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Towards a New Aesthetic

3 September 199016 September 1990

This exhibition was coordinated by ANAT and co-curated by Caron Ward (Project & Administrative Assistant, ANAT) and Rhonda O’Meara (Consultant & Director, TEXCAD), and organised as a major component of the AUSGRAPH 90 Art Program. AUSGRAPH conferences are held annually by the Australasian Computer Graphics Forum. It was the second in ANAT’s ongoing program of exhibitions focussing on works utilising technology, particularly works inspired or developed by Australian artists as a result of their participation in ANAT’s national schools in computer aided art, design and manufacturing. The exhibition was held at the Linden Gallery, Melbourne.

The exhibition was designed to provide a showcase for artistic accomplishments within the field of technology, and aimed to provide a forum for the conceptual development of research and innovation in contemporary and technological art practices. It profiled the work of 15 Australian artists, who are using the technology of the computer, in a broad range of art forms including: installations, books, 2d prints and images, plotter output images, video, interactive performances with images, 3d laser cut installation, sculpture, furniture, textile design, sound, computer animation and prototype.

The exhibiting artists were:

  • Hilary Archer (Melbourne)
  • Phillip Bannigan and Sue Harris (Adelaide)
  • Peter Charuk (Sydney)
  • Phil George (Sydney)
  • Simryn Gill (Adelaide)
  • Richard Guthrie (Sydney)
  • Rodney Harris (Adelaide)
  • Stephen Hennessy (Melbourne)
  • Diane Mantzaris (Melbourne)
  • Lynne Roberts-Goodwin (Sydney)
  • Sandra Shaw (Newcastle)
  • Stelarc (Melbourne)
  • Wendy Mills (Brisbane)
  • Adam Wolter (Brisbane)
  • Linda Wallace (Melbourne)

This project highlighted the interaction between art and technology through a wide range of artforms, and addressed issues concerning access to technology by Australian artists through its focus on the Summer Schools. In particular, it highlighted ANAT’s objectives in improving capabilities of artists to use new technologies, and in encouraging an environment of critical debate within the field of art and technology. The exhibition also served as a focus throughout the Ausgraph conference and workshops. It was seen to provide significant ideas and concepts for professionals, artists, students and others interested in scientific or industrial applications to art. Good introductions were made with the potential for future exhibitions, funding media coverage and networking.


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