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Resistant Media is a project being
undertaken by ANAT as part of Perspecta 99. It exists solely on
the internet, as web exhibitions by participating artists and a
listserv where the artists in this project, as well as artists and
writers contributing to Perspecta, and the general public, will
have an opportunity to discuss the politics of art and the internet,
and develop tactical media strategies collaboratively. The Resistant
Media website will also feature live streaming video and audio of
the Perspecta 99 forum.
The artists participating in this
project are: Andrew Garton, Scot Mcphee, Melinda Rackham, Francesca
da Rimini, Sam de Silva, Josephine Starrs and Rick Vermey. Each
of the artists work with various strategies in online technologies.
In the four weeks leading up to Perspecta
(which opens on August 20), a number of the artists will be moderating,
or provoking discussion on an email listserv. Everyone is welcome
to contribute to this project by participating in the online discussion.
Many international events now use
listserv technologies to develop discussion and dialogue prior to
and during conferences and symposia. This has rarely been done in
an Australian context. The intention is for participants and audiences
of Perspecta 99 to be able to develop conversations around the Perspecta
99 theme: Living Here Now: Art and Politics. Through an active participation
with the public, this project addresses the question of how net
artists, as activists, can engage with a wider audience.
The discussion list for Resistant
Media will also be complemented by a series of web based projects
which address the possibilities and pitfalls of developing a politically
grounded art practice through the Internet.
"Resistant Media is a research
project which critiques the assemblage and reassemblage of fragmented
cultural images which drift through the grid of cultural possibility.
It is an ongoing inquiry into whether it is even still possible
to develop an art practice grounded in notions of politics through
the internet." says curator of Resistant Media, and Director
of the Australian Network for Art and Technology, Amanda McDonald
Scot Mcphee and his colleagues at
Autonomous Organisation engage with very real current government
policies regarding censorship and the internet in their work. Autonomous
Organisation will be hosting the listserv discussion. The resistant-media
web site is being designed by artist Melinda Rackham, renowned for
her work on subtle.net.
In his web work and on the listserv
Scot Mcphee will moderate discussion around issues of censorship,
art, sex, and death. Francesca da Rimini has collaborated with Ricardo
Dominguez of the Zapatista movement and Michael Grimm, who developed
a complimentary sound art work, to produce a poignant and poetic
web 'environment'. Josephine Starrs will explore net.activism. "I
am interested in exploring the tactics of hacking and crashing websites
and whether new technologies have affected art activism." Starrs
asks, "Is 'tactical media' a new movement with a fresh manifesto
or simply an extension of the leftist activism of the sixties and
seventies?" Sam da Silva will develop discussions around whether
art discourse can lead to social change and Andrew Garton is keen
to develop actions for planning and producing media action. Through
his work, Rick Vermey will explore the possibilities of the internet
as a site of cultural exchange.
The key question being addressed
though this project is whether notions of
resistant media are simply self-serving, or whether artists, as
can utilise communications technologies in order to reach their
audiences. Or do we simply communicate with ourselves?
This will be an ongoing project for
the duration of Perspecta 99. It's success is contingent on collaboration!
For more information, send an email
to : [email protected]
"info resistant-media" in the body of the message, or
Contact for the listserv is : ow[email protected]
For further information or interviews,
Amanda McDonald Crowley, tel: 0419 829 313 e: [email protected]