While co-ordinates of physical space didn’t mean anything online, the VNS girls were always on top. If cyberspace was a new frontier for experimentation and identity formation, these "brave new girls" went to places where no one had been before. And they weren’t mealy-mouthed about it either. "Infiltrate" became a cyberfeminist noun of assertion and control, hacking and appropriation.
The lightbox image “Infiltrate” portrays the four members of VNS Matrix as a wonderful virus emerging from the Australian desert. This VNS Matrix self-portrait is in a sense satirical, using the masculinist trope of the hero to represent the brave new girls of the twenty-first century. Male computer artists such as Complesso Plastico had appropriated this kind of hero-posing in the 1990s, and in Silicon Valley, the techno-utopians were looking outwards to an awesomely bright techno-future (see the “microserfs” cover of Wired Magazine January 1994). The portraits of Julianne, Francesca, Josephine and Virginia were shot on black and white film and developed and printed in Josephine’s home darkroom.
The background image was a photograph of the Breakaways ranges in outback South Australia where the movie Mad Max 2 was shot. The photographs were scanned and manipulated in Photoshop software back when there was only one level of the undo function.
The Infiltrate lightbox piece was shown as part of the All New Gen installation in various exhibitions and venues as well as a stand alone artwork in several group exhibitions.
- Digital Image
- installation (mixed media) All New Gen, VNS Matrix Exhibition . Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Australia
- INFILTRATE lightbox 25 Years of Performance Art in Australia. Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
- Installation (mixed media) All New Gen, VNS Matrix. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
- installation (mixed media) All New Gen VNS Matrix. Artspace, Sydney, Australia
- INFILTRATE (lightbox) Chemistry: Art in South Australia 1990 - 2000. Art Gallery of South Australia
- CHEMISTRY: Art in South Australia 1990-2000
- 25 Years of Performance Art 1995
- ACCA Australian Centre for Contemporary Art 1995
- Artspace 1995
- Experimental Art Foundation 1993