Edward Shanken presents Contemporary Art & New Media: Towards a Hybrid Discourse

Edward Shanken lectures on his current research, which attempts to bridge the gap between the discourses of mainstream contemporary art and new media art.

On this subject, Shanken organised a panel discussion at Art Basel 2010 with Nicolas Bourriaud, Peter Weibel and Michael Grey, gave a conference paper at ISEA2010 Dortmund, and chaired a panel discussion at the 2011 Annual Conference of the College Art Association of America in New York. This topic has been a hot topic of debate on listserves but is only now beginning to attract substantial scholarly attention, as in Graham and Cook's Curating New Media (2010), Domenico Quaranta's Media, New Media, Postmedia (2010), and Shanken's monograph-in-progress, Contemporary Art and New Media: Towards a Hybrid Discourse.

This event is organised as a collaboration between Pixelversity and Department of Media, Aalto University of Art and Design, on the initiative of Prof. Lily Diaz, Head of Research in the department. It is free for anyone to attend.

Edward A. Shanken writes and teaches about the entwinement of art, science, and technology with a focus on interdisciplinary practices involving new media. He is a researcher at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and a member of the Media Art History faculty at the Donau University in Krems, Austria. He edited and wrote the introduction to a collection of essays by Roy Ascott, Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (University of California Press, 2003, reprinted 2007). His critically praised survey, Art and Electronic Media, was published by Phaidon Press in 2009, reprinted 2010. http://artexetra.wordpress.com/

Details of the event:

Date: Maanantai / Monday 14.3.2011, klo 18.00-19.30 
Where: Room 822. (8. Kerros / Floor), Aalto University School of Art and Design. 
Map: Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki 
Organiser: Prof. Lily Diaz, Head of Research, Department of Media.

* Image credit: John Kannenberg.