In his book Mutant Media (2007) John Conomos discusses the possibility of a reclusive narrative, a narrative yet to be written. That narrative, of local video art in Australia, remains as elusive today as it was in 1994, when Nicholas Zurbrugg asked a similar question. Zurbrugg was writing on the cusp of the emerging paradigm of interactive media art, Conomos at a time when the fervour of new media had all but disappeared. Perhaps somewhere between these two poles of anticipation and longing we may find some answers to a persistent question, but also to the question of why we keep asking it in the first place: why is the history of Australian video art as yet unwritten?
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Paper presented at Video Void: Australian Video Art 1970s, 1980s & 1990s as part of the 2010 CCP Lecture Series, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, 17 November 2010