serial reform 713L trial-run (2002)

ET AL. serial_reform_713L: solo site-specific installation with computerised audio interface.’, Starkwhite, Auckland 1 October – 28 November 2002

Exploration of the sculptural installation aesthetic in relation to (pseudo) scientific experimentation in areas of mind control including, but not limited to, cults and fringe religious practices and implied relationships to education and institutionalised peer acceptance and evaluation
• The utilisation of multi-media and other modern technologies for moulding human thought and behaviour is in its infancy. Associated with these practices there is an aesthetic associated with dysfunctional and aberrant experimental processes utilising (pseudo) scientific methods. An aim of this research is to capture this aesthetic in the installation environment and allow consideration of its associated implications for varying levels of social experimentation in areas ranging from institutionalised education to behaviour (re)formation

The integration of computing, multi-media and network methods and techniques into contemporary art and practice, instancing currently through the exploration of not necessarily functional devices and apparatus for mind control experimentation.
• Using interactive and multi-media techniques in art disciplines effectively involves understanding and experimenting with the integration and interfacing of, computer generated material into the installation. Historically the exchange between the viewer and the art-work was in the same local spatial and temporal environment. The computer can act as a technical programmable interface either in the local scene of audio/visual disjunction or across a computer-based net installation to allow interaction that is not necessarily tied to specifics of time or place. Interactive disciplines that include multi-media now extend into net-based interactive sites that allow communication beyond local horizons. Disjunction of object and viewer happens across not only layered meanings and intentions but across disparate media and dislocated net-based media, further challenging the viewer/object-site interchange.

Further devloped across the installations at the University of Canterbury SOFA; Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 2003, ; University of Canterbury SOFA, Christchurch Arts Centre, 2 December 2002 – 30 January 2003; Govett Brewater Art Gallery 26 July – 14 September 2003.