|Karen Dowell on Tue, 15 Oct 1996 13:52:24 +0100|
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Across Two Cultures: Digital Dreams 4 Conference Exhibitions Screenings Events 15 - 17 November 1996 Newcastle-upon-Tyne Across 2 Cultures: Digital Dreams 4 is a 3 - day event exploring electronic arts in the context of a changing relationship between art and science. Taking place in a number of different venues in the Tyneside area, the conference will have a backdrop which reflects the shift from mechanical to electronic culture. CONFERENCE DAY 1 Friday 15th November Opening Plenary Session 13.30 - 16.30 Old Assembly Rooms Millenial Fever or Emergent Culture? At the end of the 1990's we are seeing increasing numbers of artists working with new technologies, and the phenomenon of "cyberculture" bringing the complex relationship between science and culture into sharper focus. Science is capturing the popular imagination, and some branches of scientific practice are acknowledging chaos, uncertainty, and an ambiguous relationship between observer and object. Is this a time of unprecedented change, or is it all just millennial fever? Speakers include: Regina Cornwell, critic and art historian, Nicholas Campion, astrologer and anthropologist, Richard Coyne, Professor of Architecture, University of Edinburgh, Natalie Jeremijenko, artist and engineer and Kathleen Rogers, artist and researcher. With break and followed by discussion DAY 2 SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER Panel Discussions at Tyneside Cinema 2: 10.00 - 12.00 Electronic Media and the Arts Centre Several new arts centres incorporating digital media are proposed for the UK, including the ambitious Baltic Four Mill development in Gateshead. With the participation of researchers, practitioners and representatives from established organisations, this panel looks at the needs of such centres for fostering research, production and audiences for both traditional and new media. Panellists: Sara Diamond, Banff Centre for the Arts, Malcolm Le Grice, Head of School of Design and Media, University of Westminster, Sally Jane Norman, Researcher in European Arts Policy and Clive Gillman, artist. 13.00 - 15.00 Form, System and Aesthetic: What is the "raw material" of digital art? Is it necessary to engage in the underlying principles of science and technology for artists to work with ideas from these disciplines? Is the aesthetic of the digital determined by software packages, or does the creativity come with the code? Panelists: Char Davies, artist and Director of Visual Resarch, Softimage, Tessa Elliot, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University, Jonathan Jones Morris, Co-director, Studio Fish, Tapio Makela, Director of MUU organisation, Helsinki, Michelle Wardle, Senior Lecturer, John Moores University, Liverpool. 15.30 - 17.30 Studio/Lab: Research and process in science and art** Artists are increasingly concerned with research, experiment and collaboration while some scientists are questioning the effectiveness of tried-and-tested forms of scientific investigation. This panel will explore possibilites and pitfalls for overlap between artistic and scientific processes. Panelists: Natalie Jeremijenko, artist and engineer based in San Francisco, Simon Robertshaw, video and digital artist, David Cross and Matthew Cornford, artists and lecturers at RCA and University of Wolverhampton, Bob Law, artist and Reader at Bath School of Art and Design, Akke Wagenaar, artist and lecturer at SCAN, Groningen. (Also Saturday) Artists Talks: The Northern Mining Institute 10.00 - 11.00 James Wallbank 11.15 - 12.15 Jane Prophet 13.45 - 14.45 Maggie Hannan 15.00 - 16.00 Siobhan Foy 16.15 - 17.15 Gregory Green (followed by book launch) 14.00 Ian Breakwell discusses his three new works at Newcastle College DAY THREE SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER Old Assembly Rooms 10.00 - 11.00 Simon Schofield and Andre Ktori present the results of Saturday's workshops 11.30 - 12.30 Artists Talk: Knowbotic Research Labs 13.30 - 17.00 Closing Plenary Session: Across Two Cultures: Repositioning Art and Science How are the grand narratives of "objective" science and "subjective" art being called into question? What part might electronic media play in relocating the visionary, progressive and utopian appeal of science? Speakers include: Sara Diamond, artist and Artistic Director of Media and Visual Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts, Nell Tenhaaf, artist, writer and lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Dean Hawkes, Professor of Architectire at University of Cardiff, and Mark Dery, writer and commentator on Cyberculture. with break and followed by discussion. Commissioned Installations for Across Two Cultures: Digital Dreams 4 Swarm Jane Prophet An interactive video and sound installation exploring collective behaviour. In cognitive science, it is believed that human memory is constructed in a similar way to the swarm. Using the behaviour of bees as a starting point for the installation the audience will be encouraged to influence the direction and reaction of the computer generated swarm. Organised in collaboration with Prema Arts Centre. The Swarm website will be on exhibition as part of Ex Machina, Zone Gallery. The