06 May 2009

Conference - Amsterdam

Positions in flux:

On the changing role of the artist and institution in the networked society

Location: Trouwgebouw Amsterdam

The symposium 'Positions in flux: On the changing role of the artist and institution in the networked society' will center on some of the major parameters for the current and future development of contemporary art. In particular it will reflect on the aspect of cultural sustainability of art projects, art and technology initiatives and art curating

The symposium will be streamed from the symposium venue.
Live stream:
Live chat: www.nimk.nl/chat

Times in Sydney
Friday, May 8, 2009 at 5:00:00 PM
Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 2:00:00 AM
(Sydney is 8hrs ahead of Amsterdam)


Here we are - there we go!
8, 9 and 10 May 2009 - 30 years NIMk open house weekend


The symposium is comprised of three mutually connected panels:

Art goes politics
with Hans Bernhard, Wafaa Bilal and Knowbotic Research, moderated by Chris Keulemans

New territories and cultures of the digital
with Bronac Ferran, Nat Muller, Marcus Neustetter and Adam Somlai-Fischer, moderated by Rob van Kranenburg

Open Source - A scheme for art production and curating?
with Marcos Garcia, Jaromil, Joasia Krysa, Femke Snelting and Renée Turner moderated by Josephine Bosma

Entrance 15,- (students 10,-) More information and registration

ONLINE AGENTS: For the online chat we are looking for online agents see www.nimk.nl

Become a fan of the NIMk facebook and we will keep you informed

full info

'Positions in flux' will give floor to international artists, theoreticians, critics, cultural producers and aims to initiate a truly critical debate. The symposium is designed for a broad audience working in the field of contemporary culture and art, with a desire to understand what comes ahead and how to respond to these changes on an artistic or institutional level. 'Positions in flux' will provide a platform and “thinkspace” for artists, cultural workers, theoreticians and a broader public to envision the future in our field and to provide us with the necessary information to make choices for a meaningful and sustainable development of society and culture.

The three panel discussions follow a clear thematic scheme and try to bring in as much expertise and viewpoints as possible. The panels are interlinked and designed to initiate an ongoing discussion among the participants.

The symposium is part of the 'Here we are – There we go' programme at the Netherlands Media Art Institute, May 8th – 10th, 2009 which takes place on the occasion of the Institute’s 30th anniversary. 'Here we are – There we go' celebrates the Institute’s achievements in these thirty years and plans for the future with an inspiring open house weekend of artist talks, performances, installations, tours and a party.


The conference language is English.

9:00 – 10:00 Registration

9:45 Welcome by Heiner Holtappels, director of NIMk

10:00 On the changing role of the artist and institution in the networked society by Susanne Jaschko, curator of Positions in Flux and chief curator NIMk

10.30 – 12.30 Panel 1: Art goes politics

In this session we will discuss the potential of art to contribute to global and local problems such as religious conflicts, environmental or social crisis. Or is art constrained to raising awareness only? Should art become an agency for political and social affairs at all? How to successfully implement and conduct art projects in zones of crisis? How far do these projects benefit from the dubious attention of the mass media

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 – 15.30 Panel 2: New territories and cultures of the digital

This panel will look at the geographical shift that media culture currently undergoes and that will shape the future of this field. In the past, Europe, North America and Japan were at the forefront of digital production, design, art and technological research. Now that digital technologies become available at lower prices and spread more widely on the globe, new digital communities flourish. This panel looks specifically at new initiatives and bottom-up organisations in other parts of the world such as East Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America, trying to understand what characterizes these initiatives. In how far do local and national cultures shape digital culture? Do these initiatives share common experiences and challenges, or is there no common ground to be found? Which kind of art arises from these new nodes on the digital map? How can we support the growth and establishment of these organisations?

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 18.00 Panel 3: Open Source – A scheme for art production and curating?

This session deals with the concept of open source for art production and its presentation. The open source movement is driven by the idea of collective, process-based, sustainable production and improvement. In software development this strategy has already proven to be valid; however can this model be applied to other products such as artworks or even exhibitions? In how far does the open source model differ from other forms of artistic collaboration? Is there a new role model for both the artist and the curator in the future? Which (economic) value and impact has expertise in open source production? How could institutions and organisations respond to this trend? How could institutions and organisations respond to this trend and create public domains?

No comments: