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E-volution of New Media
Issue 21:3 | September 2001
Issue 11:3 | September 1991 | Art & Education
Art & Education
Issue 11:3 | September 1991


Polemic: An Allergic Reaction - The eminence grise in our Art Schools

Artist/academic Pat Hoffie has been brooding on the rise and rise of the éminence grise in our teaching institutions and warns of the perils of giving in and being swept along by the current of the times. She is not the only commentator to observe that the visual arts created an irritating skin condition for itself in the eighties when, in search of institutional support, it mimicked the language of professionalism and thus unwittingly exposed itself to the corrosive influence of bureaucracy. This is here discussed.

Australian New Media: An Active Circuit
Through a process of active lobbying by various people around the country in the mid-eighties, the funding and institutional support for art and technology practice in Australia began to materialise. Some key figures in this push were Stephanie Britton, Louise Dauth and Gary Warner who saw the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) come into existence. The progress of the Australian new media arts scene is here documented from these early years and the various initiatives and supportive programs and events through to what is now the fundamental arts and cultural practice of the twentieth century. Artists Maria Miranda, Norie Neumark and Mari Velonaki are featured.
Interfacing Art, Science and New Media
Among the current metaphors used to describe the unfolding relations between art and science, the two ascriptions that have held sway most recently have been those of collaboration and/or intersection. Both art and science have sent out sets of feelers towards each others cultures which has in turn produced an overlapping sphere of cultural and intellectual activity. Following Lisa Jardine's argument, Munster tentatively proposes that we think through these connections as a process of hybridisation performed by the work of the technical-aesthetic objects themselves rather than to declare a glorious new age of harmony, unity and productivity between the two. Artists Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr, Guy Ben-Ary, Justine Cooper, Michele Barker and Patricia Piccinini are in reference.
Melinda Rackham's Online Installations
Time is the key. They say that the only law of physics that absolutely requires time is the second law of thermodynamics, the law that says systems tend towards entropy. That tendency is time's arrow, the ineluctable winding down of the universe. Except, of course, for life.
Jon McCormack's Evolving Ethics
Most readers would probably have noticed that talk about A-life technology (or any technology for that matter) has a definite shelf life. Liminal Product [LP] quizzed internationally acclaimed computer artist Jon McCormack, whose paper [Re]Designing Nature given at dLux media arts FutureScreen symposium on Artificial Life in October 2000, and recent piece, Eden exhibited at Cyber Cultures, Casula Powerhouse, in the same year, articulate many of the concerns about A-Life that Australian artists grapple with.
Is Any Body Really There? Hybrid/Performance Arts
In a work that refuses language and conventional psychologising, Mary Moores production Exile, which opened at the Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music at The Studio, Sydney Opera House in 2000, the ascribed meaning is an experience rich in identification. This is pleasurably disorienting theatre that says it all about the immersive experience from 3D to Cinemascope to TODD-AO to Cinema to VR. Other new media performance and installation works are brought into focus such as the Melbourne-based Company in Space work Trial by Video (1997), Liquid Gold by Lisa O'Neill, that of Queensland media artist Keith Armstrong and the Melbourne performance company The Men Who Knew Too Much.
Digital Drawing: The Same But Different
Drawing - the use of line and tone - is at the other end of a technology timeline currently unravelling in the digital age of information. The theory and practice of drawing ranges from a tool for honing perceptual disciplines to one that permits the free-flow of the obsessive-compulsive component of our personalities. Leggett looks at the works of artists Paul Thomas, Maria Miranda, Harriet Birks, Alyssa Rothwell, Mr Snow, Peter Callas, Simon Biggs and Damien Everett and the various digital tools they employ to assist in the documenting and drawing out of their individual ideas.
Fresh Portals for the Caravanserai: art and new media in India and Australia
In Delhi early in 2001, a new media research and development program Sarai: The New Media Initiative was launched carrying the energy and quality of intellectual exchange embedded within the history of the caravanserai, translated through the colourful codes, cants and images of public urban life within India's cities. Sarai is a bold initiative facilitating formal and informal partnerships within India and internationally between the likes of hackers, philosophers, artists, media theorists, graphic designers, anthropologists, filmmakers and software developers. Some of the names which appear in this article include Meena Nanji, Rehan Ansari, Graham Harwood, Monica Narula, Sarah Neville, Mari Velonaki and Mukhul Kesevan.
