beth // July 11, 2011

Experimental Arts Double Conference ⁄⁄

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“We have entered the experimental age…Experiments are no longer conducted just in the laboratory. They have become collective experiments that concern each and every one of us.” Bruno Latour, 2004

What is experimentation? What makes art ‘experimental’? What are the results of aesthetic experiments and why do we need them? Could artists invent new modes of experimentation with/for science? What are the differences between experiments and inventions; experiments and failures; experiment and innovation? How do we set up ethico-scientific-aesthetic experiments?

This conference will showcase and discuss innovative arts projects by leading practitioners, thinkers and research groups that model new forms of transdisciplinarity and offer new ways of addressing real-world issues. These include works that have successfully ‘changed the world’ as well as speculative initiatives that radically change the way we think.  It will survey the results and potential of Experimental Arts, inviting leaders in the field to discuss how we can extend and support a platform for path-breaking experimentation.

The main conference will be preceded by a two-day National Postgraduate Conference on Experimental Arts.

Speakers include:

James Crutchfield and David Dunn (Art-Sci Lab, U Davis); Donald Brook (Flinders), Amy Balkin (CCA; Stanford), Mischa Kuball (Academy of Media Arts, Cologne); Chris Bosse (UTS, L.A.V.A.), Victoria Vesna (UCLA); Adrian McKenzie (University of Lancaster); Pia Ednie- Brown (RMIT); Joyce Hinterding (USyd), Terry Smith (Pittsburgh); Elizabeth Ann McGregor (MCA); Douglas Kahn, Richard Goodwin, Paul Thomas, Anna Munster, Nigel Helyer, Jill Bennett (NIEA, UNSW); iCinema, Centre for Interactive Cinema, UNSW.

19–20 August 2011                Main Conference

17–18 August 2011                National Postgraduate Conference

John Niland Scientia Building, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Registration Now Open

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