Professor Mari Velonaki

Professor Mari Velonaki has worked as an artist and researcher in the field of interactive installation art since 1995. Mari has created interactive installations that incorporate movement, speech, touch, breath, electrostatic charge, artificial vision and robotics. In 2003, Mari’s practice expanded to robotics, when she initiated and led a major Australian Research Council art/science research project ‘Fish-Bird: Autonomous Interactions in a Contemporary Arts Setting‘ in collaboration with robotics scientists at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics.

In 2006 Velonaki co-founded, with Dr David Rye, the Centre for Social Robotics, a centre dedicated to interdisciplinary research into human-robot interaction in spaces that incorporate the general public. In 2007, Mari was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship and in 2009 she was awarded an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship.

Velonaki’s artworks have been exhibited worldwide, including: Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Art Museum Beijing; Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea; ZENDAI Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh; Millennium Museum – Beijing Biennale of Electronic Arts; Ars Electronica, Linz; Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art; Conde Duque Museum, Madrid; European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück; Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand; Arco, Madrid; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Ton-Build-Spektakel, Zurich; Aros Aarhus Museum of Modern Art, Denmark.

Institution affiliations

The University of New South Wales
National Institute of Experimental Arts
Creative Robotics Lab

Adjunct Associate Professor
The University of Sydney
Australian Centre for Field Robotics


  • PhD in Experimental Interfaces, College of Fine Arts,
    University of New South Wales, 2003
  • BFA (Hons 1) in Media Arts, College of Fine Arts,
    University of New South Wales, 1999