We all know how painful it is to let go of the things you love, the things you have nurtured and given life to. I have had to do just that with Toy Satellite. It has been time to move on…
Last year apc.au had decommissioned c2o, it’s hosting servers and along with moving to an entire virtual operation, it has sought to either continue to support Toy Satellite initiatives, or that of its own. After much soul searching, we chose the latter.
http://toysatellite.org/ is now an archive of Toy Satellite’s contribution to Australian New Media – a decade of innovation and experimentation from its founding in 1995 to its subsequent closure in 2005.
Toy Satellite was founded by Andrew Garton and Justina Curtis. It produced a vast catalogue of installations, performance works, interactive media, landmark streaming projects, commissioned websites and publications and lectures – contributing to local and international festivals, conferences and symposiums.
Toy Satellite’s crew are well respected professionals in their field, from art direction, information design and project management, online media advisory and music production, self-sustainable gardening, home brew beers and permaculture.
Ongoing Toy Satellite projects are sustained by its parent company, apc.au.
I continue to work in new media, composition, sound and performance. I’m digital media advisor and producer for apc.au working online from numerous Australian and international locations. My current projects and appearances are available from http://agarton.org. My podcasts, largely live recordings and collaborations (e.g. Terminal Quartet), are online at the new http://podcast.secession-records.org/.
Justina Curtis is a web support analyst who tends an edible garden.
Former Toy Satellite Art Director, Andrew Thomas, is a much sought after designer, freelancing as Mr Mo Design, from his base in New York.
Grant McHerron continues his involvement with apc.au as its Program and Technical Director. Grant provided technical and production management assistance in the last quarter of Toy Satellites orbit.
Thank you to everyone who had ever supported, trusted, encouraged and inspired us through a remarkable, exciting, if but exhausting, decade.
Very special thank you and respect to Jary Nemo, Kim Bounds, Andrew Sargeant, Bruce Morrison, John Power, Adam Burns, David Nerlich, Troy Innocent, David Cox, Dale Nason, Paul Wilson, Pang Wee, Ian Peter, David Anthony, Ashley Crawford, Craig Bellamy, John Bird, Shiralee Saul and Amelia King, Sam de Silva, Jeremy Yuille, Jimi Chen and Monbaza, Moonsun Choi and Art Centre Nabi, Jinbonet and MediaAct, the crew at Crumpler and Yeltza, Tim Cole and KoanPro, Stelarc, Werner Hammerstingl, Lisa Gye and Darren Tofts, Heidi Grundmann and Robert Adrian X, Elisabeth Zimmerman and KunstRadio, John Smithies, Kim Montgomery, Bill Coppinger, Wayne Wescott, Brian Walsh, David Aitkinson and the crew at the Centre for Animation and Interactive Media (RMIT University), the Association for Progressive Communications, EngageMedia and the Australian Creative Commons Clinic without whom very little I had sought to realise would not have been at all possible.