Who I am, What I do

I am an Australian new media artist, DJ, performer and educator, living and working in Pittsburgh. I am fascinated by art and digital culture, and I believe passionately in ecology and animal rights.

An entrepreneur in spirit and an artist at heart, I believe the evolving journey of the artist never ends.

My vocation and career has leaped around quite a bit. From my beginnings as a musician and painter through to multimedia performance and DJ. Regardless of my work, I have always considered myself as, first and foremost, an artist.

As an artist and teacher, I attempt to uncover innovative ways to incite a dialog between our technology-influenced society and artwork. I see the creation of art not in the traditional sense of a solitary act, but as a multifaceted and engaging work in the spirit of experimental, innovative creativity. My own creative endeavors have passed through multiple terrains, straddling many departments: beginning with musical composition and sound art creation, to the interception of sound with visual paradigms, before culminating in installation work, sensor-mounted performance, and video art. My interests of late occupy the fields of three-dimensional computer animation, physical computing including techniques for computer vision and PCB design, dance and technology performance practices, sculpture and painting with an emphasis on 3D sculpture fabrication, metal/woodwork sculpture, and traditional film/video production. At the center of my inquiries is the exploration of techniques bridging the disparate practices of the fine arts with emergent technologies, in the hope of amalgamating software and hardware with conceptually interesting results.

Alongside my artistic practice, I undertake an on-going historical survey, analyzing aesthetic conventions, computationally augmented narratives, and architectural formats for contemporary art utilizing new media. I have always been fascinated by the impact of digital technologies on our media-saturated cities. And this has led me to investigating the aesthetic conventions and infrastructures that inform the production of new media within urban terrains. As part of this journey, I seek to address the social and political contexts in which new media is disseminated and interpreted as a function of a unique system of communication. I also attempt to look through a critical lens the temporal, spatial and aesthetic qualities of new media art in urban space, where the interception of architecture and media catalyzes new perspectives on playful interactions.

My PhD dissertation takes Harold Bloom’s Anxiety of Influence as a departure point for the formation of artistic identity from dense networks of interaction with other artists, ideas, and communities. Within this context, I propose that the difficulties in finding a unique voice as a contemporary artist today is vital for understanding how we form our identities within a transient and evolving network of social interaction. The creative work supporting the project is a custom-built wireless gestural interface that translates kinetic energy into real-time multichannel synthetic sound and video. Dancer Tabaré Gowon performed the piece using this body mounted sensor suit.