Since 2008

jonCates makes, organizes and teaches experimental New Media Art. His projects have been presented internationally at various events in locations such as Beijing, Madrid and Mexico City; nationally in Chicago, New York and Boston and are widely distributed online. Art Games, experimental Machinima, Computer Witchcraft, digitalPunk and Noise music are some of the unstable categories that his work playfully moves through.
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openness: experimental New Media Art & Media Art Histories

Wed Nov 04, 2009 00:00 - Mon Nov 02, 2009


openness: experimental New Media Art & Media Art Histories

Assistant Professor
Film, Video & New Media

Public Presentation at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
112 S Michigan, room 1307
Chicago, IL .US

Wednesday November 4th 2009

4:30 PM

jonCates presents on experimental New Media Art and Media Art Histories in this public presentation. jonCates makes, organizes and teaches experimental New Media Art. His projects have been presented internationally at various events in locations such as Beijing, Madrid and Mexico City; nationally in Chicago, New York and Boston and are widely distributed online. jonCates teaches in the New Media path of study of the Film, Video & New Media Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His research and writings are on Media Art Histories and related subjects. In 2007, he initiated the Phil Morton Memorial Research Archive to archive and freely distribute the Media Art work of Phil Morton and associated research. He writes on these topics for Furtherfield.org as well as in other online and offline publications.


Nina Wenhart on Media Art Histories!

Wed Oct 21, 2009 00:00 - Mon Oct 19, 2009

The Upgrade! Chicago presents: Nina Wenhart on Media Art Histories!

Austrian artist and Media Art Historian, Nina Wenhart presents her latest research in this free Upgrade! Chicago event at The Nightingale in Chicago.

ARS ELECTRONICA: re:shaping a city's cultural identity
Nina Wenhart

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

8 pm

The Nightingale
1084 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60622


ARS ELECTRONICA: re:shaping a city's cultural identity

30 years ago the first Ars Electronica festival took place in Linz, Austria. Ars has grown to be one of the most influential Media Art festivals and centers in the world. But while much has been written about it, and still more will be talked about its history when Ars celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2009, there has not yet been a comprehensive study about Ars Electronica's influence on the local community and its impact on the cultural development of Linz. This paper investigates the socio-cultural, artistic and geographic traces Ars Electronica has left on the city of Linz. This Media Art historical account also details a very personal history, as the author, being four years old at the time of the first festival and amazed by its fireworks display, remembers the festival's beginnings from her personal experience and - having worked for Ars Electronica's Futurelab for many years - from a professional perspective as well.

The main question of this talk is how the then marginal field of art, science and technology, placed in an even more marginal, working-class and steel-producing city contributed greatly to the creation/development of a new cultural identity of the city, the art scene and the community as a whole. My investigation into the histories of this cultural institution focuses on the regional impact, regional being interpreted as geographically located/rooted as well as interpersonally built.


Nina Wenhart is an instructor for the „Prehystories of New Media“ class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an independent artist/researcher. She is a graduate student at Prof. Oliver Grau's Media Art Histories program at the Danube University in Krems. For many years, she was the head of the Ars Electronica Futurelab's videostudio, where she created their archives and primarily worked with the historical material. She was four years old, when Ars Electronica started and has stayed connected with it ever since.


GATHERING PIXELS: Evan Meaney @ The Nightingale

Sat Oct 10, 2009 00:00 - Thu Oct 08, 2009

United States of America


The Ceibas Cycle & The Appreciation of a Migratory Archive
A Lecture and Media Presentation by Evan Meaney

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

8:00 pm


The Nightingale
1084 N. Milwuakee
Chicago IL

Part exhibition, part artist talk. Part technical demonstration, and part histiography; this lecture introduces Meaney's work in a context of post-structuralism and cinema history. Borrowing from media theorists (Frampton, Ong, Ulmer, Foucault, Baudrillard, Shannon, Derrida and Bergson) Meaney positions the audience to view his work as, not only works of cinema, but critiques of mismanaged and mislabeled memory - be they personal, technological or something in between.

