[ISEA94] Artist Statement: Jill Scott — Paradise Tossed: New Frontiers or Utopia

Artist Statement

Paradise Tossed or Paradise Lost?
“Paradise Tossed” is a computer animated survey of technological terrain, idealism and design from four women’s points of view. It uses MacroMindDirector’s lingo to access segments of a 12 Minute Animation on a Sony Laser Disc Player. The Menus are presented like pages from a photo Album, and by touching the screen the participant can not only choose animated segments to be played on another screen, but can also construct timeless associations.
I started out to explore the notion of “timelessness desire” and the “redundancy of technological utopia” which led me to a series of archetypical assumptions in “Paradise Tossed”.  For some time I have been researching and comparing eras. After talking to my grandmother, my mother, and my sister about their attitudes toward technology I concentrated on four time zones: 1900, 1930, 1960 and 1990. Even though these eras exist a generation apart, together they encapsulate the tremendous extent of environmental and domestic change we have witnessed since the beginning of this century. It occured to me that interactivity could provide people with archetypal scenarios that they would be curious to visit and in doing so may question the reason for their choices and why so many people’s ideals were so similiar.

  • Jill Scott, born in 1952, studied Fine Art and Communications at San Fransisco State University. Since 1975, numerous individual and group exhibitions of works in video, computer graphics, interactive installations and performance. Currently works at the Hochschule der Bildenden Kunst, Saar, Germany

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