Transformers looks at the dichotomy of passive and active states of engagement in relation to the control of information and at how interactive art works effect the gallery experience and artist/viewer relationship. The exhibition presents a range of interactive installations using new media which exemplify issues of participation and control where the artist opens up a reciprocal dialogue between the viewer and artist, viewer and artwork, viewer and technology, inter-relationships and interactions which inform the works' form and meaning.
The audience is led into Zone only to find themselves the focus of attention. The viewer is given control over a series of images in which they
are alternatively present and absent and in which the installation itself oscillates between the virtual and the actual, creating an experience at
once empowering yet disorienting. Playing with notions of the audience's relationship to the space of the installation, to the technology and to
image making in general, Bacon here investigates the overwhelming effect of image media on human existence.
Velonaki's installations involve the viewer with digital characters in interplays activated by sensory triggered interfaces. With Pin Cushion's
digital character's life span and well-being dictated by the accumulative, collective intentions of the viewers, the artist intends an intimate, haptic
relationship between viewer, art work and technology. While the artist moves to a passive state the audience gains power over the outcomes of
Debra Petrovitch uses the medium of CD-Rom in this project to interrupt and fragment sound and visual experiences. A non-linear narrative
constructed using fragmented imagery and sound, and employing subliminal elements, is presented as an immersive environment where the
viewer becomes part of a fractured drama as he/she navigates this emotive interactive.
Armstrong's Transit Lounge is an adaptive computer and video based installation where changes in the work's immediate environment,
including the movements of the audience within the gallery space, have a direct effect. The environmental information collected by sensors
generates a virtual garden whose state of health in turn determines the linearity and content of the work's narrative streams. As with all the
works in this exhibition, the presence of the viewer in the installation is essential for the work to fully extend itself to its potential complexity.