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Thesis Info

LABS ID
00001
Title
Burning the Interface : artists' interactive multimedia 1992-1998
Author
Mike Leggett
2nd Author
3rd Author
Degree
MFA (Hons)
Year
2000
Number of Pages
120
University
University of New South Wales
Thesis Supervisor
Bonita ELY
Supervisor e-mail
Other Supervisor(s)
Bill SEAMAN
Language(s) of Thesis
English
Department / Discipline
College of Fine Arts
Languages Familiar to Author
French, Australian
URL where full thesis can be found
www.library.unsw.edu.au/~thesis/adt-NUN/public/adt-NUN20040519.115928/
Keywords
multimedia, media art, interactive media, CD-ROM
Abstract: 200-400 words
The thesis describes the development during the 1990s of visual artists' utilisation of computer-based interactive multimedia and the production internationally, with a focus on Australian artists, of artworks on the CD-ROM media format. Earlier parts of the author's research led to the co-curated exhibition, Burning the Interface - International Artists' CD-ROM, opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, in 1996, before touring to Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. The thesis surveys the range of practice by artists working with digital media and the opportunities for exhibition in the public spaces of museums, galleries and the street, and advances scenarios for the exhibiting institutions to respond to the vigour with which Australian artists represented their work and ideas at this time in national and international forums. Four published artists' work on CDROM are analysed in detail, and a concluding chapter about interactive multimedia and its usefulness as an art medium to the artist introduces the studio practice component of this MFA submission. This takes the form of a prototype experimental version of an interactive multimedia work on CD-ROM, Strangers on the Land, a copy of which is contained in a pocket at the rear of the bound version.