by Marcus Neustetter
Marcus Neustetter's 'SystemsImperfect' series launches in Cape Town at the New Media Underground Foundation festival (NMUF.02). The first part of this series comprises a mobile telephone picture message series portraying systems that are non-functional. The imagery is taken from the supposedly user-friendly representation of computer systems one finds on personal computers. The seemingly complex and almost banal looking illustrations that might be of working systems are without explanation and labeled as "imperfect". The viewer is therefore invited to examine what they might be about, and once they are within the personal environment, appearing on mobile telephones, what implications such systems have on one's environment. Exposing this series is a flyer and poster campaign that promotes the first "products" of 'SystemsImperfect'.
Neustetter - a director of The Trinity Session art consultancy - has been conducting research and developing projects in the field of new media art for the past four years. He works as an artist, producing and exhibiting a range of creative projects for the corporate and cultural environments; as a researcher, completing a Masters Degree in Fine Arts focusing on new media art, specifically within South Africa; and as a facilitator and curator for exhibitions and conferences. Currently he is developing sanman (the Southern African New Media Art Network), a resource that promotes new media art and technology among audiences and artists in South Africa and networks companies, institutions and individuals sharing similar interests in this field. He will give a presentation on the local new media/electronic art environment at NMUF.02.