Sunday, September 27, 2009

::Curating::Exhibiting::Collecting:: MediaArtHistories, CP

The next MediaArtHistories modules in November 2009 and May 2010 will focus on Curating, Exhibiting and Collecting Media Art with the best experts in the field like Steve DIETZ, Christiane PAUL, Gunalan NADARAJAN, and others. These two modules complete a Certified Program in MediaArtHistories :: fully accredited with 30 ECTS (post graduate), offered low residency, parallel to employment, in English. The CP can later be extended to complete the full Master of Arts program incMediaArtHistories or used as study-abroad credits.

The November module will start with an excursion to Berlin and end in a workshop with Lev MANOVICH. The May module will include a excursion to the relevant Ars Electronica sites and workshops with main players in Linz.

Module 1. Nov 2-12, 2009
Berlin and Goettweig/Krems

Module 2. May 1-11, 2010
Goettweig/Krems and Linz

The postgraduate program MediaArtHistories opens a passageway into the most important developments of contemporary art through a network of renowned international theorists, artists, curators and many others. Using online databases and other modern analysis instruments, knowledge of computer animation, net art, interactive, telematic and genetic art as well as the most recent reflections on nano art, CAVE installations, augmented reality and wearables are examined. Historical derivations that go far back into art and media history are researched in intriguing ways with media art. Important approaches and methods from Image Science, Media Archaeology and the History of Science & Technology are extensively integrated into the program.

The MediaArtHistories MA modules are based on the international practice and expertise in Curation, Collecting, Preserving and Archiving and Researching in the Media Arts. Thus setting the conditions necessary for wider consideration of media art works and the integration of new media into the international contemporary art scene. New databases and other scientific tools structuring and visualizing data provide the contexts to enhance and develop new understanding in the histories of media art.

DANUBE UNIVERSITY - located in a UNESCO world heritage site is the first public university in Europe which specializes in advanced continuing education offering low-residency degree programs for working professionals and lifelong learners. Students come twice a year for 2 week blocks to Monastery Göttweig in Austria. The Wachau is voted #1 Places Rated by National Geographic.

Department for Image Science
Danube University Krems

Contact - application information
Andrea Haberson

Contact - course and content questions
Wendy Coones

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dan Graham: Beyond. Retrospective at the Whitney

About the Exhibition

On view June 25-October 11, 2009

Dan Graham: Beyond surveys the artist's career from the mid-1960s to the present. As one of contemporary art's most innovative and influential figures, Dan Graham has been at the forefront of many of the most significant developments in art, including conceptual art, video and film installation, performance, site-specific sculpture, and musical collaboration. This exhibition—his first retrospective in the United States—examines each stage of Graham's career through his photographs, projects for magazine pages, films, architectural models and pavilions, performances, video installations, prints, drawings, writings, and his work with musicians Sonic Youth, Glenn Branca, and Japanther.

Graham was born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1942 and grew up in New Jersey, a suburban landscape that would inspire him throughout his career. He began his career as a writer, and founded and directed the short-lived John Daniels Gallery in New York in 1964, exhibiting the work of a new generation of conceptual and Minimalist artists—including Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, and Robert Smithson. This experience had a deep influence on Graham's subsequent work, particularly the artist's relationship to his peers and to the culture at large as well as his interest in art’s economic and social framework.

Graham's rejection of the high-seriousness of modern art emerged at the same moment as Pop art in the early 1960s. "I love magazines because they are like pop songs," he once explained about his early conceptual magazine works, "easily disposable, dealing with momentary pleasures." He infused his approach with a wide range of literary, anthropological, and scientific influences, from cybernetics and topology to the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre, Gregory Bateson, and Margaret Mead. Graham's performances of the 1970s and his architectural pavilions of the 1980s to the present, with their kaleidoscopic refraction of bodily experience, demonstrate his interest in revealing the private self as part of a social, public context.

The fluid, democratic quality of Graham's work continues to exert a powerful influence on younger generations of artists. His desire for a connection to others mirrors our own; yet his work offers a way to critically explore that desire at a moment when interconnectivity and instant feedback are conditioning our collective consciousness to an unprecedented, global degree.

Exhibition Catalogue

Dan Graham: Beyond
Editors: Bennett Simpson and Chrissie Iles.

