Leisa Shelton

Born 1964, Warwick, Qld, Australia. Lives and works Melbourne, Australia.

Mapping Australian Media Art
2014–16

Performance, desk, chairs, archive cards, rubber stamps, stainless steel archive boxes, custom built plinth 90 x 236 x 38cm archive box installation designed and fabricated by James McAllister/BARBOUR and Tom Burless/TOMIKEH

Photography: Mark Ashkanasy, Courtesy RMIT Gallery.

In Mapping Australian Media Art, Leisa Shelton has responded to a perceived lack of knowledge about the history of media art in Australia. In this participatory project, Shelton will sit at a table in the gallery inviting individuals to join her 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 will be documented on an individual archive card, stamped and signed, and placed in a handcrafted archive box. Individual cards will never be displayed and will only ever be accessed by the artist. This process will be repeated at each venue as Experimenta Recharge tours Australia during 2015–16, building a serendipitous history of media art across Australia. 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.