MAPPING AUSTRALIAN MEDIA ART  

NATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL ART FORUM, PERTH, 5-6 OCTOBER 2015

LEISA SHELTON

Leisa Shelton responds to a perceived lack of knowledge about the history of media art in Australia with her ongoing work  Mapping Australian Media Art.

In this participatory project, Shelton sits at a table in the gallery and invites individuals to join in a conversation about significant encounters they have had with media art in Australia – to name the artists that have made an impression on them and marked us as a culture. Notes from each conversation are documented on an individual archive card, stamped and signed, and placed in a handcrafted archive box. This process is repeated at venues across Australia during 2014–16, building a serendipitous history of media art across Australia.

The work is performed at the National Experimental Art Forum, Perth as well as at venues on the Experimenta Recharge national tour. The artist will use information on the cards to identify Australian media artists who she may approach to work with in the future to archive their own practice. 

While Mapping Australian Media Art honours the handmade and the individual, it shifts significance beyond the tangible material produced, marking conversations, collective remembering and the sharing of information as vital, conceptually rich outcomes.

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leisa shelton

Leisa Shelton is a performance artist, maker and curator whose practice foregrounds collaboration and advocacy for new Australian transdisciplinary work. Her practice concentrates on developing new frames for the presentation of performance alongside greater sustainability within arts practice.

In 2008, Shelton founded Fragment31, a multidisciplinary collective focusing on contemporary performance practice. Shelton has directed and collaborated on productions with Arts House & Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne; Performance Space, Sydney Theatre Co & Belvoir St, Sydney. She led the Postgraduate course in Performance Making (Animateuring) at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2008–13) and was guest artist at Taipei National University of the Arts (2012); Theatre Training and Practice, Singapore (2004); and DasArts, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2008). She currently teaches independently across Australia and lectures within the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, VCA Melbourne. In 2014, Shelton is a guest collaborator with Century Contemporary Dance Co. Taipei, Taiwan, and co-curator of Venice International Performance Week 2014, Italy.

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