Christiane Robbins on Tue, 16 Apr 2002 19:03:01 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Re:AIM III: Luna Park Symposium


On April 19th and 20th, 2002, AIM III: Luna Park, in partnership with the
Museum of Contemporary Art, and the USC School of Fine Arts,  is presenting
a series of critical inquiries into digital art practice and culture, the
trajectories of the idioms of "informatization" "globalization", and our
fascination with the spectacular. It comprises a symposium, online
exhibitions, and related exhibitions and events offering incisive responses
to contemporary notions of the cultural narratives and legacies of the
world's first modern amusement park , Luna Park, in relationship to the
advances of digital technologies and visual art / media practices.

This 2 day symposium  brings together a divergent group of artists,
theorists, scholars and writers to posit responses, constructive
conversations, reflections and debate the various issues engendered by
contemporary visual art and media practices, the advance of digital
technologies, and
systems of entertainment. Internationally renown figures such as writer and
critic Mark Dery; artists Shu Lea Cheang; Jordan Crandall; scholar James
Derderian; artist collective, etoy; writers and scholars Marsha Kinder,
Peter Lunefeld; theorist Lawrence Rickels; and curator Lawrence Rinder
among numerous engaging panelists. The insights generated by Luna Park will
address framings of cultural consciousness, pleasure, artistic practice,
entertainment value, corporate culture, the militarization of the global
psyche, and critical inquiry within the processed realm of digital media
and technologies.

In the aftermath of the events of 9.11, numerous cultural, socio-economic
and political debates have been confounded and it seems as if only a
reminiscence of critical inquiry remains.  Nonetheless, this symposium will
endeavor to bring to bear the pre-existing potential of unfettered  inquiry
to these prescient issues.

The symposium includes panels on the museum's new "blockbuster" approach to
digital media exhibition, visualization and trauma, h/activism and gaming
culture.  Queries will be posited such as: Is there a place for a viable
digital art/media practice in a world progressively dominated by an
economic logic of profit and loss? What is the role (s) of tactical media
and art in networking environments within this corporate and militarized
zone? What is the relationship of entertainment value and digital art/media
practice in creating imaginary layers of subjectivity mirrored in the
dynamics of a
post-industrial society?

The AIM III: Luna Park Symposium

Friday April 19, 10am-6pm, University of Southern California,
Annenberg Auditorium

Saturday April 20, 10am -5.30pm, Museum of Contemporary Art, LA
Ahmanson Auditorium

Participants include: Mark Bartlett, Natalie Bookchin, Benjamin Bratton, Shu
Lea Cheang, Jordan Crandall, Dorit Cypis, Sharon Daniel, James Der Derian,
Mark Dery, Etoy, Maria Fernandez, Johan Grimonprez, Adrienne Jenik, Marsha
Kinder, John  Klima, George Legrady, Simon Leung, Peter Lunenfeld,
Ming-Yuen S. Ma, Simon Penny, Lawrence A. Rickels, Lawrence Rinder,
Christiane Robbins, Connie Samaras, Lynn Spigel, Jennifer Terry, Anne Walsh.

AIM III is programmed by Christiane Robbins, AIM Executive Producer and
directed by Janet Owen, AIM Executive Director.

USC Annenberg Auditorium
USC Annenberg School for Communication
Watt Way @ Hellman Way
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Museum of Contemporary Art
Ahmanson Auditorium,
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Events are free and open to the public. No reservation required.
Further information:
Tel: 213 740 ARTS


"The Artworld, Community and Activism: A Meditation Inspired by the Events of
September 11th"
Tuesday April 16, 5:30- 7:00 pm
Taper Hall, room 215,
USC University Park Campus


- Exit Communication -

Christiane Robbins
Associate Professor / Director
Matrix Program for Digital Media
University of Southern California
Watt Hall 103, University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA  90089-0292

Tel:  213.821.1539
Fax:  213.740.8938


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