Collaboration • Practice • Technology.
Media Arts • Design & Digital Media
Hans Bernhard / John Gerrard / Nat Hunter (Airside) / Vassilios Alexiou (Lessrain)
Free Public Presentations
Broadcasts and Events
By international Media Arts and Digital Design practitioners
Organised by School of Art and Design, Coventry University
Media arts have been undergoing a paradigm shift towards an integrative art form that incorporates diverse disciplines, approaches and methodologies. Well-established boundaries between artistic and commercial orientation of media works are increasingly questioned by a new generation of artists, designers and media practitioners.
The Coventry University/BBC presentations will explore these changes with an interdisciplinary programme of speakers that will explore contemporary relationships between creativity, practice and technology.
Coventry School Of Art & Design has a long heritage of Art and new technology. 1986 saw the launch of the first Electronic Arts / Electronic Graphics Post Graduate courses in Europe. 2006 will see its 20 year anniversary celebrations. Today a thriving PhD and ‘applied research’ culture exists, through creative partnerships with external arts organisations, funders and industrial links. The MA Media Arts and MA Design and Digital Media courses are internationally recognized and continue the long tradition of innovation and creativity at Coventry University.
25/10 Hans Bernhard
15/11 John Gerrard
29/11 Nat Hunter - Airside
06/12 Vassilios Alexiou - Lessrain
6.30 - 8.00pm - BBC Open Centre
5-8 Priory Place, Coventry, CV1 5SQ
October 25th, 6.30-8.00p.m. HANS BERNHARD
Hans Bernhard is a media artist based in Vienna, Austria who has been at the leading edge of radical media art practices for over a decade. Hans was awarded an Ars Electronica Golden Nica for his anarchistic counterculture website 'Etoy-The Hijack Project' in 1996 and in 2005 his 'ubermorgan.com' was awarded an Honorary Mention and an Award of Distinction in the Net Vision category.
Often working under a series of aliases his work has been described as 'a digital mix of Andy Kaufmann and Jeff Koons, his actions as an underground Matthew Barney and early John Lydon'. Hans has exhibited and lectured at conferences and universities around the globe and his media bibliography/portfolio includes Artforum, Flash Art, CNN, FOX News, CBS, Domus, Le Monde and The New York Times. Recent exhibitions include: Museum of Modern Art Vienna 2001, NTT Tokyo 2001, The Premises Gallery Johannesburg 2002, Kingdom of Piracy Online exhibition 2002, Ars Electronica 2002, Museu d`Art Contemporani de Barcelona 2003, Kokerei Zollverein, Essen, 2003, Read\_me 2.4 Helsinki 2003, Konsthall Malmoe 2004, Kunsthaus Graz Gallery 2004, Arco Madrid 2004, NTT ICC Tokyo 2005 and Lentos Museum of Modern Art 2005. www.hansbernhard.comwww.ubermorgen.com/2005
November 15th, 6.30-8.00p.m. JOHN GERRARD
John Gerrard is an artist based in Dublin whose work explores the creative interface of what has been recently described as 'mixed reality'. His work ranges from photographic images to interactive 3D installations, constructed for both gallery and architectural spaces. Having both an MSc in Multimedia Systems and an MA in Art and Technology his work is at the cutting interface of creative screen and lens based arts and digital technologies. Recent exhibitions include 'The Ladder' at Ars Electronica, 2005; 'Climax', National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2005; Gallery Ernst Hilger, Vienna at Art Basel, 2005; Siemans Art Forum, Vienna; 'Bring on the Clones', Vertex List, New York. In 2004 John was Siemans Artist in Residence at the Ars Electronica Future Lab in Linz, Austriawww.johngerrard.net
November 29th, 6.30-8.00p.m. NAT HUNTER - AIRSIDE.
Nat studied human 'computer interface psychology' followed by interaction design at the Royal College of Art. Her work includes the co-design of the interface for the Jupiter II spaceship in the movie 'Lost in Space' as well as undertaking performance installation work for Blast Theory. In 1999, along with Alex Maclean and Fred Deakin, Nat was a founding member of London based design company Airside who now consist of ten designers (plus regular freelancers) with backgrounds ranging from computer programming and English literature to textiles, knitting and graphic design, taking in clubs and music along the way. Catherine Wood of the Barbican Centre in London has described Airside as "intelligent, creative and exceptionally sympathetic to making all computer things user friendly" and for being "in touch with youth culture". www.airside.co.uk
December 6th, 6.30-8,00p.m VASSILIOS ALEXIOU - LESSRAIN
Founded in 1997 in London by two postgraduate new media students Vassilios Alexiou and Lars Eberle and now with studios in Berlin and Vienna, Lessrain have undertaken a wide range of award winning projects that include screen interaction, digital branding, online games, audiovisual and interactive design, digital content management and interactive multi-user environments. Clients include the BBC, Nike, Red Bull, Talke Logistic, Mediaconsult, Barbican, Mitsubishi, Heinze, Becks Futures, Radio FFN, Sony Playstation and Channel Fly online. Awards and recognition include One Show Gold, New York ADC SIlver and an interactive entertainment BAFTA in 2001 in the interface design category for the Eyes Only CDRom and website, a parallel project of the Eyes Only book by Coventry University/Arts Council of England Media Arts Fellow John Holden. Vassilios and his Lessrain team, including Carsten Schneider are currently collaborating with writer Sadie Plant, media artist Darryl Georgiou and John Holden on the forthcoming online interactive film and installation project 'Decade'. www.lessrain.com
Forthcoming collaborative events:
• Streaming and broadcasting - from BBC Coventry and Warwickshire
• Media Arts installations and performances - in public settings
• Animation & DV festival - open air events
• 3D and interactive film and gaming - in national cinemas
• The Still: photography in time based contexts - exhibition
• 20th birthday celebration - Coventry University MA Electronic Arts/Graphics
• Art House - International Artist residencies
• Electro acoustics - Meta4
• Under 18s freestyle VJ workshops - u18 competition
in association with Coventry School of Art and Design, Foxford Arts College, Warwick Arts Centre, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, Arts Council England, UK Film Council, National Film Theatre, BAFTA, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry Cathedral, The Public and Coventry University Media Arts Fellow - Tom Roope (of Tomato)
The talks and events are part of a series of innovative collaborations by the MA Media Arts and Design & Digital Media programmes at Coventry University School of Art and Design.
Post Graduate staff and PhD students are undertaking new research partnerships between the creative, educational and business communities.
Darryl Georgiou, MA Programme Leader, Design and Visual Arts,
Coventry School of Art and Design - 07779276111 - firstname.lastname@example.org
John Holden, Media Arts Fellow, Arts Council of England/Coventry School of Art and Design