My notes are a bit patchy because of rushing off to grate beetroot and
fiddling with webcameras, so please add your own.
Thanks to everyone who presented, and special thanks to Caro for doing
such a great job of chairing.
The first presentation was from Sally Levin organiser of the Vodafone
Digital Art Awards and Lynley Kirk-Smith General Manager of Vodaphone
Lynley spoke about the relationship between the new Vodafone building
(which sounds a little bit mediaplexish) and the fit between emerging
technologies and digital artists.
Sally spoke briefly about the awards, emphasising that this is the
first year (they are intending to run the awards biannually) and that
it is and evolving project. The awards close on the tenth of december.
Michelle Menzies, Stephen Cleland and Luke Duncalfe then spoke about
their project, Window, which combines a web presence with a space in
the foyer of Auckland University's General Library.
Michelle described the audience of the window space as transient,
captive, but not necessarity interested. The space has a technological
slant - being equipped with audio and video equipment. The space is
funded through the University of Auckland's Vice Chacellor's
Development Fund. Michelle described the three-year process of getting
this up and running.
Stephen talked about the architectural aspects of the physical space,
its linear and transparent qualities lending themselves to a certain
kind of reading.
Luke spoke about the parallel programming between the online and
university spaces. He outlined his reasons for being interested in
1. Low Cost
2. International Audience
3. that it has its own logic and structures, external to the
contemporary art world
4. it is adjustable, responsive and rewritable
works are shown for a month and then added to the archive, so all
previous shows are easily available. He also described the framing
strategies, his use of banners, design and text to contextualise the
works on display.
this led into a discussion of archiving, how to preserve digital works
are ephemeral, and fall between the ambit of film archives and national
Danielle Tollson from CNZ talked about some developments through the
national library and archives.
Sean C identified three facets to a collection: ephemera, interviews
with the artist and the work itself
Sean Cubitt then spoke about international events coming up in the
Digital Art area.
ISEA 2006 in San Jose
Sean is on the panel for the Symposium
The Pacific Rim New Media Summit
San Jose August 2006
Taranaki july 2006
Streaming Media Festival early 2005 in Hamilton
Deborah Lawler-Dormer from the Moving Image Centre then spoke briefly
about the Centre's forthcoming plans, which include a new venue with
galleries, library and other facilities. Most of thse are confidential
and still under negotiation with Bluewater, the developer of the
Britomart precinct on the Auckland waterfront, but they hope to make
some announcement in early December. The online film database she
discussed at last year's symposium is also still in development, but
MIC hope to have it online soon.
Danielle gave and update on CNZ's consultation with the new media area
(during which i was fiddling with the webcam, so if anyone has more
Nova Paul then spoke about Fibreculture 2006, Cultural Futures, which
will be held in Auckland. at this point i disappeared to prepare
lunch, so please someone else fill in here.
during lunch which Vito Acconci's Red Tapes were running at St Paul
Street, the AUT Gallery.
After lunch Andrew Clifford presented the work of the Audio Foundation,
which is being developed by Zoe Drayton (who was at a festival in
Dunedin). The foundation (www.audiofoundation.net.nz
) is developing a
network and database of sound artists.
Jaenine then presented a summary of the Auckland University Art
History Summer School course she will be teaching.
The Media Design School and Otago's Game Design course offer practical,
creative industry focussed teaching, but there are few courses
available that examine digital media as an academic discipline.
This course aims to place the work of digital artist in a wider social
and cultural contex, including examination of the relationship between
art and science, telepresence, digital animation and interactivity
the course runs from the 7th of January till the end of February.
Claude Hidber, who has recently arrived in New Zealand from Switzerland
then presented some of his recent projects with his collaborators
). Claude works in light design and installation.
Architectural installations include 'When a house dreams, it doesn't
sleep' which utilised radio-controlled RGB modules on the exterior of
a building that responded to sound and motion.
Citylight in Basel is a 5 year light project using the parallel
architectural structures of two large buildings, a silo and a chemical
Lic Lac is a light information cube which shifts in colour and dispays
texts on an LED band. the texts are a combination of poetic work by a
writer, texts sent by SMS and texts written by asylum seekers in
SWAMP was a festival/group show featuring non screen-based work
including Painstation, a pong-based game that physically punished
I particularly liked the e-free zone, which featured a no-tech
candlelight dinner (well, actually, cooking is a technology, isn't
After the presentations we spent the remainder of the afternoon
debating the developent of ADA:
what is it?
what could it be?
-An academic network
-an industry network
-a community of practitioners
We talked about different possible structures:
a club, a society, a trust, a limited liability company
as with last year, we (or was it just me?) decided to let things
develop informally, and review at next year's meeting. we did decide
to set next year's meeting up on a more formal academic footing, in
part so that presenters will get credits for papers, and it will be
easier to gain funding to attend. We agreed to ask Sean Cubitt about
this, as he seems to have a handle on these processes.
We discussed the development of the website
Michelle raised the need for more critical writing and discussion with
reviews and interviews, a studio or R&D space.
We discussed a putting together a journal, and while we generally felt
it was a bit early for this, I discussed my efforts to fund a
publication of the highlights of the list discussion through AUT. I am
also hoping to get support from AUT to develop the list more along the
lines of empyre, with monthly topics and discussions, which was an idea
that everyone seemed to like.
Finally, we decided to meet again next year:
*Dunedin November 2005*
we then went on a very short field trip to the Window space in Alfred
Street and off for a drink at Rakinos.
thanks again everyone who made it along.