Fully Automated Human Touch


Much of the food we eat today is never touched by human hands until the moment we lift it to our gaping mouths.

Fully Automated Human Touch is that same mouth agape with awe (and some disgust) at where we find ourselves. Merinda and Matt explore the choreography of food automation, questioning sustainable mass production of food, and how it might deprive us of embodiment, appreciation, sensuality and generosity. When automation delivers on its promise to provide all of our “basic needs”, what will the world look like? Maybe there will be no labour left for us to do but dance…


Fully Automated Human Touch is a work-in-progress installation and performance by collaborators Merinda Davies and Matt Cornell.

With 1 week of development and 3 public audience tests at SuperCell Dance Festival leading to a recent performance as part of Behind The Golden Doors by Placemakers Gold Coast and a screen based showing as part of Community Transmissions online residency and a residency at ReadyMade Works.

Click to read our sci-fi short Mono-Cheezel recently published in U+ZINE by Plurality University.

click for BIOs of all artists

Watch below the dual-channel film screened at Powerhouse Museum Sydney, as part of Counter Magazine speculative fiction commission. May 2021.


Co-created and performed by Merinda Davies and Matt Cornell with future creative team include Michael Candy as kinetic sculpture and roboticist and Ana Tiquia as futurist and writer with composition from Anna Whitaker, outside eye from Taree Sansbury, studio visits from Ric Roser, native food consultation with Paula Nihot and peer support from members of The Farm collective including Laurie Young, Kate Harmen, Gavin Webber, Grayson Millwood and more!

Fully Automated Human Touch has so far been supported by:


BIOs of co-creators:

Matt Cornell is an Asia-Pacific based choreographer working to ask better questions. His career interrogates how we embody systems – social, cultural, political, or technological – and in turn how these systems embody us by forming communities and informing identities. His work takes multiple forms including dancing, performance, sound composition, writing, podcasting, and curation, in varying contexts including in theatres, galleries, public spaces, and online. Across these radically different contexts is the core effort of creating spaces, events, and experiences through which we can gather, to share something which might give rise to new ways to know ourselves and each other and the stories we tell ourselves. That we may get better at living together.

Matt’s work has won numerous awards across film, stage, composition and choreography. He continues to work with incredible teams. He is the founder of Wombat Radio podcast (2013-present) and a founding member of Style Impressions (breakdance) Krew, Dance Makers Collective and The Pump (an team of professors and artists from Philippines, Malaysia and Australia). His music compositions have performed at Sydney Opera House and Extreme Sports DVD’s and his choreographic collaborations have toured Asia and Europe and Australia either in rock concerts, on stages or in residency exchange.

Merinda Davies (b.1991) is an artist using performance, movement, installation and conversation to question the current structural paradigm of inequality. Her work is inspired by the environment, human and non-human social structures and the possibilities available to us in future imaginings. Her practice aims to find clarity and connection in the external world through deep listening, observation, and research into the emotional and physical states in our internal worlds. She grew up on Bundjalung land in Northern NSW, and is currently living on Kombumerri land in the Yugambeh region of South East QLD. 
Merinda is currently working on solo and collaborative projects commissioned by the Institute of Modern Art, Gold Coast City Council, Outer Space and The Walls Artspace. She is currently an artist in Generate GC, an initiative between GCCC and Situate Art in Festivals. 

She is a founder and core creative for Umwelt Collective a performance art collective, creating work that sits at the cross section of installation, dance, physical theatre and digital art.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *