The production and presentation of media art takes place in a hybrid economy involving diverse technical and social platforms as well as a variety of institutional contexts – art museums, film festivals, science & technology centres, universities and media art organisations. It can be said that media art's potential for both digital innovations and critical interventions arises from a practice which cuts across established categories of culture and technology. However this activity can also result in a precarious position for the artist, who may feel trapped between the worlds.
In this conference we hope to share expertise on how to develop projects, reach audiences and sustain practices across the many media art worlds. The conference is organised by the European Media Art Platform EMAP, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Hosted by m-cult, the conference is supported by FRAME and the Finnish Institute in London.
In her keynote talk Can't Log Out, Sarah Cook discussed past, present and future forms of media art productivity. Should today's digital art absorb the structures of the contemporary art market, or could we sustain the original peer to peer ethos of early intermedia and information-based arts?
The keynote was followed by two round tables discussing some of the many contexts of media art production and presentation - those of the cinema and art&science collaborations.
14:00 Welcome and introductions
Screening, EEG KISS by Lancel/Maat (2:38)
Minna Tarkka (m-cult), Taru Elfving (FRAME) Carlo Imarisio (Creative Europe), Peter Zorn (Werkleitz / EMAP)
14:30 Keynote talk: Can't Log Out
Sarah Cook (LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery, New Media Scotland)
15:20 Round table #1 Art + Film and the Net (artworks, platforms, audiences)
Screening: Bottled Songs of Lost Children by Kevin Lee&Chloé Galibert
Moderator: Peter Zorn (Werkleitz) Chloé Galibert-Lainé (artist, EMAP), Saara Hacklin (Kiasma), Tytti Rantanen (AV-arkki)
16:00 Round table #2 Art + Science and Technology (research, development, projects)
Screening: Aquatocene by Robertina Šebjanič
Moderator: Veronica Liebl (Ars Electronica), Robertina Šebjanič (artist, EMAP), Karen Lancel&Hermen Maat (artists, EMAP), Prodomos Tsiavos (OCC)
16:40 Wrap up discussion Moderator: Arjon Dunnewind (Impakt)
17:00 Networking, Drinks and snacks
18:00 End of conference
The conference was produced by m-cult within the framework of the European Media Art Platform EMAP, with support of the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union, FRAME Contemporary Art Finland and the Finnish Institute in London.