re:place 2007




re:place 2007

The Second International Conference on the Histories of Media, Art,
Science and Technology

Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Date: 15-18 November 2007

An interdisciplinary forum of over 70 researchers and artists from all over the world, re:place 2007 presents multiple historical relations between art, science and technology. The title ‘re:place’ refers to the sites and the migration of artistic and knowledge production. This theme is highlighted during the panel discussions and poster sessions, particularly in the ‘Place Studies’ stream which looks at specific historical instances and settings. Special attention will be given to alternatives to the ‘Western’ historical paradigms through presentations about art-science relations in the former Soviet Union, Africa, and Latin America. The conference includes general forum discussions  on interdisciplinary research strategies, as well as keynote lectures by Lorraine Daston and Siegfried Zielinski.

replace 2007 is a project of Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin. Conference partners include Leonardo, Database of Virtual Art at Danube University Krems’ Center for Image Science, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik at Humboldt Universität Berlin, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, and others.  Supported by Tschechisches Zentrum Berlin – CzechPoint and Schwedische Botschaft Berlin.

Conference chairs: Andreas Broeckmann (D), Gunalan Nadarajan (SG/USA)


Conference ticket (3 days): EUR 50 (full) / EUR 20 (concessions)
Day ticket: EUR 25 (full) / EUR 10 (concessions)

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PRAGUE / art – science – media – theory / BERLIN
8-18 NOVEMBER 2007

Three major conference events on art, science and
media theory will take place in Prague and Berlin
this November. Visit the MutaMorphosis conference
(8-11 Nov.) and bring yourself up to date with
contemporary art in extreme envirnments at the
border between art and science. Take part in a
Prague symposium about the exceptional media
theorist, Vilem Flusser (12-13 Nov.). And then
make the short journey to Berlin, where the
re:place 2007 conference (15-18 Nov.) will
feature outstanding interdisciplinary research
and debates about the histories of media, art,
science, and technology.


Programme re:place 2007
*** 13 / 14 / 15 November, pre-conference
workshops and events (to be announced)

****** Thursday 15 November **********************************

*** Opening Session
15 November, Thursday, 14.00-15.00, Auditorium

Welcome by Andreas Broeckmann (DE), Gunalan
Nadarajan (SG/US), Bernd Scherer/HKW (DE)

Introductory talk by Oliver Grau (DE/AT):  MediaArtHistory – Image Science – Digital Humanities

*** Panel 1: Place Studies: Art/Science/Engineering
15 November, Thursday, 15.00-17.30, Auditorium

Michael Century (CA/US), Encoding motion in the early computer: knowledge transfers between studio and laboratory

Stephen Jones (AU): The Confluence of Computing and Fine Arts at the University of Sydney, 1968-1975

Eva Moraga (ES): The Computation Center at Madrid University, 1966-1973: An example of true interaction between art, science and technology

Robin Oppenheimer (US/CA): Network Forums and Trading Zones: How Two Experimental, Collaborative Art and Engineering Subcultures Spawned the “9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering” and E.A.T.

*** Panel 2: Intersections of Media and Biology
15 November, Thursday, 15.00-17.30, Theatersaal

Assimina Kaniari (GR/UK), Morphogenesis in Action: D’Arcy Thompson and the experimental in Leonardo from LL Whyte to now

Jussi Parikka (FI): Insect Media of the Nineteenth Century

Michele Barker (AU): From Life to Cognition: investigating the role of biology and neurology in new media arts practice

Boo Chapple (AU): Sound, Matter, Flesh: A history of crosstalk from medicine to contemporary art and biology

*** Keynote 1/Helmholtz Lecture (speaker t.b.c.)
15 November, Thursday, 18.30 at Helmholtz-Zentrum, Humboldt University

*** Special Lecture Presentation
Timothy Druckrey (US): Cinemedia – Visions of Computation in Cinema
15 November, Thursday, 21.00 at TESLA Media>Art<Lab Berlin

****** Friday 16 November **********************************

*** Panel 3: Histories of Abstraction
16 November, Friday, 10.00-12.30, Auditorium

Laura Marks (CA): Artificial life from classical Islamic art to new media art, via 17th-century Holland

Arianna Borrelli (IT/DE): The media perspective in the study of scientific abstraction

