Intimate transactions: The evolution of an ecosophical networked practice

Armstrong, Keith M. (2005) Intimate transactions: The evolution of an ecosophical networked practice. Fibreculture Journal.

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Intimate Transactions is a networked interactive installation for two participants located in different geographical locations. During a 30-minute, one-on-one session they individually and collaboratively explore a range of virtual, interactive environments mediated by digital image, sound and haptic feedback. This major work evolved from a single site, non-networked version to a multi-site, server-driven artwork that operates in mixed online/offline modes. In 2005, the work was awarded an Honorary Mention in the Prix Ars Electronica and began an international tour of several high profile festivals and arts venues. Intimate Transactions is a product of the Transmute Collective (

Intimate Transactions networked, inter-relational design was inspired by a range of conditions, discourses and practices drawn from scientific and critical ecologies, new media and innovative performance that I collectively name 'ecosophical praxis. An inherent part of this approach involves the continual development of contextualizing questions, which in turn mould the work's practice and presentation. This paper considers the issues and implications of applying this approach during the Intimate Transactions project. The concluding questions are relevant as a guiding method for other creative practitioners similarly interested in eco-social and eco-political engagement.

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ID Code: 6650
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: Keith Armstrong, Transmute Collective, Electronic Arts, telepresence, Networked Art, Dual site Art, Media Arts
ISSN: 1449-1443
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified (190299)
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 2005 (Please consult author)
Copyright Statement: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see link).
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:28

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