winner of an Award of Distinction in Interactive Art from the 2007 Prix Ars Electronica, Austria
The Seeker installation uses three large projections to explore migration, territorial boundaries, conflict commodities and human displacement.
Seeker’s interactive component enables participants to map their own personal family migration history. Making a contribution allows access to a visualisation of all accumulated maps. The most recent vectors are drawn first, followed gradually by the vectors of previous participants. An alternative animated visualisation can be accessed by the viewer where elegant curves represent the distance each generation has travelled.
Another screen shows panning satellite imagery of cities overlaid with moving text of harvested news feeds. The text describes incidents where people have died attempting to seek refuge in another country.
The third screen consists of animated curves representing population migration data, and the effect conflict resources such as tantalum, diamonds and oil have had on the displacement of people. The animations are overlaid onto vast empty landscape images from Africa, Australia and India.
Over time the three screens begin a silent conversation with one another as the viewer makes connections between issues of personal migration, conflict resources and the way human displacement is represented in the global media.
Seeker was first exhibited as part of the “ContemporaryCommonwealth06″ Exhibition jointly hosted by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the National Gallery of Victoria, in Melbourne from February to May 2006.
“Seeker not only traces the global movement of people and resources, but also illustrates the ongoing process of translation from the physical to the virtual in the way we perceive the world. Translation implies a desire to communicate; each person who engages with Seeker will be prompted to consider what is lost and what is gained, what is repressed and what is discovered in this process.” Fiona Trigg, CC2006 Catalogue Essay
Seeker has also been exhibited at the Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide, August - September 2006
and at Artspace in Sydney, February - March 2007
Seeker is the winner of an Award of Distinction in Interactive Art from the 2007 Prix Ars Electronica, Austria
documentation on youtube
Leon Cmielewski & Josephine Starrs
Programming: Adam Hinshaw
The artists would like to acknowledge the support of:
Asialink Residency Program, Australia
WAAG Society for Old and New Media, Amsterdam
Sarai, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi
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