Australian based multimedia artist Trish Adams receives international recognition for interactive artworks exploring contemporary and obsolete technologies, scientific processes and the internet in an exemplary unification of art and science.
Adams has been selected to exhibit her latest work: ‘Wave Writer’ at the International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA2004) held in Tallinn, Stockholm and Helsinki 14th – 22nd August 2004 in the category Critical Interdisciplines – research, science, art and collaboration.
Wave Writer examines the human urge to make a mark, to leave a trace of one’s presence. Visitors to the exhibition in Tallinn, Estonia will interact directly with Adams installation through a Kymograph. A machine invented in the 1840’s that was used extensively in various scientific disciplines. Individuals physically impress and transfer their energies by stepping on a foot pedal, displacing a pen and thus recording their presence as a change in the continuous line on the rotating ream of paper.
Remote access to the artwork via the Internet eliminates the physical boundaries of distance. Remote viewers/users can leave a tangible residue of their virtual presence, their existence and watch real-time participants via web cam. Adams states, ‘Viewers leave fragile traces of both real time and virtual interactions that create a complex interplay between participants, machines and locations – merging and rupturing identities.’
Whilst preparing for ISEA2004 Adams is currently producing an interactive visual dialogue on controversial stem cell research, culturing cells from her own blood.
Collaborating with leading scientists in the field of Biotechnology, University of Queensland since 1998, Adams has witnessed the impact of recent groundbreaking technologies through research on her own stem cells. As the artist explains, ‘This current stem cell research may provide viable alternatives in the future to the use of embryonic tissue.’
Adams possesses a profound ability to conceptualise and graphically depict the complexities of the fundamental essence of being human. Her qualifications are inclusive of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology. She is currently completing her Doctor of Visual Arts at the Queensland College of Art. A grant recipient, Adams also acknowledges the support of the Australia Council for this project.