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December 08, 2006

New Media Caucus at the 2007 CAA


Can Geeks be Humanists

New Media Caucus at the 2007 College Art Conference :: The 95th Annual conference will take place from February 14th to 17th at the Hilton New York in Midtown Manhattan.

Thursday, February 15, 12:30-2pm, Trianon Ballroom, Hilton NY :: Panel Title: "Can Geeks be Humanists” :: Panel Chair: Marcia Tanner, Independent Curator and Writer, Berkeley, California

A common perception among artists, curators, art historians, art critics, and art audiences outside the new media art community is that artists using contemporary technologies create work that alienates the viewer and conflicts with the humanist legacy of Western art and other cultural and aesthetic traditions. This notion is all too often reinforced, superficially at least, by much of the new media work produced.

This panel will address and challenge those assumptions with presentations by artists whose work and practice consciously extend and amplify humanist aesthetic traditions. In the subsequent conversation, panelists will be invited to explore the definitions and appropriateness of those apparently oppositional terms -- “geeks” versus “humanists” -- and consider a third: that of “artist.“ They will discuss those characteristics of new media art that seem to justify the charges against it -- notably in terms of communication with and/or reception by traditional art audiences and critics -- and whether these concerns should matter to anyone now, particularly to the artists themselves.

With some Papers and Panelists:

Intimacy in New Media Art
Andrea Ackerman, artist, theorist, psychiatrist, New York, New York

Claudia Hart, Pratt Institute, New York; Lehman College, City University of New York

Beyond Functional: Embedding Responsive Art into Human Systems
Sabrina Raaf, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago

Animate Objects, and the Evocation of Empathy
John Slepian, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

The Beautiful and the Terrifying
Gail Wight, Stanford University, California

Here are a few crucial dates for your calendar:
December 13th is the deadline for Early Bird Registration for the
Conference (this can be done on-line or via mail).

Posted by jo at December 8, 2006 08:30 AM