Ed Shanken
Since 2003
Works in SEattle, Washington United States of America

BIO
Edward A. Shanken writes and teaches about the entwinement of art, science, and technology with a focus on interdisciplinary practices involving new media. He is a researcher at the University of Amsterdam and a member of the Media Art History faculty at the Donau University in Krems, Austria. He was formerly Executive Director of the Information Science + Information Studies program at Duke University, and Professor of Art History and Media Theory at Savannah College of Art and Design. Recent and forthcoming publications include essays on art and technology in the 1960s, information aesthetics, interactivity and agency, and the cultural implications of cybernetics, robotics, and biotechnology. He edited Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (University of California Press, 2003). His second book, Art and Electronic Media was published by Phaidon Press in 2009. Full CV available on my website.
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OPPORTUNITY

New Media MA, University of Amsterdam - Final Call


Deadline:
Thu Apr 01, 2010 00:00

Overview
The International M.A. in New Media & Digital Culture (NMMA) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is accepting applications for 2010-2011 academic year. The NMMA is a one-year residence program undertaken in English at UvA in the heart of Amsterdam. Students become actively engaged in critical Internet culture, with an emphasis on new media theory and aesthetics, including theoretical materialist traditions and practical information visualization trends. Our permanent faculty are recognized experts in their fields, who are committed to their students. The program admits approximately forty students per year, classes are no larger than 20 and often smaller, and the faculty-to-student ratio is 1:8.

Curriculum and Academics
1st Semester: students follow a course in academic blogging, led by critical Internet theorist and tactical media practitioner Geert Lovink. Their entries form the internationally noted Masters of Media site, http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/, regarded as a top blog for new media research and nominated for a Dutch blog award for best education blog. The concurrent new media theories course focuses on classic texts by innovators from Alan Turing to Tim Berners-Lee. The final first semester class, Digital Methods, given by the program Chair, Richard Rogers, trains students in novel techniques for Internet research, http://www.digitalmethods.net/.
2nd Semester: the student chooses between courses on digital aesthetics, new media politics or information visualization. The digital aesthetics course is theoretically inclined in the traditions of art history and visual culture, and the new media politics class is concerned with the transformations the Internet is bringing to politics. Information visualization is a joint theoretical-practical collaboration between designers, programmers and analysts, where the product is an online tool, digital visualization or interactive graphic. The course of study concludes with the M.A. thesis, an original analysis that makes a contribution to the field, undertaken with the close mentorship of a faculty supervisor.
The graduation ceremony includes an international symposium with renowned speakers. Graduates of the NMMA have gained an analytical and practical skill-set that enables diverse careers in research and practice-related areas that make use of the Internet, including business, government, NGOs, and creative industries that are evolving with emerging new media. Our graduates include Lotte Meijer, winner of a Webby award, and Eva Kol, whose MA thesis, Hyves, was published by Kosmos in 2008 and sold over 5000 copies its first year in print.

Student Life
The quality-of-living in Amsterdam ranks among the highest of international capitals. UvA’s competitive tuition (see below) and the ubiquity of spoken English both on and off-campus make the program especially accommodating for foreign students. The city’s many venues, festivals, and other events provide remarkably rich cultural offerings and displays of technological innovation. The program has ties to organizations including PICNIC, the Waag Society, Institute for Network Cultures, Virtueel Platform, Netherlands Institute for Media Art, govcom.org, and other cultural institutions, where internship opportunities may be available, in consultation with the student’s thesis supervisor. Students attend and blog, twitter or otherwise capture local new media events and festivals, while commenting as well on larger international issues and trends pertaining to new media. The quality of student life is equally to be found in the university’s lively and varied intellectual climate. NMMA students come from North and South America, Africa, Asia and across Europe and from academic and professional backgrounds including journalism, art and design, engineering, the humanities and social sciences.

Faculty
Richard Rogers, Professor and Chair. Web epistemology, Digital methods. Publications include Information Politics on the Web (MIT Press, 2004/2005), awarded American Society for Information Science and Technology’s 2005 Best Information Science Book of the Year Award, and the End of the Virtual (U Amsterdam P, 2009). Founding director of govcom.org. http://www.govcom.org/.

