Andreas Broeckmann on Fri, 4 Jun 1999 11:38:57 +0100

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Syndicate: MEDIA RELEASE: FUSION: collaborative interactive telepresence events

Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 11:10:47 +0930
From: Australian Network for Art and Technology <>

You are invited to attend:

the first in a series of three collaborative interactive telepresence events

The live manifestation of the first FUSION event will take place at:

College of Fine Arts, Selwyn Street, Paddington, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
June 9 and 10 : from 6-11pm;  June 12 from 6-10am

Medien Faculty, Bauhaus University, Weimar, GERMANY
June 9 & 10 9.00-14.00; June 11, 22.00 - 02.00

and online at

FUSION'99  is the first in a series collaborative interactive telepresence
events which explore the current break down of definitions, dualisms and
geographical boundaries on the internet. The theme focuses on the fusions
occurring between the artificial, the organic and the virtual through the
collapses and interactions of "Cyberspace".

Next week, the Medien Facultity of the Bauhaus University Weimar, The
Australian Network for Art and Technology and The College of Fine Arts,
University of New South Wales, Sydney will host Fusion '99, an experimental
event from point to point over the Net.

The event which features the work of 12 Artists and Computer Scientists
from Germany and Australia, attempts to push the boundaries of cyberspace
past simple e-mail and net-surfing.   By using the latest real- time
technologies and collaborative techniques, the artists in Australia and
those of Germany pair up to test new levels of interactivity, conceptual
collaboration and virtual space. The work ranges from live audio streaming
and installation, to video manipulation, to the use of various available
net softwares which have yet to be utilised creativity such as Net Meeting
or Hotline Chats, WWW sites and VRML possibilities and finally to the
concepts of telepresence performance.

It promises to break new ground, furthering collaborative techniques
between educational institutions, inventing new programs for net
communication as well as expanding current applications for use by creative
artist and students. Participating artists will question and re-define old
definitions of space, nature, evolution, identity and artistic authorship.

Jill Scott, the initiator of  this project says "The intention is to hold a
series of FUSION  events over time, which will form  a body of researched
results to assist with the development of  protocols for telepresence
events, defend the sponsorship of more online collaborative techniques
between educational institutions, and simultaneously test applications for
industry standards by creative artists and students."

The projects being initiated from Sydney are:  Live Audio Streams: A stream
of work by composers who modify and manipulate sounds from Sydney,
developed and produced by Damian Castaldi and Scott Horscroft and including
works by Sigma editions; Digiplasma, a highly charged gap devoid of content
emersed within an infinite electr magnetic spectrum parading as message by
Brad Miller,  Collectorscope is an interactive animation device for
capturing images off the web and animating them., by John Hughes; Web based
projects, Carrier,  the domain of a www based infectious java agent which
navigates the user through immersive visual and aural landscapes of viral
symbiosis b y Melinda Rackham and Notes Towards A Place ,  a space for text
and audio that encourages contributions by users into a VRML environment.

Emanating from Weimar are: What's Cooking In The Realm? A network
surveillance installation, transporting old folklore into the next
millennium,  by Sue Machert; Transonator a parallel interactive sound
installation, by Andreas Krach and Johannes Sienknecht; Schlaglichter  a
series of media ideas about emergence using Net-meeting and Mac Morph
software by Marion Meyer.; |a|s|c|v|i|d|,  ASCII video client/servers by
Andreas Schiffler and Bernd Diemer; Future Bodies (Stage 1),  an
interactive script writing research project to determine the future of
three virtual characters with genetic modifications and multiple
identities, by Jill Scott; Virtual Cuts,  a performance and a mixture
between the real and the virtual, by Ulla Marguard; as well as soundworks
from SeaM-Studio fur elktroakustiche Musik in Weimar:  Soundtracks, by
Pablo Aura-Langer, Holger Haessermann, Hyo-Sung-Kim, Anne Koenig, Su-Young
Park, Jae-Hi Uh; Impromptu a live improvisation by Peter Lan, and
soundfillers by Ludger Kisters.

For further information & interviews contact:

In Australia:
Amanda McDonald Crowley, Director, ANAT
0419 829 313;

In Germany:
Professor Dr Jill Scott, Bauhaus University

FUSION is proudly supported in Australia by: the Australian Network for Art
and Technology; the New Media Arts Fund of the Australia Council; the
College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales; and Metro Screen Ltd;
and in Gemany by: the Media Faculty of the Bauhaus University in Weimar,
and Deutsche Telekom AG.

postal address: PO Box 8029 Hindley Street, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia
web address:
ph:  +61 (0)8-8231-9037
fax:   +61 (0)8-8211-7323

Director:  Amanda McDonald Crowley (tel: 0419 829 313)
Administration and Information Officer:  Anne Robertson
Administration Assistant: Samara Mitchell
Web and Technical Officer:  Martin Thompson

Memberships: $A12 (unwaged), $A25 (waged), $A50 (institutions)

ANAT receives support from The Australia Council,
the Federal Government's arts funding and advisory body

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