Panel: Testing New Ground: An Interdisciplinary Discussion on Hybrid Habitats
A unifying thread that runs throughout Burrell’s theoretical and practical research (which include mixed reality and virtual art projects) has been one of exploring and searching for a potential site of the self – and to dare to wonder if this site exists at all. In his presentation he will focus on observations of the natural history of the physical world and ask what a natural history of a habitable virtual environment may be and how one may emerge as we move into this environment and make it our own, and indeed how this may differ from those of the real world. In doing so he will also ask how the post-human self is starting to inhabit these spaces and how it will fit into these new ecologies. The presentation will take the form of a poetic journey focusing on the artist’s own phenomenologically perceived self. He will move from a poorly recalled past (as a personal narrative of his own history) and into an imagined future – as vividly illustrated and anticipated through the artistic imagination – with particular reference to his own creative projects and to the works of the Australian writer Greg Egan.
- Andrew Burrell is a Sydney, Australia, based artist and writer. He is exploring notions of self and narrative and the implications of virtual worlds and artificial life systems upon an individual’s sense of identity. A unifying thread throughout his practice of the last years, has been one of exploring and searching for a potential site of the self – and to even dare to wonder if this site exists at all. In observing the natural history of the real world, and in asking what a natural history a virtual environment may be, he has been extending this ongoing investigation. He has also been creating fanciful structures that investigate new possibilities for a post-human self, and narrative constructs in which to contain them. He holds a PhD from the University of Sydney and exhibits, presents and publishes locally, internationally and online. miscellanea.com