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The Australian Network for Art and Technology,
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Resistant Media

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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 Crowley.

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 activists,
can utilise communications technologies in order to reach their target
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] with
"info resistant-media" in the body of the message, or visit

Contact for the listserv is : ow[email protected]

For further information or interviews, contact:
Amanda McDonald Crowley, tel: 0419 829 313 e: [email protected]

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