Mapping Australian Media Art

National Experimental Art Forum

Experimenta Recharge artist Leisa Shelton brings her Mapping Australian Media Art project to a special Art After Dark event. Join Leisa at the Samstag to share your memories of media art that made an impact on you, contributing to a very special archive.

Art Symposium previously on at Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in South Australia, Australia.
From Thursday 22 September 2016 to Thursday 22 September 2016

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In this participatory project, Shelton sits at a table in the gallery and invites individuals to join in a conversation about significant encounters they have had with media art in Australia – to name the artists that have made an impression on them and marked us as a culture. Notes from each conversation are documented on an individual archive card, stamped and signed, and placed in a handcrafted archive box. This process is repeated at venues across Australia during 2014–16, building a serendipitous history of media art across Australia.

The work is performed at the National Experimental Art Forum, Perth as well as at venues on the Experimenta Recharge national tour. The artist will use information on the cards to identify Australian media artists who she may approach to work with in the future to archive their own practice.

While Mapping Australian Media Art honours the handmade and the individual, it shifts significance beyond the tangible material produced, marking conversations, collective remembering and the sharing of information as vital, conceptually rich outcomes.