Towards a Connective and Ecosophical New Media Art Practice

Armstrong, Keith (2006) Towards a Connective and Ecosophical New Media Art Practice. In Jillian, Hamilton (Ed.) Intimate Transactions: Art, Exhibition and Interaction Within Distributed Network Environments. ACID Press, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 12-34.


The design of Intimate Transactions was inspired by a range of discourses and practices drawn from the fields of critical ecologies, new media and innovative performance practices. At its core is what I refer to as an ecosophical praxis. Underpinned by an engagement with aspects of critical ecology, such a praxis sits within a social and political agenda that emphasises the integral place of social relationships within ecological systems. Because of its emphasis on relationships, an ecosophical praxis involves a socially driven approach to art practice. Collaboration and interactivity guide both the production of art and the design of how it will be experienced. Within the development of Intimate Transactions, I have therefore taken on the role of interdisciplinary collaborator and I have resituated audiences as performers who engage with ecological issues through their interactions with both the artwork and other participants. While this approach of combining ecological concerns with collaboration in production and experience is subtle and non-didactic, it ultimately governs every aspect of the work.

In this essay, I will elaborate upon the ecosophical principles that have influenced the design of Intimate Transactions. I will also reflect upon the iterative design process and the progress of Intimate Transactions towards its current iteration as a participatory, embodied, networked and collaborative new media artwork. By charting the gradual refinement of its design, I will show how this project has come to fulfil Gablik’s prediction of art that facilitates an understanding of complex ecological concerns and social participation.

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ID Code: 8873
Item Type: Book Chapter
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ISBN: 0977597806
Subjects: 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 2006 ACID Press
Deposited On: 16 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:35

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