Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"unpainted" - 1st german media art fair

From January 17th to 20th, the first media art fair - "unpainted" - will take place in Munich. The event includes panels, exhibitions, workshops, concerts - and the fair itself.
Panelists include curators Lindsay Howard, Ole Fach and Kim Asendorf. Chicks on Speed are going to perform on Friday and Rafaël Rozendaal will host a BYOB event. For the complete program see http://www.unpainted.net/en/the-fair/

"This coming winter (Jan 17-20, 2014), UNPAINTED will become Munich’s first-ever fair for digital art and new media art. Background: Big data, cloud, network neutrality, Facebook and Twitter… these technologies have such a large impact on our society and the art production.
Artworks made by using new technologies are no longer only on the margins. UNPAINTED is breaking new ground. More than 50 exhibitors will presents the digital age from an artistic perspective."

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

transmediale 2014 - afterglow

In a couple of weeks time, berlin media art festival and conference transmediale will start again. this year's topic "afterglow" will investigate the darker sides of post-digital culture, such as e-waste, dumps and mines as well as security issues.

The conference's three sections discuss digital materialities ("An afterglow of the mediatic"), strategic infrastructures ("Hashes to Ashes" and the body of the digital ("Will you be my TRASHURE?").

More to follow soon.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

"collecting and presenting born-digital art" (conference documentation website)

documentation of the 2012 baltan laboratories conference "collecting and presenting born-digital art" (Eindhoven, December 2012) and a growing resource about digital art curation & preservation issues, circulating around the event's five main topics of writing histories, aesthetics, exhibiting, collecting, and collaboration. contributors include (among many others) Christiane Paul, Edward Shanken, Annet Dekker, Sarah Cook and Ben Fino-Radin.

Alex May, "On the Preservation of Digital Art" (2012)

"you don't see ice-sculptors requiring buyers to have refrigerated galleries"

May writes about preservation issues of digital art from the perspective of an artist, providing examples of his own experience and of other artists such as Marina Abramovic, asking questions of materiality and code, the longevity of the art work itself and the preservation of the presentation context/experience.

(full article on http://www.imperica.com/viewpoint/on-the-preservation-of-digital-art, May 2012)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Automation, Cybernation and the Art of New Tendencies (1961-1973)

Medosch, Armin. 2012. Automation, Cybernation and the Art of New Tendencies (1961-1973) . Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London.
available here
more info

Saturday, October 6, 2012

SOFTWARE, Jack Burnham, 1970

THE catalogue, for real :)
monoskop has uploaded a pdf of Jack Burnham's seminall SOFTWARE exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1970.

the few copies that are circulating in vintage book stores cost around 1.500 dollars at the moment.

thank you so much for digitizing and uploading, monoskop!!!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mainframe Experientalism


Mainframe Experimentalism

Early Computing and the Foundations of the Digital Arts

Hannah B Higgins (Editor), Douglas Kahn (Editor)

Available worldwide
Mainframe Experimentalism challenges the conventional wisdom that the digital arts arose out of Silicon Valley’s technological revolutions in the 1970s. In fact, in the 1960s, a diverse array of artists, musicians, poets, writers, and filmmakers around the world were engaging with mainframe and mini-computers to create innovative new artworks that contradict the stereotypes of "computer art." Juxtaposing the original works alongside scholarly contributions by well-established and emerging scholars from several disciplines, Mainframe Experimentalism demonstrates that the radical and experimental aesthetics and political and cultural engagements of early digital art stand as precursors for the mobility among technological platforms, artistic forms, and social sites that has become commonplace today.