DAM Berlin @ transmediale 2013 Vorspiel

Back when Digital Art was still new. Panel talk with Miro A. Cimerman (HR) and Stephen Kovats (CA)

Saturday, 26 January 2013, 3 – 5 pm

Moderator: Sophia Gräfe, DAM Berlin

+ special screening of documentay: bcd, nove tendencije - new tendencies - neuen tendenzen, Zagreb 1961-1973.

„The significance of Pluto does not, in the end, have so much to do with the definition of what a planet really is or is not. Instead, the story of Pluto is about our cultural situation: how technological development and new knowledge paradigms change our cultural imaginaries.“

extract from transmediale BWPWAP curatorial statement, www.transmediale.de

Together with Stephen Kovats (CA), media researcher, and Miro A. Cimerman (HR), software designer, we will discuss historic examples in which Digital Media was asked to be part of social (ex)change.

Digital Art has gained popularity in the last 10-15 years in the digitalized everyday life of our societies. It's commonly expected that a young generation of computer artists is finally using the computer for creating unbounded aesthetic objects and new ways of thinking thus using the potentials of new media to full capacity. But: Consistently our visitors are surprised to learn e.g. that virtual realities have been already created in the 1970ies and astonishing pattern and random experiments were done starting from the 1960ies. So that the digital hype in the contemporary aesthetics of communication and design as well as in a growing art market has to put its relevance for art history and its reference to present-day problems into question.

This event is part of the reSource 003: P2P Vorspiel presented by transmediale 2013 (www.transmediale.de) and CTM.13 (www.ctm-festival.de)