The A-gender of Cute Capital
One the one hand the notion of the cute is seemingly universal and yet it is marked by specific cultural indices and contextual factors. The possible modes of employing the cute is evidenced by the practices of Australian artists Martine Corompt and Kate Beynon. Both artists have a strong interest in character culture (ie. comics, cartoons) and their associated vernaculars; in turn they explore and outline different types of cute landscapes. Both artists use ambiguity in the case of gender representation and utilise aspects of eastern and western contexts and character traits to create works which reinforce and subvert the constructions of gender, class and culture within the universal graphic language.
Do Art-droids Dream Of Electric Sheep?
Peter Robinson and Jacqueline Fraser were the first two New Zealand artists ever to be included in the Venice Biennale. Both were chosen as a result of their work, rich in conceptual layering and with roots in Maori culture, but wrapped in appealingly conventional presentation styles with plenty of hooks for an international audience. This fact leads Butt to the discussion surrounding the support for New Zealand's arts and culture sectors, pointing to a few examples such as Cuckoo, The Physics Room web project series and artists such as Sean Kerr and Warren Olds.
An Ecology of OZ Mutant Media
Wade Marynowsky, aka Spanky is a software engineer who has coded a new program which allows audio-video samples to be collated for the live performance of a particular song, triggered live through a preferably loud sound system and video projector. This innovation marks a step forward in the realm of audio-video intersection and hybridisation. The recent emergence of VJ's (Vidi-yo Jockeys), artists who combine computer and VHS source materials to play with visual rhythms, create atmospheres, tell stories, respond to the music and provide visual stimulus also play a crucial role in this new media arena. Other new media collectives such as Shut up & Shop, Kraftwerk, the Distributed Audio Sequencer Environment crew and Labrat are here discussed.
Inframedia Audio: Glitches and Tape Hiss
This article focuses on that which is known as sound art, new media art or if a label is required the best might be simply audio. It is not so much a sound as a transparent substrate for organised expression but rather sound being mediated, synthesised, generated, collaged. Furthermore this article looks at the in-between sounds - the glitches, clicks, pops, and CD-skips - with many artists drawing on these entropic internal workings of audio processing systems. Artists include Nam June Paik, Minit, David Haines, Vicky Browne, Andrew Gadow and Netochka Nezvanova.
Out of Australia: International Exposure
This article poses the question of what new media art exhibitions, as international exports, can offer to us as a nation, as a new media community and as individual artists, and of how they can function in terms of the transmission and propagation of certain ideas and images into what might be called the world brain. To discuss this Wallace looks at the structure and outcomes of PROBE, the first large-scale exhibition of contemporary, new media art ever held in Beijing which featured the work of Patricia Piccinini, Justine Cooper, Leon Cmielewski/Josephine Starrs, Brenda L. Croft, Zen Yipu and Jen Seevink, as well as including a range of internet sites.
Storming the Reality Studio
Tofts attempts to redefine that which is commonly known as new media art, as he believes it is out of touch with what's actually going on in digital culture. He refers to a range of contemporary Australian artists utilising digital media to explore some of the ways old material is appropriated and remediated to present works that are new and unique. Amongst those are Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski, Murray McKeich, Ian Haig, Nicholas Negroponte, David Carson, James Widdowson, Gregory Baldwin, Elena Popa, Greg O'Connor, Troy Innocent, Rebecca Young, Andrew Trevillian and Tina Gonsalvas.
Writing on the Net: Nodes and Hypertext
Many new media works contribute to the field of hypertext despite not being concerned with the literary. Corroli refers to Adrian Miles who likes to 'think of hypertext as being primarily about links and nodes and their relations, which may or may not privilege words'. This topic is examined using examples where hypertext has become a primary focus such as the partnering of eWRe, trAce Online Writing Centre and ANAT who developed a series of online writing residencies in the late 1990s. Artists also discussed: Anne Walton, Francesca da Rimini, Sally Pryor, Diane Caney and Robin Petterd.
