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BEYOND ART? DIGITAL CULTURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Oxford Union, 21 April 1999, 10am-5pm
Are computers ruining or re-inventing the arts? Twelve experts in
literature, art, music, broadcasting, theatre, museums, and contemporary
culture will meet at the Oxford Union on Wednesday 21st April to decide.
Oxford University's Humanities Computing Unit is organising the fifth in
an annual series of events which have previously debated the place of
computers in teaching, literature, and the library. Taking place in the
world-famous Oxford Debating Chamber, this year's event, "Beyond Art?
Digital Culture in the Twenty-First Century", explores the inseparable
entwining of computers and culture.
Just how is the popularization and pervasive nature of digital technology
changing the creative process of the artist, the performer, the musician,
and the writer? What has been the effect of technology on the viewer, the
reader, or the critic? And what of those who seek to fund and preserve our
Twelve distinguished speakers will debate and discuss these questions and
give us their predictions for the development of the digital future.
Two open debates will allow the audience their vote on whether
the digital world offers a better cultural experience than museums,
galleries, books, and theatres.
Fees: 40 pounds (standard); 10 pounds (Oxford University); 5 pounds
(student/unwaged); 100 pounds (commercial including exhibition space)
To register either complete and email the appended booking form to
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For further information telephone 01865 273 221.
09:00 Registration opens
09:45 Coffee available in the foyer of the Debating Chamber
10:00 Jane Carmichael, Assistant Director, Collections, the
Imperial War Museum
10:30 Barry Smith, Lecturer in Theatre and founder of the Live
Dan Greenstein, Arts and Humanities Data Service
11.00 Ten minute stretch break
11:10 Sean Cubitt, Lecturer in Screen Studies, author of Digital
11:25 Roy Ascott, Director of the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in
the Interactive Arts, University of Wales, Newport
11:40 Questions and discussion
12:00 Simon Waters, composer and Director of the Electroacoustic
12:15 Nigel Morgan, Composer and Lecturer in Creative Music
12:30 OPEN DEBATE
Motion: In the next century digital museums, digital art, digital
music, and digital theatre will be preferred to the
13:00 LUNCH (not provided)
14:00 Coffee available in the foyer of the Debating Chamber
14:30 Chris Meade, Director of the Poetry Society
14:45 Peter Howard, Poet and Telecommunications Systems Design
15:00 Questions and discussion
STYLE AND DESIGN
15:30 Peter York, Author, Journalist and Broadcaster
15:45 Robin Baker, Director of Ravensbourne College of Design
16:00 OPEN DEBATE
Motion: Digital text(ure): all style and no substance.
16:30 Peter Gibbins, Executive Director of the Digital Virtual
Centre of Excellence for Digital Broadcasting and
I WOULD LIKE TO REGISTER A PLACE ON THE HUMANITIES COMPUTING UNIT'S
'BEYOND ART?' ONE-DAY COLLOQUIUM ON APRIL 21st 1999
I ENCLOSE A CHEQUE FOR 40.00 pounds (standard rate) or 5.00 pounds
(student/unwaged) or 10.00 pounds (Oxford University staff)
MADE PAYABLE TO 'OXFORD UNIVERSITY COMPUTING SERVICES'.