bolakier (2001)
 

Platform 2, Spencer Street Train Station 
Melbourne 23.1.01 - 2.3.01


Digital prints on photographic paper, each 60 x 84 cm

When I look away from my home computer screen I can see a tram line, a train line, a bridge that would let me bypass the CBD of Melbourne via one direction, the other would take me directly to the airport. As bolakier using an Instant Messenger Computer Program, I chat with people from around the world. Many multi-tasking office workers seem to use it as a buffer zone that helps put into perspective the demands and pressures of the day. A chat transcript displays the potentially endless traffic between strangers. A chat session lasting from 9 AM until lunchtime will be quite a few pages long if saved as a text file in the end. In regard to a transcript being non-interactive (interactivity being integral to the original activity) and a form of detritus (a by-product of curiosity with no specific purpose in real time across vast space) I'd been thinking of parallels and differences between a chat project and the late series of works by conceptual artist Ian Burn in which text appears progressively over discarded amateur Australian landscape paintings; specifically the way in which a throwaway dialogue with distant voices might sit within another definition of an ‘over-used’ landscape.

LucideAnge (2000)
LucideAnge (2000)

35mm Photographic Scan and Instant Messenger Chat Transcript

blogggggggirl (2000)
blogggggggirl (2000)

Microsoft Office Word 2000 drawing toolbar image

Mistress Molko (2000)
Mistress Molko (2000)

35mm Photographic Scan and Instant Messenger Chat Transcript

vice-president (2000)
vice-president (2000)

Microsoft Office Word 2000 drawing toolbar image

AuntySpoof (2000)
AuntySpoof (2000)

35mm Photographic Scan and Instant Messenger Chat Transcript

officewoman #4 (2000)
officewoman #4 (2000)

Microsoft Office Word 2000 drawing toolbar image

Berti Lover (2000)
Berti Lover (2000)

35mm Photographic Scan and Instant Messenger Chat Transcript

officeman #2 (2000)
officeman #2 (2000)

Microsoft Office Word 2000 drawing toolbar image

CELTICNATN (2000)
CELTICNATN (2000)

35mm Photographic Scan and Instant Messenger Chat Transcript