15-18 NOVEMBER 2007

An interdisciplinary forum of over 70 researchers and artists from all over the world, re:place 2007 presents multiple historical relations between art, science and technology.

This conference is a sequel to ‘Refresh!’, the first in this series, chaired by Oliver Grau and produced by the Database of Virtual Art, Leonardo, and Banff New Media Institute, and held at the Banff Center in Canada in September 2005, which brought together several hundred artists, scientists, researchers, curators and theoreticians of different disciplines.

re:place 2007 will be an international forum for the presentation and the discussion of exemplary approaches to the rapport between art, media, science and technology. With the title, ‘re:place’, we propose a thematic focus on locatedness and the migration of knowledge and knowledge production in the interdisciplinary contexts of art, historiography, science and technology. The re:place 2007 conference will be devoted to examining the manifold connections between art, science and technology, connections which have come into view more sharply through the growing attention to media art and its histories over the past years. It will address historical contexts and artistic explorations of new technologies as well as the historical and contemporary research into the mutual influences between artistic work, scientific research and technological developments. This research concerns such diverse fields as cybernetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, nano-technology, and bio-technology, as well as investigations in the humanities including art history, visual culture, musicology, comparative literature, media archaeology, media theory, science studies, and sociology.

Special attention will be given to alternatives to the ‘Western’ historical paradigms through presentations about art-science relations in the former Soviet Union, Africa, and Latin America. The conference includes general forum discussions on interdisciplinary research strategies, as well as keynote lectures by Lorraine Daston and Siegfried Zielinski.

Conference chairs: Andreas Broeckmann (D), Gunalan Nadarajan (SG/USA)

Programme re:place 2007:

Thursday 15 November

Opening Session
15 November, Thursday, 14.00-15.00, Auditorium

Welcome by Andreas Broeckmann (DE), Gunalan Nadarajan (SG/US), Bernd Scherer/HKW (DE)

Introductory talk by Oliver Grau (DE/AT): MediaArtHistory – Image Science – Digital Humanities

– Panel 1: Place Studies: Art/Science/Engineering
15 November, Thursday, 15.00-17.30, Auditorium

Moderation: Edward Shanken (US)

Michael Century (CA/US), Encoding motion in the early computer: knowledge transfers between studio and laboratory

Stephen Jones (AU): The Confluence of Computing and Fine Arts at the University of Sydney, 1968-1975

Eva Moraga (ES): The Computation Center at Madrid University, 1966-1973: An example of true interaction between art, science and technology

Robin Oppenheimer (US/CA): Network Forums and Trading Zones: How Two Experimental, Collaborative Art and Engineering Subcultures Spawned the “9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering” and E.A.T.

– Panel 2: Intersections of Media and Biology
15 November, Thursday, 15.00-17.30, Theatersaal

Moderation: Ingeborg Reichle (DE)

Assimina Kaniari (GR/UK), Morphogenesis in Action: D’Arcy Thompson and the experimental in Leonardo from LL Whyte to now

Jussi Parikka (FI): Insect Media of the Nineteenth Century

Michele Barker (AU): From Life to Cognition: investigating the role of biology and neurology in new media arts practice

Boo Chapple (AU): Sound, Matter, Flesh: A history of crosstalk from medicine to contemporary art and biology

Keynote 1/Helmholtz Zentrum fuer Kulturtechnik
15 November, Thursday, 18.30 at Helmholtz-Zentrum, Humboldt University

Special Lecture Presentation
Timothy Druckrey (US): Cinemedia – Visions of Computation in Cinema
15 November, Thursday, 21.00 at TESLA Media>Art

Friday 16 November

– Panel 3: Histories of Abstraction
16 November, Friday, 10.00-12.30, Auditorium

Moderation: Sean Cubitt (UK/AU)

Laura Marks (CA): Artificial life from classical Islamic art to new media art, via 17th-century Holland

Arianna Borrelli (IT/DE): The media perspective in the study of scientific abstraction

Amir Alexander (US): Death in Paris: When Mathematics became Art

Paul Thomas (AU): Constructed infinite smallness

– Panel 4: Comparative Histories of Art Institutions
16 November, Friday, 10.00-12.30, Theatersaal

moderation: Stephen Kovats (DE/CA)

Lioudmila Voropai (RU/DE): Institutionalisation of Media Art in the Post-Soviet Space: The Role of Cultural Policy and Socio-economic Factors

Renata Sukaityte (LT): Electronic art in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: the interplay of local, regional and global processes

Christoph Klütsch (DE): The roots and influences of information aesthetics in Germany, Canada, US, Brazil and Japan

Catherine Hamel (CA): Crossing Into The Border – an intersection of vertical and horizontal migration

– Panel 5: Place Studies: Media Art Histories
16 November, Friday, 14.30-17.00, Auditorium

Moderation: Andreas Broeckmann (DE)

