anita fontaine


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Australian artist Anita Fontaine creates new landscapes from the old. Using installations, mobile ghost encounters, games, the internet and cinema, her work expands the parameters of new media and the moving image. One of her most internationally acclaimed works is the hypercute videogame modification Cutexdoom (2005), which explores our global culture of consumerism in particular the obsession with cuteness and Japanese Kawaii culture. Anita's Ghostgarden (2007) is a compelling location based cinema project using new technologies and GPS to bring a modern fairytale to life inside garden environments. Exhibited at the Sydney Festival in early 2008, visitors to the Sydney Botanical gardens could borrow devices from a refashioned Victorian cart, enabling them to explore and unravel a gorgeous animated lovestory set within the botanical landscape. With each garden chosen presenting a unique experience, Anita has developed a second Ghostgarden experience in Finland by invitation, which was included in the Digitally Yours exhibition. She is currently researching spaces in the UK to present the next Ghostgarden for the Iphone in 2009. Recently Anita was commissioned to construct a fantastical architectural vision inside the 3 dimensional world Second Life. In August 2008 Technocolr, The Harlequin Lodge was launched, once again ensuring Anita's presence at the forefront of the new media art scene. Until early 2009, participants can engage online with Technocolr,which pays homage to a disorientating roadside attraction with its whimsical installations and optical treats. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam.