[rohrpost] Fwd: Electrohype conference - looking for additional lecturers.

h0602b88@rz.hu-berlin.de h0602b88@rz.hu-berlin.de
Thu, 29 Aug 2002 19:11:13 MET

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> Finally we managed to raise the money to organize a conference
> connected to the upcoming Electrohype 2002 exhibition here in Malmo,
> Sweden.
> We have invited several artists that will give lectures on the topic
> "software and art,- software as art" and are now looking for
> additional lecturers with theory/critic background.
> The conference will be held October 24 and 25.  The exhibition will
> run for five days in two venues Malmo Konsthall and Carolinahallen
> and present works by sixteen artists.
> Enclosed is an intro text for the conference. The complete list of
> participating artists, at the conference, will soon bee published at
> our web site http://www.electrohype.org/
> So please feel free to contact us if you are interested to
> participate in the conference or if you would like to recommend a
> person. Comments on the text are also welcome.

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> Electrohype is organizing a two day conference which will focus on
> software, software as an artistic tool and software as art. The
> conference will present a panel consisting of artists and theorists
> and will be a combination of presentations and continuous discussion.
> We will invite artists who write their own software, artists working
> close to programmers and theorists that closely follows the
> development in computer based art.
> Background
> We are currently in the midst of an accelerated technological
> evolution. The artists role as an analyst and critic is therefore
> more important now than ever. Not only as an interpreter but also as
> a counterweight to the endless stream of technological innovations
> invading our private and public space.
> Throughout the history of art there are many examples of artists
> using new technology in unexpected ways, this also applies to the
> transformation or shift from analogue to digital communication.
> Computer based art represents a new experimental art form combining
> the modernistic idea of enlightenment combined with the postmodern
> deconstructive skepticism.
> In the artistic work process software as a tool is just as important
> as the computer. These days its presence is taken for granted but
> many of us actually have very limited knowledge about software.
> System and image processing software is regarded as standard
> components and are given little thought,- as long as they work
> properly. The software is reduced to a basic tool or an invisible
> engine running out of a box placed discreetly out of sight.
> Since the introduction of economically available personal computers
> in the middle of the eighties many artists started using the computer
> as a tool to reconstruct reality and our societies constant flow of
> information. Other artists started looking inwards, focusing on and
> exploring the internal and external processes run by the interplay
> between hardware and software.
> Most software used by artists today was originally intended for
> commercial production, a fact that has been and still is a  two-edged
> sword. On the one side developers have continuously provided new,
> better and cheaper software. On the not so bright side are the
> limitations and the presence of standard software elements that often
> can be noticed in the finished work of art. A direct consequence of
> this is a noticeable tendency where several artists are moving away
> from the standard packages and start creating their own software.
> Others are doing hard modifications on existing software transforming
> it to the tools they need. But software is no longer just a question
> of tools. There are also artists creating new software with the
> intention that the software itself will be the final art object.
> Whatever the approach or intention the artist has toward software
> generates an endless field of questions and problems. We will
> therefore dedicate these two days to focusing on the various aspects
> of software and simultaneously let the subject provide us with an
> angel of approach to look at the present status of computer based art.
> To give the conference a clear direction we have raised the following
> questions:
> What are the possibilities and limitations related to standard
> software as an artistic tool?
> How does the transition between artist and software and between
> software and audience affect the artistic content?
> What does the process of creating artistic software look like? What
> lies in the future for the development of software as an art object?
> Can software art change our self-perception in relationship to the
> interplay between hardware, software and computer networks?

> > We are organizing Electrohype on a tight budget but we can offer,
> travel and hotel and a honorarium of 250 Euro ( 2500 SEK)
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