Positions in flux: On the changing role of the artist and institution in the networked
Friday, May 8th, 2009
Organised by Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk), Amsterdam
Symposium venue: Trouw Amsterdam Wibautstraat 131, Amsterdam www.trouwamsterdam.nl
The symposium 'Positions in flux: On the changing role of the artist
and institution in the networked society' will center on some of the
major parameters for the current and future development of contemporary
art. In particular it will reflect on the aspect of cultural
sustainability of art projects, art and technology initiatives and art
'Positions in flux' will give floor to international artists,
theoreticians, critics, cultural producers and aims to initiate a truly
critical debate. The symposium is designed for a broad audience working
in the field of contemporary culture and art, with a desire to
understand what comes ahead and how to respond to these changes on an
artistic or institutional level. 'Positions in flux' will provide a
platform and "thinkspace" for artists, cultural workers, theoreticians
and a broader public to envision the future in our field and to provide
us with the necessary information to make choices for a meaningful and
sustainable development of society and culture.
The three panel discussions follow a clear thematic scheme and try to
bring in as much expertise and viewpoints as possible. The panels are
interlinked and designed to initiate an ongoing discussion among the
The symposium will be streamed from the symposium venue, Trouw
Amsterdam. Online audiences will have the opportunity to participate in
the debate in the live discussion forum. The results of the debate and
its main contributions are reviewed and published online on the new
Media Art Platform. www.mediaartplatform.org
The symposium is part of the 'Here we are - There we go' programme at
the Netherlands Media Art Institute, May 8th - 10th, 2009 which takes
place on the occasion of the Institute's 30th anniversary. 'Here we are
- There we go' celebrates the Institute's achievements in these thirty
years and plans for the future with an inspiring open house weekend of
artist talks, performances, installations, tours and a party.
'Positions in flux' is made possible with the kind support of the Mondriaan
The conference language is English.
Speakers and panels
Please note that speakers and times are subject to change.
9:00 - 10:00 Registration
9:45 Welcome and Introduction by Heiner Holtappels, director of NIMk
10:00 On the changing role of the artist and institution in the
networked society by Susanne Jaschko, curator of Positions in Flux and
chief curator NIMk
10.30 - 12.30 Panel 1: Art goes politics
In this session we will discuss the potential of art to contribute to
global and local problems such as religious conflicts, environmental or
social crisis. Or is art constrained to raising awareness only? Should
art become an agency for political and social affairs at all? How to
successfully implement and conduct art projects in zones of crisis?
What does it take to successfully implement and conduct projects in
zones of crisis? How far do these projects benefit from the dubious
attention of the mass media?
Hans Bernhard (AT), artist, UBERMORGEN.COM
Wafaa Bilal, artist (IQ/US)
Knowbotic Research, artist group (DE/CH), artist in residence at NIMk 2008/2009
Moderated by Chris Keulemans, writer and journalist (NL) (tbc)
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch break
13.30 - 15.30 Panel 2: New territories and cultures of the digital
This panel will look at the geographical shift that media culture
currently undergoes and that will shape the future of this field. In
the past, Europe, North America and Japan were at the forefront of
digital production, design, art and technological research. Now that
digital technologies become available at lower prices and spread more
widely on the globe, new digital communities flourish. This panel looks
specifically at new initiatives and bottom-up organisations in other
parts of the world such as East Europe, the Middle East, Africa and
South America, trying to understand what characterizes these
initiatives. In how far do local and national cultures shape digital
culture? Do these initiatives share common experiences and challenges,
or is there no common ground to be found? Which kind of art arises from
these new nodes on the digital map? How can we support the growth and
establishment of these organisations?
Bronac Ferran (UK), researcher, consultant and founding member of bricolabs
Nat Muller, independent curator and critic (NL)
Marcus Neustetter, media artist, curator and co-founder of Trinity Session (ZA)
Adam Somlai-Fischer, artist and architect, programme director of Kitchen Budapest (HU)
Moderated by Rob van Kranenburg, thinker, networker and author (NL/BE)
Van Kranenburg has been teaching at various schools in the Netherlands
(UvA, EMMA Interaction Design, Industrial Design). Currently he works
as the Head of the Public Domain Program at Waag Society. He is author
of 'The Internet of Things.'
For this session we will ask initiatives and organisations around the
world to come up with a short written or a 1 minute video statement
about challenges they face in the future. These contributions will be
shown during the panel.
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 - 18.00 Panel 3: Open Source - A scheme for art production and curating?
This session deals with the concept of open source for art production
and its presentation. The open source movement is driven by the idea of
collective, process-based, sustainable production and improvement. In
software development this strategy has already proven to be valid;
however can this model be applied to other products such as artworks or
even exhibitions? In how far does the open source model differ from
other forms of artistic collaboration? Is there a new role model for
both the artist and the curator in the future? Which (economic) value
and impact has expertise in open source production? How could
institutions and organisations respond to this trend?
Marcos Garcia, director of Interactivos, Medialab Prado (ES)
and researcher at NIMk
Joasia Krysa, curator, founder of KURATOR (PL/UK)
Moderated by Josephine Bosma, theoretician and critic (nl)
19:30 Reception at the Netherlands Media Art Institute,
Netherland Media Art Institute
1016 EV Amsterdam
15 euro (Students 10 euro). You can buy your ticket in advance at the
reception of the NIMk (sale starts May 1th) or you can pay at the venue
location until a half hour before the symposium starts.
Including tea, coffee, reception at the NIMk at the end of the day.
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