Art as Mediation : Panel Discussion at New School

Randall Packer:

Art as Mediation
Thursday, February 15, 2007, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The New School, Michael Klein Room
66 West 12th Street, 5th floor
New York City
Admission: $8, free for all students as well as CAA attendees and New School faculty, staff and alumni with valid ID

Art as Mediation explores how communications and new media are increasingly employed in the arts to engage, connect, and empower global audiences in times of crisis. The panel features artists, theorists, writers, thinkers and critics from different backgrounds, and is moderated by artist Randall Packer.

As ruptures from world crises deepen, more people look to alternative models for exchange and mediation. Technological means have recently surfaced in the arts that successfully bridge social, cultural, and political differences. Different disciplines come into play, in questioning, challenging, and experimenting with social and political change. How do artists, curators, and theorists use telecommunications technology proactively? How do peer-to-peer networks, on-line social spaces, and blogs lead to participation and empowerment? How are artists using electronic systems to reposition the notion of dialogue and to define dialogue as mediation that counters or disrupts stereotypes and dangerous ideologies?

Panelists: Steve Dietz, curator and Director, Zero-One, San Jose, CA Carin Kuoni, curator and Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New School, New York Drazen Pantic, internet activist, Co-Director, Location One, New York Jon Winet, artist and Professor, University of Iowa

Moderator: Randall Packer, artist, Assistant Professor, Department of Art, American University, Washington D.C., Secretary-at-Large, U.S. Department of Art & Technology

Presented on occasion of the College Art Association's 95th Annual Conference in association with the New Media Caucus. --

-- Randall Packer Assistant Professor, Multimedia Department of Art American University, Washington DC Secretary-at-Large, US Department of Art & Technology

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