Rosa Menkman looks at 'the art of creative problem creation' through digital art works which open up spaces for alternative discourses, comparing these works with the Dadaist 'logic of the madmen' and questioning the historical framing of certain artforms as 'weird'.
In this special feature Steve Jampijimpa Patrick writes about "YAMA" the Warlpiri word for a shadow, or reflection. A word that signifies the nature of existence in Australian Aboriginal Culture, YAMA is also the name given to the multimedia installation made by artists from the Warnayaka Arts Centre with Napanangka (Gretta Louw) for the Networking the Unseen exhibition at Furtherfield Gallery.
Networking the Unseen is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on the intersection of indigenous cultures and zeitgeist digital practices in art, bringing together concepts and experiences of remoteness and marginalised cultures, with art-making in contemporary society.
Featuring Gretta Louw, Lily Hibberd, Brook Andrew, Curtis Taylor, Jenny Fraser, Sharon Nampijinpa Anderson and the Warnayaka Art Centre.
Even if digital art is still in its infancy, it flourishes while essentially remaining unevaluated and the public approaches it with a degree of curiosity. New art forms in the immaterial digital domain demand a general rethink in terms of their conservation, presentation and acquisition.
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