(6 min, video)
LECTURE (live talk, 20 min)
CEIBAS: PORTRAIT (1 min, video)
CEIBAS: PORTRAIT (2 min, video)
CEIBAS: SIGMA FUGUE (12 min, video)

Born in Whitestone, New York in the 1980's and raised in the Hudson Valley, Evam Meaney has been working in film and video for the better part of a decade. He was educated at Binghamton University and Ithaca College from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007 with a degree in Cinema and Photography. His current interest include post-structuralist media theory, break dancing, and the poetry of hexadecimal code. Evan is currently enjoying a graduate fellowship at The University of Iowa's Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature where he continues his research and artistic development.


Keith Besserud @ Upgrade! Chicago

Wed Sep 30, 2009 00:00 - Mon Sep 28, 2009

United States of America

Keith Besserud @ Upgrade! Chicago
founder of Black Box Studio at Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Wed. Sept. 30th, 2009
7 PM
Simone’s Bar
960 W. 18th St
Chicago, IL

Come to our first fall Upgrade! Chicago get together. An informal gathering with a presentation by Keith Besserud, founder of Black Box Studio at Skidmore Owings and Merrill architecture firm. Keith will talk a little after 7, and then we will have discussion and general catching up afterwards.

Black Box develops computational models for designing projects all over the world, integrating software into the aesthetic process of the architechts they work with. Keith also hosts an interdisciplinary computational design forum, made up of architects, scientists, mathematicians, economists and artists who use computation and data in their work.

More about Black Box Studio:

The BlackBox Studio is a team of architects, design professionals, and other unique experts whose mission is to engage in all stages of the design process across all service disciplines, leveraging the power of advanced computational design tools and methods to expose and explore new frontiers of conceptual thought and innovative form/space/place-making in the work of the SOM Chicago design studios and service disciplines.

BlackBox is an applied research resource. The group’s parametric modeling and scripting expertise is focused primarily on two broad areas of interest: the search for the “optimal” (goal-oriented) and the search for the “novel” (explorational). More: http://www.som.com/content.cfm/services_blackbox


::Curating::Exhibiting::Collecting:: MediaArtHistories, CP

The next MediaArtHistories modules in November 2009 and May 2010 will focus on Curating, Exhibiting and Collecting Media Art with the best experts in the field like Steve DIETZ, Christiane PAUL, Gunalan NADARAJAN, and others. These two modules complete a Certified Program in MediaArtHistories :: fully accredited with 30 ECTS (post graduate), offered low residency, parallel to employment, in English. The CP can later be extended to complete the full Master of Arts program incMediaArtHistories or used as study-abroad credits.

The November module will start with an excursion to Berlin and end in a workshop with Lev MANOVICH. The May module will include a excursion to the relevant Ars Electronica sites and workshops with main players in Linz.

Module 1. Nov 2-12, 2009
Berlin and Goettweig/Krems

Module 2. May 1-11, 2010
Goettweig/Krems and Linz

The postgraduate program MediaArtHistories opens a passageway into the most important developments of contemporary art through a network of renowned international theorists, artists, curators and many others. Using online databases and other modern analysis instruments, knowledge of computer animation, net art, interactive, telematic and genetic art as well as the most recent reflections on nano art, CAVE installations, augmented reality and wearables are examined. Historical derivations that go far back into art and media history are researched in intriguing ways with media art. Important approaches and methods from Image Science, Media Archaeology and the History of Science & Technology are extensively integrated into the program.

The MediaArtHistories MA modules are based on the international practice and expertise in Curation, Collecting, Preserving and Archiving and Researching in the Media Arts. Thus setting the conditions necessary for wider consideration of media art works and the integration of new media into the international contemporary art scene. New databases and other scientific tools structuring and visualizing data provide the contexts to enhance and develop new understanding in the histories of media art.

DANUBE UNIVERSITY - located in a UNESCO world heritage site is the first public university in Europe which specializes in advanced continuing education offering low-residency degree programs for working professionals and lifelong learners. Students come twice a year for 2 week blocks to Monastery Göttweig in Austria. The Wachau is voted #1 Places Rated by National Geographic.


Department for Image Science
Danube University Krems

Contact - application information
Andrea Haberson

Contact - course and content questions
Wendy Coones