17 - 18 OCTOBER 2008

From medieval mythologies we are familiar with hybrid creatures like the Centaur and the Griffon. The creation of these fantasy beings denies in itself the very existence of species as we define the term today.

This year´s conference Trondheim Matckmaking, looks closer on how knowledge from new research radically can happen to change human biology and self understanding, and how art practice both becomes influenced by this development, as well as being able to influence it.

The conference keynote speaker is researcher and artist Roy Ascott (UK), pioneer within interactive computer art in the 60´s and later telematic art. Ascott is founder of the Planetary Collegium, he is a professor at “Technoetic Arts” at the University of Plymouth in addition to several other positions and appointments. Ascott is today one of our most innovative theorists regarding our virtual present and future.

Further at the festival you will among others be able to experience speakers and exhibitors as Natasha Vita-More (US), Margarete Jahrmann (AUS), Eva Sutton (US), Victoria Vesna (US), Marta De Menezes (P), Eric Singer (US), Amy Youngs (US), Laura Beloff (FIN), Peter Flemming (CAN), and George Gessert (US).

This year´s festival concerts includes names as Aleph (N), Bol(N), Lemur & Adam Matta (US), Pierre Bastien (FR), Incite/ (D) and Xploding Plastix(N)

The exhibition HYBRIDS opens Friday the 17th of Oct. at Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art.