02/25/2005, Fri :: Symposium: Media Art Net Lectures 2 - Thematic Fields and Discursive Connections
Following on the kick-off meeting on the issue of 'Mapping' at the ZKM in January 2004 the publishers and the curators involved now present the outcome of an over three-year production process. www.medienkunstnetz.de provides a freely accessible, comprehensive range of texts, images, sounds, films, codes and diagrams that aims to set standards in the communication of media art. This aspiration to make highly qualified content permanently available on the net is in line with the reception behaviour of a new 'Google generation'. The conclusion drawn by Rudolf Frieling (project manager, ZKM) and Dieter Daniels (co-publisher, Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts), is that contexts can only be established and adequately presented in the form of networks. This is reflected in the net-book publication strategy. While Volume 1 provided a Survey of Media Art, Volume 2 now focuses on the Main Thematic Areas, covering the entire spectrum of the current discourse between the media and the arts. The seven additional thematic modules were devised by independent individual teams of curators who will present their concepts personally at the ZKM.
Speakers: Inke Arns (Berlin), Dieter Daniels (Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig), Steve Dietz (Minneapolis), Rudolf Frieling (ZKM, Karlsruhe), Claudia Giannetti (MECAD, Barcelona), Susanne Holschbach (Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig), Tjark Ihmels / Julia Riedel (Institute for Media Design, University of Applied Sciences, Mainz) , Gregor Stemmrich (College of Art, Dresden), Yvonne Volkart (School of Art and Design, Zurich) and as guest of honour, Jasia Reichardt (London).
[Symposium: Media Art Net Lectures 2 | Friday, 25 February 2005 | 2-8 pm | ZKM_Media Theatre | day ticket €6/€4 | The conference languages are German and English]
02/25/2005, Fri :: Concert: Jeremias Schwarzer - Moulding modern recorders
Hardly has a piece sounded modern and been ranked as avant-garde than it ends up in the attic of music history and begins to gather mould. A large number of contemporary works for recorder are no exception in this respect. Jeremias Schwarzer has long been regarded as one of the leading recorder players of his generation. In this concert he tackles the challenges posed by contemporary compositions for his instrument. Inspired by this project the composers, Natalia Gaviola, Annette Schlünz and Kirsten Reese, have composed new works for recorder and electronic media. In addressing the central issue raised by this programme about the transience of modernity in music these new compositions are contrasted with two solo pieces by Rolf Riehm and Matthias Spahlinger, which set new standards in the early 1990s in examining the sound potential of the recorder. Called upon to adopt an unbiased approach to the very varied tone qualities they hear, the members of the audience can thus form their own acoustic picture. At all events, the different backgrounds to each of the compositions in this programme are sure to produce new views and opinions of the fascinating sound of the recorder.
[Concert: Jeremias Schwarzer - Moulding modern recorders | ZKM_Cube | Friday, 25 February 2005 | 8 pm]
Frieder Nake. The Precise Pleasures - Early computer graphics and new interactive works
The exhibition shows works by the computer scientist, Frieder Nake (now resident in Bremen), who was a member of the Stuttgart group led by Max Bense. He displayed his first algorithmically generated digital graphics in Stuttgart in 1965, as did Georg Nees and A. Michael Noll independently of him. The experiments conducted at that time heralded the advent of the modern world of digital media. While the forms were still traditional, the principles involved have retained their validity up to the present day and are only now being fully utilised. The exhibition is being taken over from the Kunsthalle Bremen, where it was held from 9 November 2004 to 16 January 2005. Slightly expanded and updated for Karlsruhe, it traces the development from paper images to video images and interactive images.
The exhibition takes up images from 1965 in four interactive installations, whose static isolation is neutralised in the dynamic openness of the interactive image. Since the interactive image is incomplete as a matter of principle, it can only appear as the representative of an entire category. The inherent aesthetic quality of the digital image is therefore not to be found in the individual image but in the image category. The exhibition is supplemented by documentary material. The Precise Pleasures was the title of a volume of poetic texts by Max Bense (Limes, 1964), whose work is thus also commemorated by the exhibition.
[Opening: Friday, 02/18/2005, 7pm | Exhibition: 02/19/- 04/10/2005 | Project Room of the ZKM_Museum for Contemporary Art]
· EXIT_Ausstieg aus dem Bild, until 08/14/2005
[ZKM_Museum for Contemporary Art]
· The Algorithmic Revolution »On the History of Interactive Art«, through the end of 2005
[Atria 8 + 9, 1st + 2nd floor]
· Masterpieces of Media Art from the ZKM Collection, through the end of 2005
[Atria 8 + 9, Ground floor]
ZKM_Call for Submissions ::
\\international\media\award\2005 for science and art: »Mentalimages. From the pictures of our imagination to brain research
New developments in brain research have ignited world wide debate on the question of free will. The source of contention: new imaging technologies, designed to render the process of human thought visible. The human brain is a fascinating cosmos, a highly complex organ and a subject that is explored in every field of science. The \\international\media\award\2005 for science and art is an interdisciplinary event and, as such, invites both artists and scientists alike to explore the questions: how do the images inside our heads work? And how do images of the insides of our heads work?
The power of the new technical images no longer lies in their autonomy or superiority, but rather, in the functions they serve: they help to increase both knowledge and insight. Images produced by Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Functional Magnetic Resonance Tomography (FMRT), real-time Electroencephalography (EEG) and other imaging technologies constitute the most important source of information available to scientists today. It is hoped that, with their help, such things as consciousness, intelligence, memory and feelings can be explained. These images facilitate the analysis of disease which, in turn, results in better therapy.
Images of the brain have become a focal point of attention. But, in contrast to images from the worlds of visual art and film, those from the realm of natural science have no history. To successfully produce an image and interpret it correctly is possible only after repeated attempts. The \\international\media\award\2005 for science and art is looking for images from the boundaries of art and science, images behind which the brain and its functions are concealed - the inner images.
Artists and scientists are invited to explore what these images mean for the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge, and to present their findings for discussion in animations and moving mentalimages.
=> Entry form [deadline :: 03/31/2005].
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