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September 28, 2013

Media Art Histories 2013: “RENEW” in Riga, Latvia

Danube University
Design: Center for Image Science 2013 (c) with the courtesy of Seiko Mikami for Gravity Cells 2004 (c) and integrating Abraham Bosse’s 1648 graphic print.

The fifth International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology titled “RENEW” will be hosted by RIXC in partnership with the Latvian Academy of Arts, Stockholm School of Economics and Danube University’s Center for Image Science. Following Banff 2005, Berlin 2007, Melbourne 2009 and Liverpool 2011, the Media Art History Boards and “RENEW” Co-Chairs invite you to attend “RENEW” in Riga 2013.

Keynotes:
Prof. Dr. Errki Huhtamo / UC Los Angeles, and Prof. Dr. Lev Manovich / City University New York

Overall, more than 100 papers will be presented during the four days of the conference.

Conference Co-Chairs: Rasa Šmite and Raitis Šmits

Preliminary Program: www.mediaarthistory.org/renew

MAH Conference Series Steering Committee:
Erkki Huhtamo, Tim Lenoir, Machiko Kusahara, Gunalan Nadarajan, Oliver Grau, Douglas Kahn, Linda Henderson, Sean Cubitt, Martin Kemp, and Paul Thomas

Archive of Digital Art goes Web 2.0: Alliance for collective research
As pioneer in the field, the collective Archive of Digital Art former (DVA) has been documenting the rapidly evolving digital installation art for more than a decade. Artists, and at this point an additional 280 theorists and Media art historians, are members of the collective Archive of Digital Art. The ADA is based on the “concept of expanded documentation.” Currently it contains thousands of work descriptions and digital documents, videos, technical data, institutions and bio-bibliographical information. As one of the richest resources online, the scientific project was from it’s beginning a university based endeavour. 5000 applicants were evaluated and only artists with at least 5 exhibitions and/or articles on their oeuvre are represented in the archive.

Goal of the FWF project at the Center for Image Science is to develop an interactive and globally networked online tool to support theoretical analysis of the image revolution that is underway and to improve the precarious situation of Media Art Research. The project will develop an entirely new kind of thesaurus, which will function as a bridge between Media Art and historical image genres, from the Renaissance to contemporary art.

Distinguished members of the DVA advisory board are Roy Ascott, Beryl Graham, Erkki Huhtamo, Jorge La Ferla, Gunalan Nadarajan, Christiane Paul, and Martin Roth.

www.digitalartarchive.at

Media Art Histories – Advanced Masters
The two-year low-residency Master in MediaArtHistories at Danube University is the only international Master of Arts program focusing on preparing art professionals and researchers through a deep exploration of the diverse histories of Media Art, Science and Technology.

Both 90 and 120 ECTS Master’s degrees are offered in English. In addition to individual study and project work at their home location, students gather twice a year for two-week seminars with internationally noted media artists and scholars.

Brain Trust
Faculty of the MediaArtHistories program have included Erkki Huhtamo, Lev Manovich, Christiane Paul, Roger Malina, Jens Hauser, Jeffrey Shaw, Jussi Parikka, Sean Cubitt, Paul Sermon, Oliver Grau, Christa Sommerer, Edward Shanken, Frieder Nake, Machiko Kusahara, Nat Muller, Gunalan Nadarajan, Monika Fleischmann, Margit Rosen, Knowbotic Research, Andreas Lange, Christopher Salter, Darko Fritz, Irina Aristarkhova, and others.

Key approaches and methods from Image Science, Media Archaeology and the History of Science & Technology are explored in depth. The international students of the Media Art Histories program have come from all continents and countries like Canada, Hong Kong, Ukraine, USA, Japan, Brazil, Iceland, Russia, Egypt, Germany, Austria, Korea, and Mexico.

Media Art Histories Platform
Media Art Historians – Advanced MA

Chair Professor for Image Science
MediaArtHistories Publication MIT

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