This work is the result of a collaboration between two writers-in-residence (online) ...

The Australian Network for Art and Technology, as a joint initiative with the Adelaide-based Electronic Writing and Research Ensemble commissioned Perth-based writer, Josephine Wilson and Brisbane-based writer, Linda Carroli to undertake online residencies for a period of eight weeks in late 1997. The writers worked collaboratively online to produce hypertext, with the intention of producing cross-disciplinary work. The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and the Institute of Modern Art supplied the venues, technology and resources for the residencies. *water was launched in March 1998 in both Brisbane and Perth.

*water writes always in *plural was funded by the New Media Arts Fund of the Australia Council.

Technical Support + Training: Di Ball (Brisbane) + Cam Merton (Perth)

The writers wish to thank the staff of ANAT, IMA and PICA, Di Ball, Cam Merton, John Armstrong, Virtual Artists Ensemble, Electronic Writing Research Ensemble, Jesse Reynolds, Lisa Burnett, Parallel and Imago for their kindness, generosity, support, information and just being there.

In 1998, *water received the Salt Hill Award for Hypertext and in 1999 received an Honorary Mention for the trAce/AltX International Hypertext Award. This work has also been selected for AltXhibition, griller grrls, National Digital Art Awards Exhibition and Online Australia Day.