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Adam Nash

Adam Nash, Seventeen unsung songs 2007 (1)

Adam Nash
Seventeen unsung songs 2007 (screen capture)
Image courtesy: The artist and Odyssey Art Simulator

Adam Nash, Seventeen unsung songs 2007 (2)

Adam Nash
Seventeen unsung songs 2007 (screen capture)
Image courtesy: The artist and Odyssey Art Simulator

Adam Nash

b.1964, Bristol, United Kingdom
Lives and works in Melbourn

Adam Nash has a background in sound art and multimedia performance and works with post-convergent media in which, as he describes, ‘no single media- element (sound, vision, sociality, network, time, etc.) takes precedent, rather they all exist equally in a symbiotic relationship, without which none of them could exist’. The natural home for Nash’s post-convergent works are multi-user visual environments (or MUVEs) — digitally composed online worlds in which multiple users interact with the work in real time. Seventeen unsung songs is located on an island within the popular MUVE known as Second Life. It is a multi-part part work comprising 17 interrelated pieces that might be described as interactive sound sculptures, or post-convergent songs. Different sounds in the songs are triggered by the participants, breaking down conventional distinctions between composer, performer and audience.

Viewers can experience the work in the exhibition using the computer terminals in the space. Look out for the floating boxes next to the songs — clicking on them will reveal the artist’s description of each individual work. The large- scale projection, Seventeen unsung songs (Machinima), shows a pre-recorded performance of the songs by the artist.

Viewers are also encouraged to experience Seventeen unsung songs on their own computers. The work can be accessed, along with Second Life software, from <http://secondlife.com>.

Adam Nash is recognised as one of the most innovative media artists working with multi-user virtual environments. Nash situates his work within networked real-time 3-D spaces such as Second Life, exploring these virtual worlds as live audiovisual performance spaces. Nash has exhibited widely across Europe, Asia, the United States and South America, including the 2008 01SJ Biennial of Global Art, San Jose, United States; SIGGRAPH, San Diego, United States; Thailand New Media Art Festival; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Argentina; the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts, the Netherlands; and the 2007 Venice Biennale, Italy. In 2007 he was a co-recipient of the inaugural Australia Council Second Life Artist in Residency grant with Christopher Dodds and Justin Clemens.