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lecture series on Nordic netart

Digital Culture, Department of Art and Culture Research, University of Jyväskylä <B>Digital Culture</B> at the University of Jyväskylä organizes a lecture series on Nordic net art on Thu the 17th and Fri the 18th of November 2005 in Jyväskylä, Finland.

<B>The lectures present</B> with characteristics, authors and works of Net Art. characteristics, authors and works of net art. The goal of the lecture series is to provide the audience with basic knowledge of net art, to link practical information with theory and to encourage critical thinking. In addition, the lectures investigate the impact net art has on art and on culture.

<B>As a form of art</B>, net art is still rather a young and unknown phenomenon outside the circle of enthusiasts and experts. Regardless of that, net art is widespread and very international in its nature. The speakers are researchers, artists and experts from the Nordic countries.


<B>Thursday Nov 17 2005</B>

10.00-10.15 Professor Raine Koskimaa
Opening of the lecture series
10.15-11.45 Hege Charlotte Faber
Net art. Some perspectives
12.30-14.00 Susanna Paasonen and art on the net: a decade of debates
14.15- 15.45 Oona Tikkaoja
Web as my Artistic Platform

<B>Friday Nov 18 2005</B>

9.15-10.45 Niina Simanainen
Changing Conceptions of the "Artist"?
11.00-12.30 Lars Midbøe
Electronic art - from garage to gallery

Introduction of speakers and their topics.

<B>Hege Charlotte Faber</B>
Dr. art. Hege Charlotte Faber is associate professor at Trondheim Academy of Fine art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Her doctoral thesis "Kunstverket i dataalderen. Perspektiver på interaktivitet og nettkunst" was published in 2003.

Net art. Some perspectives
What sort of art do we meet on the Internet, and what sort of strategies can we use to cope with them? Hege Charlotte Faber´s lecture is based on her thesis, in which she provides a frame to think net art through. She argues that the development in art and technology changes both our concepts of art, and the roles of artists and viewers, so it is not certain that existing theory is useful for contemporary art such as net art. Faber discusses different concepts of net art (invisible, interactive an so on) and different understandings of it. She claims that the concept of dialogue (Bakhtin) is fruitful for understanding and discussing of contemporary art such as net art. She uses a "botanical" strategy to discuss net art from different "families" (Wittgenstein).

<B>Niina Simanainen</B>
Niina Simanainen (Master of Social Sciences) is a doctoral student at the University of Jyväskylä. She is working on her doctoral dissertation on artists and new technologies.

Changing Conceptions of the "Artist"?
What does it mean to be an artist? Has it changed along the digital media? Niina Simanainen is discussing the forming and shaping of artisthood in the era of digital media. She focuses upon conceptions of artist and dissects them through empirical data she has gathered during her research.

<B>Susanna Paasonen</B>
Susanna Paasonen, PhD, teaches digital culture at University of Jyväskylä and media culture at University of Tampere. She has collaborated on various net art projects since 1997 and has published widely on Internet research, popular culture and feminist theory. and art on the net: a decade of debates
The presentation looks at the changing definitions of since the mid-1990s and the ways in which online art practices have been defined against web design and commercial content production on the one hand, and traditional art institutions on the other. Using examples from Finnish projects from the 1990s, the talk also discusses ways in which the development of the web (from browsers to design and dot.coms) have influenced arts online.

Oona Tikkaoja
Oona Tikkaoja (MA) is sculptress and media artist interested mainly in the relationships between humans and technology. The past few years her textile-sculptures, inspired by sci-fi, have also been seen in her net artworks. Technology interests her also as a subject of research, and her doctors thesis will discuss the image that sci-fi movies recreate of artificial "livings". Tikkaoja works also as a lecturer in Humanities Polytechnic in Turku.

Web as my Artistic Platform
Tikkaoja presents her career as an artist, her relationship with net art, and the process of making her works. Especially Tikkaoja discusses how her net art intertwines with her sculptures, and the differences and similarities of these two forms of art.

Lars Midbøe
Lars Gustav Midbøe has a MA degree (photography) and has also studied Film&TV and new media art. He has a background in teaching new media, technician in digital imaging, videoediting and webdesign. He is now currently a curator and exhibition organizer. Midbøe is one of the cofounders of the organization Electrohype which promotes and advocates computer based art in Sweden and the other Nordic countries.

Electronic art - from garage to gallery
Midbøe presents the current status of digital art in the Malmö area, and how Electrohype operates in promoting computer based art in Sweden and the other Nordic countries. He focuses upon the question how Internet is used in the exhibitions and projects organized by Electrohype and discusses what is the relationship between net art and digital art. Special attention is also paid to the financial aspects of digital / net art productions.


<B>All the lectures</B> are given in English and they are open and free for all interested parties. Lectures are held at the old campus, in the Sports Building (L209 / marked with "L" at the map).

<B>At the end of each lecture</B> there will be about 20 minutes for discussion and questions from the audience.

Digital Culture, Department of Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä

<B>More info</B>
planning officer Päivi Kaijula
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+ 358 14 260 1487
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