Daniel Palmer (AU): Media Art and Its Critics in the Australian Context

Ryszard W. Kluszczynski (PL): From Media Art to Techno Culture. Reflections on the Transformation of the Avant-Gardes (the Polish

Caroline Seck Langill (CA): Corridors of Practice I: Technology and Performance Art on the North American Pacific Coast in the 1970s and Early 80s

Machiko Kusahara (JP): A Turning Point in Japanese Avant-garde Art: 1964 – 1970

– Panel 6: Media Theory in Cultural Practice
16 November, Friday, 14.30-17.00, Theatersaal

Moderation: Tapio Makela (FI)

Kathryn Farley (US): Generative Systems: The Art and Technology of Classroom Collaboration

Nils Röller (DE/CH): Flusser’s Individual Academy: Thinking instruments in institutional and personal relations

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun (US): The Enduring Ephemeral, or the Future is a Memory

Antony Hudek (US/CH), Antonia Wunderlich (DE): Between Tomorrow and Yesterday: charting Les Immatériaux as technoscientific event

General Discussion
16 November, Friday, 17.30-18.30, Auditorium

Keynote: Siegfried Zielinski (DE): On Deep Time Relations Between Art, Sciences and Technologies
Moderation: Miklos Peternak (HU)
16 November, Friday, 20.00, Auditorium

Saturday 17 November

– Panel 7: Interdisciplinary Theory in Practice
17 November, Saturday, 10.00-12.30, Auditorium

moderation: Sara Diamond (CA)

Christopher Salter (US/CA): Unstable Events: Performative Science, Materiality and Machinic Practices

Simone Osthoff (BR/US): Philosophizing in Translation: Vilem Flusser’s Brazilian Writings

Karl Hansson (SE): Haptic Connections – On Hapticality and the History of Visual Media

Janine Marchessault (CA)/ Michael Darroch (CA): Anonymous History as Methodology: The Collaborations of Sigfried Giedion, Jaqueline Tyrwhitt, and the Explorations Group (1951-53)

– Panel 8: Place Studies: Russia / Soviet Union
17 November, Saturday, 10.00-12.30, Theatersaal

Introduction/Moderation: Inke Arns (DE): The Avant-Garde in the Rear View Mirror

Olga Goriunova (RU): Cultural critique of technology in philosophy of technology and religious philosophy of early XX century Russia

Margareta Tillberg (SE/DE): Cybernetics and Arts: The Soviet Group Dvizhenie (Movement) 1962-1972

Margarete Voehringer (DE): ‘Space, not Stones’ Nikolai Ladovski’s Psychotechnical Laboratory for Architecture, Moscow 1926 (t.b.c.)

Irina Aristarkhova (RU/US): Stepanova’s ‘Laboratory’

– Panel 9: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
17 November, Saturday, 14.30-17.00, Auditorium

moderation: Bernd Scherer (DE)

Sheila Petty (CA): African Digital Imaginaries

Cynthia Ward (US): Minding Realities: Geometries of Cultural Cognition

Erkki Huhtamo (FI/US): Intercultural Interfaces: Correcting the pro-Western Bias of Media History

Manosh Chowdhury (Bangladesh/JP): Can there be an ‘Art History’ in the South?: Myth of Intertextuality and Subversion in the Age of Media Art

– Panel 10: Cybernetic Histories of Artistic Practices
17 November, Saturday, 14.30-17.00, Theatersaal

moderation/introduction: Geoff Cox (UK): Software Art has No History

Christina Dunbar-Hester (US): Listening to Cybernetics: Music, Machines, and Nervous Systems, 1950-1980

David Link (DE): Memory for Love Letters. Computer Archaeology of a Very Early Program

Brian Reffin Smith (UK/DE): Hijack! How the computer was wasted for art

Kristoffer Gansing (SE): Humans Thinking Like Machines – Incidental Media Art in the Swedish Welfare State

General Discussion
17 November, Friday, 17.30-18.30, Auditorium

Keynote 2: Lorrain Daston (US/DE): Dreams of a Perfect Medium
Moderation: Gunalan Nadarajan (SG/US)
17 November, Saturday, 20.00, Auditorium

Sunday 18 November

Presentation of Results of the LBI Workshop on Documentation and Metadata
with Dieter Daniels a.o.
18 November, Sunday, 10.00, Conference Hall 1

Forum on Cyber-Feminism
with Faith Wilding, Irina Aristarkhova, a.o.
18 November, Sunday, 10.00

Forum Discussion: Connecting Music(ology) and Media Art Statements by Dr. Joseph Cohen (Collège de Philosophie, Paris) and Dr. Rolf Grossmann (Applied Cultural Studies/Aesthetics, Leuphana University Lüneburg). Discussants include Dr. Werner Jauk (University of Graz) and Dr. Paul Modler (Design University Karlsruhe). Moderation by Joyce Shintani (Design University Karlsruhe).
18 November, Sunday, 10.00, Conference Hall 3

Feedback Session and planning for re: conference follow-up in 2009
18 November, Sunday, 12.00, Auditorium