Essays by Rhea Anastas, Beatriz Colomina, Mark Francis, Dan Graham, Chrissie Iles, Alexandra Midal, Bennett Simpson, Mark von Schlegell, and Philippe Vergne. Interviews with Dan Graham by Kim Gordon, Rodney Graham, and Nicolás Guagnini.

Dan Graham has always pointed beyond in his work: beyond the art object, beyond the studio, beyond the medium, beyond the gallery, beyond the self. Beyond all these categories and into the realm of the social, the public, the democratic, the mass produced, the architectural, the anarchic, and the humorous. This volume, which accompanies a retrospective organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, offers the first comprehensive survey of Graham's work. The book's design evokes magazine format and style, after Graham's important conceptual work from the 1960s in that medium. Generously illustrated in color and black and white, Dan Graham: Beyond features eight new essays, two new interviews with the artist, a section of reprints of Graham's own writing, and an animated manga-style "life of Dan Graham" narrative. It examines Graham's entire body of work, which includes designs for magazine pages, drawing, photographs, film and video, and architectural models and pavilions. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and MIT Press, 2009. 384 pages.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Experimentelle Aesthetik, 1959

A reenactment of the Herbert W. Franke, Experimentelle Aesthetik exhibition at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst - Wien, 1959.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

“The Politics of Open Source” Call For Papers

Call for Papers
“The Politics of Open Source”
May 6-7, 2010 - Amherst, Massachusetts

A two-day University of Massachusetts Amherst conference jointly hosted by the:
Department of Political Science
Science, Technology, and Society Initiative (STS)
Journal of Information Technology & Politics (JITP)
Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP)
National Center for Digital Government (NCDG)

Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FOSS) has made significant advances, both technically and
organizationally, since its emergence in the mid-1980s. Over the last decade, it has moved from a
software development approach involving mostly volunteers to a more complex ecology where firms,
nonprofit organizations, government agencies and volunteers may be involved. Moreover, the
production paradigm continues to expand to other areas of digital content (e.g., Creative Commons,
Wikipedia, Connexions, etc.). In this conference we use the phrase “open source” to capture this
broader phenomenon. The Program Committee encourages disciplinary and interdisciplinary
approaches to the study of open source, broadly defined.

"Politics" in the conference title, can have many interpretations. Political issues closely tied to the free
and open source software movement(s) include: national government policies related to the adoption
of open source technologies or questions related to interoperability and open standards, software
patents, vendor lock-in, and copyright. These are central themes we expect may be discussed in this
forum. In this context, we welcome international submissions since differences in the political
perspective appear in international contexts. However, topics related to how the concept of openness
has led to various interpretations, adaptations, and applications of “open source” in other domains,
and political issues that surround these broader innovations, are also welcome. Specific topics might
include, but are not limited to:

General topics related to the politics of open source
• How open source software or its principles are changing politics
• Emerging transparencies in software, systems and society
• Open source in the developing world and other international contexts
• The political economy of open source
• Digital divides and open source
Open source and the public sector
• Open source software and transparency in government
• Government policies toward open source and open standards
• Regulation and open source
Open source and democracy
• Open source and democratic engagement
• Open source voting systems
• Activism, political mobilization and open source
The expansion of open source into other domains
• Understanding how open source collaboration works and how it can be extended into other
areas of collective action
• Policy areas, such as the effects of free textbooks on education policy or the politics of "One
Laptop Per Child"
• The political implications of open source in other cultural domains

Keynote Speakers
We are pleased to confirm Clay Johnson (Sunlight Labs) as one of the daily keynote speakers for JITP-

Paper Submissions
Authors are invited to prepare and submit a research paper, policy viewpoint, workbench note, or
teaching innovation manuscript to JITP by January 10, 2010. A small number of papers will be
accepted for presentation at the conference. Other paper authors will be invited to present a poster
during the Thursday evening reception. All accepted authors will be asked to submit a "YouTube"
version of their research findings. Accepted paper and poster authors will be invited to resubmit their
papers to JITP after the conference with the goal of producing a special issue, or double issue, of JITP
on the broad theme of "The Politics of Open Source."

How to Submit
Everything you need to know about how to prepare and submit a strong JITP paper is documented at Conference papers will be put through an expedited blind peer review process
by the Program Committee, and authors will be notified about a decision by March 10, 2010.

