The original 2009 publication Humanist Transhumanist was launched, or rather, was intended to be launched, on the opening of the
exhibition of the same name held at what had been advertised as an "art gallery" in Melbourne.
invitation card from 2009 for the exhibition for which the original print edition was produced
This "exhibition" became nothing other than a denigration of our art, our artistic intent and our integrity. It has cost us around one million dollars, which includes the loss of our art studios and home, thereby effectively destroying us as artists by having destroyed our capacity to practice our art (which is more than producing drawings or digital photomontages).
During the 2009 exhibition opening the "gallery" owner/director, Robert Raymond Cripps, who, as he has come to admit, knew nothing about art, art history, art theory, took exception to elements of what was written in the publication (from which printed extracts were pinned next to the paintings they were associated with) and ordered us out of the exhibition that we had paid for in advance.
Ever since the 2009 exhibition, this same Robert Raymond Cripps has caused us continual grief. Protracted legal hearings eventually resulted in the aforementioned loss of our home, studios and reputations. We have petitioned the Human Rights Commission in Geneva over these actions that were facillitated by the Australian judiciary. At one stage in 2011 Australian telco Telstra disconnected us from the internet completely on the basis of demands made by Cripps' legal counsel. On our being dsiconnected from the internet by Telstra someone, during the cover of the disconnection, hijacked the domains vakras.com and leeanneart.com. Though eventually recovered - by the domain name registrar (Melbourne IT) who had permitted the hijacking – we were denied any information on what actually happened and why it had been allowed. And though the domain hijacking was investigated by the police nothing came of it. No information was ever made available to us. (More on the domain hijacking can be read on www.cyberrefugee.com )
An account of the outrageous actions by the "gallery" owner can be found on our websites:
Lee-Anne Raymond's account
Demetrios Vakras' account
Edited by Demetrios Vakras September 2019.
The artists' art can be found on their websites:
Redleg V Artists site
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