April 6, 2001
Internet Artist Goes Live at CSUS
Artist Natalie Bookchin, who is responsible
for creating some of the Internet's most provocative art and
entertainment according to Interactive Week magazine, will
talk about the evolution of digital media at 5 p.m., April
18 at California State University, Sacramento.
Bookchin, a professor at California Institute of the Arts,
works with the Internet, computer games and other media to
create interactive artworks. Her pieces combine modern culture
with ancient ideas to sneak art into places where people do
not except it to be.
"Computer games are really the best example of a successful
interactive narrative," Bookchin says. "Structurally,
they are a very effective because as a player you have some
kind of stake, you are inside the game itself. I believe the
metaphor of gaming is increasingly going to used to discuss
love, politics and gender."
Her recent project, a game called The Intruder, is a translation
of a story by Jorge Luis Borges about a love triangle between
two men and a woman. The game transcends gender roles to bend
"In order to receive the story, one has to move through
a series of 10 game-like scenarios. You shift subject positions
within the game, so that at one point you become one of the
men, and at another you become the woman. I'm also making
it into a full-size video arcade game, trying to get it installed
in places like the lobbies of train stations and in bars.
It's a way to sneak art into spaces where art isn't expected
to be," she says.
Bookchin's recent projects include organizing <net.net.net>,
an eight-month series of lectures and workshops about the
spaces between art, activism and the Internet at CalArts,
the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and Laboratorio
Cinematek in Tijuana, Mexico.
"For me the most exciting thing happening on the Internet
now is work that makes use of the net to gather people together
and create some kind of action which then takes place off
the Internet, in real life so to speak. People are no longer
remaining only in virtual or symbolic space any longer,"
Bookchin regularly exhibits her work and lectures throughout
Europe and the United States. Her work is frequently covered
in national and international journals including the New York
Times, ArtForum, Interactive Weekly and El Pais.
In 1999-2000, Bookchin received grants for project development
from Creative Capital, Creative Time, Walker Art Center, Jerome
Foundation, the Media Center of Art and Design in Barcelona,
the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Daniel Langlois Foundation.
For more information about this free lecture call the CSUS
art department at (916) 278-6166. Media assistance is available
by contacting the CSUS office of public affairs at (916) 278-6156.
further information send E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or
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