- 27 March:
Seminar: Structural challenges for media art in Europe and Norway
Date/time: Tuesday May 3rd, 10 – 4PM
Place: National Museum of Art, Kr. Augustsgt 23, Oslo (auditorium, 8th floor)
Free entrance incl. lunch (pre-registration at bottom of this page)
Keynote speakers: Angela Plohman (CAN/NL), Annette Schindler (CH), Sarah Cook (UK)
PNEK invites to an open one-day symposium discussing the current structural challenges facing media artists, producers, art labs/institutions with regard to funding, curating, distribution and cultural policies around Europe.
Our three keynote speakers are all well-known practitioners and theorists who will each come with input, analysis and experiences based on their work at prominent European institutions. Our aim is to bring some of these discussion to the surface, as the conditions for media art are definitely changing very quickly these days.
After the keynotes there will be plenty of time for open discussion and reflection.—-
Angela Plohman: “The Future of the Lab”
Angela Plohman (Can) is the director of Baltan Laboratories, a lab for art and technology based in Eindhoven (NL). She received an M.A. in Art History from Concordia University (Can). From 1998-2001, she was Program Officer at the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology in Montreal. In 2002, she moved to Amsterdam where she worked as a freelance writer, project manager and researcher for organisations such as Hull Time Based Arts (UK), the Blender Foundation (NL), the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA), V2_ (NL) and others. From 2005 to 2008, she was Content Developer at LabforCulture.org (a partner initiative of the European Cultural Foundation). She has also worked as project manager and advisor for the web activities of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.
Annette Schindler: “Media Art Funding in Europe”
Annette Schindler studied art history and sociology at the university of Zürich and Madrid and wrote her thesis on Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of taste. Since 2000 Annette Schindler has been the director of the new media art space [plug in] in Basel. She developed the concept for [plug in] redefining the structures of traditional art institutions to suit the specific needs of new media cultural production. Her exhibitions, publications and projects have contributed to contemporary discourses such as feminist approaches, critical art practice, digital cultural production and technoculture. Recently she joined a European initiative (with a.o. Andreas Broeckmann) aiming to investigate how media arts are currently finding financial and other support and to understand the political reasons behind the current funding situation.
Sarah Cook: “Curatorial challenges”
Sarah Cook is a curator and writer based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and co-author with Beryl Graham of the book Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media (MIT Press 2010). She is currently a Reader at the University of Sunderland where she co-founded and co-edits CRUMB, the online resource for curators of new media art, and teaches on the MA Curating course. In 2011 she will co-chair Rewire, the Fourth International Conference on the histories of media, science and technology in art with FACT in Liverpool.
Please pre-register to pnek[AT]pnek.org