As I Stood Idly By

Campbell, Steven, and Goodwin, Mitch (2010) As I Stood Idly By. [Creative Work]

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As I Stood Idly By is a media art installation designed as part of a creative arts staff exhibition marking the 40th birthday of James Cook University. The work takes as its basis the involvement, as a figurehead, of Queen Elizabeth II in the inauguration of the university. Reflecting on the role of the monarchy, or more importantly the lack thereof in subsequent global and considerably more tumultuous events, the work presents aspects of growth and decay at the microcosm level of the university itself, expanding out to draw on often conflicting narratives by media figures and wider juxtapositions of concerns regarding events and developments in society, science, politics, media and new technologies.

Research Statement

Research Background This work represents one aspect of a number of practical outcomes resulting from Goodwin's academic research into an aesthetic darkness emerging from modernity, as presented in media arts at the start of the new millennium. For Campbell, with similar concerns, the work in practice similarly reflects his academic research in sound for experimental film and expands on previous work undertaken in installations and sound art.
Research Contribution The work contributes to ongoing artistic reflection as to our place in and management of science, technologies and media at what is still the dawn of the digital age. As scientific and technological barriers crumble at increasing rates, the effectiveness of archaic institutions remaining with us from the past becomes highly questionable.
Research Significance The significance of this work lies in its focus on institutional growth and decay as portrayed in a university environment, through to that of wider institutions such as the monarchy, the technologies we create having far reaching consequences for society overall. Following its initial 2010 presentation, this work was shown in the 2011 Electrofringe festivals in both Townsville and Newcastle.
Item ID: 19330
Item Type: Creative Work
Media of Output: 720p QuickTime Video (Plasma TV) PAL DVD (DLP Projector)
Keywords: ideo art, video assemblage, sound art, QEII, JCU, electrofringe
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Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2011 02:57
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190504 Performance and Installation Art @ 40%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190203 Electronic Media Art @ 20%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190406 Music Composition @ 40%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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