Place Studies in Art, Media,
Science and Technology

Historical Investigations on the Sites
and the Migration of Knowledge

edited and introduced by Andreas Broeckmann and Gunalan Nadarajan - available from VDG Weimar - 2008

The texts in the present volume derive from the rich field of critical scholarship and research on the complex historical interactions between art, media, science and technology. The authors approach the this terrain from a variety ofdisciplines and foster an ongoing interdisciplinary dialogue across fields including art history and theory, cultural studies, media studies, philosophy, human-computerinteraction, contemporary art, science, technology and society studies, history ofscience, and history of technology.

The thematic focus of the studies in this book is the notion of 'place'. With its multiplereflections on cultural, geographical and technological locations from all over the world, the book explores how artistic and scientific research is determined by, and enters into an active dialogue, with specific places, geographical and historical. The contributions are conceived as 'place studies' that highlight significant locations orsituations where such interdisciplinary intersections or significant historical episodes have occurred, or the migration of knowledges and practices from different contexts, whether disciplinary, institutional, geographical or cultural.

The texts in this volume are based on selected papers, held at the re:place 2007: TheInternational Conference on the Histories of Media, Art, Science and Technology in Berlin, November 2007.

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Andreas Broeckmann (DE), Gunalan Nadarajan (SG/US): Introduction

Siegfried Zielinski (DE): [The Topography of Variantology]

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

Olga Goriunova (RU): Vitalist technocratism in the times of materialist idealism. On the philosophy of technology by Piotr Engelmeier in pre- and early Soviet Russia

Irina Aristarkhova (RU/US): Stepanova's 'Laboratory'

Nils Röller (DE/CH): An Individual Academy: Vilem Flusser's passage frominstitutional to individual practices

Janine Marchessault (CA)/ Michael Darroch (CA): Anonymous History asMethodology: The Collaborations of Siegfried Giedion, Jacqueline Tyrwhitt, and theExplorations Group (1951-53)

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

Machiko Kusahara (JP): A Turning Point in Japanese Avant-garde Art: 1964 - 1970

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kristoffer Gansing (SE): Humans thinking like Machines - Incidental Media Art inthe Swedish Welfare State

Catherine Hamel (CA): Crossing Into The Border - an intersection of vertical andhorizontal migration

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