Conversations: The Parallax Effect

  1. Scott McQuire and Nikos Papastergiadis
  2. 2006
  3. DVD/Book

Published by UNSW Press

Conversations:The Parallax Effect critically interprets the experimental Distributed Multi-User Virtual Environment Conversations, 2004-2006, by Dennis Del Favero, Ross Gibson, Ian Howard and Jeffrey Shaw.

The publication evaluates the potential for an immersive multi-modal interactive narrative experience to deal with the complexity of historical events; in this instance, the escape, recapture, trial and hanging of Ronald Ryan at Pentridge Prison, Melbourne in 1967. Ryan was the last person publicly executed in Australia. The authors argue that the experimental artwork allows viewers “to inhabit the landscape of the escape, to experience the confusion of the crime scene first hand; then it enables us to encounter the key protagonists of the subsequent trial […]. Instead of being presented with ‘facts’, viewers are asked to negotiate the historical landscape themselves, to draw conclusions from their encounter with both the scene of the disputed events and the opinions of the characters who dominated their aftermath.”

The accompanying DVD documents the Conversations demonstrator as presented at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.