March 1, 1998


The second leg of the GRAMMATRON World Tour is moving into the home-stretch. After successful presentations at many prestigious events in the Fall of 1997 including the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, the International Symposium of Electronic Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the International Biennial of Film and Architecture in Graz, the GTRON program is about to take off for Australia.

On Sunday, March 8th, at the Ngapartji Multimedia Centre in Adelaide (South Australia), the Australian Network of Art and Technology (ANAT), in association with the Telstra Adelaide Arts Festival, will be presenting FOLDBACK, a day long forum on media, techno-sound and screen culture celebrating the tenth anniversary of ANAT's existence as Australia's peak network agency for artists working with technology.

The Telstra Adelaide Arts Festival is considered Australia's foremost event in contemporary art. As one of the few events profiling technology-based art, FOLDBACK is an integral aspect of the Adelaide Festival. The event takes place on a Sunday, forming a bridge between the themes explored during both Writers' Week and Artists' Week. According to a recent press release from ANAT, "[d]rawing connections between the often divergent cultures of art, writing and sound, FOLDBACK seeks to dispel the assumption that media art belongs only in a visual arts context." Forming a living biography of ANAT's past and present, the event will feature many of Australia's most exciting transdisciplinary artists and Alt-X's Mark Amerika has been invited to deliver the keynote address.

Amerika's keynote address and appearance at the Telstra Adelaide Arts Festival will be followed by a lecture/performance tour throughout Australia where he will be presenting both the Alt-X and GRAMMMATRON projects to audiences in Perth (March 18th at the Perth Institute for Contemporary Art), Sydney (The Performance Space, date TBA), and Brisbane (March 24th at the Institute for Modern Art).