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"International Digital Art Awards 2004"
2004-08-24 until 2004-09-03
Victorian College of the Arts Gallery
Melbourne, , AU Australia

The International Digital Art Awards (IDAA) is pleased to announced that Stephen Jones will open the VCA IDAA exhibition and present the key note speech on August 25. The IDAA presents an alternative, planet-wide forum for digital artists and presents a dedicated program within a fine art context, rather than a prescribed industrial and/or academic platform of events. Physical exhibitions are also part of IDAA planning each year which will include works on paper and new media art.

The creative potency of the 2004 International Digital Art Awards has, in part, to do with the important artists entering the prestigious competition this year.

From early digital pioneer Tony Robbins' entry of "mathematica" to Jiri David's lyrical four world leaders crying titled "No Compassion", are outstanding works. Italian artist Alessandro Bavari has used the IDAA to launch new images from his award winning series "Sodom and Gomorrah." Many leading international academics have chosen to enter the 2004 IDAA: James Edwards and Peter Patchen from the USA and Naoe Toshio from Japan. Fellow Australian's Andrew Mamo, Ian Gwilt, Anne-Maree Taranto and leading Indigenous photo-media artist Leah King-Smith are among the notables in the 2004 IDAA

Australian artist Anne-Maree Taranto is the 2004 IDAA Major Award Winner with her image QUANTUM DREAMTIME. This piece is a Still capture from a new media video work in which Anne-Maree explores Time and Space metaphor. She also mixes metamorphic transitions of cell based structures reflecting a deeper psychology about the road we travel or path we take in life. It's a wonderful contemporary artwork that broadens the contextual dialogue of the digital aesthetic and we congratulate her on being the first Australian to win the IDAA.

The Australian tour opened 1st April 2004 at the Academy Gallery University of Tasmania, then QUT Art Museum Brisbane, 4 June - 15 August 2004 and VAC Gallery September 2004. Additionally, the IDAA exhibition will travel to the USA and open at a number of venues there (TBA).

The 2004 IDAA has a large web presence that grows daily. Online the numbers are impressive with more than six million people visiting the website annually. The IDAA has a supporting membership base of more than 75,000 persons consisting of artists, photographers, gallery/museum directors, academics and media specialists line up.

Anne-Maree Taranto,
2004 IDAA Major Award Winner
Quantum Dreamtime

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