[artinfo] SYMPOSIUM: Positions in flux: On the changing role of the artist and institution in the networked society

Marieke Istha istha at nimk.nl
Fri Apr 3 10:21:29 CEST 2009

The Netherlands Media Art Institute presents

Positions in flux: On the changing role of the artist and institution 
in the networked society

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Organised by Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk), Amsterdam

Symposium venue: Trouw Amsterdam Wibautstraat 131, Amsterdam

The symposium 'Positions in flux: On the changing role of the artist 
and institution in the networked society' will center on some of the 
major parameters for the current and future development of 
contemporary art. In particular it will reflect on the aspect of 
cultural sustainability of art projects, art and technology 
initiatives and art curating.

'Positions in flux' will give floor to international artists, 
theoreticians, critics, cultural producers and aims to initiate a 
truly critical debate. The symposium is designed for a broad audience 
working in the field of contemporary culture and art, with a desire 
to understand what comes ahead and how to respond to these changes on 
an artistic or institutional level. 'Positions in flux' will provide 
a platform and "thinkspace" for artists, cultural workers, 
theoreticians and a broader public to envision the future in our 
field and to provide us with the necessary information to make 
choices for a meaningful and sustainable development of society and 

The three panel discussions follow a clear thematic scheme and try to 
bring in as much expertise and viewpoints as possible. The panels are 
interlinked and designed to initiate an ongoing discussion among the 

The symposium will be streamed from the symposium venue, Trouw 
Amsterdam. Online audiences will have the opportunity to participate 
in the debate in the live discussion forum. The results of the debate 
and its main contributions are reviewed and published online on the 
new Media Art Platform. http://www.mediaartplatform.org

The symposium is part of the 'Here we are - There we go' programme at 
the Netherlands Media Art Institute, May 8th - 10th, 2009 which takes 
place on the occasion of the Institute's 30th anniversary. 'Here we 
are - There we go' celebrates the Institute's achievements in these 
thirty years and plans for the future with an inspiring open house 
weekend of artist talks, performances, installations, tours and a 

'Positions in flux' is made possible with the kind support of the 
Mondriaan Foundation.
The conference language is English.

Please contact: info at nimk.nl for inquiries

15 euro (Students 10 euro). You can buy your ticket in advance at the 
reception of the NIMk (sale starts May 1th) or you can pay at the 
venue location until a half hour before the symposium starts.
Including tea, coffee, reception at the NIMk at the end of the day

Please make reservations by sending you name and contact information 
to info at nimk.nl

Speakers and panels
Please note that speakers and times are subject to change.

9:00 - 10:00 Registration

9:45 Welcome and Introduction by Heiner Holtappels, director of NIMk

10:00 On the changing role of the artist and institution in the 
networked society by Susanne Jaschko, curator of Positions in Flux 
and chief curator NIMk

10.30 - 12.30 Panel 1: Art goes politics
In this session we will discuss the potential of art to contribute to 
global and local problems such as religious conflicts, environmental 
or social crisis. Or is art constrained to raising awareness only? 
Should art become an agency for political and social affairs at all? 
How to successfully implement and conduct art projects in zones of 
crisis? What does it take to successfully implement and conduct 
projects in zones of crisis? How far do these projects benefit from 
the dubious attention of the mass media?

Hans Bernhard (AT), artist, UBERMORGEN.COM

Wafaa Bilal, artist (IQ/US)

Knowbotic Research, artist group (DE/CH), artist in residence at NIMk 2008/2009

Moderated by Chris Keulemans, writer and journalist (NL) (tbc)

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 - 15.30 Panel 2: New territories and cultures of the digital
This panel will look at the geographical shift that media culture 
currently undergoes and that will shape the future of this field. In 
the past, Europe, North America and Japan were at the forefront of 
digital production, design, art and technological research. Now that 
digital technologies become available at lower prices and spread more 
widely on the globe, new digital communities flourish. This panel 
looks specifically at new initiatives and bottom-up organisations in 
other parts of the world such as East Europe, the Middle East, Africa 
and South America, trying to understand what characterizes these 
initiatives. In how far do local and national cultures shape digital 
culture? Do these initiatives share common experiences and 
challenges, or is there no common ground to be found? Which kind of 
art arises from these new nodes on the digital map? How can we 
support the growth and establishment of these organisations?

Bronac Ferran (UK), researcher, consultant and founding member of bricolabs

Nat Muller, independent curator and critic (NL)

Marcus Neustetter, media artist, curator and co-founder of Trinity Session (ZA)

Adam Somlai-Fischer, artist and architect, programme director of 
Kitchen Budapest (HU)

Moderated by Rob van Kranenburg, thinker, networker and author (NL/BE)
Van Kranenburg has been teaching at various schools in the 
Netherlands (UvA, EMMA Interaction Design, Industrial Design). 
Currently he works as the Head of the Public Domain Program at Waag 
Society. He is author of 'The Internet of Things.'

For this session we will ask initiatives and organisations around the 
world to come up with a short written or a 1 minute video statement 
about challenges they face in the future.
These contributions will be shown during the panel.

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 - 18.00 Panel 3: Open Source - A scheme for art production and curating?
This session deals with the concept of open source for art production 
and its presentation. The open source movement is driven by the idea 
of collective, process-based, sustainable production and improvement. 
In software development this strategy has already proven to be valid; 
however can this model be applied to other products such as artworks 
or even exhibitions? In how far does the open source model differ 
from other forms of artistic collaboration? Is there a new role model 
for both the artist and the curator in the future? Which (economic) 
value and impact has expertise in open source production? How could 
institutions and organisations respond to this trend?

Marcos Garcia, director of Interactivos, Medialab Prado (ES)

Jaromil, dyne.org and researcher at NIMk

Joasia Krysa, curator, founder of KURATOR (PL/UK)

Moderated by Josephine Bosma, theoretician and critic (nl)

19:30 Reception at the Netherlands Media Art Institute,

Netherland Media Art Institute
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam

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