Amir Alexander (US): Death in Paris: When Mathematics became Art

Paul Thomas (AU): Constructed infinite smallness

*** Panel 4: Comparative Histories of Art Institutions
16 November, Friday, 10.00-12.30, Theatersaal

moderation: Stephen Kovats (DE/CA)

Lioudmila Voropai (RU/DE): Institutionalisation of Media Art in the Post-Soviet Space: The Role of Cultural Policy and Socio-economic Factors

Renata Sukaityte (LT): Electronic art in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: the interplay of local, regional and global processes

Christoph Klütsch (DE): The roots and influences of information aesthetics in Germany, Canada, US, Brazil and Japan

Catherine Hamel (CA): Crossing Into The Border – an intersection of vertical and horizontal migration

*** Panel 5: Place Studies: Media Art Histories
16 November, Friday, 14.30-17.00, Auditorium

Daniel Palmer (AU): Media Art and Its Critics in the Australian Context

Ryszard W. Kluszczynski (PL): From Media Art to Techno Culture. Reflections on the Transformation of the Avant-Gardes (the Polish case)

Caroline Seck Langill (CA): Corridors of Practice I: Technology and Performance Art on the North American Pacific Coast in the 1970s and Early 80s

Machiko Kusahara (JP): A Turning Point in Japanese Avant-garde Art: 1964 –

*** Panel 6: Media Theory in Cultural Practice
16 November, Friday, 14.30-17.00, Theatersaal

Kathryn Farley (US): Generative Systems: The Art and Technology of Classroom Collaboration

Nils Röller (DE/CH): Flusser’s Individual Academy: Thinking instruments in institutional and personal relations

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun (US): The Enduring Ephemeral, or the Future is a Memory

Antony Hudek (US/CH), Antonia Wunderlich (DE): Between Tomorrow and Yesterday: charting Les Immatériaux as technoscientific event

*** General Discussion
16 November, Friday, 17.30-18.30, Auditorium

*** Keynote 2: Siegfried Zielinski (DE)
16 November, Friday, 20.00, Auditorium

****** Saturday 17 November **********************************

*** Panel 7: Interdisciplinary Theory in Practice
17 November, Saturday, 10.00-12.30, Auditorium

moderation: Sara Diamond (CA)

Christopher Salter (US/CA): Unstable Events: Performative Science, Materiality and Machinic Practices

Simone Osthoff (BR/US): Philosophizing in Translation: Vilem Flusser’s Brazilian Writings

Karl Hansson (SE): Haptic Connections – On Hapticality and the History of Visual Media

Janine Marchessault (CA)/ Michael Darroch (CA): Anonymous History as Methodology: The Collaborations of Sigfried Giedion, Jaqueline Tyrwhitt, and the Explorations Group (1951-53)

*** Panel 8: Place Studies: Russia / Soviet Union
17 November, Saturday, 10.00-12.30, Theatersaal

Introduction/Moderation: Inke Arns (DE): The Avant-Garde in the Rear View Mirror

Olga Goriunova (RU): Cultural critique of technology in philosophy of technology and religious philosophy of early XX century Russia

Margareta Tillberg (SE/DE): Cybernetics and Arts: The Soviet Group Dvizhenie (Movement) 1962-1972

Margarete Voehringer (DE): ‘Space, not Stones’ Nikolai Ladovski’s Psychotechnical Laboratory for Architecture, Moscow 1926 (t.b.c.)

Irina Aristarkhova (RU/US): Stepanova’s ‘Laboratory’

*** Panel 9: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
17 November, Saturday, 14.30-17.00, Auditorium

moderation: Bernd Scherer (DE)

Sheila Petty (CA): African Digital Imaginaries

Cynthia Ward (US): Minding Realities: Geometries of Cultural Cognition

Erkki Huhtamo (FI/US): Intercultural Interfaces: Correcting the pro-Western Bias of Media History

Manosh Chowdhury (Bangladesh/JP): Can there be an ‘Art History’ in the South?: Myth of Intertextuality and Subversion in the Age of Media Art

*** Panel 10: Cybernetic Histories of Artistic Practices
17 November, Saturday, 14.30-17.00, Theatersaal

moderation/introduction: Geoff Cox (UK): Software Art has No History

Christina Dunbar-Hester (US): Listening to Cybernetics: Music, Machines, and Nervous Systems, 1950-1980

David Link (DE): Memory for Love Letters. Computer Archaeology of aVery Early Program

