[NetBehaviour] August @ - empyre - : Models and perspectives for Media Centers and Net Art organizations

Marcus Bastos bastoslistas at gmail.com
Tue Jul 29 04:52:14 CEST 2008

Lately, a number of institutions, based on more or less conventional
models, seem to be focusing on fomenting art and culture created with
digital, networked and portable devices. This is not a new phenomenon,
but there seem to be different approaches, and a variety of unfoldings
that shift away from the classic MediaLAB models, as the convergence
of art, science and technology no longer seems to be dominant on a
field nowadays diverse enough to range from social and educational
perspectives to artistic experimentation of all kinds. There are mixed
scenarios, on this context, in which digital culture reaches places
such as China and India, while mobile and wireless networks adds
layers of complexity to our connected society. At the same time open
source communities grow, as well as approaches to alternative /
recycled devices, and a number of organizations seem to provide air
for those developments to consolidate, despite their distance from the
corporate agendas. To discuss possible models and perspectives for
media centers and net art organizations, representatives from
institutions or independent initiatives in Brazil, England and US will
share their experiences, aiming to debate differences and similarities
as well as possible challenges and / or local peculiarities. How are
we reacting to an epoch when, says Ned Rossiter, "there is urgent need
for new institutional forms that reflect "relational" processes to
challenge existing systems of governance and outmoded representational
structures"? - empyre -'s guests for this month are Anne Nigten (V2,
Rotterdam / Netherlands), Gabriel Menotti (Cinefalcatrua, Vitória /
Brazil), Gisela Domschke (MediaLAB MIS, São Paulo / Brazil), Marc
Garrett (Furtherfield, London / UK) and Sarah Cook (Eyebeam, New York
/ US). Later on the month, Amanda McDonald Crowley, also from Eyebeam
and already an - empyre - guest on former discussions, will join the
debate. To follow the discussion, subscribe to - empyre - @

Anne Nigten is the manager of V2_Lab, the aRt&D department of V2_,
Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and
initiator of The Patchingzone, a trans-disciplinary praxis laboratory
for students and professionals. Nigten is lecturing on research and
development in the trans-disciplinary field from an art perspective.
She is advisor for several media art and science initiatives in Europe
and board member of art organisations such as ISEA.NL, Noorkaap (NL),
The Public Gallery (UK). She completed her PhD at the University of
the Arts London (UK), and frequently publishes papers on art,
engineering and (computer) science collaboration and software
development. Before her current position at V2_  and The Patchingzone
she has been working as an independent media artist, and
simultaneously fulfilled several management jobs for the media art
sector in the Netherlands.

Gabriel Menotti acts as a producer and curator of Cine Falcatrua, with
whom he has organized remix film festivals, video-game
cine-championships and porn script workshops. He holds an MA in
Communications and Semiotics (PUC-SP) and courses Communications PhD
programmes in both the Catholic University of São Paulo (Brazil) and
the Goldsmiths College (UK).

Gisela Domschke is an artist, curator and award-winning designer with
a MA from Central Saint Martins College, London, UK. She worked in
several cultural organizations and published a number of media
magazines and catalogues. She is currently the head of LABMIS, a media
lab to be opened in the Museu Imagem Som, São Paulo, Brazil.
Previously, she was the convenor of the media lab in Goldsmiths
University, London, where she lectured in the MA Interactive Media
programme. Her work was exhibited at the Whitney Biennial (New York),
Stedelijk museum (Amsterdam), ICA (London), Johnson Museum of Art
(Ithaca), Centre d' Art Contemporain (Geneve) and São Paulo Biennial.

Marc Garrett is a net artist, (new) media artist, curator, writer,
street artist, activist, educationalist. Emerging in the late 80's
from the streets exploring creativity via agit-art tactics. Using
unofficial, experimental platforms such as the streets, pirate radio
and networked technologies. Content provider and co-producer of the
late 1980's alternative broadcasting, sound art collective 'Savage Yet
Tender' based in Bristol, UK. Exploring with net broadcasts, BBS
systems, performance, intervention, events, pamphlets, showing work in
subways, warehouses and independent gallery spaces. In the early 90's
was co-sysop (systems operator) with artist Heath Bunting on
'Cybercafe BBS', dedicated to arts, technology and various forms of
hacking, social & technological. Co-director and co-founder of the
Internet meta-platform/community Furtherfield -
http://www.furtherfield.org, with artist Ruth Catlow and now many
others: Featuring net art, (new) media Art, activism, networked art,
reviews, interviews, articles etc. 2000 visitors a week.

Sarah Cook is the co-editor of CRUMB, and Post Doctoral Fellow at the
University (with support from a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship).
>From Mar 2004 to Mar 2006 she was New Media Curator/Researcher in
collaboration with BALTIC, the Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead,
UK). She completed her Doctorate at the University of Sunderland on
the theory and practice of curating new media art. Funding for her
research has been provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council, the AHRB, and Arts Council England. She has a
Master's Degree from Bard College's Centre for Curatorial Studies in
New York. Sarah has curated exhibitions and commissioned new media art
for the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), the Bellevue Art Museum
(Seattle), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and at the National
Gallery of Canada. She has worked with Thomson and Craighead, Lev
Manovich, Cornelia Sollfrank, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Michel de Broin,
Heath Bunting, low-fi, and others. Recent exhibitions include Database
Imaginary co-curated with Anthony Kiendl and Steve Dietz, for Walter
Phillips Gallery, Banff, and touring (Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina;
Toronto; Montreal).

Marcus Bastos

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