Jesse Stevens b. 1981 Adelaide & Dean Petersen b. 1975 Dandenong

Media Artists Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen have worked under the collaborative pseudonym of Cake Industries since 2006. They are artists, tinkerers and futuristic dreamers. Their practice concentrates on electromechanics, handmade electronics, lighting, and robotics to create anthropomorphic, autonomous, self regulating objects to investigate ideas of reality, future, and culture. Heavily influenced by 1950s science fiction dystopia, their work blends old world sensibilities with new world perspective to present an anachronistic representation of society.

They also present a wide range of creative workshops, and collaborative projects which enable participants to connect not only with new skill sets and media arts technology, but one another to form new relationships and self learning possibilities.

Solo Exhibitions

2013 - "O.N.P.I.", Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne
2013 - "Future Relic", Dark Horse Experiment, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 - "[ everything ]" Part of "Optical Mix", Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne. 2012-2013 "Remote Rover: Shinjuku", Slide, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne
2012 - "Lore of Nature", Bandung Dance Film Festival, Bandung, Indonesia. with Agung Gunawan, Bimo Suryojati, Altiyanto Henryawan RM
2012 - "Relaxation Lounge FRRL-4047", Couch World, Human Rights Day, Multicultural Arts Victoria, City of Melbourne, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Signal Arts
2012 - "Colour Wall", Arts Burst Pop Up Festival, City of Stonnington, Melbourne
2011 - "Tension Squared", We Are Here symposium, NAVA, First Draft Gallery, Sydney
2010 - "Double Happiness", Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne

Selected Collaborative Exhibitions/Projects


  • Collaboration with Papermoon Puppet Theatre (Indonesia) (6 months) New Commission: "Light In Winter Festival" June 2014, Melbourne Australia Co-commissioned by City of Melbourne and Federation Square
  • New electroluminescent wireless dress for performer "Kimbra" for her "Golden Electric" tour in collaboration with Cassandra Scott-Finn and Kate Geck


  • "Shadows on the Wall", Mapping Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, Australia With: Bimo Suryojati, Altiyanto Henryawan RM, Agung Gunawan
  • "Lore of Nature" dance/movement video with Agung Gunawan, Bimo Suryojati, Altiyanto Henryawan RM. Australia


  • "Shadows on the Wall", Arts in the Island Festival, Bali, Kediri, Batu, Indonesia. With:Agung Gunawan, Bimo Suryojati, and Altiyanto Henryawan RM


  • "The Megaphone Project", nationally & internationally with Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey 2010 "Epi-thet", Melbourne Festival, Meat Market, with Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey

Selected Events/Projects/Presented Workshops


  • "Synthetic Identity", Creative Challenge(6 week residency), Awesome Arts, Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie, Kalbarri, WA
  • "Move: Creative Experiments in Mechatronics", Signal Arts, Melbourne
  • "Robot Road Trip", Camp Quality, Frankston VIC
  • "We are the individual" story telling with synthetic beings, Back to Back Theatre, Geelong 2013 "Robot Road Trip: Big West Festival", Melbourne, VIC


  • "Neon Flow" Electronic costuming workshop with Artful Dodger Studios, Melbourne
  • "Robot Road Trip: Awesome Arts Festival", Perth, WA
  • "Robot Road Trip: Robotronica Festival QUT", Brisbane, QLD
  • "Robot Story Time" & "Robot City", Singapore Innovative Childrens Festival, Singapore. 2013 "Scribbling Robots", Workshop with children of remote village Pacitan, Indonesia
  • "Future Costumes" workshop – linked to costume exhibition, ACMI. With: Kate Geck. 2013 "Robot City – 1 month residency", Back to Back Theatre, Geelong
  • "Robots Can", Signal 37, Signal, Melbourne


  • "Robot Relay", FED 10, Federation Square's 10th Birthday, Multicultural Arts Victoria 2012 "Toy Hacking" Workshop, Signal, Melbourne
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