REAL-TIME: Showing Art in the Age of New Media

21 September 2009


One-day conference as part of the Abandon Normal Devices festival
The Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University, Duckinfield Street, Liverpool
Thursday 24th September 2009. 9:30am-4:30pm

Showing time-based art is very different to showing art objects. But how is art which uses the Internet, interactivity, social systems, or real-time computing different from video, live art, or performance? 

Rather than progressing along a smooth curve of development, art practices 'other' than those traditionally supported by the mainstream often seem to lurch along a rollercoaster-like path from avant-gardism to hyperbole, rejection to appropriation. New and emerging forms of art, such as online art, can go from being cutting edge to out-of-fashion shockingly quickly, without ever establishing the longevity necessary to garner a critical vocabulary and appreciation around the work. Which histories, whether from the field of art or technology, could inform the life-cycle of 'art after new media'? Which histories might allow for a more reflective approach to newly emergent forms of art, and could help viewers with short-attention spans to see beyond the hype?

This one-day conference aims to share the knowledge of those involved in exhibition practices beyond the object of art, and asks, should we abandon 'normal' curating practices, or adapt these modes to integrate 'the new'? This event draws experts and researchers from the fields of art making, curating, history and criticism to confront the slippery question of time -- including the timelines of production, of showing, and of participation.

Speakers and workshop leaders include:

-Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
-Gavin Wade, director of Eastside Projects in Birmingham.
-Mark Nash, Head of Department of Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art (TBC).
-Franz Thalmair, co-founder of CONT3XT.NET collaborative curatorial group in Vienna with Michael Kargl (aka carlos katastrofsky) and Sabine Hochrieser.
-Kelli Dipple, Curator, Intermedia, at Tate Modern in London.
-Guthrie Lonegan and Oliver Laric, artists -Michael Connor, New York based writer and curator -Helen Sloan, Director of SCAN, curator -Axel Lapp, CRUMB senior researcher, curator -Kathryn Lambert, Creative director, folly

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This event is a collaboration for AND between CRUMB the resource for curators of new media art, and Charlie Gere of Lancaster University. 
CRUMB receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.      



Arts & Humanities Research Council: Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,000 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Arts and humanities researchers constitute nearly a quarter of all research-active staff in the higher education sector. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. See Arts & Humanities Research Council website.