|Ludvik Hlavacek on Thu, 24 Oct 1996 10:27:01 +0000|
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SYMPOSIUM Media Arts: Intercultural Hope or Art without a Message? Goethe Institute, Prague 3rd - 5th December 1996 The sixth symposium in a series of annual international interdisciplinary meetings devoted to the legacy of VilÃ©m Flusser concentrates on questions raised by the last yearÂ´s symposium entitled "Environment as an Artifact." Content: In media art the actual medium of a work of art becomes more important due to the process of communication with a recipient / user. Therefore it seems strange that the notion of communication implied by this kind of art has not been thoroughly examined yet. The act of communication is dependent on the culture within which it takes place. How come, that media art can be transferred from one culture to another one without losing its message? Should there not be some communication failures or at least minor shifts in meaning? If not, we may suspect media art of: 1. being a kind of metaculture that can easily cover other cultures. If so, it cannot be neutral towards cultural values. Media art would necessarily imply that kind of thinking which is West-orientated and linear, masculine etc. 2. having no message at all. We have just not noticed it yet. Program: December 3: Introduction to the Media Theory December 4: Presentation of Art Projects December 5: Media Art - Transculrure or Meaninglessness? This symposium should serve as a kind of introduction into the phenomenon of media art. It is open to everyone interested. We hope that discussions will prevail over lectures. We would like to discuss questions that will probably be raised by the conference "Culture, Communicatin and New Media" (November 19 - 23, 1996). On the 4th December, Mrs. Edith FlusserovÃ¡ along with PhDr. Milena SlavickÃ¡ will present the first Czech anthology of VilÃ©m FlusserÂ´s essays on art. For more information call the Goethe Institute-Prague. Languages spoken at the conference are Czech, English and German. Simultaneous interpreting provided. Admission free. In cooperation with Michael BielickÃ½, professor of Academy of Visual Arts - Prague, and SCCA - Prague.