Geert Lovink, Associate Professor. Critical Internet theory, Tactical Media. Publications include Zero Comments: Blogging and Critical Internet Culture (Routledge, 2007). Co-founder nettime listserve (1995 - present); founder, Institute of Network Cultures, 2004. http://www.networkcultures.org/.

Jan Simons, Associate Professor. Mobile Culture, Gaming, Film Theory. Publications include Playing The Waves: Lars von Trier's Game Cinema (U Amsterdam P, 2007). Project Director, Mobile Learning Game Kit, Senior Member, Digital Games research group. http://home.medewerker.uva.nl/j.a.a.simons/

Yuri Engelhardt, Assistant Professor. Computer modeling and information visualization. Publications include The Language of Graphics (2002); founder and moderator of InfoDesign (1995-9); codeveloper of Future Planet Studies at UvA. http://www.yuriweb.com/

Edward Shanken, Assistant Professor. Digital aesthetics, visual culture. Publications include Art and Electronic Media (Phaidon, 2009) and Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (U Cal P, 2003). http://artexetra.com

Thomas Poell, Assistant Professor. New media politics. In 2007 he defended his PhD-dissertation on the democratization and centralization of the Dutch state during the revolutionary period around 1800. http://nl.linkedin.com/in/thomaspoell

Application & Deadlines
1 January 2010 for “early bird” candidates for Fall 2010. Early bird candidates notified on 1 February. General deadline: 1 April for Fall 2010. Applicants will be notified around 15 June. Applications received after 1 April may be considered if places are available. See http://www.studeren.uva.nl/ma-nieuwe-media/ for details.

More Info & Questions
• International M.A. in New Media & Digital Culture - University of Amsterdam, http://www.studeren.uva.nl/ma\_new\_media/
• Graduate School for Humanities General Information, http://www.hum.uva.nl/gs/actueel.cfm • Further general questions? Please write to UvA’s Graduate School of the Humanities, graduateschool-fgw “at” uva.nl.
• Specific questions about curriculum and student life? Please write to Richard Rogers, Chair in New Media & Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam, rogers “at” uva.nl.


OPPORTUNITY

New Media MA, University of Amsterdam


Deadline:
Thu Apr 01, 2010 00:00

Overview
The International M.A. in New Media & Digital Culture (NMMA) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is accepting applications for 2010-2011 academic year. The NMMA is a one-year residence program undertaken in English at UvA in the heart of Amsterdam. Students become actively engaged in critical Internet culture, with an emphasis on new media theory and aesthetics, including theoretical materialist traditions and practical information visualization trends. Our permanent faculty are recognized experts in their fields, who are committed to their students. The program admits approximately forty students per year, classes are no larger than 20 and often smaller, and the faculty-to-student ratio is 1:8.

Curriculum and Academics
1st Semester: students follow a course in academic blogging, led by critical Internet theorist and tactical media practitioner Geert Lovink. Their entries form the internationally noted Masters of Media site, http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/, regarded as a top blog for new media research and nominated for a Dutch blog award for best education blog. The concurrent new media theories course focuses on classic texts by innovators from Alvin Turing to Tim Berners-Lee. The final first semester class, Digital Methods, given by the program Chair, Richard Rogers, trains students in novel techniques for Internet research, http://www.digitalmethods.net/.
2nd Semester: the student chooses between courses on digital aesthetics, new media politics or information visualization. The digital aesthetics course is theoretically inclined in the traditions of art history and visual culture, and the new media politics class is concerned with the transformations the Internet is bringing to politics. Information visualization is a joint theoretical-practical collaboration between designers, programmers and analysts, where the product is an online tool, digital visualization or interactive graphic. The course of study concludes with the M.A. thesis, an original analysis that makes a contribution to the field, undertaken with the close mentorship of a faculty supervisor.
The graduation ceremony includes an international symposium with renowned speakers. Graduates of the NMMA have gained an analytical and practical skill-set that enables diverse careers in research and practice-related areas that make use of the Internet, including business, government, NGOs, and creative industries that are evolving with emerging new media. Our graduates include Lotte Meijer, winner of a Webby award, and Eva Kol, whose MA thesis, Hyves, was published by Kosmos in 2008 and sold over 5000 copies its first year in print.

