The Medium's History is the Message

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Now that New Media is getting old, at least in 'Internet years,' its histories are starting to accumulate. A PBS series has traced the commercial development of the internet (up to the edge of the dot com bubble), and Thames & Hudson has published historicizing texts on new media and internet-based art. But, as most involved in this, hardly homogeneous, field would probably say, the documentation and theorization of new media art is anything but well defined. In recognition of the large gaps in these areas, the Banff New Media Institute is hosting Refresh!: The First International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology. Co-organized by Leonardo/ISAST, the Database for Virtual Art and UNESCO DigiArt, Refresh! aims to further the understanding of art practices that engage with science and technology, from nano- and biotech art experimentation to the problems posed by networked art to curation and preservation. The conference is scheduled to take place from September 28 through October 3, 2005 in Banff, and you have until December 1st to submit proposals for papers. - Ryan Griffis