Artfutura 2011

Friday, 21 october

Culture + Digital Art

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Reviewing the Future, Understanding the Present

The last decades have witnessed revolutionary transformations in the encounter between art, technology and society.

This introduction will outline why we need to review the future in order to understand the present. Presentation of the speakers and their professional profiles.
Pau Waelder is an independent art critic and curator. PhD Candidate in Information and Knowledge Society, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and  Bachelor in Art History from the University of Barcelona. He has developed his career with a continuing interest in contemporary art and digital art, which he has explored as curator of group exhibitions, organizer of lectures, art critic, jury member at international art awards and docent.
He is currently a consulting professor in postgraduate courses in Digital Culture at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and editor of the Media Arts section of the contemporary art magazine

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Alternative Nows and Thens To-Be

This talk will explore the relationship between history and the future in the narratives of art.

Edward A. Shanken will share some examples from his work on the history of art and technology, his book, Art and Electronic Media, and from his current research on bridging the gap between mainstream contemporary art and new media art.
Dr. Edward A. Shanken. is a researcher at the University of Amsterdam (UVA) and a member of the Media Art History faculty at the Donau University in Krems, Austria.

He was formerly Universitair Docent of New Media at UVA, 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.

His critically praised survey, Art and Electronic Media, was published by Phaidon Press in 2009. 

A new book, Inventar el Futuro: Arte Electrónico y Nuevos Medios will soon be published in Spanish as a book-on-demand and free downloadable .pdf.

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Bridging the Gap

A reflection on the critical fortune and the reception of new media art by the public and the institutions of the contemporary art world. Based on his experience as gallerist, artist manager and consulter, Wolf will present some perspectives from the point of view of the art market, as well as private and public collections.

Gallerist, artist manager and consulter, Wolf Lieser  ran the world's first gallery for digital art in London together with Keith Watson (1999-2002).
In 1998, he founded the Digital Art Museum [DAM], which encompasses an online museum (, a lifetime award for an artist's body of work (dam digital art award [ddaa], since 2005), and a gallery.

Since 2003, Wolf Lieser operates the gallery [DAM] Berlin. He was joined by his wife Susanne in 2009 and in 2010 they opened another gallery. [DAM] Cologne. He gives presentations internationally and has published various publications on digital media.

He is the author of The World of Digital Art, an overview of the history of new media art since the 1960s until present time, which gives an introduction to the field for the interested public, published by h.f. Ullmann in 2010. Available in English, German, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

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Tiffany Shlain

Videoconference with Tiffany Shlain, film's director, from San Francisco.

A personal film with universal relevance, Connected explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.

Equal parts documentary and memoir, the film unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director.

As Shlain’s father battles brain cancer and she confronts a high-risk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged.

Using a mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large.

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