[ISEA2013] Artist Statement: Troy Innocent – Zydnei

Artist  Statement

Presented by dLuxMediaArts and ISEA2013. Join this street game that explores colonisation as an ongoing process via urban codes and language. Choose one of the three warring factions in a battle to revert, renew or remake the city. Traces of recolonisation have emerged, pointing to a future city named ‘Zydnei’. This is the work of one of the most pervasive forces since the first invasion in 1788. Will you join the invaders? Or will you fight? The second wave is coming. Be prepared. Know your city.  zydnei.net/index.php    facebook.com/zydnei

  • Dr Troy Innocent is a world builder, iconographer and reality newbie. His artificial worlds – Iconica (SIGGRAPH 98, USA), and Semiomorph (ISEA2002, Japan) – explore the dynamic between the iconic ideal and the personal specific, the real and the simulated, and also the way in which our identity is shaped by language and communication. He has received numerous awards, including Honorary Mention, LIFE 2.0: Artificial Life, Spain (1999); Foreign Title Award, MMCA Multimedia Grand Prix, Japan (1998); First Prize, National Digital Art Awards, Australia (1995); and Honorary Mention, Prix Ars Electronica (1992). Innocent co-founded the digital arts collective cyber dada and through pioneering works such as Idea-ON>! contributed to the Australian new media arts practice during the 90s. His most recent works are urban art environments: an interactive sculpture garden entitled Colony in the Melbourne Docklands and Urban Codemakers, an Alternate Reality Game that reinvents the history of Melbourne. Innocent is currently Senior Lecturer in Games and Interactivity, Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University, Melbourne. He is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery.