Kunsthochschule für Medien
Gender[ ]Medien

  FUTURE BODIES 28. Juni bis 01. Juli 2001
 

 

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Michele Barker

Digital Physicalities

This paper will address the positioning of multimedia in relationship to information and the reduction of corporeality via genetics to information. It aims to articulate the ways in which “Præternatural” (my recent CD ROM) both acknowledges the present limitations of multimedia bound by these conceptual structures of information theory and attempts to go beyond these. It will set out to explore the problems associated with this current state, both conceptual and technical, of multimedia in relationship to emerging conceptions of the body. It will also address contemporary cybernetic theory and the work of other visual artists deploying relations between bodies, culture and information.

Michele Barker is a Sydney based artist who has worked within the area of new media for over a decade. Her work covers the areas of digital photography, digital video, interactivity and web based production, primarily dealing with issues relating to perceptions of identity ­ molecular and bodily ­ and their relationship to technology, science and medicine. She is currently a lecturer in Digital Media with the Photomedia Department of the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, where she is also completing her PhD. Recent international shows include “hybridforms” at MonteVideo, Netherland’s Media Art Institute, as well as having work presented at “Milia 2001”, in Cannes France, and as part of the Soho Guggenheim’s Brandon web and site specific installation. Nationally, she has had work included in FutureScreen 2000 at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, and Viruses and Mutations as part of the Melbourne Festival.