is an artist and writer based in Sydney Australia, who
has been working online since the mid 1990's in her
domain www.subtle.net constructing imaginal and hypertextual
sites. Melinda's web practice draws on divergent sources
and she is currently undertaking a Phd in Virtual Media
at College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales,
publishes online and in print, and recent conferences
include Contagion in Australia, Invencao in Brazil,
and Consciousness Reframed in Wales.
Her award winning web works have been included
in Beyond Interface, Arco Electronico, Gram, Perspecta99,
Transmediale2000, Art Entertainment Network, The Montreal
Biennale, Stuttgart Filmwinter, Hybrid Life Forms, and
for Multimedia - 2000 Telstra Adelaide Festival,
Digital Art Awards 1999,
IMA, Brisbane, Au.
Mention Art on
the Net 2000, Machida CityMuseum, Tokyo,Japan.
Foundation, Vienna, Austria
Body as Byte, Newkunstmuseum, Luzern, Switzerland
2ème Festival International d'Arts Multimédia Urbains,
Festival of New Cinema and New Media, Montreal,
- Infectious Agents,
Casula Powerhouse, Sydney and tour, Au.
Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2000 Digital Exhibition, Johannesburg, South Africa
Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montreal, Canada.
art 99, Kunsthaus, Dresden, Germany.
is an internet site which examines viral symbiosis -
the experience of living with the Hepatitis C Virus
(HCV), an illness which affects 200 million people in
the world. The project views viral infection from a
different perspective than that of the body as a battleground
where viruses are foreign invaders - rather a more scientifically
correct one which acknowledges that we live constantly
in symbiotic relationship with multiple virri and bacteria
inside our bodies. Viruses using our genetic material
to reproduce is an incredibly intimate relationship,
and Carrier embraces this fact, weaving an almost erotic
love story between the viewer and the virus.
site is navigated
with Infectious Agent - a java applet located
at the bottom of the browser window, which adapts as
a virus would, to the responses of each site visitor,
creating a unique pathway through the different zones
of information. These include links to artificial life
applets; shockwave games showing how the tiny virus
might interact in the body; as well as support information
for those with HCV including links to multilingual sites;
fascinating 3D VRML images; and real life intimate stories
from a culturally diverse range of people who live with