International Digital Art Awards 2006 4 May - 4 June 2006

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Steve Danzig (2005)
Steve Danzig (2005)
Aniu: 'So far, so close'
Aniu: 'So far, so close'
Wang Jinsong: 'One hundred signs of the demolition' (detail)
Wang Jinsong: 'One hundred signs of the demolition' (detail)
Song Dong: Installation image of 'Stir Fry Beijing'
Song Dong: Installation image of 'Stir Fry Beijing'
Bu Hua
Bu Hua

Presenting leading Chinese digital media artists as well as other invited international guests The International Digital Art Awards (IDAA) 2006 extends well beyond the arts as it builds cultural linkages with new media.

Digital artworks crossing a broad practice of video, interactive media, installation and photomedia art will be represented in the 2006 exhibition. Also featuring the Harries National Digital Art Award, this exhibition provides a substantial spectrum of digital media art.

The International Digital Art Award (IDAA) began in 2001 as a dedicated program for digital artists within a fine art context. No longer an award as such, the IDAA presents a selection of printed and new media art from across the world. In 2006 the IDAA takes a new direction by focusing primarily on work from one country, China, placed in the context of work by select international artists. Significant artists who feature in this year's exhibition include: Song Dong, Peter Greenaway and Istvan Horkay, Mark Amerika, Jin Jiangbo, Cui Xiuwen and Chen Qing Qing.

The exhibition provides an opportunity for cross-cultural dialogue, not only through the international selection of artists, but also through the partnership established with the Beijing Film Academy, which will host the IDAA later in 2006.

The exhibition is held across two venues: QUT creative industries precinct, Kelvin Grove and QUT Art Museum (City Campus). QUT creative industries precinct hosts moving image and interactive components of the exhibition, while QUT Art Museum primarily presents print-based works. At both venues, visitors will be able to view a selection of works on show in the other half of the exhibition via a screen link.

Algorithmic Art

This year the IDAA not only presents printed and new media art, but also some of the early and more recent programmers of algorithmic code, which is the foundation of digital images. In the present context, the curator Wayne Cosshall is interested in the application of an algorithm, or set of instructions, that when followed by a computer or an artist, results in an artwork. This section of the exhibition explores the role of the artist as programmer, or programmer as artist.

THE HARRIES DIGITAL ART AWARD

The Harries presents both printed and new media/dynamic artworks, and is an acquisitive prize with winning works becoming part of the Queensland Health Skills Development Centre (SDC) collection. The possibilities created by collaboration between art and science have inspired the SDC to collect art that pushes these boundaries. Entries for the Harries should explore ideas about the human form and condition, which can include themes such as the interplay between art and science; the body and its interaction with the environment; and the relationship between individuals and machines.

The Harries began in 2005 and is the national digital art award which the Queensland Health Skills Development Centre (SDC) curates and which is supported through a collaboration with the IDAA, the Public Arts Agency of Arts Queensland, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland Art Gallery, Jan Manton Art and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

More details about the IDAA can be found at www.internationaldigitalart.com

Also showing from 11 May to 3 June at QUT creative industries precinct, Kelvin Grove.

Teachers' notes are available for this exhibition.

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