31 May 2006
StoryRooms - DVD now available 
The documentation of the international media art exhibition StoryRooms that took place at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, from Oct 05 to Jan 06, is now available from Cornerhouse publications.

To place your order please visit the Cornerhouse online store.

Featuring artworks by international media artists Susan Collins (UK); Paul DeMarinis (USA); Ken Goldberg (USA); Paul Sermon (UK); Alexei Shulgin/Electroboutique (Russia); Cornelia Sollfrank (Germany); Tan Teck Weng (Malaysia/Australia); Andrea Zapp (Germany/UK).

Surreal, fascinating and thought-provoking installation environments that invite to explore the ways we now communicate with each other and with technology. This DVD contains a 35 min film that captures the unique atmosphere of the event and its audience involvement while reflecting the installations through interviews with the creators. Directed by video artists Dave Griffiths and Nick Jordan.

Special features include: Interactive access to artists' chapters; a 30 min downloadable installation soundtrack by Vini Reilly; two new short films by the directors, created in response to the exhibition theme of networked storytelling; and an illustrated essay booklet.

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