Conference proceedings, including both paper manuscripts and poster summaries, will be made
publicly available under a Creative Commons license. Authors who wish to contribute to the JITP
special issue will be asked to sign the publisher’s copyright agreement when they resubmit their

Best Paper and Poster Cash Prizes
The author (or authors) of the best research paper will receive a single $1,000 prize. The creator (or
creators) of the best poster/research presentation will also receive a single prize of $1,000.

Program Committee
M.V. Lee Badgett, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Paul M.A. Baker, Georgia Institute of Technology
Deborah Bryant, Oregon State University Open Source Lab
Andrea Calderaro, European University Institute
Mark Cassell, Kent State University
Edward Cherlin, Earth Treasury
Gabriella Coleman, New York University
Doug Downham, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Robert English, Daystar Computing & University of Massachusetts Amherst
Joseph Feller, University College Cork
Jelena Karanovic, Rutgers University
Dave Karpf, University of Pennsylvania/Miller Center for Public Affairs
Andrea Kavanaugh, Virginia Tech
Jose Marichal, California Lutheran University
Jens Hardings Perl, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Charlie Schweik, University of Massachusetts Amherst, co-chair
Stuart Shulman, University of Massachusetts Amherst, co-chair
Megan Squire, Elon University
Krishna Ravi Srinivas, Research Information System For Developing Nations
Louis Suarez-Potts, Sun Microsystems, Inc. &
Anas Tawileh, Cardiff University &

das wArs Electronica 2009 (thx mario!)

ars electronica 2009 is over,
the audio and video file of the conferences online:

Friday, September 4, 2009




How is digital technology changing methods of scholarly research with pre-digital sources in the humanities? If the ?medium is the message,? then how does the message change when primary sources are translated into digital media? What kinds of new research opportunities do databases unlock and what do they make obsolete? What is the future of the rare book and manuscript library and its use? What biases are inherent in the widespread use of digitized material? How can we correct for them? Amidst numerous benefits in accessibility, cost, and convenience, what concerns have been overlooked? We invite graduate students to submit paper proposals for an interdisciplinary symposium that will address how databases and other digital technologies are making an impact on our research in the humanities. The graduate student panels will be moderated by a Yale faculty member or library curator with a panel respondent. The two-day conference will take place February 19th and 20th,
2010, at Yale University.

Keynote Speaker: Peter Stallybrass, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania

Colloquium Guest Speaker: Jacqueline Goldsby, Associate Professor, University of Chicago

Potential paper topics include:
? The Future of the History of the Book
? Public Humanities
? Determining Irrelevance in the Archive
? Defining the Key-Word
? The Material Object in Archival Research
? Local Knowledge, Global Access
? Digital Afterlives
? Foucault, Derrida, and the Archive
? Database Access Across the Profession
? Mapping and Map-Based Platforms
? Interactive Research

Please email a one-page proposal along with a C.V. to Deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2009. Accepted panelists will be notified in early October. We ask that all graduate-student panelists pre-circulate their paper among their panels by January 20th, 2010. Papers should be no more than 15 minutes in length.

Please contact Molly Farrell, Heather Klemann, Ryan Brasseaux, and Taylor Spence at with any additional inquiries. For more information about conference events, please visit our website:

Molly Farrell
Ph.D. Candidate in English
Yale University

Régine Debatty on Inke Arns and Thibaut de Ruyter's exhibiton 'Awake Are Only the Spirits'

"In his book Gramophone, Film, Typewriter, Friedrich Kittler draws parallels between the introduction of a new media and spiritism. The Morse alphabet was quickly adopted in seances of spiritism to converse with the deceased. On some photographic plates one could sometimes discern the face of a ghosts. In 1893, Edison described the 10 uses he imagined for the phonogram and one of them was to record 'the last words of dying persons'..."

this statement begins Régine Debatty's review of 'Awake Are Only the Spirits' - On Ghosts and Their Media exhibition at HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein) in Dortmund, Germany. the Media Art exhibition 'Awake Are Only the Spirits' is curated by Inke Arns and Thibaut de Ruyter. Debatty comments that this exhibition re-instills her enthusiasm about Media Art: