Elliot Hughes: The Internet as a Site of Fantasy

March 1, 2014 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

This presentation reflects on the extent to which the Internet can be considered a site of fantasy by investigating the prevalence of sexism in online gaming communities.

Elliot Hughes is an interdisciplinary media artist from Sydney, Australia. Since mid-2012, they have been living and working in Berlin. Hughes’s work primarily involves the creation of interview-based documentary portraits. They employ qualitative research methods typically associated with the social sciences in order to investigate a broad range of topics related to the neoliberalism and individual experience, architecture and memory, as well as biography and autobiography in the context of film and digital technologies. In addition to video art, Hughes’ work includes photography and architectural installations, which relate everyday experience to broader social, cultural and economic processes.

In 2010 Hughes graduated from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours Class 1). Their work has been exhibited in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe. In 2011 Hughes was awarded the Dr Harold Schenberg Art Prize. And in 2012, the Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant. Hughes is currently undertaking a MA in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie Universität, Berlin.

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