Order of Things Simon Robershaw This installation presents a critical view of the scientific pradigms of biological determinism which have dominated scientific theory since the Victorian era. the audience is forced to engage with the more insidious components of these theories through an interactive autopsy table. Programmed in collaboration with Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council and FACT. Park in the Park Cornford and Cross The "corporate instrumental rationality" that directs the application of of scientific knowlege is highlighted by this exhibition. Satellite imagery, digital manipulation and road planning models question the effect of car parks and traffic control in the environment. Anonymous Muttering Knowbotic Research Labs This impressive interactive networking project sampls sounds of the city of Newcastle over its two night duration. Visitors to the three interfaces in the city and globally via the internet will collectively be able to manipulate the samples of light and sound using a membrane on the computer screen. The showing of the work coincides with club nights at the Riverside Venue and events at Newcastle Arena. First shown at DEAF '96. Special Events Saturday 16 November 14.00 - 17.00 and Sunday 17 November 10.30 - 12.30 An opportunity to view "video reality" documentation of the conference shot by Anton Hecht and colleagues. workshop (places limited) Newcastle College 13.00 - 17.00 Andre Ktori and Simon Schofield Integrating sound and image in interactive media Screenings Saturday 16 November 18.00 Screening: Tyneside Cinema Fuzzy Logic II A new package of short video works by young artists. Programmed by Film and Video Umbrella. 19.30 Special Screening: Tyneside Cinema We are delighted to welcome Film Producer Kees Kasander for a special screening of Peter Greenaway's new Film, "Pillow Book". Kasander will discuss digital imaging used in the film and future plans to reconstruct cinematic narrative using interaction on the World Wide Web. Concurrent Events and Exhibitions Serious Games Laing Art Gallery 16 November 1996 - 9 February 1997 Opening Times for Across Two Cultures: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17 November, 10.00 - 17.00 Human contact, community and interaction are the themes that draw together this exhibition of hi-tech and no-tech artworks. Artists include: Diller and Scofidio (USA): "Indigestion", Ritsuko Taho (USA/Jap): "Zeromorphosis: Swans and Pigeons", Char Davies (USA) "Osmose", Ann Whitehurst (GB) " NetEscape", Toshio Iwai (Jap) "Resonance of Four", Bill Seaman (USA) "Passage Sets", Harwood (GB) "Rehearsal of Memory". The Newcastle showing of Serious Games is sponsored by Mari training. Osmose showing sponsored by Softimage. Ex Machina Zone Gallery, 6 NOvember to 22 November* Opening Times for Across Two Cultures: Friday 15th - Sunday 17th Novmeber 10.00 - 18.00 An exhibition by leading artists from Britain and Japan taking place concurrently with Camerawork Gallery, London. The artists are concerned in very different ways with the interface between mind, body and machine. Includes: "The Lovers by Teiji Furuhashi" (Jap), "Wirehead" by Digital Therapy Institute (Jap), "Discredit Series 5 - 1" by Yoshinori Tsuda (Jap), "Touched" by Susan Collins, and "Telematic Dreaming" by Paul Sermon (GB). Waygood Gallery Soundscape - Pat Naldi and Wendy Kirkup Friday 15 November 20.00 - 21.30 A simultaneious performance by live digital link with Isis Gallery, Melmerby. This 90 minute perfornace will echo the historical boundary of the Roman Wall between Newcastle and Melmerby. Return - Helen Smith This new work offers the 250 mile route or three and a half hour journey between Newcastle and Kings Cross stations as a site of contemplation. In a series of digital pints, the interior of a carriage void of human presence is re-worked to accommodate the metaphorical baggage we all carry around with us. Newcastle College Ian Breakwell 3 New Works "The Hinge", "Revoid" and "Intermask" have been created using electronic imaging by Ian Breakwell during his year-long residency at Newcastle College. Conference Fee: 75 Full Price 50 Concessions 30 Daily rate. Includes lunch on Sunday. Friday lunch available for an extra price of 5. All venues are within close walking distance in the Central Tyneside area. Transport will also be available. Please ring for access information. For registration and further information contact: Across Two Cultures: Digital Dreams 4 PO Box 344 Newcastle Upon Tyne NE 99 1FZ Tel/Fax: (44) (0) 191 226 0093 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.visartuk.org.uk/dd4/ Accomodation information avialable on request. Early booking recommended. Programme confirmed, but subject to change. Digital Dreams is a series of conferences that was initiated by Northern Arts in 1993. Across two Cutures: Digital Dreams 4 has been programmed by Helen Sloan and Lisa Haskel for Volcano Productions. Supported by: AMEC Developments, Arts Council of England, Canadian High Commission, Metro FM, Newcaslte College and Northen Arts. Collaborators: FACT, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council, Laing Art Gallery, Locus+, Newcastle Arena, Riverside Venue, Shindig, Tyne and Wear Development Corporation, Waygood Gallery and Zone Gallery.