Digital Luggage and Meaningful Relationships
Machan turns the light on and examines the fears associated with technology - mystical secret language, complex software, indecipherable code - and furthermore those associated when art is involved. She proposes that the use of technology in everyday life be an experimental process, more aligned to the ways it is used in an art-based contexts. She states that:  through risk taking with fragile technologies we not only accelerate our knowledge but also accelerate relationships formed from the very human experience with technology.
Howard Taylor
Howard Taylor 1918 – 2001 WA
Mom's Long Arms: The Art Institution Reaches Out
Art and Design Education A letter from Noel Sheridan to the editor Stephanie Britton. One of the main reasons for coming to Perth (Western Australia) was to get away from art education...
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Art and Design Education For 2 years now, being busy about other things, I have not thought much about art education; and this abstinence seems not to have been injurious to anybody. But the thing nags. It ought to be possible to say something so manifestly enlightened and reasonable about art education that every rational person will agree and productive action will follow as the night follows the day.
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The Balloon Man Cometh: A Salutary Tale
Art and Design Education A brief overview of the Australian Art and Design School phenomena today suggests that, given that educational philosophies are couched in the language of diversity, they still appear to be dominated by a referential and almost umbilical attachment to the early moderns...
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Art Schools Academe 2001
Art and Design Education By what criteria do we judge the success of visual arts courses?
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Crisis in Queensland
Art and Design Education The Queensland College of Art and its dubious future.
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Amalgamation chaos at College of Art
Art and Design Education A student view See also article by Effemera Phaxx in this issue of Artlink.
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Aboriginal and Islander Art Course: More than survival
Art and Design Education Written with Penryhn Henderson Discusses the Associate Diploma of Art (Aborigine and Torres Strait Islander) being offered at the Cairns College of TAFE in Far North Queensland and now in its 8th year.
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More Exotic More Humane: World Music
Art and Design Education at the Victoria College of Arts.
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Computer Art: Critical issues in teaching
Art and Design Education In attempting to teach something called computer art, we inherit our critical base from art history and another from engineering. Not only are these traditionally at odds with each other, but neither of them, nor a combination of the two, are adequate for our historical moment.
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Mini-theories? Film and Video Education
Art and Design Education It would be beneficial for the educational sector to look at an integration with the low-budget, grass roots end of existing film practice and make links with other film makers and independent festivals both nationally and internationally that are responsive to the work.
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From Solving to Setting Problems: Project-based Design Education
Art and Design Education The strength and vitality of post secondary design education programs in Australia arguably derives from the established tradition of project based learning.
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Freemasonry or Free Interchange?
Art and Design Education A new model for training architects and designers.
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Government Help Available
Art and Design Education Looks at the various government schemes which are available to art and design graduates and undergraduates.
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Rites of Passage - Queensland Mergers
Looks at the Brisbane College of Advanced Education's art programmes more popularly known as the Kelvin Grove Art School and the Carseldine expressive arts department who joined forces in May 1990 on the occasion of the amagamation of B C A E with the larger entity of Queensland University of Technology.
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A Sociology of Art... Why Does Art Look (or Sound) Like it Does?
Analytical perceptions for a new century. The artist - the creative thinker. The mechanics of thinking. Rational and irrational mechanics of thinking. Aesthetics and sociology - the conjugal relationship etc The critics best friend or friends must necessarily be the artist!
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Modernism and Post Modernism in Asian Art
Review of conference at the Australian National University Canberra, 22 -25 March 1991. Organised by the Humanities Research Centre and the Department of Art History ANU.
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ACCA the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art affiliates with Monash University.
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Learning to be Naive
Review of works of Malcolm Otton at the Naive Galleries Woolhara NSW
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Problems with Art Publishing in Australia
Art writing and payment to writers and how this influences who writes for what!
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Distribution - Who Will Tame the Bete Noir?
The case for a viable national infrastructure.
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An Alternative Model in Academia
Art publishing out of the Power Institute.
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Funding for Visual Arts Publishing
The Visual Arts/Crafts Board has been grappling with the difficulties facing specialist visual arts publishing in Australia for many years.
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A Cornucopia? Arts Publishing in New Zealand
Looks at the impressive range of publications on the visual arts in New Zealand. This is not an exhaustive overview but a thumbnail sketch of this large and diverse topic.