Student Life
The quality-of-living in Amsterdam ranks among the highest of international capitals. UvA’s competitive tuition (see below) and the ubiquity of spoken English both on and off-campus make the program especially accommodating for foreign students. The city’s many venues, festivals, and other events provide remarkably rich cultural offerings and displays of technological innovation. The program has ties to organizations including PICNIC, the Waag Society, Institute for Network Cultures, Virtueel Platform, Netherlands Institute for Media Art, govcom.org, and other cultural institutions, where internship opportunities may be available, in consultation with the student’s thesis supervisor. Students attend and blog, twitter or otherwise capture local new media events and festivals, while commenting as well on larger international issues and trends pertaining to new media. The quality of student life is equally to be found in the university’s lively and varied intellectual climate. NMMA students come from North and South America, Africa, Asia and across Europe and from academic and professional backgrounds including journalism, art and design, engineering, the humanities and social sciences.

Faculty
Richard Rogers, Professor and Chair. Web epistemology, Digital methods. Publications include Information Politics on the Web (MIT Press, 2004/2005), awarded American Society for Information Science and Technology’s 2005 Best Information Science Book of the Year Award, and the End of the Virtual (U Amsterdam P, 2009). Founding director of govcom.org. http://www.govcom.org/.

Geert Lovink, Associate Professor. Critical Internet theory, Tactical Media. Publications include Zero Comments: Blogging and Critical Internet Culture (Routledge, 2007). Co-founder nettime listserve (1995 - present); founder, Institute of Network Cultures, 2004. http://www.networkcultures.org/.

Jan Simons, Associate Professor. Mobile Culture, Gaming, Film Theory. Publications include Playing The Waves: Lars von Trier's Game Cinema (U Amsterdam P, 2007). Project Director, Mobile Learning Game Kit, Senior Member, Digital Games research group. http://home.medewerker.uva.nl/j.a.a.simons/

Yuri Engelhardt, Assistant Professor. Computer modeling and information visualization. Publications include The Language of Graphics (2002); founder and moderator of InfoDesign (1995-9); codeveloper of Future Planet Studies at UvA. http://www.yuriweb.com/

Edward Shanken, Assistant Professor. Digital aesthetics, visual culture. Publications include Art and Electronic Media (Phaidon, 2009) and Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (U Cal P, 2003). http://artexetra.com

Thomas Poell, Assistant Professor. New media politics. In 2007 he defended his PhD-dissertation on the democratization and centralization of the Dutch state during the revolutionary period around 1800. http://nl.linkedin.com/in/thomaspoell

Application & Deadlines
1 January 2010 for “early bird” candidates for Fall 2010. Early bird candidates notified on 1 February. General deadline: 1 April for Fall 2010. Applicants will be notified around 15 June. Applications received after 1 April may be considered if places are available. See http://www.studeren.uva.nl/ma-nieuwe-media/ for details.

More Info & Questions
• International M.A. in New Media & Digital Culture - University of Amsterdam, http://www.studeren.uva.nl/ma\_new\_media/
• Graduate School for Humanities General Information, http://www.hum.uva.nl/gs/actueel.cfm • Further general questions? Please write to UvA’s Graduate School of the Humanities, graduateschool-fgw “at” uva.nl.
• Specific questions about curriculum and student life? Please write to Richard Rogers, Chair in New Media & Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam, rogers “at” uva.nl.


