Cyberflesh Girlmonster


Linda Dement
born 1959

Master of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, 1993 Bachelor of Arts, City Art Institute, 1988

An exhibiting artist since 1984 with a background in fine art photography, writing, animation and film, she now works with computer imaging and interactivity. She is sole author of two CD ROM titles; Typhoid Mary and Cyberflesh Girlmonster, and a third, In My Gash, is near completion.

Conceptual Description

Donated body parts collected during Artists' Week of the Adelaide Festival 1994 have been used to construct a computer based interactive work. About 30 women participated in the original event by scanning their chosen flesh and digitally recording a sentence or sound.

Conglomerate bodies were created from the information donated. These have been animated and made interactive. When a viewer clicks on one of these monsters, the words attached to that body part could be heard or seen, another monster may appear, a digital video could play, a story or medical information about the physical state described by the story, may be displayed. The user moves relatively blindly between these. There is no menu system or clear controllable interface.

The work is a macabre, comic representation of monstrous femininity from a feminist perspective that encompasses revenge, desire and violence.

This project was assisted by the Art Research & Development Fund of the Australian Network for Art and Technology and was produced in association with the Australian Film Commission