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Josephine Starrs

b. 1955

Josephine Starrs is an Australian artist whose video and new media works have been exhibited extensively both in Australia and overseas. She was a founding member of the 1990s Cyberfeminist group, VNS Matrix, and since 1994 she has also collaborated with Leon Cmielewski on a variety of new media projects including Seeker, screen-based installation 2006, Dream Kitchen, interactive animation 1999, and a.k.a., digital video 2001. Starrs is a Senior Lecturer in Media Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.

Other group exhibitions 

Selected Exhibitions and Screenings  with Leon Cmielewski

2010 Incompatible Elements, Performance Space, Carriageworks, Sydney curator Bec Dean
2010 Tipping Point short video screened at the Sydney Underground Film Festival

Land[sound]scape video Installation:
2010, Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour, Sydney
2008 Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China, land[sound]scape, Installation
2009 Impact By Degrees, Australian Embassy, Washington DC, Downstream, video & prints
Curator Novamedia.

Seeker, video and interactive art installation:
2007 OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberöstereich, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
2007 Artspace, Sydney. Curator Blair French.
2006 Experimental Art foundation, Adelaide.SA.
2006 CC06, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne. Curator Stubbs, M.

2007 Plaything, Game art installation, Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, Sydney.
2005 The Butterfly Effect, Australian Museum,Sydney Pathfinder,  media art installation. Curator, Goldberg, M.
2004 ISEA2004, Finland, Floating Territories.
2004 Sightseeing, Beijing, China. a.k.a., Bio-Tek Kitchen & Dream Kitchen. Curator, Garside, S.
2002 Trace, media art installation, Sydney Records Centre, The Rocks, Sydney. Curator, Charlton. S.

Bio-Tek Kitchen, computer game modification:
2004 Seoul Media Art Biennale, Bio-Tek Kitchen, computer game mod. Australian works Curator, Hughes, L.
2003 House of Tomorrow, Experimenta, Melbourne. Curator Hughes, L.
2003 Computerspiele von KŸnstlerinnen, Hartware, Dortmund, Germany. Curator, Baumgartel, T.
2003 Version03, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Curator Cates, J.
2000 SHIFT-CTRL, Beall Center for Art and Technology, UC, California. Curator Nideffer, R.
1999 Perspecta, NSW Art Gallery.

 a.k.a. short digital video screened:
2010 Utopia Now, Experimenta, Melbourne & Carriageworks, Sydney
2002 Transmediale Media Arts Festival, Berlin.
2002 European Media Arts Festival, OsnabrŸk, Germany.
2002 Kasseler Dokumentarfilm & Videofest, Germany.
2002 Contagion exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand.
2001 d>art, Sydney Film Festival.

Dream Kitchen, interactive animation:
2001 Videobrazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2001 Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Curator Broker, D.
2000 Cybercultures, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney. Curator Cleland K.
2000 Cross Female, Kunsterhause Bethanien, Berlin, Germany. Curator Hoffer, B. & Schulte-Fischedick V.
2000 Biomachines, Adelaide Festival, South Australia. Curator Pierce, J.
2000 d>art Dlux Media Arts, Custom House, Sydney
1999 Probe, Australian Embassy, Beijing, China. Curator Wallace L.

Diagnostic Tools for the New Millenium, media art installation:
1999 Byte Me, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria. Curator Bell, A.
1998 State of the Heart, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. Curator Tonkin, J.
1998 Experimental Art Foundation, SA. Solo Show.
1997 Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, Solo Show.
1998 Cyber Heart, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, Fuzzy Love Dating Data Base. Curator Diamond, S.

User Unfriendly Interface interactive video and animation:
1997 Lab6, Warsaw, Poland.
1997 Video Positive, liverpool, UK,
1997 Transmedia ‘97, Berlin, Germany.
1997 Street level, Glasgow, UK,
1997 Beyond Technology, London Film Makers Cooperative, London, UK,
1997 Technoloust, Antwerp, Belgium.
1996 Cybercultures, Performance Space , Sydney.
1996 Next Wave Festival, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
1995 The Power to Move, aspects of Australian photography, Queensland Art Gallery.
1995 Wierd Science? Australian Embassy Gallery, Manilla, Philippines.
1994 Weird Science? Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide.

