In a series of public interviews, recognized guests who participate in different roles in the production of new media arts will present the dilemmas and peculiarities of the field. Their opinions and ideas, past and present roles, tasks and perspective of various artistic contexts will provide significant input to the understanding of new media arts. The interviews are intended to extend beyond the two invited speakers to become a participatory conversation with the public, who can also pose questions about the guests’ current activities, creative process, successes, failures, concerns, inspirations and desires. Thus, these conversations are meant to be relaxed, informal, and spontaneous, yet informative, honest, vigorous, and constructive.

Conversation / Education: Simge Esin (TR) with Seppo Gründler
Wednesday, 2 June 2010, 19:00

The teaching of new media arts has been taken on by fine arts academies, however, as a rule, new media practices usually extend beyond the frame of visual arts expression and reach into the fields of robotics, computer science, biotechnology and other natural sciences. The role of educators and institutions demands an interdisciplinary approach: on the one hand, the optimization of research and production conditions, and on the other, the expansion of knowledge about theoretical starting points. The conversation will address such interdisciplinary approaches with

Simge Esin

, Assistant Professor in the Interactive Media Design Programme, Yildiz Technical University (YTU) in Istanbul. Her main areas of teaching are spatial communication design, scenography and design-driven innovation. Her research interests are interactive applications in physical space, and information technology-related spatial organizations of buildings and public spaces. Sound design and media artist

Seppo Gründler

will moderate the conversation and compare approaches using his experiences as the head of the MA programme in Media and Interactive Design at FH JOANNEUM and as professor of audio design at FHJ and guest lecturer at other universities.

Conversation / Festival director: Simona Lodi
(IT) with
Jurij Krpan
Wednesday, 2 June 2010, 20:00

Festivals of new media arts are the central point of affirmation of the new media arts field from within the artistic system. They bring together all perspectives which are important for the reception and reflection of artistic projects: promoting the most excellent artistic achievements, presenting the criteria for evaluating works, introducing new terminology, illustrating how to present and contextualize works, and also defining the main thematic directions based on narrative, theoretical or technological points of departure. Critic, curator, and director of the Piemonte Share Festival

Simona Lodi

will reveal the issues she confronts in the organization and conceptualization of this annual festival of new media arts. Taking place in Torino since 2005, the Piemonte Share Festival is intended to widen public familiarity with digital culture and arts. Each edition presents a theme which connects different aspects of the use of digital technology in contemporary artistic practices such as performance, installations, computer arts, and music. Joining Simona Lodi will be longtime director of Galerija Kapelica,

Jurij Krpan

, curator of the 5th edition (2007) of U3, the Triennial of Slovene Contemporary Arts, and an influential driver on the local and international new media scene.

Conversation / Theoretician: Marco Deseriis
(IT) with
Sunčica Ostoić
Thursday, 3 June 2010, 19:00

Digital technology, telecommunications tools, and the democratization of technology have radically transformed the way in which we perceive the world around us. The existence of hypertexts, the thought processes which are built on network connectivity and interdisciplinarity, have sparked theoretical debates on the field of semantics, esthetics, and the effects of media information. The methods of interactivity and active inclusion of the public in artistic works have awaken a different understanding of the body, of space, and of time.

Marco Deseriis

, freelance journalist and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU, is writing his dissertation, currently titled On Distributed Subjectivity: Collective Pseudonyms as Social Media, which traces a genealogy of collective and distributed naming strategies by bridging gaps between the history of the labor movement and the 20th-century avant-gardes. He co-wrote Net.Art: L’arte della Connessione (with Giuseppe Marano, Milan: Shake, 2003), which explores both as an Internet-based art and an art of networking and has collaborated in culture jamming activist media interventions with the American group The Yes Men. Participating in the discussion with Deseriis will be

Sunčica Ostoić

, member of the Croatian curatorial collective Kontejner, which from 2003 has organized several new media arts festivals in Zagreb that include projects at the intersection of science, technology and arts, body art, and hybrid uses of media.

Conversation / Editor: Alessandro Ludovico
(IT) with
Janez Janša
Thursday, 3 June 2010, 20:00

Criticism in new media arts is in many aspects a rather undeveloped field. Confronted by the problems of terminology and the application of referential theories, new media arts can be interpreted from many viewpoints which only ever cover a part of the total picture. Already since 1993, the Italian periodical Neural has been breaking ground in the field of interpreting new media arts; with 35 issues under its belt, the last 15 of which are also in English language. Neural is structured around thematic nodes which have drawn the true map of genres and the directions of technological contents within new media arts. Editor in chief and co-founder

Alessandro Ludovico

will discuss the principles of creating a magazine, recruiting qualified writers, selecting themes, and the criteria for evaluating the quality of artistic works. His pioneering work will be compared with the condition of new media arts writers in the local context. Speaking with Ludovico will be

Janez Janša

, the theatre director and author of interdisciplinary performances, who from 1999 to 2006 was the editor in chief of the performing arts journal Maska.

Conversation / Artist: Johannes Grenzfurthner
(AT) with
Vuk Ćosić
Friday, 4 June 2010, 19:00

The multilayered contents and technical demands of new media artistic works have led a number of artists to create groups which join them in their passion for specific esthetic, technological, ideological, and ethical relationships and work processes. We will speak with Johannes Grenzfurthner from the art group


about their attitude to socially subversive contents in artistic works and about the anti-cultural gestures of artists who use complex tools of communication and technology in their art. Of particular interest will be monochrom’s position towards support systems (curators, galleries, producers) and the question of the autonomy of new media artists and in what measure the use of high-tech in artistic works inevitably also contains a critical distance. Since 1993, the art-technology-philosophy group monochrom has had its seat in Vienna and, as they claim, Zeta Draconis. The group operates as an “unpeculiar” mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, context hacking and political activism. Joining the conversation will be

Vuk Ćosić

, one of the international pioneers of the movement, who works extensively with ASCII code, low-tech esthetics and the archaeology of media.

Conversation / Curator: Domenico Quaranta
(IT) with
Dunja Kukovec
Friday, 4 June 2010, 20:00

In Slovenia, new media arts is relatively well-represented and enjoys almost equal entrance to most of the gallery and exhibition spaces, however, the international situation varies from place to place. The traditional museum system accepts new media works with hesitation, since they often escape classification, and even greater problems can be seen on the art market. The role of curators for contemporary arts who interpret works and position them in exhibition contexts has thus become extremely important. Curator

Domenico Quaranta

deals with the effects which technological and social development currently employ on artistic production. He focuses especially on art in networked spaces, on the Internet, and in the virtual world, and has also contributed a number of critiques in these areas. We will discuss with him about exhibition tactics, the principles of representing these works and the differences between handling new media arts and other visual productions in the context of the art world. Joining the conversation will be curator

Dunja Kukovec

, who has collaborated in a number of exhibitions on the field of new media, among them creating the concept for the festival HAIP (SLO) and co-curating the 2004 edition of the festival Pixxelpoint.