This evening, from 7:30-9pm at UC Berkeley's Kroeber Hall, new media art pioneer Michael Naimark presents "(Re)presenting Place" as part of the ongoing Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium. In this free public lecture, Naimark will talk about how he has "moviemapped" Aspen, Paris, San Francisco, Karlsruhe, and Banff from unexpected points of view (the air, on hiking trails, etc.) and has created panoramic landscapes of such far away sites as Jerusalem, Dubrovnik, Angkor, and Timbuktu, primarily working with webcams and the Internet. How have new technologies affected how we understand "where" we are at any given time? Come and listen...and ask a question or two. Naimark, now an artist-in-residence at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences in Japan and an advisor for the Media Lab Europe in Ireland, has been exploring place representation and its consequences for 25 years.
Bringing classical literature to the world of net art, Polish artist Dariusz Nowak-Nova's "Project Dante" is a complex site that illustrates how new media can effectively update how we look at myth, mythology, and archetypes. The artist has stated that via new technologies, users are more able to experience a sense of the subconscious (think of how surreal and dreamlike clicking through various layers of a web site can be, witnessing various animations, text, and sound). "Project Dante" includes a version of "The Inferno" created a few years ago, as well as "Purgatorio," launched last year. Both serve as intriguing, 21st century interpretations of the timeless text, which would be interesting to revisit in book form alongside this web site.