[rohrpost] DANUBE TELE LECTURES on Art, Media and Image Science

Oliver Grau oliver.grau at donau-uni.ac.at
Fre Aug 18 13:14:39 CEST 2006

:: Inauguration of the DANUBE TELE LECTURES at Danube University Krems ::

The Center for Image Science at Danube University Krems starts a new international lecture series in early September with prominent scientists of our time. The lectures will be presented by live online streaming technology. The series is realized in co-operation with the Österreichische Filmgalerie and the ORF Niederösterreich (Austrian Broadcast Corporation), and will be held in the Filmgalerie Cinema at Danube University Krems. For the inaugural Tele Lecture, internationally renowned scholars deal with key topics of Image Science and Media Art:


:: Lecture / Debate Topics ::

September 5, 2006  19:30-22:00 
"DOES THE WEST STILL EXIST? Are There Boundaries of West, East and Far-East in the World of Images Now?"
Lectures and debate with Sarat MAHARAJ and Machiko KUSAHARA 

Hollywood, computer games, net and media art, micromovies, new devices* images are undergoing a new internationalization never known before, and are increasingly being charged as a vehicle of ideologies and worldview. Seemingly bygone clashes between image opponents and image believers are reanimated in contemporary media to include all areas of art, science, politics and economy - now on a global scale. Can we still speak of images of the west today? Do we witness the arousal of a global visual language enriched universally by the various cultures, or are we at the brink of an ‘image war’, representing extremes between the old and new economic powers and their visual culture?  

September 6, 2006 19:30-22:00  
“PYGMALION TENDENCIES: Bioart and Its Precursors”
Lectures and debate with Gunalan NADARAJAN and Jens HAUSER  

Art and the natural sciences are forming a new interconnection that is closer than in past centuries. Recent developments in art such as Bioart, Techno-art, Genetic or Transgenic Art bring artists into the scientific laboratories and carry their visions to the general public. Not only do artists work cross-pollinated, they also create new creatures, frequently revealing spectacular spaces of reflection on new possibilities. International experts discuss these tensions oscillating between body and nature on one hand and artificial life and illusion on the other - none the least, in their historical contexts.

:: International Discussion over the Net - Innovative Image Direction ::

The DANUBE TELE LECTURES is a continuation and extension of the first international conference on MediaArtHistories Refresh!, which was held under the direction of Oliver Grau in Banff/Canada last fall und will see a remake called re:place in Berlin next year. Two cameras innovatively echo the studio character and seek a virtual intimacy with the lecturers and their audience. Internet viewers from all over the world have the possibility to pose email questions, broadening the international debate character of this event. 
Videos of the Danube Tele Lectures will be available in an online archive. 

:: More at http://www.donau-uni.ac.at/cis ::

You can join us live in Krems or watch online and participate in the discussion via email. 

The CENTER FOR IMAGE SCIENCE at Danube University Krems is an institution for inovative research and teaching on the complete range of image forms. The Center is situated in the beautiful Wachau, Austria - a UNESCO world heritage site - in the Goettweig Monastery and is housed in a fourteenth century castle. It is the base of the public documentation platforms www.virtualart.at and www.mediaarthistory.org. The Center's new low residency postgraduate master's programs in MEDIAARTHISTORIES, PHOTOGRAPHY, and IMAGE MANAGEMENT are internationally unique.

:: contact for information on :: 

wendy.coones at donau-uni.ac.at 
+43 (0)2732 893-2543 

directions to Krems - 60km west of Vienna towards Linz - www.donau-uni.ac.at/route 
shuttle Krems-Vienna offered,
reserve your seat at the Filmgalerie Cinema (entrance is free),
future Danube Tele-Lecture series