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Under_score: Net art, Sound and Essays from Australia exhibits 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. Under_score is part of Next Wave Down Under, the month-long Australian focus of BAM's Next Wave Festival 2001. 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.
The works presented here represent a vast diversity of approaches, technologies, applications, and aesthetics, but with few exceptions, coalesce thematically around "the body", a theme which at the beginning of the new millennium is present more than ever in discussions of art, the sciences, and the media.
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 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 enhance the discussion of these works and their significance
BAM has commissioned 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.
Wayne Ashley, Organizing Curator and Manager of New Media, BAM