jihui - Digital Salon
A Dialogue: Timothy Druckrey and Mark Stafford
Friday, November 22, 2002 7 PM
@ Parsons Center for New Design
55 West 13th Street, 9th Fl.
New York, NY 10011
Live Webcast @ http://netart-init.org
starts 7pm EST.
The Question Concerning Media Technology
The history of media theory has been primarily rooted in attempts to legitimize the potential of surfaces and effects as signifiers of the 'radical' possibilities of representation. This privileging of form, or, in the 'media arts,' the implementation of form as effect, creates vexing problems that differentiate between communication and expression.
This 'difference' emerges time-and-again in the development of 'theories' of interactivity and so-called 'net.art.' Because of the intricate reciprocity evident in an 'art of exchanges,' a theory of media cannot adequately frame issues without a rethinking of representation in terms of its transformed function, its shifting relationship with visibility, its probing of the 'immaterial,' its reformulation of reception (and cognition), its understanding of the 'mechanization of the world picture,' or its conceptualization of a philosophy rather than a theory of communication.
This dialogue will pose the issue in discursive form and on examples of works that rupture or disrupt the flow of effects...
Timothy Druckrey is a curator, writer, and editor living in New York City. He lectures internationally about the social impact of electronic media, the transformation of representation, and communication in interactive and networked environments. He co-organized the international symposium "Ideologies of Technology" at the Dia Center of the Arts and co-edited the book Culture on the Brink: Ideologies of Technology (Bay Press). He curated the exhibition "Iterations: The New Image" at the International Center of Photography and edited the book by the same name published by MIT Press. He edited Electronic Culture: Technology and Visual Representation and is Series Editor for Electronic Culture: History, Theory, Practice published by the MIT Press that includes Ars Electronica: Facing the Future, net_condition: art and global media, Dark Fiber (by Geert Lovink), as well as Future Cinema: the Cinematic Imaginary after Film (edited by Jeffrey Shaw and Peter Weibel) and The Un-archaeology of the Media (by Siegfreid Zielinski), both forthcoming.
Mark Stafford is a psychoanalyst and a member of Apres-Coup Psychoanalytic Association. His recent research work has focused on the relationship between aesthetic practice and the subjective experience of the boundaries of the human body. He is particularly interested in the relation between media production and the ideological implications of science. Mark Stafford teaches at MFA Design and Technology program at Parsons. He also lectures at the School of Visual Arts.
jihui (the meeting point), a self-regulated digital salon, invites all
interested people to send ideas for discussion/performance/etc.
jihui is where your voice is heard and your vision shared.
jihui is sponsored by Digital Design Department and Center for New
Design @ Parsons School of Design
jihui is organized by agent.netart, a joint public program by NETART
INITIATIVE and INTELLIGENT AGENT