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Resistant Media - NxT


In 1999 ANAT worked very closely with NxT - Northern Territory Xposure, the Territory's first Multimedia Symposium on the development of their program.

The final stage of the Resistant Media program, NxT was a five day intensive examination and exploration of new media arts. ANAT worked closely with the NxT steering committee on the development component of the Symposium.

Resistant Media at the NxT symposium was intended as a space for accessing the net, holding informal workshops and discussion on artists uses of communications technologies and discussion and development of tactical media projects.

Australian participants were: Martin Thompson (aka FTR) who held workshops and developed a collaborative project using hotline; Josephine Starrs who developed workshops around computer games and a discussion around the blurred boundaries between interactive art and computer games; Sam de Silva, a media artist and activist who has spent time in the NT over the last year, in particular working in Kakadu on the Jabiluka campaign. Sam was involved with online media aspects of that campaign and is interested in the use of media strategies to make campaigns more effective. Ian Andrews - of Disco Stu, Video Subvertigo, clan analogue, hypnoblob, battleship potato & horse he's sick fame - presented and discussed video work Disco Stu and activist strategies also performed at the NxT nightclub event. Shuddhabrata Sengupta from New Delhi, India and Geert Lovink from the Netherlands also presented at the event, exploring and discussing the internet and communications technologies and their uses for tactical media strategies.They particularly focused on uses of internet based communication technologies in conflict zones, citing recent examples in Kaigil, Bosnia and Blegrade. Rob Wesley-Smith from Darwin also demonstrated and discussed uses of radio from remote locations and sites of conflict focusing on the Northern territory and East Timor.

Resistant Media also operated as an access space, where facilities will be available to all participants of the NxT Symposium to experiment, discuss new ideas for collaboration and conceptualise new strategies for media activism. The presentations and the conference party were also streamed live to the web and a number of people were able to participate remotely via CU-SeeMe. The Resistant Media - NxT Multimedia Symposium in Darwin provided space for net access, workshops and discussion of tactical media projects. 


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