[ISEA94] Artist Statement: Troy Innocent – IDEA-ON>!

Artist Statement

IDEA-ON>! presents the manifestation of fragments of my own personal reality in what appears to be a living, breathing world. The approach to multimedia rejects traditional flat user interface design, and offers the user many different forms of engagement through four “new realities”, each prototyping different aesthetic, structural and communication based approaches to virtual space. It is interactivity for interactivity’s sake, experimentation with what is possible, experience based as opposed to information based. Things may happen without user interaction, more obscure exploration may be required to find hidden places, or responses given by the objects and beings will vary, often following a surreal kind of logic.

Visiting the IDEA-ON>! installation can be likened to visiting a sacred site where spirits and myths reside. The information space inside the computer becomes a dreaming or meditational space, a manifestation of the subconscious where the objective contents of thoughts are stored
for others to explore and experience. Similar in the way pre-linguistic societies would have a shared body of myths and legends which made up their perception of the universe, a world like IDEA-ON>! jumbles together many things towards a prototype of a dreamlike, surreal, communal cyberspace in which people dream, create, imagine, and play with thought and form.

  • Since 1989, Troy Innocent (Australia) has been employing techniques of freeform mutation with computers to create experimental electronic art which has been exhibited internationally. Idea-ON>! is one in a series of hypermedia projects Troy has produced independently to explore the developing language of the new media. He continues to work with the group CyberDada, conceived in 1989, on performance, installation, and video projects, the most recent project being Techno Digesto Fetishism.