Digital Aesthetic Conference/Exhibition/Website


Does the digital have the potential to change our perception of art?

16th - 17th March: Conference, University of Central Lancashire
17th March - 3rd June: Exhibition, Harris Museum & Art Gallery and other Preston venues

Preston is soon to host a major digital arts event, Digital Aesthetic 2, bringing together some of the most significant artists, theorists, curators and academics working in the field of new media and digital art from around the world. The conference takes place on 16th and 17th March at the University of Central Lancashire whilst the exhibition runs from 17th March to 3rd June at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery and other Preston venues. The project is supported by Arts Council England: North West, BBC, folly, Flux magazine, Holiday Inn, PAD and PR1 Gallery.

Digital Aesthetic 2 is a multi-venue exhibition, conference and website organised by the Harris Museum and Art Gallery and Dr. Chris Meigh-Andrews at the Electronic and Digital Art Unit at the University of Central Lancashire, both in Preston. The conference and exhibition will highlight, explore and debate the issues and implications of new media and digital work within the field of international contemporary fine art. It follows the successful Digital Aesthetic conference, exhibition and website organised by Uclan and the Harris in 2001.

The aim of the conference is to facilitate good practice in the emerging area of Fine Art practice within the digital domain, to foster and communicate the dissemination of new and theoretical ideas and to provide a forum and to facilitate networking between artists, academics and writers. The conference will be chaired by Dr. Jane Prophet (UK) and the impressive line-up includes high profile international speakers such as Prof. Sean Cubitt (Australia), Prof. Bill Seaman (USA), Lori Zippay (USA) and Prof. David Garcia (Netherlands).

The conference takes place on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March 2007 at the University of Central Lancashire. Further information and booking forms can be found at or call 01772 892656.

The exhibition will consist of work from artists of regional, national and international significance including Simon Blackmore (UK), Thomson and Craighead (UK), eBoy (Germany) (image attached) and Gary Hill (USA). Work will be on display at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery and a number of other Preston venues including PAD, PR1 Gallery and St. John’s Minster. The exhibition explores the possibilities of art in a world that offers ever increasing opportunities through digital technology. This is a rare opportunity to see and experience some of the foremost digital art being produced today. Admission is free and further information is available at or on 01772 258248.

The website will accompany the exhibition and will include web based artwork as well as the opportunity to participate in the event.


Notes to editors:
The conference will be chaired by artist Dr Jane Prophet, confirmed presentations include:
Peter Appleton (UK): The Hope St project
Blast Theory (Matt Adams) (UK): Title of presentation to be confirmed
Robert Cahen (France): Screenings of recent digital works
Prof Sean Cubitt (Australia): Light and colour in the digital domain
eBoy (Germany): Parts
Prof David Garcia (Netherlands): Knowledge, Networks, Freedom
Dr Charlie Gere (UK): Hoc est enim corpus meum: Stelarc’s mystical body
Clive Gilman (UK): Gallery as a digital hub
Gary Hill (USA): Title of presentation to be confirmed
Taylor Nuttall (UK): Virtual relationships, individual identity and cultural growth
Avi Rosen (Israel): The ultimate cathedral
Prof Bill Seaman (USA): The thoughtbody environment. Toward the science of
Prof Paul Sermon (UK): Puppeteers, performance or avatars - a perceptual
difference in telematic space
David Surman (UK): Pagentry and play in digital art
Thomson and Craighead (UK): Sculpting real time
The Vasulkas (USA/Czech Republic/Iceland): Screening of recent digital work
Dr Andrea Zapp (UK): The real and the imaginary: interactive narratives in online
media art installations
Lori Zippay (USA): Title of presentation to be confirmed

To book a place or to find out further information about the conference or exhibition
please log on to or call 44(0)1772 892656.

Exhibiting artists:
Cory Arcangel (tbc)
Simon Blackmore
Boredom Reasearch
Robert Cahen
Susan Collins
Stefan Gec
Gary Hill
Jane Prophet
Avi Rosen
Bill Seaman
Paul Sermon (tbc)
Thomson & Craighead
The Vasulkas

For further information, please contact:
Richard Smith Assistant Exhibitions Officer
Tel: 01772 905101

For press images, please contact:
Sally Smith Development and Marketing Assistant
Tel: 01772 905421

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, Lancashire PR1 2PP
Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm, except Tuesday 11.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm
Closed Bank Holidays

Telephone 01772 258248 FREE