Chair Person: Ian Gwilt
Presenters: Darko Fritz, Sue Gollifer & Melinda Rackham
In this panel the term compumorphic art will be used to describe an emergent collection of artworks, artists and projects that reposition the digital computer as a form of creative inspiration, cultural commentary or aesthetic reference.
Through the presentation of their own research/practice the panel will reveal how compumorphic artworks not only reference the visual aesthetic of computing technologies but often utilize or question the cultural values and ontological qualities we commonly ascribe to the computer-digital.
However, this term is by no means fully resolved and it is hoped that a lively debate around the notion of compumorphic art – what this might mean and what it might encompass – will take place in the forum.
- Ian Gwilt is a Professor of Design at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He holds an MA in Interactive Multimedia, conferred by the University of Balears (UIB) in Spain, and the Royal College of Art (RCA) London. He has a Phd from the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales examining the theory and practice of mixed-reality art. In the last 15 years he has shown and curated interactive installations, rapid prototype sculptures and digital artworks at a number of international new media events, galleries and exhibitions. His current practice/research is concerned with augmented reality and locative media, the graphical user interface as creative/cultural artefact, and exploring new forms and contexts for information design and post consumption visual communication.