stephen kovats kovats@intertwilight.net
Wed, 12 Feb 2003 17:21:50 +0100

DEAF03: European Media Academy Day

Thursday 27 February 2003
Location: ARENA @ Pakhuis Las Palmas (first floor), Wilhelminakade 66-68
(Kop van Zuid), Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Admission: Tickets 10,--  Discount (student, cjp,
RotterdamPas, 65+) 8,-

Dutch Electronic Arts Festival - DEAF03
organized by V2_,Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam
25 February - 9 March 2003

More information can be found on the festival website http://deaf.v2.nl

Tickets and reservation: On line via http://deaf.v2.nl (Direct Payment
procedure only) or by phone (from 21 February on) +31 (0)10 750 15 15

For educational programs and/or guided tours during DEAF03 please contact
Valentijn Webbers, valentijn@v2.nl or +31 (0)10 750 15 18

European Media Academy Day @ DEAF_ARENA

As digital media plays an ever increasing role within a broader range of
academic faculties the space of media art education within the university
also begins to expand and cross ever-new disciplinary borders. Confusion
begins to grow regarding terms such as new and digital media, interactivity
and screen or info culture. Within this we see an explosion of educational
methodologies and structures that attempt to situate electronic media
expression and theory within the academic streams of art, design and
architecture through the formation of new departments and curricular

The European Media Academy Day conference hosted by DEAF03 is aimed at
creating a dialogue amongst institutions addressing the issue of the
integration of new forms of artistic media practice within the academic
context. Both in the Netherlands and abroad, experimental educational model=
are being tested, responding to transformations within the social, economic
and cultural domain where communication media play such a crucial role. The
increasing interplay between academic output and industry led needs, global
design issues defining regional contexts and the challenge these pose to th=
autonomy of artistic and critical media discourse are also changing the
relationship between media based programs within larger academic
institutions. Is the media artist also an IT professional? To what extent
does interdisciplinarity define the emergence of new aesthetic cultures and
academic methodologies? How are these defined within the confines of
traditional media and design faculties?  How does education today deal with
the dilemma of aesthetic originality within the constraints of vocational
proficiency and the use of predetermined software packages?

Five academies and universities from across Europe chosen for their unique
and innovative curricular models have been invited to this one day forum to
present their programs and discuss their concepts and methodologies.
Students will be invited to demonstrate their projects, illustrating the
practical results of their courses while those creating the academic agenda
will participate in a public panel to discuss their vision and strategy. By
establishing the new vocabularies of media art and design education these
players and institutions play a fundamental role in creatively influencing
the future of our information and knowledge based society.

session 1 - student presentations
11.00  V2 welcome and introduction
11.15 - 13.30 media art & design as academic product - students present
creative output
13.30 - 14.00 response and discussion
14.00 - 15.00 lunch

session 2 - panel
15.00  introductory statement
15.15 - 17.30 vision and strategy - panel featuring curriculum designers an=
17.30 - 18.00 wrap up discussions, view to the future, conclusion

moderation:  Geert Lovink
introductions:  Alex Adriaansens and Stephen Kovats

Pelle Ehn (School of Communication and the Arts, Malm=F6)  www.k3.mah.se
Ralf Homann (Experimental Radio, Bauhausuniversit=E4t
Weimar) http://radiostudio.org
Miklos Peternak (Intermedia Dept., Hungarian Academy of Fine
Arts) www.intermedia.c3.hu
Gillian C. Smith (Interaction Design Institute
Ivrea)   www.interaction-ivrea.it
Giaco Schiesser (New Media, Hochschule f=FCr Gestaltung und Kunst, Z=FCrich)

Matthew Fuller (Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam)
Caroline Nevejan (HvA, Amsterdam)
MarieLouise Angerer (KHM, K=F6ln)
Janos Sugar (Intermedia Dept., Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts)

This event will be streamed, and IRC moderated to allow for external online
participation - chose server <irc.v2.nl> and join channel <#academy> to tak=
part in the discussion!
For further information, please contact Stephen Kovats <kovats@v2.nl>