[rohrpost] When New Media Was New
oliver.grau at culture.hu-berlin.de
Die Sep 9 12:30:33 CEST 2003
When New Media Was New
Despite a history stretching back to the 1950s, art made using what are now
called new media has been neglected by the mainstream art world. This
series of talks and seminars looks at the history of new media art from
experiments with computer art in the 1950s and 60s to the emergence of net
art in the 1990s. It features three curators/critics who have pioneered
and supported new media art over the last forty years: Jasia Reichardt,
Christiane Paul and Peter Weibel. The aim is look at landmark works and
exhibitions in the field of computer art, digital and electronic media, and
internet art, and discuss their relationships with mainstream art practice
and with technological developments in the wider world.
In conjunction with the three talks, Tate Modern is running a seminar
series on the same topic. Reichardt, Paul and Weibel will each lead a
session focusing on the themes of Cybernetics, Telematics and Performance
respectively themes that have been central to their work. The seminars
will also feature contributions from other leading figures involved in the
development of new media art today. When New Media Was New is organised and
moderated by Charlie Gere (Birkbeck College), author of Digital Culture
(Reaktion Book, 2002). It is a collaboration between Tate Modern
Interpretation and Education and the School of History of Art, Film and
Visual Media at Birkbeck College, and has been made possible by an AHRB
'Changing Places' research grant.
Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern
Tuesdays 30 Sept, 14 and 28 Oct.
Start 18.30, ends approx 20.00
Tickets £5 (£3 concs) each event
Tues 30 Sept. Jasia Reichardt
Writer and curator Jasia Reichardt was Assistant Director of the ICA
(1963-71) and Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery (1974-76). She has
taught at the Architectural Association and elsewhere and published widely.
She is interested in art that encroaches on other fields: science, music
and literature, and has spent many years following up the connections
between art and technology. Among her exhibitions staged in Britain the
best known is Cybernetic Serendipity (1968), a landmark show about the
computer and the arts. In recent years she has spent considerable time
working in Japan.
Tues 14 Oct. Christiane Paul
Christiane Paul is the Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney
Museum of American Art and the director of Intelligent Agent, a service
organization and information resource dedicated to digital art. She has
written extensively on new media arts, including Digital Art (2003). She
teaches in the MFA computer art department at the School of Visual Arts in
New York and has lectured internationally on art and technology, while
organising a number of shows of new media art in the States and elsewhere.
She also runs Artport, the Whitney Museum's online portal to Internet art.
Tues 28 Oct. Peter Weibel
Peter Weibel has been head of the ZKM_Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
since 1999. Besides his activities as artist and curator, his publications
about art and media theory earned him international renown. Since 1976 he
has lectured widely at universities and academies in Europe and the US.
After heading the digital arts laboratory at New York University, he
founded the Institute of New Media at the Städelschule in Frankfurt-on-Main
in 1989. He was in charge of the Ars Electronica festival in Linz as
artistic consultant and later artistic director (1986-95), and has
commissioned the Austrian pavilions at the Venice Biennale.
THE SEMINAR SERIES
McAulay Studio B, Tate Modern
Wednesdays 1, 15 and 29 Oct
Tickets £45 (£30 concs), includes admission to all three Tuesday talks
Wed 1 Oct. CYBERNETICS
Paul Brown, artist and Senior Research Fellow for the AHRB-funded Computer
Arts, Contexts, Histories, etc& (CACHe) project, studying early British
computer art, in the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media,
Birkbeck College, and Helen Sloan, Director of Southern Collaborative Arts
Network (SCAN), will join Jasia Reichardt and Charlie Gere for a seminar on
questions arising from her talk.
Wed 15 Oct. TELEMATICS
Giles Lane, founder and director of Proboscis and Associate Research Fellow
of MEDIA at LSE in the London School of Economics, and Josephine Berry, an
editor of Mute, a cultural politics and technology magazine, and author of
a PhD in site-specific art on the net, will join Christiane Paul and
Charlie Gere for a seminar on questions arising from her talk.
Wed 29 Oct. PERFORMANCE
Hannah Redler, curator at the Science Museum, and Sarah Cook, independent
new media curator and co-editor of the Curatorial Resource for Upstart
Media Bliss (CRUMB) website and listserv, will join Peter Weibel and
Charlie Gere for a seminar on questions arising from his talk.