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SUBJECT: Grenfell: Visiting Artist - Deanne Achong
DATE: Oct. 1,2008
Deanne Achong will be giving a public slide lecture in the Fine Arts Lecture Theatre FA224 on Wednesday, October 8 at 7:30 pm.
Deanne Achong is an artist originally from Montreal and working in Vancouver, Canada. Her practice explores photographic and digital media in installations and net art. She has taught and designed courses on web theory and culture at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver. In her web projects, she explores and problematizes a range of interests such as: family history, identity, slavery, jazz music, "amusia", and stories about birds, especially superstitions. Her web projects look at the concept of digital archives, authenticity and memory. Each one has an interest in the types of narratives and data that are to be found on the web, and in how this material can be recuperated and/or reconfigured to question notions of history and continuity within the digital archive. There is also the question of voice: how the web is perceived to be a unifying democratic space, with mythologies of globalization attached to these concepts: ones which define content, author and audience as homogeneous. These sites are mini-narratives that resist this promise of the web, to propose a more modest look at how the web can be a space to interrupt this very idea of consistency.
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