Brian Reffin Smith (UK/DE): Hijack! How the computer was wasted for art

Kristoffer Gansing (SE): Humans Thinking Like Machines – IncidentalMedia Art in the Swedish Welfare State

*** General Discussion
17 November, Friday, 17.30-18.30, Auditorium

*** Keynote 2: Lorrain Daston (US/DE)
17 November, Saturday, 20.00, Auditorium

****** Sunday 18 November **********************************

Presentation of Results of the LBI Workshop on Documentation and Metadata
with Dieter Daniels a.o.
18 November, Sunday, 10.00, Conference Hall 1

Forum on Cyber-Feminism with Faith Wilding, Irina Aristarkhova, a.o.
18 November, Sunday, 10.00

Forum Discussion: Connecting Music(ology) and Media Art Statements by Dr. Joseph Cohen (Collège de
Philosophie, Paris) and Dr. Rolf Grossmann (Applied Cultural Studies/Aesthetics, Leuphana
University Lüneburg). Discussants include Dr. Werner Jauk (University of Graz) and Dr. Paul Modler (Design University Karlsruhe). Moderation by Joyce Shintani (Design University Karlsruhe).
18 November, Sunday, 10.00, Conference Hall 3

****** POSTERS **********************************

Su Ballard (NZ): ‘Real Time’: early encounters with immersive installation in Aotearoa New Zealand

Clarisse Bardiot (FR): The Artists and Engineers of 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, New York, 1966

Ross Bochnek (US): When Clinical Neuropsychology Met Time-Based Art

Wayne Clements (UK): The Descent of New Media: Art, Warfare and Cambridge Cybernetics

Lenka Dolanova (CZ): What They Were Cooking in There: Cooks, Their  Kitchen and the Taste of Fresh Video

Ernest Edmonds (UK/AU) Human and robot behaviour: art meets AI

Francis Arsene Fogue Kuate (Cameroon): The contribution of technical centres to the development of Media Art in Africa: A case study of the Audiovisual Professional Training Centre of Ekounou (Yaounde)

Francesca Franco (IT/UK): New Media Art and an Institutional Crisis in the History of the Venice Biennale, 1968

Darko Fritz (HR/NL): Vladimir Bonacic: Dynamic Objects (1968-1971) -computer-generated works made in Zagreb within New Tendencies art network (1961-1973)

Yara Guasque (BR), Sandra Albuquerque Reis Fachinello (BR), Silvia Guadagnini (BR): Skipping stages. From constructivism in architecture and in poetry to the digital media: searching for parameters to understand the emerging media and the formation of a specialized audience in Brazil

Rosana Horio Monteiro (BR): Art and Science Playing on the Margins. On the discovery of photography in the 19th century Brazil

Karen Ingham (UK): A Ticket to The Theatre of The Dead

Maude Ligier (FR): How cybernetics entered the world of art? The case of Nicolas Schöffer

David McConville (US): Cosmological Cinema: Pedagogy, Propaganda, and Perturbation in Early Dome Theaters

Vytautas Michelkevicius (LT): (Post)photography and Media Art: Rethinking Institutionalization and Public Curatorship in Lithuania

Simon Mills (UK): framed: interviews with new media writers and artists

Angela Ndalianis (AU), Lisa Beaven (AU), Saige Walton (AU): Technologies of Wonder – a Pansemiotic Approach

Ariane Noel de Tilly (CA): The different ‘versions’ of John Massey’s As the Hammer Strikes (A Partial Illustration)

Ryan Pierson (US): Thinking Space: Mediating IBM’s Deep Blue in the History of Computers

Markku Reunanen (FI): Observations on the Adoption of Science in a Subculture

Nina Samuel (DE/CH): Re-Reading Fractals: Towards an Archeology of the Digital Form

Roberto Simanowski (DE/US): The Art of Mapping Data: Statistics, Naturalism, and Transformation

Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss (AT/FI): Paul Otlet’s impact on visual knowledge building in current developments of Web 2.0

Melanie Swalwell (NZ): Early Digital Games Production in New Zealand

Carolyn Tennant (US), Kathy High (US): The Experimental Television Center

Claudia X. Valdes (CL/US), Phillip Thurtle (US): From Spiderman to Alba: transgenics in a post-nuclear world

Simon Werrett (US): The Festive Formation of the City: The Art and Science of Urban Space in the late Soviet Union