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Body of Information

29 October 1997 4 November 1997

ANAT were invited to present a program of Australian video and new media artworks at Gallery Connexion in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Body Of Information was an eclectic selection of work, which interrogated a range of issues faced by Australian artists; exploring identity, critiquing the decentred subject, interrogating heritage, tearing up conventional notions of interface design and colonising the information body of digital media.

The program provided an insight into Australian digital and screen arts practices at a time when artists were questioning the impact of information technologies on local identity and the body: texually, culturally, politically and in flesh-form. From October 29 to November 4 1997, ANAT Executive Director, Amanda McDonald Crowley was in residence at Gallery Connexion and screened a selection of videos that focused on the diverse practices of Australian video artists. She also presented a seminar on Art and New Technologies, during which she showed work by artists who use the internet and CDROM technologies.

Talks were presented at the University of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Fredericton. McDonald Crowley also presented work at Callerie Sans Nom in Moncton on November l. On November 7 Amanda presented work at the Kingston Artists Association Inc. in Kingston, Ontario. Her visit to Kingston was assisted by Algonquin Travel and the project was supported by the Canada Council.

Body of Information Program:

Ian Haig - Astroturf
Lynne Sanderson - Primal debug
Moira Corby - My memory your past
Francesca da Rimini & Josephine Starrs - White
Derek Kreckler - Decoy
Alyson Bell - Here I Sit
John Tonkin - Man Ascending
Ian Andrews - Programme
Gordon Bennett - Performance with Object for the Expiation of Guilt &  (Violence and Grief Remix)

CDROM works
Brad Miller & McKenzie Wark - planet of noise
Linda Dement - Cyberflesh Girlmonster
Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmeilewski - User Unfriendly Interface Mindflux-Mindvirus 3.7

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Selected objects
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Primal Debug ... animated video 1997, – from Primal debug, via Vimeo