EVENT

Art and Electronic Media: US Book Launch


Dates:
Sun Jun 07, 2009 00:00 - Sat May 30, 2009

Visions of the Future: A Book Talk on Art and Electronic Media
with Edward Shanken in conversation with Dorka Keehn at the Exploratorium

Interdisciplinary arts scholar Edward Shanken, the author of Art and Electronic Media (Phaidon, 2009), will be interviewed by arts commentator Dorka Keehn at the Exploratorium on Sunday, June 7, at 3pm, followed by a book-signing and reception. This event is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.

This highly anticipated book demonstrates the formidable history of artistic uses of electronic media, a history that parallels the growing pervasiveness of technology in all facets of life. Over 200 artists and institutions from more than 30 countries are represented. Among the artists featured, based in the Bay Area are Lynn Hershman Leeson, Paul DeMarinis, Ken Goldberg, Jim Campbell. Survival Research Labs, and Alan Rath. With the possible exception of Rath, each of these artists has had a relationship with the Exploratorium and its artists-in-residence or exhibition programs.

The centrality of artists as theorists and critics is reflected in the focus on artists’ writings. The goal is to enable the rich genealogy of art and electronic media to be understood and seen - literally and figuratively - as central to the histories of art and visual culture.

About the Author
Edward A. Shanken writes and teaches about the entwinement of art, science, and technology with a focus on interdisciplinary practices involving new media. He is Universitair Docent in New Media, University of Amsterdam, and a member of the Media Art History faculty at the Donau University in Krems, Austria. He was formerly Executive Director of the Information Science + Information Studies program at Duke University and Professor of Art History and Media Theory at Savannah College of Art and Design. Recent and forthcoming publications include essays on art and technology in the 1960s, information aesthetics, interactivity and agency, and the cultural implications of cybernetics, robotics, and biotechnology. He edited Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (University of California Press, 2003). His second book, Art and Electronic Media,was published by Phaidon Press in 2009. Author's website: http://artexetra.com

About the Host
Dorka Keehn is an artist and social entrepreneur. She is the CEO of Greenshifters, a distribution system for green content. With Brian Goggin, she completed the North Beach public art installation Language of the Birds. She is the host of Keehn on Art and has produced documentaries for television, including the two-time Emmy Award winner Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story. She is currently creating a photography book with Colin Finlay on women environmental leaders.

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Annette Wolfsberger with Edward Shanken at NIMk, Amsterdam


DISCUSSION

Maximal Art: The Origins and Aesthetics of West Coast Light Shows


Wonderful to see these gems of your research online. I look forward to reading the whole thing!

EVENT

Art and Electronic Media - Special Preview


Dates:
Mon Mar 23, 2009 00:00 - Mon Mar 23, 2009

[url=http://artelectronicmedia.wordpress.com/][b][i]Art and Electronic Media[/b][/i][/url] is the freshest title in the Themes and Movements series published by Phaidon Press. This highly anticipated book enables the rich genealogy of art and electronic media in the twentieth century to be understood and seen - literally and figuratively - as central to the histories of art and visual culture. This [url=http://artelectronicmedia.wordpress.com/special-preview-if-you-think-its-pretty-on-the-outside/][b][i] Special Preview [/b][/i][/url]lets you see more of what's inside the book.

Like other volumes in the Themes and Movements series, the book is divided into three main sections: Survey, Works, and Documents. The richly illustrated Survey provides an overview of the field beginning in the early 20th century and focusing on the period from the 1950s to the present. The Works section includes nearly 200 additional color plates with extensive, descriptive captions. The Documents section consists of theoretical writings, primarily by artists, that played an important role in defining various electronic art practices.

In order to foreground continuities across periods, genres and media, author [url=http://artexetra.wordpress.com/][b]Edward Shanken[/b][/url] has organized the book around 7 thematic streams that run through the Survey, Documents, and Works sections:

- Motion, Duration, Illumination
- Coded Form and Electronic Production
- Charged Environments
- Networks, Surveillance, Culture Jamming
- Bodies, Surrogates, Emergent Systems
- Simulations and Simulacra
- Exhibitions, Institutions, Communities, Collaborations

The volume also includes a section of biographies of the artists and authors whose work is included in the Works and Documents sections, a bibliography, and a comprehensive index.

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