Wellington / London / Amsterdam
Saturday June 27, 2009:
Matthew Fuller (London), talks with Su Ballard (Wellington) and Eric Kluitenberg (Amsterdam) and guests.
As part of:
Critical-Digital-Matter: The 6th Aotearoa Digital Arts Symposium
June 26-28th, 2009
SL: 02:00 to 03:45 PDT
London: 10:00 to 11:45 GMT(UTC)+1
Amsterdam: 11.00 to 12:45 CEST
Wellington: 21:00 to 22:45 NZST
* Goldsmith College, London, UK
* De Balie, Amsterdam, NL
* Victoria University School of Design, Wellington, NZ
* Wellington Railway Station, Second Life (SL)
In “Media Ecologies”, Matthew Fuller called for an embedded approach to digital materials as they are encountered in different cultural and social contexts. When media systems interact with art unpredictable things happen. This remote conversation will test the materials of digital networks, hosts and remote relays to enable an open discussion of the materiality of the digital. Fuller and Ballard share a concern with digital matter, and the employment of things digital in concrete engagements with art. They will discuss the pervasiveness of digital matter, the engagement of art and the digital, and address the problem of artists in new media art finding their time taken up with attempts to make their work interesting to contemporary art, creative industries, humanities, etc., and forgetting to intensify the work that directly engages the crucial aspects of the field. This conversation is one attempt to rectify this. Through a direct focus on the materiality of the digital we will engage a discussion of the materiality of computational and networked digital media.
The conversation will begin from the following short reading list:
Matthew Fuller, 2004/2006 “Softness: interrogability; general intellect;art methodologies in software,” ISEA Helsinki 2004 and Digital Research Unit at Huddersfield University,
Su Ballard, 2005, “Entropy and digital installation,” Fibreculture issue 7.
Adrian Mackenzie, 2009, “Intensive movement in wireless digital signal processing: from calculation to envelopment” Environment and Planning A 41(6) 1294 – 1308
Anna Munster, 2001, “Digitality: Approximate aesthetics” ctheory.net Article a093, 3/14/2001.
M. Beatrice Fazi 2009, “’The simple expression of a complex thought’: For a Media Theory of Expression.” Mute: culture and politics after the net,
www.metamute.org/en/content/ the_simple_expression_of_complex_thought_ for_a_media_theory_of_expression
All texts available via:
The conversation will be relayed as a regular live stream (watch and listen only) over the internet, and then retransmitted in Second Life in a virtual theatre. This will enable second life ‘residents’ from around the globe to follow the discussion and respond via the in-built text-chat in Second Life. The conversation will also be viewable via two urban screens in Wellington: one in the Atrium of the School of Design at Victoria University, and the other at the corner of Courtenay Place and Tory Street. This screen content will be downloadable.
Links to live-streams, and how to follow the conversation will be relayed,
& here: http://symposium09.aotearoadigitalarts.org.nz/#Fuller
Second Life Venue:
Outside Wellington Railway Station. At Koru educational sim (owned by NMIT in Nelson, NZ)
[The Wellington Railway Station 3D build is part of the interactive art installation: “In the Company of Strangers” by Mike Baker (aka Rollo Kohime in SL)]
Connected public breakfest in Amsterdam:
In Amsterdam it is possible to join this conversation through a public breakfast at De Balie, the centre for culture and politics.
Address: Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam.
Matthew Fuller is David Gee Reader in Digital Media at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the author of Media Ecologies: Materialist Energies in Art and Technoculture (MIT Press, 2005) and Behind the Blip: Essays on the Culture of Software (Autonomedia, 2003). He has worked closely with the artists collective Mongrel, and was a member of the speculative software group I/O/D from 1994-1997 and most recently initiated the ‘Digger Barley’ project shown at Futuresonic and Manifesta 7. Along with architect Usman Haque he is author of ‘Concurrent Versioning City’ a FLOSS-inspired quasi-licence for urban construction. He is particularly interested in the cultural effects of technology.
Su Ballard is Academic Leader, and Principal Lecturer in Electronic Arts in the School of Art. Her research centres around digital aesthetics, experimental sound and video, visual culture, and media ecologies. She completed her PhD through the the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics, Universty of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Her PhD examined materialist tendancies in digital art installation by New Zealand and Australian artists working in international contexts. She recently edited The Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader, published by Clouds.
Eric Kluitenberg is an independent media theorist, writer and organiser on culture, media and technology. He is head of the media deprtment of De Balie, centre for culture and politics in Amsterdam. Recent publications of his include the Book of Imaginary Media (2006), Hybrid Space (2006), and Delusive Spaces (2008).
The view from Wellington:
And projected at the other end of the earth….