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'Grounded media' : expanding the scope of ecological art practices within new media arts culture

Armstrong, Keith M. (2008) 'Grounded media' : expanding the scope of ecological art practices within new media arts culture. Media-Space Journal.

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Abstract

'Grounded Media' is a form of art practice focused around the understanding that our ecological crisis is also a cultural crisis, perpetuated by our sense of separation from the material and immaterial ecologies upon which we depend. This misunderstanding of relationships manifests not only as environmental breakdown, but also in the hemorrhaging of our social fabric. 'Grounded Media' is consistent with an approach to media art making that I name 'ecosophical' and 'praxis-led' – which seeks through a range of strategies, to draw attention to the integrity, diversity and efficacy of the biophysical, social and electronic environments of which we are an integral part. It undertakes this through particular choices of location, interaction design, participative strategies and performative direction. This form of working emerged out of the production of two major projects, 'Grounded Light' and 'Shifting Intimacies' and is evident in a recent prototypical wearable art project called 'In_Step'. The following analysis and reflections will assist in promoting new, sustainable roles for media artists who are similarly interested in attuning their practices.

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ID Code: 8802
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: ecology, ecosophy, media arts, site specific performance, art and ecology, electronic arts, performance and media
ISBN: 1740675371
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified (190599)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Electronic Media Art (190203)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 19:25

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