[artinfo] "Art Meets Science" Herbert Franke events
oliver.grau at donau-uni.ac.at
Mon Apr 23 14:26:13 CEST 2007
"Art Meets Science"
Events in Honor of the 80th Birthday of Herbert W. Franke
Herbert W. Franke, expert in media theory,
pioneer of computer art, and co-founder of the
"ars electronica" festival, will celebrate his
80th birthday in May 2007. On this occasion, a
cycle of several events, themed "art meets
science" and dedicated to Herbert W. Franke's
life's work, will take place at various locations
in Germany and Austria from May through July 2007.
Within the scope of the "art meets science"
events on the occasion of his anniversary,
Herbert W. Franke will conduct "Science Talks"
with scientists of very different backgrounds -
physicists, computer scientists, Artificial
Intelligence experts, psychologists and
philosophers - on topics such as the future of
man or the origin of art, and discuss questions
like "what does it mean to be a human being" or
subjects as artificial intelligence, reality and
cyberspace. The events will also feature Mr.
Franke reading and interpreting some of his
utopian short stories with plots in line with the
mentioned issues. A collection of his stories
will be republished in a best-of-edition by
"Phantastische Bibliothek", Wetzlar, too, on the
occasion of his anniversary.
Subsequent to the "Science Talks", an exhibition
of his works of computer art or a multimedia arts
event are planned, as Kunsthalle Bremen (arts
exhibition hall) for instance, has acquired Mr.
Franke's collection of computer art. It has been
gathered over fifty years and contains his own
works as well as some of the works of nearly
every recognized pioneer in computer art
worldwide. A selection from this internationally
unique collection will be on display to the
public for the first time, in a special
exhibition at Kunsthalle Bremen in June 2007.
Also, Karlsruhe's ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und
Medientechnologie (center for art and media
technology) will show again his "Hommage à E.M.",
a multimedia performance for a dancer and an
interactive picture designer, first enacted in
Venues and topics:
"Mankind - accident, coincidence or purpose of nature?"
Bremen, Kunsthalle Bremen:
"The human being - an automaton: the self, the emotion and the art."
Karlsruhe, ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie:
"The universal roller coaster - within the net of illusion."
Dresden, T-Systems Multimedia Solutions:
"Man playing God - learning automata are advancing fast."
Vienna, Künstlerhaus Wien:
"Leonardo digital - art between logic and emotion."
Munich, Akademie der Bildenden Künste:
"God does play dice! Coincidence and necessity in universe."
Another highlight will be the world premiere of a
puppet play in the Marionettentheater (string
puppet theatre) in Bad Toelz (Southern Bavaria)
in early summer 2007. The play script by Herbert
W. Franke "The Crystal Planet" will be staged by
Albert Maly-Motta and Karl-Heinz Bille, who are
both renowned artists of puppet making and
puppeteering. This will probably be not only the
first puppet play whose plot is set in the
future, but it will also combine for the first
time traditional stage effects with the most
advanced puppeteering technology. Together with
established animation techniques very special
micro-animation and computer animation techniques
will be applied.
Professor Herbert W. Franke, honorary editor of
"Leonardo" for quite some years, has already
started to generate works of art using computers
in the Fifties. A physics PhD, he was fascinated
by the possibilities of machine-supported
graphical creation. At the same time he gave much
attention, right from the start, to aspects of
information and reception theory that are
relevant in the borderland of art and science.
This is how he made an important scientific
contribution to the understanding of the
aesthetic mechanisms. In addition, Mr. Franke
ranges among the most renowned German-speaking
authors of utopian literature and has acquired
great merits in the field of cave and karst
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