Selected Published Reviews   
RealTime issue #95 Feb-March 2010, Lake Mungo as Medium by Keith Gallasch. Review of Land[sound]scape Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney.
Artlink Vol 27, No3 2007, Databases: Recombinant Interactives. Finegan, A.
Photofile Issue no 79, p.75 2006, review of Seeker solo show, EAF, Adelaide. Pierce, J.
RealTime Issue no 72 2006, review of Seeker in CC06, ACMI, Melbourne. Tofts, D.
RealTime Issue no 64 2004, Review of Floating Territories, Tebbutt J.
Mesh Issue no16 p.69, 2003 Experimenta. Review Dream Kitchen, Douglas A.
RealTime, Issue no 57 p.25 2003,Review of Plaything Exhibition at Frist Draft, Swalwell, M.
FineartForum, vol 4 issue 10, 2000. Review of Dream Kitchen, Spooner, B.
RealTime, vol 37 p. 22, 2000. Review of Dream Kitchen, Taylor J.
Artlink, vol 19 #3 p.17, 1999. Review of Fuzzy Love Dating Database, Grayson R.
B Magazine vol 6, page 141, 1998, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien. Review of Diagnostic Tools for the New Millennium, Sollfrank C.
RealTime, vol 25 p. 29, 1998, review of State of the Heart, Neumark N.
Broadsheet vol 26 #4 p.10, 1997. Review of Diagnostic Tools for the New Millennium, Eichler D.
RealTime, June -July 1996. Review of Cybercultures
Broadsheet, vol. 25no 3 p. 221997, Review of White video installation. Cunningham, D. M.
Time Australia, June 1996, “Spirit in the Machines” Review of User Unfriendly Interface.
RealTime, April - May 1996 Review of White video in Matinaze.
Encore, September 1995 Article on VNS Matrix game prototype.
Black and White Number 5, February 1994, Babes in Boyland, VNS Matrix.
Artlink, Vol 14, #10 1994. Review All New Gen Installation.
Flash Art, May 1994. Review All New Gen Installation
Artlink, March 1993. Review of Skin
Broadsheet, March 1993. VNS Matrix Interview
Artpress ,France,February 1993. Review All New Gen Installation
Artlink, winter 1992. Review of Archetypal Strategies
Art & Text May 1992. VNS Matrix Manifesto
Eyeline, Spring/Summer 1990. Review Archetypal Strategies

Published Articles 
Starrs, J. Finegan, A. & Cmielewski, L. Computers in Entertainment. Vol. 7 issue 1. Meaningful data: Seeker’s slow technology approach. Publisher, ACM New York, NY, USA. 2009 ISSN:1544-3574
Starrs J. Gallasch K (ed) RealTime, Korea Gameplay, Issue no 65, Feb-March, 2005
Starrs J. Crogan P. (ed) Game Hack, Critical Issues Series 8, Artspace 2003.
Starrs J. Cranswick D. (ed) Plaything Catalogue, Publisher; Dlux Media Arts, 2003.
Starrs J. Fine Art Forum, Do you know what it feels like for a girl in virtual worlds?, Volume 16, Issue 12, ISSN No: 1442-4894, 2002.
Starrs J. & Cmielewski L, Gallasch K (ed) RealTime, No 38, p.8 Teaching New Media: aiming at a moving target Open City Inc. 2000.
Starrs J. README!, p.199 Nettime (ed) I was a Paranoid Corporate Artist, Autonomedia, 1999.


Other events 

VNS Matrix
2007 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Museum of Fine Art, Bilbao, Spain. All New Gen, media art installation. Curator, Arakis, X.

Bad Code, VNS Matrix interactive video CD ROM:
1997 Cybercultures, Casula powerhouse, Sydney, Curator, Kathy Cleland
1999 Synworld, Vienna, Austria. Bad Code, VNS Matrix.
1996 Big New Sites, VNS Matrix Virtual Theme Parks Commercial Movie theatres across Australia

All New Gen, VNS Matrix Solo Show:
1995 Artspace, Sydney
1995 YYZ Gallery, Toronto Canada, with Spiral Space performance
1995 Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
1993 Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
1992 TISEA, ACP, Sydney

Dream Kitchen - Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski - (gaming footage) Part One, – via Vimeo 
Dream Kitchen - Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski - (gaming footage) Part Two, – via Vimeo 
Leon Cmielewski & Josephine Starrs - WHO, Josephine Starrs discusses her biography – via Vimeo 
Cmielewski & Starrs, Leon Cmielewski & Josephine Starrs discuss changing tools & technologies used by media artists – via Vimeo 
Cmielewski and Starrs - WHY, – from Dream Kitchen, via Vimeo 
See video
– from a.k.a., via YouTube 
– from White, via d/Archive 
See video
– from Pocket Calculator, via YouTube 
incompatible elements documentation 2, – from Incompatible Elements, via Vimeo 
Moving Graffiti, Created for Siteworks 2012 at Bundanon, NSW, Australia by Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski. – from Moving Graffiti, via Vimeo 
SMS_origins, Video Documentation – from SMS_origins, via Vimeo 
Video Documentation
land[sound]scape, Video Documentation – from land[sound]scape, via YouTube 
See video
– from Seeker, via YouTube 
– from Trace, via 
See video
– from Bio Tek Kitchen, via YouTube 
User Unfriendly Interface, User Unfriendly Interface – from User Unfriendly Interface, via Vimeo