Showing art in the age of new media

Real-time: Showing art in the age of new media

One-day conference as part of the Abandon Normal Devices festival

23-27 September 2009

Thursday 24th September 2009. 9:30am-4:30pm.

The Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University,

Duckinfield Street, Off Brownlow Hill, Liverpool

Showing time-based art is very different to showing art objects. But

how is art which uses the Internet, interactivity, social systems, or

real-time computing different from video, live art, or performance?

Rather than progressing along a smooth curve of development, art

practices ‘other’ than those traditionally supported by the mainstream

often seem to lurch along a rollercoaster-like path from avant-gardism

to hyperbole, rejection to appropriation. New and emerging forms of

art, such as online art, can go from being cutting edge to

out-of-fashion shockingly quickly, without ever establishing the

longevity necessary to garner a critical vocabulary and appreciation

around the work. Which histories, whether from the field of art or

technology, could inform the life-cycle of 'art after new media'?

Which histories might allow for a more reflective approach to newly

emergent forms of art, and could help viewers with short-attention

spans to see beyond the hype?

This one-day conference aims to share the knowledge of those involved

in exhibition practices beyond the object of art, and asks, should we

abandon ‘normal’ curating practices, or adapt these modes to integrate

‘the new’? This event draws experts and researchers from the fields of

art making, curating, history and criticism to confront the slippery

question of time -- including the timelines of production, of showing,

and of participation.

Speakers and workshop leaders include:

-Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and

Performance Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

-Gavin Wade, director of Eastside Projects in Birmingham.

-Mark Nash, Head of Department of Curating Contemporary Art at the

Royal College of Art (TBC).

-Franz Thalmair, co-founder of CONT3XT.NET collaborative curatorial

group in Vienna with Michael Kargl (aka carlos katastrofsky) and

Sabine Hochrieser.

-Kelli Dipple, Curator, Intermedia, at Tate Modern in London.

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This event is a collaboration for AND between CRUMB the resource for

curators of new media art, and Charlie Gere of University of

Lancaster. CRUMB has received funding from the Arts and Humanities

Research Council, and Arts Council England.


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