Contributors

Melinda Rackham

Dr Melinda Rackham (www.subtle.net) has shown her award winning networked art sites at numerous local and international festivals over the past decade and contributes texts and images to both print and online art and theory publications. Rackham recently curated 2004/networked at the Australian Center for the Moving Image in Melbourne, and is the founder and producer of 'empyre- international online media forum. Rackham's attendance at ISEA and Ars Electronica was supported by the New Media Arts Fund of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Articles

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Steampunk: gunpowder and cups of tea
Between 13 October 2009 and 21 February 2010, the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford held the world's first museum exhibition of Steampunk art. Writer, artist, emerging, networked and distributed culture geek Melinda Rackham was there.
The Underground
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The Space of Presence: Leigh Hobba
This article examines Australian video and performance artist Leigh Hobbas recent retrospective The Space of Presence at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition presented a precise slice of Hobbas electronic oeuvre including twelve works which highlight the materiality and texture of video as a medium. Together they convey a sense of awe, a pre-verbal ambiguity, recontextualising Hobbas recurrent and connected themes. This article also raises issues of space, infrastructure and technical facilities when considering the ways in which new media art is to be viewed.
Screen Deep
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Virtuous Networks
While many art institutions are just coming to terms with incorporating networked media into their exhibition programs, the genres have been exponentially expanding and mutating. In recognition of the newly hatched species that is networked media art, the ISEA2004 (the nomadic biennial festival held in Finland, Estonia and onboard a Baltic cruise ship) and the Australian ARS ELECTRONICA, dedicated a stream of their conference and exhibition programs to networked themes.
Hybrid World
Samstag Bendigo Art Gallery Stockroom Kyneton NAVA