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Women Cinemakers and worked into videos. Her work is spatial, creating an artwork that is an environment in itself, often created alongside sound by Second Life musicians. I think I have only once into one of her performances with the intention of making a video. But I do know that if I go, I may get drawn in with a feeling that I want to do something with what I am experiencing. I need to feel I can add something to it myself – I’m not interested in making a mere recording of events. Multidisciplinary artist Angela Bulloch onced remarked

". Technology can be used to create innovative works, but innovation means not only to create works of art that what haven't been before, but especially to already exists, as you did with Chaucer's masterpiece: do you think that one of the roles of artists has changed these days with the new global communications and the new sensibility created by new media? Kenneth Goldsmith too talks about how art is never original – it’s the recombinatory skills of the artist that matters. No one says anything utterly original and disconnected from everything else that went before – and if they did, no one would understand such radically different work. However, I think the invention of recording methods changed our attitudes. Up until then, the original performance was ephemeral, unavailable for direct comparison. It needed someone to interact with it and actualise it – I’m thinking particularly of music, when sheet music was common and the composer’s performance was one of many. Classical musicians know they may produce many versions of the same piece through a lifetime, all different interpretations, some better than others but all valid. Music is now mostly a product – or the musician is – and it’s the norm that the writer records the original and ‘covers’ are seen, largely, as second rate versions. I think digital technology pulls two ways. One is that it allows for

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