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Deep Immersion: Regional Realities


As part of the deep immersion program of residencies and events, ANAT and Melbourne-based Asialink have initiated a new media residency in Asia.

The first residency commenced in October 2000, at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand with Chris Caines (NSW) selected as the first artist in residence. Chris works in online and disk based multimedia as well as video and sound. He has been exhibiting widely since the early nineties in national and international galleries including MoMA in New York, The Tate, UK and the State Galleries of NSW and QLD.

During his residency at Chulalongkorn University, Chris developed a new online work based loosely around elements of Thai history, weaving them into a piece using the structure of classical Thai textiles as the form of the narrative. Chris explains: "Research activities to be undertaken during the residency with the Fine Arts Dept at Chulalongkorn University will concentrate on the development and production of a number of flash based database driven online narrative works. Central among these works is a piece that weaves elements of Thai and European history with a fictional secret history of computing to create a narrative environment that re-writes itself. Source elements will come from Sydney, Bangkok and Northeast Thailand..."

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