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February 13, 2007

IDEOLOGY of the IMAGINARY in the 21st century


Exploring Cross Issues of Art, Culture and New Media

IDEOLOGY of the IMAGINARY in the 21st century: a symposium and exhibition project exploring cross issues of art, culture and new media :: 1st and 2nd MARCH, 10am - 4pm :: MERCURY CINEMA, Lion Arts Centre, North Tce, Adelaide. ADMISSION FREE. LIMITED SEATING. PLEASE REGISTER: Email your name, address, and how many attending to info[at]eaf.asn.au

Despite the numerous "tech-specific", or "future looking" events, appearing daily on the world stage, it is worth noting that we are almost at the end of the first decade of this century, and yet the discourses which we are using are quite old - postmodern at its best!

The Symposium is therefore aimed at defining the concepts and processes characteristic for the beginning of the 21st century. Some of the themes the speakers are urged to visit: What are the decisive theoretical and practical developments of this decade? How has the ideological framework of images shifted in the 21st Century? How can we measure the real power of these images? Are some aesthetic categories or concepts of the late 20th century already obsolete? Are there new categories appearing on the horizon?

Bio-technology and other wireless, or less so, technologies are offering themselves to us quite openly, but perhaps more important are the hidden, underlying processes in our society, which we seem to constantly neglect.

Symposium convened by Melentie Pandilovski

SPEAKERS: Andreas Ströhl . Tania Fraga . Mark Pesce . Melentie Pandilovski . Paul Majkut . Hélène Frichot . Anna Munster . Friedrich Kirschner + video appearance by Roy Ascott.

ROY ASCOTT \ Syncretic Strategies: A pioneer of cybernetic and telematic art, Ascott is an internationally renowned artist, theorist, and educator. Roy Ascott is the founder and President of the Planetary Collegium, the Director of its CAiiA-Hub, and Professor of Technoetic Art in the University of Plymouth, England. He is Visiting Professor in Design|Media Arts at the University of California Los Angeles. AscottÅfs work has been shown at the Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou Paris, Ars Electronica Linz, V2 Holland, Milan Triennale, and European Media Festival, Osnabrck.

TANIA FRAGA \ Envisioning Possibilities for Computer Art & Design: Tania Fraga is a Brazilian architect and artist. She holds a PhD on the Communication and Semiotics Program at the Catholic University of Sao Paulo (PUC) with a Post Doctoral at CAiiA-STAR. She was Professor and Co-ordinator of the Graduation Studies of the Art Institute at University of Brasilia, Brazil, from 1987-2004 and member of the Advisory Research Committee of the Banff New Media Centre in 2003, Canada. She was Visiting Scholar at the Computer Science Department at The George Washington University, Washington DC, 1991/1992 and Artist-in-Residence at The Bemis Foundation, USA, 1986, with a grant from the Fulbright Commission.

HÉLÈNE FRICHOT \ An Ethico-Aesthetics for Wet Architectures: Helene Frichot is a senior lecturer in architectural design and theory at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. While architecture is her first discipline, she holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney. Helene co-curates the RMIT University Architecture + Philosophy Public Lecture Series

FREIDRICH KIRSCHNER \ Playing games differently: Friedrich Kirschner is a filmmaker, visual artist and board member of the Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences. He re-purposes computer games to create animated narratives and interactive performances. His work has been shown at various international animation festivals and exhibitions, including the ZKM Karlsruhe, the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the Ottawa international Animation festival and the Seoul Media Art Biennale. He also published machinimag, an online magazine focussing on the development of the emerging art form of machinima moviemaking. www.zeitbrand.net

PAUL MAJKUT \ Cool Media, Cold Consequences: Paul Majkut, an award-winning investigative journalist, is Professor of Literature in the College of Letters and Science, National University, San Diego, California, and international lecturer. Majkut has twice been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.

ANNA MUNSTER \ Crowds, Power and Portable Media: Anna Munster is a writer, artist and lecturer in the area of electronic and new media arts and is a Senior Lecturer at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.

MELENTIE PANDILOVSKI \ The Fundamental Change: Melentie Pandilovski is the Director of the Experimental Art Foundation. He was initiator and Director/Curator of the annual Skopje Electronic Arts Fair, the first internet and media art manifestation in the Balkans, and has written extensively on the present state of media arts and the future of technology and arts.

MARK PESCE \ Appropriations and Distributions: One of the early pioneers in Virtual Reality, Mark Pesce is a writer, researcher and teacher. The co-inventor of VRML, Pesce is the author of five books and numerous papers on the future of technology. He is currently an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and is a judge on The New Inventors a nationally syndicated ABC television program in Australia. He maintains several blogs, including Hyperpeople, which deals with the enormous changes in media, and Yeschaton, which tracks developments in the sciences. He is currently working on a film-Man with a Movie Tube-drawn entirely from appropriated YouTube clips. His Sydney consultancy, FutureSt, develops media strategies for a rapidly changing technological environment.

ANDREAS STRÖHL \ Apparatus Images-How the Apparatus Swallows Meaning and Projects Ideology Andreas Ströhl was Director of Cultural Program of the Goethe Institute in Prague until 1997 and since 2004 has been Director of the Munich International Film Festival.


TANIA FRAGA, Responsive Membrane :: 2 MARCH - 5 APRIL (11 - 5 Tuesday - Friday, Saturday 2 - 5)

LEV MANOVICH, Soft Cinema :: 2 MARCH - 5 APRIL (11 - 5 Tuesday - Friday, Saturday 2 - 5)

Presented in conjunction with the Symposium The Ideology of Imaginary in the 21st Century in association with the 2007 Adelaide Film Festival.

Curated by Melentie Pandilovski

This project has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

EXPERIMENTAL ART FOUNDATION curates its exhibition program to represent new work that expands current debates and ideas in contemporary visual art. The EAF incorporates a gallery space, bookshop and artists studios.

Lion Arts Centre North Terrace at Morphett Street Adelaide * PO Box 8091 Station Arcade South Australia 5000 * Tel: +618 8211 7505 * Fax +618 8211 7323 * eaf[at]eaf.asn.au * Bookshop: eafbooks[at]eaf.asn.au * http://www.eaf.asn.au * Director: Melentie Pandilovski

The Experimental Art Foundation is assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, it arts funding and advisory body and by the South Australian Government through Arts SA. The EAF is also supported through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Posted by jo at February 13, 2007 11:42 AM