Friday 10/23 8pm
at the Nightingale at 1084 N Milwaukee
Screen.Grab2 presents a sampling of Video and New Media work using the visual vocabulary of network and digital culture. From glitch to screen savers to realtime audio-video noise to experimental dance pop movies, CHIcast converses with the multi-vocal presence of screen based art located within Chicago. Screen.Grab2 is part of a weekend long slate of programs (including two free New Media art making workshops) called Expressive Media Express as part of Chicago Artists Month.
In PART I of Screen.Grab2, Nicholas O’Brien has curated a screening program of digital works by artists based in Chicago.
During In PART II of Screen.Grab2, jonCates has organized a series of performances of digital and analog computers and electronics that will pop offscreen and into the physical space of the Nightingale.
“Although Screen.Grab is designed to enable a dialog between New Media and Experimental Cinema, this installment is also intended to bring together discourses from various mediums through creatively engaging in the familiar frameworks of online and digital tools. The ubiquity of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and digital iconography evident in CHIcast is approached with a playful inquisitiveness and criticality. The work examines our digital interactions through questioning the supposition of the reliable, accurate, personal, and informative qualities found in New Media environments. In repositioning these characteristics away from the initial excitement and subsequent skepticism of New Media, the material found in this screening steer the conversation into a more colloquial and casual shared exploration.” – Nicholas O’Brien
10/21 8pm FREE
The Nightingale 1084 N Milwaukee
Austrian artist and Media Art Historian, Nina Wenhart presents her
“ARS ELECTRONICA: re:shaping a city’s cultural identity”
30 years ago the first Ars Electronica festival took place in Linz,
Austria. Ars has grown to be one of the most influential Media Art
festivals and centers in the world. But while much has been written
about it, and still more will be talked about its history when Ars
celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2009, there has not yet been a
comprehensive study about Ars Electronica’s influence on the local
community and its impact on the cultural development of Linz. This
paper investigates the socio-cultural, artistic and geographic traces
Ars Electronica has left on the city of Linz. This Media Art historical
account also details a very personal history, as the author, being four
years old at the time of the first festival and amazed by its fireworks
display, remembers the festival’s beginnings from her personal
experience and – having worked for Ars Electronica’s Futurelab for many
years – from a professional perspective as well.
The main question of this talk is how the then marginal field of art,
science and technology, placed in an even more marginal, working-class
and steel-producing city contributed greatly to the
creation/development of a new cultural identity of the city, the art
scene and the community as a whole. My investigation into the histories
of this cultural institution focuses on the regional impact, regional
being interpreted as geographically located/rooted as well as
Nina Wenhart is an instructor for the „Prehystories of New Media“ class
at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an independent
artist/researcher. She is a graduate student at Prof. Oliver Grau’s
Media Art Histories program at the Danube University in Krems. For many
years, she was the head of the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s videostudio,
where she created their archives and primarily worked with the
historical material. She was four years old, when Ars Electronica
started and has stayed connected with it ever since.
Models and Challenges for Interdisciplinary Collaboration
2009 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science
November 14-16, 2009
Illinois Institute of Technology
McCormick-Tribune Campus Center, 3201 S State St.
Hermann Hall, 3241 S Federal St.
The annual Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer
Science (DHCS) brings together researchers and scholars in the
humanities and computer science to advance interdisciplinary
collaborations between the digital humanists and computer scientists,
advancing the area as a field of intellectual inquiry and identifying
new directions and perspectives for future research.
Such collaborative research poses both problems and opportunities:
* How can computation provide new critical and interpretative tools
* How can humanities scholarship help us understand the meaning and
import of computational analysis of human artifacts?
Edward Tufte, Professor Emeritus at Yale University, “An Academic and Otherwise Life, An N = 1.”
Social Science Research Building 122
10/20 5:30 pm
The New Media Workshop is pleased to present
Hollis Frampton: Meta-History and Media Archeology
a discussion co-led by Lisa Zaher, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Art History and Jim Hodge, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English, University of Chicago
Of the arts, only photography, along with its prodigious sibling, the cinema, has appeared during historic time. – Hollis Frampton
An acclaimed filmmaker, photographer and media theorist, Frampton is a major figure in the American avant-garde. Witty and ambitious in scope, his films engage with philosophy, mathematics, and science, offering perspectives on the relation of life and media that transcend deterministic polarizations. This meeting will focus on Frampton’s writings on the historicity of media in three texts:
“Incisions in History / Segments of Eternity”
“For a Metahistory of Film: Commonplace Notes and Hypotheses”
Interview with Bill Simon on the Magellan Cycle
Friday, October 16
10:30-12:30, Cobb 310
Refreshments will be served
This meeting of the New Media Workshop accompanies Critical Mass: Re-Viewing Hollis Frampton, a series of screenings at locations throughout Chicago between October and January, culminating in a Symposium at the Film Studies Center, University of Chicago in February 2010.
Join us for the season’s first screening on the preceding evening:
Hollis Frampton: Solariumagelani
Thursday, Oct 15, 6.00 pm
Gene Siskel Film Center