Cover Art Volume 5, Issue 1: ‘Fukushima Firefox’


Artist statement for Jacquelene Drinkall, Fukushima Firefox, 2013, digital stills of avatar performance in Blue Mars Lite virtual world

‘Fukushima Firefox’ is a largely solo performance in the 3D social media virtual world Blue Mars Lite, in which Jacquelene Drinkall appears as a humanoid skeleton in a cat/fox fire suit. Blue Mars Lite utilises Google Streetview, which has documented and archived the 2011 Tsunami as ‘Memories for the Future’. With avatar performance artist collaborators Jeremy Owen Turner, Daniel Mounsey, Jo Ellsmere and Joseph DeLappe, Jacquelene went on mission impossible to inspect the undocumented Daiichi nuclear reactor, and met nuclear chemist Allan Barton. During time alone in BML, occasionally bumping into Allan, Jacquelene’s witch avatar morphed into Fukushima Firefox, inspired by awareness of thriving radioactive feral animals in Chernobyl’s dead zone.

Jacquelene Drinkall (Sydney) is a practicing artist and theorist working with telepathy in painting, drawing, photomedia, video, sculpture, installation, performance, virtual world performance, audio, kinetics, interactive design, digital media and art history and theory. She studied at Canberra School of Art, Australian National University (CSA ANU), with a scholarship to study overseas with Marina Abramoviç and Krzysztof Wodicszko at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-art, Paris. Other awards received include ANU’s University Medal in Visual Art, Marten Bequest Travelling Art Scholarship (national award), two AGNSW awards, and a residency awarded by Cite International des Arts, Paris. Her Masters by Research (CSA ANU) and PhD from College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (COFA UNSW) explored telepathy in art – her PhD dissertation is titled Telepathy in Contemporary, Conceptual and Performance Art. More recent awards include COFA Student Association Prize, two NAVA grants, two Artspace Residencies and Firstdraft Depot Residency. This year her work shows at Cementa_13 Art Festival; Bundanon’s Niteworks Festival, ATVP Gallery, twice at Alaska Projects, Olive Cotton Prize, and Blake Prize. Jacquelene has had sixteen solo exhibitions in Canberra, Paris, Bathurst, Sydney, Newcastle, Hobart, Melbourne, and over 45 group exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada and Netherlands. She has created live performances curated by Abramoviç, and at CSA Gallery and Artspace. Her collaborative virtual world performances with Jeremy Owen Turner (Vancouver) have been shown in 8th Shanghai Biennale and Odyssey Contemporary Art and Performance Festival, simultaneously with Museum Sorgdrager, the Netherlands, and Black Bag Media Collective Studio, Canada. Her artwork has been shown on ABC TV, featured in articles in Runway and The Art Life, and discussed in the Sydney Morning Herald. Her recent publications include: ‘Human and Non-Human Telepathic Collaborations Since Fluxus to Now’; ‘Jacquelene Drinkall: Telepathy’; ‘The Art and Flux of Telepathy 2.0 in Second Life’; and ‘Traumaculture and Telepathetic Cyber-Fiction’. Jacquelene is Honorary Research Lecturer at COFA UNSW.


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