Digital acronym riot

A new New Media festival in Brisbane

A spectacular collaboration of acronyms—QAG, QUT, QANTM, QPIX, dLux and IMA—with assistance from Brisbane Festival, Griffith University, Metro Arts, Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council and Macromedia, has given brith to MAAP 98, a brand new festival focussing on Art and Technology in the Asia Pacific region to be held in Brisbane in September.

Incorporating public events, forums and exhibitions using online technology, digital animation, video and national television and involving a range of innovative artists working with new technologies and screen-based media, MAAP’s regional emphasis will align it with the Queensland Art Gallery’s Asia Pacific Triennial in 1999. It also offers an opportunity to see and compare some of the best recent work in the one location.

The screening program (SEE) includes: Technophilia curated by Beth Jackson for Griffith Artworks and Queensland State Library including work by Linda Dement, Ian Haig, Ross Harley, Peter Callas, Patricia Piccinini, Stelarc, Csaba Szamosy, John Tonkin, Robyn Webster; a selection of works created by artists from the co-operative artists group Video Tage in Hong Kong; Digital Fresh Out, graduating show reels from multimedia and design students; D.Art the 90-minute showcase of experimental digital film, video and computer animation from dLux media/arts; and SIGGRAPH 98’s international compilation of computer animation art and digital effects. Those who failed to surface for Recovery on ABC TV can catch Art Rage the recently screened collection of video artworks for television.

In the exhibition program (SEEK) search out SMOG, a digital performance event and environmental extravaganza at QPAC, Southbank presented by Griffith Artworks. Featuring work generated on IBM SP2 supercomputer by Jeremy Hynes and Georgina Pinn and researcher Andrew Lewis, the subject is…um… smog. Also included in the program: another piece in the puzzle that is Sea Change—Shoreline: Particles and Waves curated by Beth Jackson and showcasing 12 artists from Asia and Australia online and at the Queensland Art Gallery; Game Play, an exhibition from Melbourne’s Experimenta Media Arts; and Virgin on Hard Drive an interactive multimedia installation by Brisbane artist Lucy Francis and others at Metro Arts.

The Techné exhibition from Imago Arts WA will be showing at Sunshine Coast University College and also at the interactive party at The Hub Internet Cafe that winds up the festival. Arts Edge also from WA features over 30 artists presented in large screen projections and 12 computers. In Alien Spaces Paul Brown web hosts an exhibition of his recent work from The Substation in Singapore. The National Digital Art Awards will be presented at the IMA and works shown until October 3 and there’ll be a special MAAP98 edition of Fine Art Forum online zine at http://www.cdes.qut.edu.au/Fineart_Online/ [expired]

The SPEAK program includes Australia and Asia Pacific Think Tank—a forum to discuss current issues and develop future strategies for digital art networks in the region; and New Technologies and Indigenous Culture, a one-day seminar on intellectual property with regard to Indigenous cultural material featuring live links to Darwin and a multimedia-based infotainment session. QANTM Youthworks is a week of courses in Macromedia web programs such as Director, Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks. RT

MAAP98 launches its website at http://www.maap.org.au on August 15, 1998

RealTime issue #26 Aug-Sept 1998 pg. 35

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1 August 1998