Some brief notes from this afternoon's session:
In a sum-up session, I put forward these points from the day, and asked for
further key current issues which should be discussed tomorrow:
1. The concept of 'lag' - what is old news to new media artists may be
grasped by large institutions some years later. Also what is fundamentally
new to one audience will frustrate another. Tamas Banovich said that "the
period of instruction is over" but some audiences are still new to it.
Which leads onto:
2. Audience: Again Tamas Banovich talked about some fundamental differnces
between younger and older audiences. And Peter Ride talked of how audiences
might be developed, but we have little hard information on who they might
3. Categories. Are we moving towards 2 areas?: of net.art and 'other'
(other including physical, and 'first generation' artists like Perry
Hoberman? Which curatorial department does new media art go in? Video?
Marketing? When big organisations 'buy in'media curators, they can also buy
in new challenges.
4. Aesthetics: how do we show this stuff? Aesthetics are taught to curators
but not at media school?
From the audience:
1. The perils of seeing 'audience' in terms of 'benefit'
2. Education vs a deep understanding of the media.
3. Locating 'where the art is' within the artwork.
4. Location and grounding of artworks and festivals.
5. The wide range of work on 'other' (CDs, Embodied work, robotics).