Limited editions of 1.1 version selling out
Digital artist Mark Amerika, Founding Director of the Alt-X Online Network, has just launched the 2.0 version of his latest Internet art work, FILMTEXT, as part of the Art Gallery exhibition at SIGGRAPH 2002. This upgraded version of Filmtext features new digital video, animation, original soundtracks, and a customized Filmtext reader. The work was created in collaboration with Internet Flash artist John Vega of dancingimage.com and the sound artists Twine.
With the release of the 2.0 version, the Filmtext 1.1 version is being sold in a limited edition of three. All three have either been sold or are under negotiation.
Filmtext is a digital narrative created for cross-media platforms. It has been exhibited as a museum installation, a net art site, a conceptual art ebook, an mp3 concept album, a series of live performances, and a looping DVD. In the initial 1.0 iteration of the net art site, commissioned by Playstation 2 in conjunction with Amerika’s "How To Be An Internet Artist" net art retrospective at the ICA in London, Amerika referred to Filmtext as "the third part of my new media trilogy," following his two other major works of Internet art, Grammatron and Phon:E:Me, which have been exhibited in major venues such as the Whitney Biennial of American Art and the Walker Art Center. These two early works, in addition to a forthcoming feature length DVD version of Filmtext, will soon be available in customized limited editions.
Amerika, who was recently named a "Time Magazine 100 Innovator" as part of their continuing series of features on the most influential artists, scientists, entertainers and philosophers into the 21st century, has captured Filmtext’s digital video source material in various locations around the globe, including the Haleakala volcano in the South Pacific, the neonated nightscapes of Tokyo, the Australian Outback, and dynamic urban environments located in Southeast Asia.
Mark Amerika was recently appointed to the Fine Arts faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he has been developing a cutting-edge Digital Art curriculum. In 2002, he was a Visiting Artist at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the National University of Singapore.
Filmtext 2.0 can be found at http://www.markamerika.com/filmtext
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