The year as artist in residency has been a pleasant and important year in my life. Here are a few thoughts about the scheme and many thanks to all the people who supported it. Below are some examples from what I have been working on. As a good relationship with the Virtual Environment Team of the CSIRO's CMIS has been established, it is expected that the collaboration in this area will continue to produce results.


Virtual Workbench Exercise


Many prototype tools have been developed for the Virtual Workbench by ACSYS Programmers. The main problem with these is that they need to be experienced in Virtual Environments to be appreciated. The 'virtual hairdressing' exercise aims to illustrate through images and VRML the power of one particular tool which has been developed by Paul Veldkamp and since been updated by Chris Gunn.


VRML 2


An indepth look at the animation capabilities within the VRML 2-Specifications produced a number of animation sequences. Rather than producing 'beautiful' artworks the aim was towards creating a fast and efficient methodology for communicating complex performances, film scenes or similar. The small file sizes are desirable in order to take 'the whole performance' on a laptop computer to potential sponsors, license authorities or funding bodies.


JAVA


During the first part of my residency I learned Java which enabled me to re-write my unfold program. It is now much more stable, can handle a mix of triangles and multi-sided polygons, has automated self-intersection prevention, etc. ...


Major art-projects during the residency


The Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney project in February 1998 was a temporary installation re-designing the entire gallery.

'Incision and Drainage of a Gallery Corner' , April 1998 was a temporary corner-installation designed for the 'After the Master' group exhibition at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.

Both exhibitions relied heavily on Visy Industries and Sydney VisLab for additional support.


Public presentations during the residency


One major goal of this residency I saw in fostering understanding between the art and science disciplines. Public lectures, seminars and artist's talks ranged from the relatively small audience of a seminar for students of ACAT (Australian Centre for Arts and Technology) to a couple of hundred architecture students at the morphe:nineteen97 conference in Geelong - from the Seminar room at the School of Art & Design at the Auckland Institute of Technology, New Zealand to the Target Theatre at the Powerhouse, an event organised by SIN - Sydney Intermedia Network.


Newspaper, magazine and catalogue articles


The initial interest in the residency by the media was re-fuelled by the recent art projects.


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