Recognizing the increasing significance of media art for our culture, the conference on the Histories of Media Art will discuss for the first time the  history of media art within the interdisciplinary and intercultural contexts of the histories of art. Banff New Media Institute, the Database for Virtual Art, Leonardo/ISAST and UNESCO DigiArts are collaborating to produce the first international art history conference covering art and new media, art and technology, art-science interaction, and the history of media as pertinent to contemporary art.

The conference will also discuss the documentation, collection, archiving and preservation of media art. What kind of international networks must be created to advance appropriate policies for collection and conservation? What kind of new technologies do we need to optimize research efforts and information exchange?

Held at The Banff Centre REFRESH will feature lectures by invited speakers as well as others selected by an international jury from 350 received paper  proposals.


I. MediaArtHistories: Times and Landscapes I Chairs: O. GRAU and G. NADARAJ An MediaArtHistories: Times and Landscapes II E. SHANKEN and C. GERE

II. Methodologies: W.J.T. MITCHELL and tba.

III. Art as Research / Artists as Inventors: D. DANIELS

IV. Image Science and ‘Representation’: From a Cognitive Point of View: B.STAFFORD

V. Collaborative Practice/ Networking (history): R. KLUSZCZYNSKI and D. DOM=

VI. Pop/Mass/Society: M. KUSAHARA and A. LANGE

VII a. Collecting, preserving and archiving the media arts: J. GAGNON

VII b. Database/New Scientific Tools: R. FRIELING and O. GRAU

VIII. Cross-Culture – Global Art: S. DIAMOND and M. HSU

IX. What can the History of New Media Learn from History of Science/Science=
  Studies? L. HENDERSON

X. Rejuvenate: Film, sound and music in media arts history: T. GUNNING and =

XI. High Art/Low Culture – the future of media art sciences? K. BRUNS

XII. History of Institutions: I. SAKANE and J. REICHARDT

XIII. tba