In line with ANAT’s commitment to developing projects which support and encourage critical discourse and dialogue, and following on from highly successful projects such as Virogenesis, CODE RED and FOLDBACK, ANAT developed a new project for 1999, titled Resistant Media.This project built on research ANAT had undertaken into tactical media strategies and alternative approaches to information and communications theory.
Resistant Media became something of a series of strategic interventions into other projects during 1999.
FUSION was developed by Jill Scott as a series of three collaborative interactive telepresence events which explore the current break down of definitions, dualisms and geographical boundaries. The theme focuses on the fusions occurring between the artificial, the organic and the virtual through the collapses and interactions of Cyberspace. Using the latest real-time technologies (including teleconferencing, web-cam, VRML 2.0 etc.) the intention was to provide a space for participants to question and re-define old definitions of space, nature, evolution,
identity and artistic authorship.
After the three FUSION events (over three years), Scott believes that a body of researched results will help to develop a protocol for telepresence events, defend the sponsorship of more on-line collaborative techniques between educational institutions, and simultaneously test applications for industry standards by creative students.
Scott approached ANAT to curate the Australian component of the first FUSION event which took place in June 1999, as a public event -where results are ‘performed’ and both Virtual and on-site observers were also invited to attend. A rehearsal period took place earlier in May. The live manifestation of this project took place in collaboration with the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW, Sydney.
The Sydney projects were:
- 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.
- Digiplasma – a highly charged gap devoid of content immersed within an infinite electro magnetic spectrum parading as message. This digi plasma was used as a mixing element between othertransmissions (Video Streaming with QuickTime) by Brad Miller.
- The Collectorscope – an interactive animation device for capturing images off the web and animating them. The idea is to have two participants each with a video camera to try to match their body positions and collect images of themselves which automatically animate. (Director and Web-cam) by John Hughes with additional programming by Mr. Snow.
- Carrier-the domain of a www based infectious Java agent which navigates the user through immersive visual and aural landscapes of viral symbiosis, (www and chat feedback) by Melinda Rackham.
- Notes Towards A Place – a space for text and audio that encourages contributions by users into a VRML environment. It is an attempt to define aspects of Sydney through text/s that construct a virtual place, and simultaneously to allow for the German participants to define their city (Weimar) in the same environment, by Sarah Waterson.
The Weimar projects were:
- What’s Cooking In The Realm? – a network installation involving several cooking pots as a form of mystic surveillance, transporting old folklore into the next millennium. A global cuisine browser. (Live Web Cam) by Sue Machert.
- Transonator-a parallel interactive sound installation in Sydney and Weimar, which uses live stream audio to transport the viewer from one river to a pastisch of soundscapes and spectral components, providing shifts in rhythms and spatial structuring (MSP Real-time audio processing software and Real Audio) by Andreas Krach and Johannes Sienknecht.
- Schlaglichter- a series of media ideas about emergence. The visitors that come to each venue of fusion 99, will be combined together and fused. (Net-meeting and Mac Morph) by Marion Meyer.
- SeaM-Studio fur elektroakustische Musik: 1. Soundtracks:- with a telescope through Weimar- a project by: Pablo Aura-Langer, Holger Haufsermann Hyo-Sung-Kim, Anne Konig, Sun-Young Park Jae-Hi Uh
- 2. Impromptu -A live-improvisation with-in SuperCollider-a written sound arrangement program.The computer as an instrument by Peter Lang.
- Open Source Media Art Project A Different Way Of Encoding Information – uses systems to convert the live input from a video camera into the ASCII format modelled on the old school way of presenting graphical information in the dawn of networked systems.
- |a|s|c|v|i|d|, (2 x 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 including |L|a|n|g|u|a|g|e| |S|i|m|u|l|a|t|o|r| artificial intelligence chat with synthetic personalities by Guillaume Stagnaro.
- Virtual Cuts – a performance and a mixture between the real and the virtual while two people (one in Sydney and another in Weimar) are cutting their own hair, slowly but permanently, discussing this process together and asking the audience to give comments and suggestions. (Web-cam, rear view projection and real Audio) by Ulla Marguard.