okno public01: debates / round tables program
moderated by: maja kuzmanovic, michael samyn, elke van campenhout, nina czegledy, nat muller
okno is interested in the creative and unpredictable innovations that stem from unruly combinations of scientific, mediatic and technologic artefacts: seeds to grow new forms of expression where old structures are
We offer a virtual and physical public forum for reflection on technologically-inspired media arts. We tend to be a physical and online meeting place for artists, and want to facilitate a dialogue on current forms of artistic practice with a creatively engaged audience. We want a form of media art that is digital, collaborative and networked, interactive and realtime, performative and shared, indivisible in its audio-data-visual output.
The cultural and aesthetic influences of media technologies will be critically discussed in the context of an alternative festival setup. The processes and results of artistic research will be presented in a program of round table discussions, performances, experimental concerts, interactive installations and workshops.
May 24, 2006 3pm>5pm
Theme: Beauty in the age of digital art; aesthetic, poetic or rhetoric.
Let's talk about aesthetics. In many contemporary cultural circles, beauty issubordinated to grand statements, elaborate concepts, social context, critical theory or technological functionality. We think it might be time to reacquaintourselves with it. Collective, digital, disembodied or embodied, abstract or figurative, connected or disconnected, what do digital artists consider beautiful?Do we even remember how to talk about it?
Moderators: Maja Kuzmanovic (FoAM) and Michael Samyn (Tale of Tales)
With Guy van Belle (Society of Algorithm, mxHz.org), Auriea Harvey (Tale ofTales), Lawrence Malstaf, Bartaku, and several other witty technological artists, with curious, grand, or even deliberately bland visions about beauty in the(post)digital age.
May 24, 2006 5pm>7pm
Theme: Transdisciplinary practices
Elke Van Campenhout will be moderating a debate on transdisciplinary practicesaccording to the carousel principle. A slightly different question will be put to each of the participants, focusing on their personal positioning in the field oftransdisciplinary arts. How is their work situated between different disciplines? Where and how do they present their work to the outside world? What does itmean for an artist/programmer/policy maker to wade through the troubled waters of the in-between?
Moderator: Elke Van Campenhout (etcetera, nadine)
With: Patricia Portela (performance and theatermaker), Christophe Deboeck(audiostore), Eric Georges (réseau citoyen), Constant (Femke Snelting)
May 25, 2006 3pm>7pm
Theme: a focus on media art in Eastern and Central Europe
The ‘media art in Central/East Europe’ round table discussion is dedicated to thehistory and specific complexities of media art in the region, recounted through the personal narratives of the presenters. The individual contributions by theinternational round table participants will chart the archeology and architecture of media art in the region.
Moderator: Nina Czegledy (media artist, curator and writer - Hungary/Canada)
With: Richard Kluszczynski (Professor of Cultural and Media Studies at LodzUniversity, Poland), Erika Pasztor (architect and media art artist, Hungary), Andreï Smirnov (Theremin Center for Electroacoustic Music and Multimedia,Russia), Darko Fritz (media artist and curator, Croatia), Peter Beyls (composer, educator and digital artist, Belgium), Dusan Barok (information technology artist and educator, Slovakia/Czech Republic).
May 26, 2006 3pm>7pm
“Networks consist of mobile relations whose arrangement at any particular time isshaped by the 'constitutive outside' of feedback or noise. The order of networks is made up of a continuum of relations governed by interests, passions, affects andpragmatic necessities of different actors. [....] Organised networks are ‘clouds’ of social relationships in which disengagement is pushed to the limit. Community isan idealistic construct and suggests bonding and harmony, which is often simply not there." [Geert Lovink / Ned Rossiter]
A look into the working of cultural communities, onsite and online. Does the wishfor networking and the implementation of collaborative methodologies (physical and virtual tools) initiate new concepts and new aesthetics?
Moderator: Nat Muller (curator, critic and foodie, Nl)
With: Alessandro Ludovico (Mag.net, Neural Magazine, Italy), Paul Keller (de Waag-Sarai Exchange Programme, Next5Minutes, Nl), Nina Czegledy and Guy Van Belle presenting the Transmutation Project.