Deignan and Simon Goodwin created Variablemedia* in 2001 as a space in which to explore place, process and temporality.
Deignan and Goodwin co-ordinated a series of artists' web projects made specifically for the www.variablemedia.org site. Artists occupied the site's space for a period of between one month and one year. This empty space was available for them to change, update and add to during their project's run. The site presented the artists' work in an unmediated form; all explanatory material and archives were originally held at the separate (now defunct) site www.variablemedia.info.
Variablemedia's last on-line project was Rhizomatic Landscapes by the architect and artist Pierre Larauza. This project ended in January 2005.
Variablemedia also organised occassional physical exhibitons
/ events featuring work by artists who had residencies
at www.variablemedia.org. These were intended to both present and
elaborate on the on-line projects. These included VM.01 at the Hoxton Distillery gallery in London [images].
* The variablemedia
name was prompted by Deignan and Goodwin's ambivalent response to
hearing of the 'variable media initiative' organised by the Guggenheim
Museum. This initiative seeks to establish "medium independent
behaviours in art works".