Welcome to Panopolis explores the im/possibility of uniqueness in digitally networked environments - places where almost everything we want to say is always, already being said by someone else. It uses geographically disparate pieces of data to create a virtual space with distinctive emergent qualities where readers can examine and reflect on the un/predictable, un/reliable nature of online information. By filtering and re-combining social media content, Welcome to Panopolis incites new textual and narrative possibilities.
Andrew Burrell is an independent contemporary arts practitioner, with a strong history in real time 3d and interactive audio installation. He is exploring notions of self and narrative and the implications of virtual worlds, networked environments and artificial life systems upon an individual's sense of identity. He holds a PhD from the University of Sydney, his research having focused on philosophical and poetic connections between memory, the collected object and narrative. He is a current board member of the Metaverse Creativity Journal. His networked projects in virtual environments, including mellifera (with Trish Adams) and Virtual Macbeth (with Kereen Ely-Harper) have received international recognition and have been exhibited both online and in physical gallery spaces. See also: http://www.miscellanea.com