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Wiring the Wild, without Electricity
2007 Still Water Fellows site new media installations in deserts, trains, and synthetic worlds

Alan Lamb's Pindari wire installation
Australian curator Sarah Last and English audio artist Dave Burraston are no strangers to working outside the box. Last helped artist Alan Lamb string wire a quarter-mile across the Australian desert to create resonant frequencies you can hear without amplification. Burraston generates music based on fractals and artificial life algorithms. Beginning Friday 9 November, Last and Burraston present their work and meet with students as part of their 2007 Still Water Research Fellowship.

LocomotivusFriday 9 Nov 10-10:50am
Audio outside the Box

DPC 100
Sarah Last presents the innovative audio festivals and exhibitions she has curated over the last decade on moving trains, in the Australian bush, and other unusual locales.

Monday 12 Nov 10am-12:30pm
Tech Tete-a-tete

CHD 420 / Still Water lab
Sarah Last and Dave Burraston meet with students to review and critique their projects on a rolling basis.

Attractor basin for a cellular automataTuesday 13 Nov 10am-12pm
New Media from Down Under

CHD 420
Taking a cue from the expanded definition in At the Edge of Art, Sarah Last presents her view of new media as an Australian artist and curator.

Thursday 15 Nov 10am-12pm
Artificial Life and Art

CHD 420
Dave Burraston presents his history of hardware-hacking analog audio processors and his recent forays into generative music derived from complexity science.

Sarah LastArtist and curator Sarah Last has produced cutting-edge installations and festivals for the better part of a decade in rural Australia. As curator at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Space Program, and director of the Booranga Writers' Centre, Last has organized unusual site-specific audio programs in abandoned factories, on moving railroad cars, and in the open paddocks of New South Wales.

LocomotivusAs a curator, Last has often sought out contexts outside of traditional institutions like galleries and museums as a means to challenge preconceived notions of art and the spaces in which it exists. Her "Unsound" festivals probe unexpected territories, both figuratively and literally; for one festival, Last helped Australian artist Alan Lamb string wire for vast distances over the Australian desert and listen to its resonance frequencies using styrofoam boxes. Last has been an artist-in-residence at the NSW Arts Gunnery Studios in Sydney and was awarded an inaugural 'ArtsLab' grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. She has been a visiting Still Water Research Fellow in fall 2005 and fall 2007.

Dave BurrastonAfter a decade of playing classical piano, Dave Burraston switched to electronic music and has since concentrated on the use of mathematical systems such as cellular automata, chaos, and fractals for artistic ends. He's programmed in both analog and digital environments, from Jurassic stalwarts such as the Acorn, Commodore, and Atari to shiny new computers like Macintosh and Silicon Graphics. Burraston has worked with collaborators as diverse as the MIT Media Lab, Aphex Twin, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which recently invited Dave Burraston to compose a sound piece for the anniversary of Monteverdi's opera L'Orfeo.

Burraston worked for British Telecom, the UK's foremost telecommunications thinktank, in synthetic worlds ranging from artificial life to virtual reality. He is currently a reviewer for the Leonardo Journal and on the editorial board of Leonardo Transactions. Burraston also maintains his own independent analogue/digital research studio called Noyzelab, and has performed music and video sets around the world.


Locomotivus

ABOVE: Alan Lamb's Pindari wire installation, scenes from the Locomotivus project organized by Sarah Last, and an "attractor basin" for one of Dave Burraston's cellular automata.


Updated: 2007-11-07 by Jon Ippolito
Posted 2007-11-07 18:09:09 by Jon Ippolito
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