I'm happy to announce that to co-incide with MediaArtHistories in Riga, October's Theme will be hosted by Charlotte Frost (historian of contemporary and digital art) and the topic will be ‘art history online’:
Discussion points will include:
· What types of art historical, critical and contextual modes does the internet support?
· How have discussion lists changed the way we generate art knowledge?
· How far have we come since the early lists in truly democratizing art discussion and creating alternate contextual practices?
· What are some of the valuable new experiments being staged in the critical exploration of the arts?
· What impact does all this have on the future of the art history book?
Each week Frost will begin discussing a new issue drawn from her research on post-internet art history and she will publicly invite responses from the list and beyond (Frost will also approach people privately using email and directly through other social media in order to gather more opinions and feed these back into the list-based discussion). Her aim is to rigorously test out ideas about the evolution of art contextual activities on the very pioneers who shaped these spaces and systems. She will preview sections from her forthcoming book, Art History Online, invite people to directly criticize her work and/or corroborate the facts. In doing this she aims to:
A) Work in a manner (publicly and online) that is more closely aligned with the practices and platforms the book will explicate.
B) Coordinate the creation of a robust online archive on the history of online art discussion. For example she aims to revisit the history of lists, on a list, and make sure many of the key discussions and actions that have shaped its history are identified, linked to and discussed. This will generate a sort of live art history book on discussion lists and the archive will exist as a permanent counterpoint to the eventual print-published text of Art History Online.
In the first week Frost will begin with the origins of discussion lists. Who started which list, where and why and what were some of the posts that established the list’s reputation. She will draw out some of the history that isn’t already described online and give list originators the opportunity to reflect, some years later, on what happened during these times. Then she will go on to ask people how they might theorize art discussion lists: as artistic or political statements in themselves? As living documents or performance spaces? As ways of hacking the systems of art making and contextualization?
Nettitudes author Josephine Bosma
Internet artist Vuk Cosic
Art historian/historiographer James Elkins
Furtherfield co-founder Marc Garrett
Nettime co-founder Pit Schultz
OBN co-founder Cornelia Solfrank
‘60 wrd/min art critic’ Lori Waxman
…and many more!
This month-long discussion is conducted in association with CRUMB and Arts Future Book, an experimental academic book series investigating the future of the arts book.
Dr Charlotte Frost
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Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
Contemporary and Digital Art Histories
Principal Investigator/Editor: Arts Future Book<www.gylphi.co.uk/arts/index.php>
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Beryl Graham, Professor of New Media Art
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Faculty of Arts, Design, and Media, University of Sunderland
The David Puttnam Media Centre, St Peter's Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD
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CRUMB web resource for new media art curators http://www.crumbweb.org<http://www.crumbweb.org/>
* Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media (2010) from MIT Press
* A Brief History of Curating New Media Art, and A Brief History of Working with New Media Art (2010) from The Green Box http://www.thegreenbox.net<http://www.thegreenbox.net/>
* Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues (2011) from Banff Centre Press and Riverside Architectural Presshttp://www.banffcentre.ca/press/39/euphoria-and-dystopia.mvc