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Burning the Interface <International Artists' CD-ROM>

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


26 Mar 1996 to 30 Jun 1996


David Blair, Jean-Louis Boissier, Michael Buckley, John Colette, Luc Courchesne, Peter De Lorenzo, De-Lux’o (Bill Barminski, Jerry Hesketh, Webster Lewin), Linda Dement, Dorian Dowse, Graham Ellard & Stephen Johnstone, Phillip George & Ralph Wayment, Paul Groot & Jans Possel, Felix Hude, Troy Innocent, Eric Lanz, George Legrady, Brad Miller, Necro Enema Amalgamated (Eric Swenson, Keith Seward), NeuROM-X (Jospeh Lefèvre, Èric Mattson, Alain Mongeau), Nino Rodriguez, Miroslaw Rogala, SASS (Andy Polaine, Andy Cameron, Joe Stephenson, Luke Pendrell, Rob Le Quesne, Sophie Pendrell, Tomas Roope), Bill Seaman, ScruTiny Associates (Tennessee Rice Dixon, Jim Gasperini, Charlie Morrow), Station Rose (Gary Danner, Elisa Rose), ToyBox (Justin Bennett, Charlotte Corke, Alison Craighead/Jon Thomson, Jeremy Diggle, John Dovey, F(UK), Christopher Hales, Rory Hamilton, Troy Innocent, Peter Maloney, Robert Mettler, Julie Myers, Steve Partridge, Janni Perton, Nina Pope, Roy Stringer, Simon Schofield, Simon Turner, Jane Wood), Gerald Van Der Kaap, Die Veteranen (Stephen Eichhorn, Tjark Ihmels, KP Ludwig John, Michael Touma), Tamás Waliczky,


Mike Leggett & Linda Michael

about the exhibition

Burning the Interface was the first major survey exhibition of works on CD-ROM by contemporary Australian and international artists. In the early 1990s, the speed at which computer technology and the internet were infiltrating everyday life was increasing, and familiarity with computers was beginning to develop. The potential of new media technologies were just beginning to be explored by visual artists, and this exhibition sought to capture that experimentation and present it in an interactive, ‘hi-tech’ way appropriate to the media.

A call out for submissions was distributed online. One hundred and thirty proposals were received and 34 works were chosen. The works explored and developed the aesthetic and experimental possibilities of this new, interactive format.

The exhibition included an orientation area to enable visitors to gather background information on the artists, the work and the medium. Two exhibits featured publications which distributed CD-ROMs: Mediamatic from Amsterdam, and Artifice from London. Computers within the gallery were connected to the internet for the first time in an MCA exhibition, providing a window on the potential of the online computer as a medium for contemporary art.

Exhibition design by Colin Rowan, Powerhouse Museum.

Tour Itinerary

Ngapartji Cooperative Multimedia Centre, Adelaide, SA: 12 September – 5 October 1996
Experimenta/Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Vic: 7 – 23 November 1996
Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, WA: 12 February – 9 March 1997
Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Qld: 27 March – 3 May 1997