Keywords: technology as cultural practice, postcolonialism, timely, pragmatic, Indigenous experimental art, digital media art, case-studies, Australia, polemic, open access, artist-researchers

We consider this book a timely opportunity to pre-empt (or at least keep up with) the emergence of new digital representational technologies and critically discuss their implications, looking especially to challenge the notion of normative conventions of representation, and the privileging of one form of cultural practice over another.

All contributors are cross-disciplinary artist-researchers, and the aim of the collection is to engage in a very broad issue of colonial thinking in predominantly Western forms of knowledge production. For this reason we consider the audience to extend from experimental artists to the wider public: through contributors’ case-studies, the collection will challenge ‘conventional’ thinking on appropriate forms of cultural expression and the apparent neutrality of digital technology.

The journal is published and distributed as an open access eBook with physical copies available Print-on-Demand (PoD). The book will be released under the Budapest Open Access model, published under Creative Commons attribution license:

 By “open access” to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

(from the “Budapest Open Access Initiative” model documentation)

Advantages of the Open Access model are that the book is immediately universally accessible, aiding its visibility and discoverability and by extension it reach and local and international exposure.