The Dreaming in Telematic Dreaming and Other Stories

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The practice of telematic arts is not immortalised in artefacts and collections but has and continues to be accessed, participated in, contributed to, and experienced Everywhen. This article positions the co-creative principles of telematic arts from the 1980s and my subsequent telepresence practice since the early 1990s as a lived experience in the context of The Dreaming, as understood by anthropologist W. E. H. Stanner. My installation Telematic Dreaming (1992) is discussed as a prime example of extending bodily ‘oneness’ in the specular image, within a patchwork of telematic artworks that expound the coexistent states of intimacy, touch, and empathy. These stories identify characteristic phenomenological findings that are analogous to Stanner’s account of The Dreaming. By reflecting on line-out video recordings from these telepresence installations, as well as early films, we experience the Every- when. Like a ‘totem’ it teleports us into a collective narrative of those who participated in it. A story told in and between geographically dispersed encounters and events that unfolded in a collective state of flux.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 Mar 2024
EventInternational Symposium on Electronic Art : ISEA2024 Everywhen - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 21 Jun 202429 Jun 2024
Conference number: 29th


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Electronic Art
Abbreviated titleISEA2024
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  • Telematic
  • telepresence
  • dreaming
  • coexistence
  • disembodiment
  • proprioception
  • phenomenology
  • everywhen
  • co-creation
  • happening


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