Five Imaginary Drugs (multi channel video)

Arte Neuvo Interactiva
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Interactiva 03 Biennale for New Media Art
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Background - My inclusion in this Biennale was facilitated by the Cuban curator Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet whom I met in 2001 while doing an Asialink residency at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. When he asked me to contribute a new video work to this exhibition he was interested in me continuing to develop the video as text pieces I was developing on residency in Thailand. I ended up producing Five Imaginary Drugs as a five screen video work of animated video texts for the show as a spatialization of this form of expanded cinema. Contribution - Five Imaginary Drugs builds on traditions of both expanded cinema, experimental writing and concrete poetry to create new forms where text read in parallel create hybrid and associative meanings between video streams. The de-emphasis of the image track enables the text to be read as a multilinear narrative. Significance - Interactiva 03 was for the time a landmark exhibition in the de-centring of new media and digital art histories from the Europe-America axis that had almost exclusively held sway.
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