Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) presents Under_score: Net Art, Sound, and Essays from Australia at http://www.bam.org/under_score, an online exhibition showcasing the works of nine Australian artists for whom the internet has emerged as one of the most significant arenas for artistic experimentation and multimedia production. The exhibit is part of Next Wave Down Under, BAM’s month-long celebration of Australian arts and culture.
The works presented here represent a vast diversity of approaches, technologies, applications, and aesthetics, but with few exceptions, coalesce thematically around "the body", a persistent theme which at the beginning of the new millennium is present more than ever in discussions of art, the sciences, and the media. From Francesca da Rimini’s diary-like reflections and confrontational rants concerning erotic relations, power, and sexual taboo in GashGirl, to the richly layered dream-like 3D spaces and soundscapes in Melinda Rackham’s empyrean, Australian artists are helping to define new modes of electronic writing and reading, multimedia, performance, image making, and sonic production. Other artists include John Tonkin, Mez, Paul Brown, geniwate, Ian Haig, Jason Sweeney, Honor Harger, Adam Hyde, zina kaye, Caleb K., Mr. Snow, and Gary Zebington.
In addition, Under_score provides related links to fourteen works by Australian artists working in a variety of new media formats including CD-ROM, installation, and performance. There are two innovative online broadcasters, l’audible and r a d i o q u a l i a, delivering some of the most compelling sound work in Australia and New Zealand, and select audio pieces from The Listening Room, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s award sound art program.
In order to expand the discussion of these works and their significance BAM has commissioned three online essays by Allen Feldman, an American cultural and political anthropologist, Australian new media theorist Darren Tofts, and Australian writer and media critic McKenzie Wark.
Under_score: Net Art, Sound and Essays from Australia, now available at:
In conjunction with Next Wave Down Under, BAM commissioned Australian new media company, Drome to recreate the CD-ROM Making Chunky Move for web delivery. The web work explores how one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary dance companies created the dance work Corrupted 2, which made its U.S. debut at BAM during this year’s Next Wave Festival. The documentary follows the company from the germ of an idea to the stage, behind the scenes and beyond, including snapshot interviews with the key players, dancers, creative collaborators, and other cultural professionals as well as unique virtual 3-D segments, sound bites, and extensive video footage.
Making Chunky Move, now available at:
For more information, contact Wayne Ashley, BAM’s Manager of New Media via email at: