA.
• 2015        Headline performance A Night with the Creatures, The Bell House, Brooklyn, New York.
• 2015        Guest performance at the Giorgio Gomelsky Living Memorial, The Red Door, New York.
2015        Live Visuals for Jennifer Muller dance, NYLA - New York Live Arts, New York.
• 2014        Invitation to showcase at SXSW Interactivity/Music Conference (Austin, TX, USA).
• 2013        The Lumiphonic Creature Choir support Moby at Surreal, New York.
• 2013        Showcase and Salon of The Cult/Creature Choir at The Red Door, Chelsea, New York.
• 2013        Installation: The Creature Choir, Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU), Zagreb, Croatia.
• 2013        Films on Media Façade, Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU), Zagreb, Croatia.
• 2013        Multimedia Theatre Workshops, Shanghai, China.
• 2012        The Lumiphonic Creature Choir showcases in New York City:

  • Union Square Park Pavilion, Manhattan, New York
  • New York Hall of Science, Maker Faire, New York
  • Casita Maria Arts and Education Center, Bronx, New York
  • Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn, New York
  • Flux Factory, Long Island City, New York
  • Three-Legged Dog Art & Technology Center, New York
  • Winkel&Balktik Laboratory Event, Brooklyn, New York

• 2012        Broken Stone Showcase, interactive visuals, Canberra, Sydney, Kyneton, Melbourne.
• 2011        Vivid Showcase, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney.
• 2010        Four Elements, 360 deg dome film, ANAT Dome Lab, Perth , Australia.
• 2010        The Lumiphonic Creature Choir (prototype), Underbelly Arts Festival & Cockatoo Island.
• 2010        Reflections at Dusk, multimedia showcase). Arthur Boyd Education Centre, Bundanon.
• 2010        Live Interactive Visuals. Bands: Grizzly Bear (US). Sydney Festival 2010.
• 2009        Holographic Forms, Taipei, Taiwan.
• 2009        Movers and Shakers, large-scale interactive multimedia event (Nigel Jamieson, Artistic Director). Sydney Festival First Night, Martin Place.
• 2009        Interactive Audio-Visuals. Buraka Som Sistema (Portugal), Throwing Muses (US), Four Tet (UK). Sydney Festival 2008.
• 2008        Token’s Elephant.  new media installation, Sydney Children’s Festival, Carriageworks.
• 2008        Natural Visions, film installation. Qingdao, China.
• 2008        Interactive Visuals (live),  Krafty Kuts (UK), Caribou (Canada), Kora (NZ).
• 2007        Emergence: Build Your Own Being, interactive multimedia performance, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts House, Canberra Street Theatre
• 2007        The Galapagos Submergence, audio-visual performance, The Kirk, Sydney.
• 2007        Interactive Visuals (live), Incredoble Beatbox Band (Kapan), Quan (Aus), Shapeshifter (NZ).
• 2006        Slam. Sydney Writer’s Festival 2006, Sydney Theatre Company.
• 2006        Siesta (Gauche) launch,  live interactive visuals, Sydney Opera House.
• 2006        Holoface,  Knot Gallery.
• 2005        Reflections and Trains, large-scale multimedia installation, Cockatoo Island Festival.
• 2004        Demophobic, interactive film event, Balmain Film Festival.
• 2001        Creator’s Creation, Next Wave Digital Media Project, Melbourne

Selected Commercial Multimedia/Interactive Work:

• 2016        Co-Director – Arts Hub, Creative Tech Week New York.
• 2016       Warhol Project, multimedia work in collaboration with the Warhol Estate. (Holland)
• 2014        Live visuals for Cary Nokey (Lady Gaga’s producer).
• 2011        Centenary Celebrations, visual installation for Commonwealth Bank, Royal Exhibition Hall.
• 2010        Interactive Visuals for Volkswagen, Brisbane.
• 2009        Intearactive Multimedia Installation for Panasonic Asia
• 2006        Live Visuals for Jaguar.

Selected Short Film Works:

• 2006        Trials of Flight
• 2005        Take My Hand. Music Clip (Gauche). ABC
• 2002        Land of Honey - Documentary
2001        Magnetic
• 2000        Creator’s Creation

Selected Grants/Awards:

• 2018        Selected as a delegate for the Future Innovators Summit, Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria).
• 2017        LMCC/New York State Council for the Arts Creative Engagement Recipient, NYC.
• 2016        Intel-Q publication on The Lumiphonic Creature Choir  project.
• 2016        Editor’s Choice (x2), World Maker Faire, New York City.
• 2015        Burning Man Honorarium project, Nevada, US.
• 2014        Published in “Light Works – Experimental Projection Mapping”, Murano, 2014. (Italy).
• 2012        Editor’s Choice, World Maker Faire, New York Hall of Science. (US)
• 2012        Creative Culture Fund recipient (Aus).
• 2011        Australia Council for the Arts: Inter-Arts grant, Multimedia Project Development.
• 2010        Underbelly Arts Festival grant (Aus).
• 2009        Arts NSW New Cross-Platform Work grant.
• 2009        Australia Council for the Arts: Music Board grant, New Media Arts work.
• 2008        MEGA (Mobile Enterprise Growth Alliance) award: Best Concept.
• 2008        Digital Visual FX Scholarship, Metro Screen.
• 2007        Sydney Opera House Work Co-Funding Scheme.
• 2007        Australia Council Inter-Arts (New Work) grant.
• 2006        Best Director, Best Screenplay. Newcastle Shootout Film Festival.
• 2002        Multicultural Mentor Scheme, mentor: Yahoo Serious, Film and Television Office NSW.
• 2001        Best Film. Woodford Film Festival.
• 1997        Sydney Morning Herald: ‘1997 Young Writer of the Year’.


• 2012        Residency Unlimited artist residency, New York City, USA.
• 2012        Motopeni Education Community, Nairobi, Kenya
• 2012        Suubi Community Centre residency, Luganda, Uganda
• 2010        Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), Dome Lab Residency, Perth
• 2010        Arthur Boyd Bundanon Artist Residency, Shoalhaven
• 2010        Legs on Wall development residency, Lilyfield
• 2009        Artspace Residency, Sydney
• 2009        BigCi Residency, Bilpin, NSW
• 2006        AFTRS LAMP Multimedia Development Residency, Milsons Island

Selected Teaching/Mentoring Roles:

• 2014 – 2016        Hyphen Hub workshops
• 2013                     Multimedia Theatre Workshops, Shanghai, China
• 2012                     Voices from Africa, Multimedia Workshops,Kenya, Uganda, Mali.
• 2001 - 2013        Private Tutor – Multimedia, Interactive Technology and Film, Australia
• 2007                     Panellist: Vibewire E-Festival of Ideas
• 2005                     The Art of Vjing, workshop at Res-Fest International Digital Festival (Syd)
• 2004                     Plan Youth Film Workshops, Plan International Australia
• 2003-2006          Tutor, Channel Free, Metro Screen. community film/editing workshops for kids



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