Hi all ADA-ers ---
Melinda Rackham of the -empyre- list, has chosen to this month focus on
what is going on in Aotearoa in digital media arts. I will be adding
what I can from the perspective of a recent returnee, but it is a great
opportunity for all ADA-ers to join in & discuss the state of things in
Aotearoa to what is like to be a far-reaching & interested audience.
Begin forwarded message:
From: "Melinda Rackham"
Date: 3 January 2005 7:41:02 PM
To: "soft_skinned_space" <empyre(a)lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au>
Subject: [-empyre-] fresh perspectives from Aotearoa
Reply-To: soft_skinned_space <empyre(a)lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au>
Welcome all to 2005 on -empyre-
We are now officially 3 years old ! The list has been growing
subscribers, diversity, and thematics over that time.
Thank you all for contributing to a dynamic ongoing dialogue.
As an appropriate start to the new year, January brings us fresh
hemisphere perspectives from Aotearoa \ New Zealand.
This southern pacific nation is currently experiencing a renaissance
media arts and culture. Much is bubbling to the surface from deep
creativity such as the Aotearoa Digital Arts list; recent and planned
festivals include Version, SCANZ and re:mote; and exhibition venues
Artspace, the Physics Room, the Moving Image Centre and [NON] gallery.
Our guests this month cover a diverse range of practices and
net, sound and media artists, theorists, educators, curators and
All are working in, or have recently returned to their home islands. I
introduce our guests in more detail in following emails, and they will
and go as their schedules permit over the month.
As well as The Paul Annears, Susan Ballard, Stella Brennan, Ian
Adam Hyde, Trudy Lane, and Helen Varley Jamieson, there may be some
guests as people return from their holidays. Please enjoy this very
beginning to another year at -empyre-
The Paul Annears [http://www.xxos.net
] find there are many advantages
being two people. For many years we have successfully amplified our
brilliances and recently, through the power of the web, have joined
other 'Paul Annears' in a unique franchising arrangement to produce The
Concise Model of the Universe.
Paul Annear 404 [ http://www.xxos.net
] has always been
Because of this, Paul finds it difficult to avoid strong emotions and
unpleasant situations. An obsession with people and her ability to
with a variety of these creatures has brought her here.
Susan Ballard [ http://www.physicsroom.org.nz/space/2002/sensible
artist, writer and musician whose interests cover the broad historical
of new media art with a particular emphasis on contemporary digital and
time-based installation from Aotearoa/ New Zealand. Her current PhD
explores relationships between noise and materiality in digital
Stella Brennan [ http://www.stella.net.nz
] is an Auckland-based
writer and curator. With Sean Cubitt she founded the Aotearoa Digital
discussion list in 2003, and has hosted two subsequent ADA meetings.
artwork is based in video and installation. Stella teaches at the
University of Technology.
Ian M Clothier [ http://www.art-themagazine.com/ian
] is a Pacific
artist writer. In 2004 he was selected for ISEA (Estonia), Digitalis:
Ethno-techno (Canada) and ReJoyce Festival (Ireland). Editor of
, he has contributed to rhizome.org
, and was an
speaker to the Ninth International Conference on Thinking.
Adam Hyde [http://www.radioqualia.net
] exhibits frequently
and recently won a UNESCO Digital Art Award. He is the Digital Artist
Residence at Waikato University, and is currently organising the
festival with Honor Harger and NZ artist duo 'Ethermap', formed by Adam
Willets and Zita Joyce.
Trudy Lane [http://artefact.mi2.hr
] works in online design and
for the art/museum industries and as an artist collaboratively
projects which cross-breed participatory art & educational resource.
has recently returned to New Zealand after 12 years living abroad.
Helen Varley Jamieson [ http://www.creative-catalyst.com
] is a
theatre artist who has been exploring the concept of cyberformance -
performers creating live performance via the internet - during the
years. She does a lot travelling with this work, but is currently
some time back home in Aotearoa. Helen writes for Rhizome,