Beth Rosenberg on Fri, 30 Jan 1998 20:42:56 +0100 (MET)

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Artistic Practices in the Network: A Critical Forum

I invite you to participate in "Artistic Practices in the Network: A
Critical Forum," a free 3 month virtual symposium presented by Eyebeam
Atelier and The X Art Foundation.

Information on the forum follows.

--Beth Rosenberg
Education Director
Eyebeam Atelier


a critical forum

presented by Eyebeam Atelier and the X Art Foundation

February 1 - April 30, via mailing list
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This forum aims to further a critical discourse on artistic practices in
the global communications network. It concerns practices that employ
networking technologies as a means of critically reflecting on
contemporary societies.  Featuring an international group of scholars,
critics, and artists, this virtual symposium maps the clashes and
exchanges of cultures, uncovering the historical and material currents
that jostle below user-friendly interfaces.  Articulating changing modes
of perception, representation, and identification, the forum will
develop new possibilities for artistic and critical intervention.

JORDAN CRANDALL, founding editor of Blast and director of the X Art
Foundation, New York

CARLOS BASUALDO, poet and curator based in New York, senior editor of
TRANS> and regular contributor to Artforum

ANDREAS BROECKMANN, project manager and researcher at V2_Organisation
Rotterdam and coordinator of the V2_East/Syndicate network initiative,
which facilitates media art-related exchange and co-operation across

BRIAN HOLMES, cultural critic and translator living in Paris, English
editor for the theoretical publications of Documenta X, including
_Documenta X – The Book_

EVE ANDRÉE LARAMÉE, Professor of Sculpture at Sarah Lawrence College,
currently developing a project for the List Center at MIT on an
alternate history of digital culture

OLU OGUIBE, Chair in African Art at University of South Florida;
Convenor of the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale conference; co-editor of
Nka:Journal of Contemporary African Art

GREGORY ULMER, Professor of English and Media Studies at University of
Florida; books include _Heuretics: The Logic of Invention_ and
_Teletheory: Grammatology in the Age of Video._

ALEXANNE DON and ALAN SONDHEIM, lecturer and theorist living in Japan,
researching emailing lists and online communities

~invited guests~
[Feb 2-8]
OKWUI ENWEZOR, critic, curator, Artistic Director of the 2nd
Johannesburg Biennale, founding editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary
African Art

LEV MANOVICH, artist and theorist, currently writing _The Engineering of
Vision from Constructivism to Computer,_ a history of the social and
cultural origins of computer technologies

[Feb 9-15]
N. KATHERINE HAYLES, Professor of English at UCLA, author of the
forthcoming book _How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in
Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics_

[Feb 16-22]
SASKIA SASSEN, Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University,
author of works on urbanism and the global economy including _Losing
Control? Sovereignty in an Age of Globalisation_

[Feb 23-Mar 1]
MARGARET MORSE, Assoc. Professor of Film, Video and New Media at UC
Santa Cruz, author of the forthcoming book _Virtualities: Television,
Media Art, and Cyberculture_

[Mar 2-8]
MARTIN JAY, Professor of History at UC Berkeley; emphasis on visual
culture and European intellectual history; books include _Downcast Eyes:
The Denigration of Vision in 20th Century French Thought_

[Mar 9-15]
TIM JORDAN, author of _Cyberpower: The Culture and Politics of
Cyberspace and the Internet_

MATTHEW SLOTOVER, editor of Frieze magazine, London

[Mar 16-22]
KELLER EASTERLING, Asst. Professor of Architecture at Columbia
University, developing architectures of active organizations

KEN GOLDBERG, artist working in robotics and telepresence, editor of the
forthcoming book _The Robot in the Garden: Telerobotics and
Telepistemology on the Net_

[Mar 23-29]
PETER WEIBEL, artist, media theorist, Professor für visuelle
Mediengestaltung at the Hochschule für angewandte Kunst in Vienna;
Director of the Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz; Austrian
commissioner for the Biennale di Venezia

GEERT LOVINK and PIT SCHULTZ, media theorists/activists, founders of
nettime, a forum for net criticism and cultural politics

[Mar 26-30]
URSULA BIEMANN, curator at the Shedhalle Zurich, focus on
representational politics in the electronic media

[Mar 30-Apr 5]
KNOWBOTIC RESEARCH, artist team, recent projects include
I0_DENCIES--questioning urbanity in Tokyo, Sao Paulo, and Berlin, which
locates the urban realm in terms of hybrid network flows

HANS-ULRICH OBRIST, curator, recent exhibitions include Cities on the
Move at Vienna Secession (with Hou Hanru), which explores the
socio-cultural implications of urbanization in Asian cities

WOLFGANG STAEHLE, artist, founder of The Thing, an art and communication
network based in New York and Vienna

YUKIKO SHIKATA, art critic and curator at Artlab, Tokyo; Japan editor of
World Art

[Apr 5-6]
BRACHA LICHTENBERG-ETTINGER, artist, theorist, and psychoanalyst working
in Paris and Tel Aviv

[Apr 6-12]
FRANKLIN SIRMANS, critic, US Editor of Flash Art; coeditor of
_Transforming the Crown: African, Asian, and Caribbean Artists in

MARK TRIBE, artist, founder of the web publication Rhizome and the media
stock library StockObjects

[Apr 13-19]
CRITICAL ART ENSEMBLE, artists/media activists, authors of _The
Electronic Disturbance_

[Apr 20-26]
RAVI SUNDARAM, Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing
Societies, Delhi, India; current research  on globalization, new
technocultures, and the reworking of the national imaginary in South

OLADÉLÉ AJIBOYÉ BAMGBOYÉ, artist whose work concerns Nigerian life and
the politics of African identity

[Apr 27-30]
COCO FUSCO, artist, curator, author of _English is Broken Here: Notes on
Cultural Fusion in the Americas_


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EYEBEAM ATELIER’s ( mission is to provide a
structural support for the digital arts.  The Atelier is a
not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing digital art in
cinema, fine arts, humanities and on the Internet.  Through its
education programs, exhibitions, lectures and other public events,
Eyebeam Atelier seeks to increase understanding and appreciation of the
artistic power of emerging technologies and to enrich the arts and
humanities for the 21st century.  The Atelier targets its programs for
students, artists, scholars, and the public interested in applying
digital technology to the study of art, archaeology, architecture, art
history, and special effects for film and video.

X ART FOUNDATION ( is a not-for-profit organization
that seeks to further the discourses and practices of new media art,
particularly those engaged with communications technologies.  Its
current project, Blast6, attempts to identify and employ critical
artistic strategies in the global communications network.