– Deviant: The Possession of Christian Shaw (2004), Donna Leishman –
In Deviant: The Possession of Christian Shaw, Donna Leishman uses a series of animated images to tell the story of Christian Shaw, an almost eleven year old girl who lives in Balgarran. This is an exploratory piece that allows the user to experience Christian’s world. Although there is some text, the piece is mostly non-verbal. The images change when the user chooses to hover over them and they show strange things happening. The world inhabited by Christian is filled both with terrible creatures that observe her from behind the barren trees or marvellous flora that changes in unexpected ways.
About the Author:
Dr Donna Leishman is a media artist, researcher and Head of Communication Design at The Glasgow School of Art. her work is a combination of critical writing and practice-led research in digital art. Her research career began in 1999 with http://www.6amhoover.com, and has seen her cross disciplines such as electronic literature, ludology (the study of games), digital media and more recently human computer interaction, sociology and psychology. She investigates a variety of subjects such as social and literary identity, immersion and interactivity. Research themes include contemporary human activity within digital media: exploring how digitally mediated narratives extend authorship and reception, what role media technologies have in forming or disturbing social identity and ultimately what art and design practices can offer to current debates and societal challenges.