March 2011 Theme of the Month: Analogue/Digital Art
At the Crafts Council's Curator's Forum in September 2010, the relationship between digital processes and material craft objects was called into question, by artist who comfortably use both. What are the histories of such hybridity? Are craft and design curators ahead of art in integrating new media into mainstream exhibition? Is neo-luddism the way forward?
These issues, however, go beyond craft and into art: Much activist and participative art, for example, might use new media connectivity extensively, but rarely exists without street-level production, exhibition or action. Are Open Source production methods really adapted outside of software? Are the analogue and the digital really integrated in practice, or do tensions still exist?
Ele Carpenter is a curator, artist and researcher working within the field of visual arts and new media culture in the public realm. She has a PhD with CRUMB, has been a Research Fellow at HUMlab and Bildmuseet, Umea University, Sweden, and teaches in the MFA Curating at Goldsmiths College. http://www.elecarpenter.org.uk
Laura Bardier is an art curator from Montevideo, and has curated private collections, international exhibitions, workshops, and forums. She collaborated with the Municipality of Napoli to develop the first civic center for contemporary art, the Palazzo delle Arti Napoli (PAN). http://bardier.wordpress.com/
Victoria Bradbury is a new media artist mixing anachronistic forms and new devices. She weaves electronic signals, code, and fibrous materials to create temporary home-spaces. She is currently Assistant Professor of Electronic Art at Ball State University and Fellow for the Institute of Digital Intermedia Arts. http://www.victoriabradbury.com
Daniel Charny is an independent curator, designer and lecturer with an industrial design background. Co-founder of creative projects consultancy From Now On and Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art, between 2002 - 2010 he was the founding curator of The Aram Gallery. He has guest curated for the Design Museum, London and is currently guest curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum. http://danielcharny.com
Charlie Gere is Director of Research at the Institute for Cultural Research at Lancaster University. Books include Digital Culture (Reaktion, 2002) ; Art, Time and Technology: Histories of the Disappearing Body (Berg, 2005). http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/faculty/profiles/charlie-gere
Andy Gracie works across various disciplines including installation, robotics, sound, video and biological practice. This work is situated between the arts and the sciences, creating situations of exchange between natural and artificial systems which allow new emergent behaviours to develop. http://hostprods.net
Catherine McDermott is a Professor of Contemporary Curating at Kingston University in London, and runs the MA "Curating Contemporary Design" in partnership with the Design Museum London. Online curating and the curation of digital media are the focal point of a project with Hongik University. http://www.kingston.ac.uk/pressoffice/findanexpert/profile/4/Catherine-McDermott/
Jo Ana Morfin holds a degree in Cultural Heritage Restoration, followed by a Master's degree in Curating. She is currently doing her PhD at Bristol
University in U.K. Her research, entitled Unstable Documents: Archiving and Conservation Practices, is concerned with the long-term access and distribution of media-based art archives. http://unstablearchives.wordpress.com/
Petros Moris is an artist and curator from Athens, Greece. His work and research negotiates the multiple impacts that information distribution systems have on knowledge production and creativity. He is a funding member of the art and curating collective KERNEL. http://petrosmoris.com
Fo Wilson is a US-based maker, educator, independent curator and writer. Her work lies at the intersection of craft and new technologies and concerns the agency of the handmade object in the Digital Age. http://www.fowilson.com