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Field of Vision by Janine Burke
Book review Field of Vision:A Decade of Change: Women's Art in the Seventies By Janine Burke Penguin Australia 1990 RRP $40.00
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Jeffrey Smart: Paintings of the 70s and 80s by John McDonald
Book review Jeffrey Smart: Paintings of the 70s and 80s By John MacDonald Craftsman House 1990 RRP $65
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A Guide to Identifying Australian Architecture by Richard Apperly
Book review A Pictorial Guide to Identifying Australian Architecture: Styles and Terms from 1788 to the Present by Richard Appleby, Robert Irving and Peter Reynolds with photographs by Solomon Mitchell Angus and Robertson 1989 RRP $39.95
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Papunya Tula: Art of the Western Desert by Geoffrey Bardon
Book review Papunya Tula: Art of the Western Desert By Geoffrey Bardon McPhee Gribble 1991 RRP $50.
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A Selected Book List
Better books etc since 1984 -- a very selective list.
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Lyndal Jones Prediction Piece 10
Exhibition review Installation by Lyndal Jones University of South Australia Art Museum 30 May - 22 June 1991
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Film Theory Seminars
Exhibition review The Power of Perversion, Film Theory Seminars Media Resource Centre Adelaide South Australia April 8 - May 13 1991
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Dadang Christanto
Exhibition review an Installation of the work by Dadang Christanto Contemporary Indonesian Artist University of South Australia Art Museum August 1 - 31 1991
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Ginger Riley and Ian Abdulla
Exhibition review (indigenous artists) Koori Perspective 12 May - 31 June 1991 Ian Abdulla 9 June - 31 July 1991 Ginger Riley Munduwalawala 7 July - 31 August Tandanya Adelaide South Australia
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Gavin Blake
Exhibition review Gavin Blake: Immaculate Projections North Adelaide School of Art Gallery 23 July - 8 August 1991
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Torso, Group Show: Richard Baxter Smith and Bill Doyle
Exhibition review Torso: Gray Street Workshop 25 July - 18 August 1991 Bite: Richard Baxter Smith and Bill Doyle Artzone 31 August - 11 September 1991
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Helen Taylor, Judith Dinham, Glen Phillips, Jill Kempson
Exhibition review Helen Taylor See Saw: Part One Delaney Galleries 4 - 26 June 1991 Judith Dinham and Glen Phillips: Nothing More Real to Me, Leaning on Images Perth Galleries 28 April - May 15 1991 Jill Kempson: Threading Light and Land in Tuscany Galerie Duseldorf 17 May - 9 June 1991
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Jokes and Jelly
Exhibition review Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery University of Western Australia April 21 - May 26 1991 Simon Gevers: 'perf' Steven Holland: 'a plaintive "Plee-erk"'
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The Body in Question: Jewellery
Exhibition review The Body in Question: Jewellery and Metalsmithing Symposium University of Tasmania Launceston July 1991 and related exhibition programme
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South of No North
Exhibition review Dick Bett Gallery Hobart Tasmania 17 July - early August 1991 Richard Flanagan Curator
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A Studio in Paris
5 May - 1 July S H Ervin Gallery Sydney
Genius of Place: The Work of Kathleen Petyarre
9 May - 22 July 2001 Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Between Phenomena
curated by Raymond Arnold Plimsoll Gallery Centre for the Arts Hobart 30 March - 22 April 2001
Stephen Wickham/Stefan Weisz: Photographs
Stephen McLaughlan Gallery Melbourne 6 - 30 June 2001
The Shed
Contemporary Art Services Tasmania April 6 - 29 2001
Agnieska Golda, Zofia Sleziak, Stephanie Radok, Frances Phoenix, India Flint, Lisa Harms, Julie Robinson Wayville Showgrounds Adelaide 17-24 June 2001
Hossein Valamanesh: a survey
Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide 29 June - 26 August 2001
Rosella Namok: mepla sarbie paint
Andrew Baker Art Dealer Brisbane 8 June - 4 July 2001
Robin Best
Fleurieu Marine Forms: Engraved Porcelain JamFactory Craft & Design Centre Adelaide 19 May - 8 July 2001
Allure: The Feminine in Print and Memoryware
Allure: the Feminine in Print: Wendy Hutchison, Deborah Klein, Marion Manifold, Heather Shimmen

Memoryware: Ceramics by Pamela Irving Maroondah Art Gallery, Ringwood, Vic 29 March - 13 May 2001