2005 Directors Statement:
The IDAA is an integrated exhibition program presenting both printed and new media art. It is an alternative, planet-wide forum for digital artists and a dedicated program within a fine art context, rather than a prescribed industrial and/or academic platform of events.
In 2005 we implemented a new directive to invite artists who we felt were contributing important work to the time-line as well as supporting a public call.
In this exhibition we are presenting the work from eminent careered artists such as David Em, Jerry Uelsmann, Istvan Horkay & Peter Greenaway (film maker), Mark Amerika, Roman Verotsko, Peter Callas, Jack Davis, Jody Zellen, Jean-Pierre Herbert, Paul Brown, Stephen Jones, David Harley, Leah King-Smith, Juliet Martin, Sabrina Raaf, Mark Wilson, Joel Slayton, Daniel Brown, Mary Flanagan and Alicia Candiani.
We are also highlighting the art of Jerry Uelsmann whose traditional methods of art making have helped form the conceptual language (photomontage) over the past 40+ years. In this exhibition we have Uelsmann's work dating back from 1969 as a comparative document to current technology.
The IDAA list reflects a historical note and one that continues to add to the contemporary landscape. The collective value of this important exhibition is something that audiences are not likely to see in one exhibition.
Tom Chambers (New Media Director) has curated an extraordinary list of new media artists for our online presentation. I also had the opportunity to coordinate several new media installations for the touring exhibition.
Major institutions have acknowledged that computers have not only revolutionized traditional genres (ie painting, photography, film, installation) but have also generated new art forms to include but not limited to net art, virtual reality, online gaming and animation. The collaborative partnering with other disciplines such as science, ecology, philosophy and engineering continues to build a new contextual language within the digital aesthetic. Digital art is an interdisciplinary work and is a hybrid process in which artists engage with practices and outcomes that go beyond any single artform. Important exhibitions and many coming from the IDAA list have featured at MoMa, MCA, Guggenheim etc. This support has also been reflected in both primary and secondary art markets as evident from the Venice Biennale, Art Basel as well as major auction houses.
We would like to thank everyone who entered the 2005 IDAA. More than 2,000+ entries were received. We could have extended this exhibition to include several hundred images and many more new media works as the standard and integrity of the art was so high. This year we are presenting sponsor awards rather than nominating an overall winner. We believe it would be inappropriate to make such a definitive statement about any one work. The IDAA committee make their selections without bias.
We seek partnerships with those companies who reflect excellence in research and technology. It is this collective vision that our sponsors invest and contribute to this important award. We would like to acknowledge our sponsors for their continued support and look forward to 2006 and beyond.
Steve Danzig - Founder/Dircector IDAA
"The IDAA 2005 and prior IDAA exhibitions are good examples of a combination of art and technology in which computer or digital technology has been used in some part of the artistic process. And the works ... invited and public ... that comprise this year's IDAA bespeak fine art in which the artists are internalizing and/or appealing to the human condition. These emotional and/or intellectual aspects are so apparent in these works that I forget the computer or digital technology, and so it should be forgotten that its remembrance too easily pigeonholes the works at an unacceptable level. This classification according to a mental stereotype that declares this kind of process 'too easy to be art' is indeed grave if not a travesty. And to reiterate the nature of the IDAA 2005 is to say that these works transcend their digital origins and/or treatments to make art."
Tom Chambers New Media Director IDAA