Mirror States

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Campbelltown Arts Centre and MIC Toi Rerehiko
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Mirror States was a major exhibition of Australasian and international new media art that toured to MIC Toi Rerehiko, Auckland (16 May-- 28 June 2008) and Campbelltown Art Centre (18 July -24 August 2008)_ It was jointly curatcd by myself and Kathy Cleland (University of Sydney). The exhibition addressed the research question of what is distinctive in the aesthetics of new media art, and how that distinctiveness might impact on curatorial practice and audience experience. It posed two key themes of "reflected selves" and "projected others" and created a dialogue between these digital subjectivities. The exhibition contributed to two main fields of research: curatorial practice-based research and media art aesthetics. In the field of curatorial practice it was the testing ground for a model of group-show curating that used audience experience as its organising principle. In the field of media art aesthetics it demonstrated, through eleven large-scale installations, the importance of audience experience in interactive and media artworks. Artists included in the show were: Alex Davies, Anna Davis and Jason Gee, Sean Kerr, George Khut, Janine Randerson, David Rokeby, Hyc Rim Lee, John Tonkin, Mari Velonaki
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