Born 1971, Adelaide, South Australia
In cyberspace, the body disappears – duality is transcended. Whereas simulacrum substitute for reality deceptively, the "virtual" world engendered by computers is, in some aspects, already manifest. That science and technology are currently driving a momentous change in society – more significant than that of the industrial revolution – is of major interest to Robyn Stacey. Her large and spectacular computer–manipulated cibachrome prints have long demonstrated the distance travelled in photographic depictions of 'place'. These images have shown, for example, the 'nowhere' space of the anonymous city, made possible by the flattening out of unspecific events and images into a single object frame, presenting simultaneous points of view, from above and below.
Her very recent digital, cibafilm montages, produced in the USA during a residency at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Chicago, draw on images which refer to the evolution of scientific vision since the Renaissance. These focus attention on history's big movements, as distinct from its transience. Robyn Stacey reminds us that in cyberspace – the world inside computers – you can become anything. That the future, perhaps, will be innerspace, not outerspace.
Ross Wolfe from his Samstag essay, Chaos in Heavean
1994 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
1994 MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA
1993 Master of Fine Arts, College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales, Sydney