Digging into digital media culture

Dynamic: A scene a trailer for Hollywood Burn by Soda Jerk with Sam Smith.An intriguing examination of n screen and digital art opens next week at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.

The show, Scanlines, was developed by dLux curators in collaboration with contemporary artist and designer Dr George Poonkhin Khut.

dLux MediaArts has been committed to supporting the development, engagement and experience of n screen and digital media culture for nearly 35 years.

Its diverse programs not only reflect the ongoing challenges of artistic production in a rapidly changing technological world, but also seek to document the rich history and evolution of n artists working with film, video and interactive media through its national touring program.

The Scanlines show includes works from Soda_Jerk, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, John Tonkin, Leon Cmielewski, Josephine Starrs, Stephen Fearnley and Stephen Harrop.

One of the works featured by Soda_Jerk, which is Dan Angelboro and Dominique Angelboro, is Hollywood Burn, a 52-minute anti-copyright epic with artist Sam Smith. As described by the Scanlines website, it is “plundered from hundreds of sources, Hollywood Burn is a contestation of the corporate control of cultural history”.

Scanlines should appeal to youths interested in digital media culture and anyone young at heart. The interactive installation offers rare works and well-kown works by many celebrated filmmakers.

Scanlines opens on Friday, May 5, and runs through June 25.

dLux Media Arts diretor Tara Morelos will speak at the official opening on Sunday, May 7, from 2pm.

Other shows at the Lake Macquarie gallery include Water: The Precious Liquid, a gallery artist project coordinatedby Therese Kenyon,which opens on May 5 and runs through July 2, and Click: Schools in Focus, featuring photography projects from students at Belmont High School.

Water looks at major world issues concerning the use and abuse of water, including global wraming, contamination, ill-judged engineering works, floods and storms.

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