IDIA Presents: Christiane Paul “New Media in the Mainstream” 3/24/11 at 4:00pm, AJ 175
New media art curator and author
“New Media in the Mainstream”
Thursday, March 24 4:00pm
Art and Journalism Building, AJ 175
Christiane Paul will explore the challenges that new media art presents to institutions and the art market. Also discussed will be museum exhibitions-media and traditional- that responded to technological culture, as well as the historical roots of the complex relationship between new media and the mainstream art world.
Over the past decade, contemporary art has increasingly been shaped by concepts of participation, collaboration, social connectivity, performativity, and ‘relational’ aspects. One could argue that art responded to contemporary culture, which is shaped by digital and other new technologies and the changes they have brought about. While art institutions and organizations now commonly use digital technologies in their infrastructure—“connecting” and distributing through their websites, facebook pages, YouTube channels, and Twitter tours—they still place emphasis on exhibiting more traditional art forms that reference technological culture rather than art that uses these technologies as a medium. The talk explores the complexities behind this “state of the art world,” including the challenges that new media present to institutions and the art market. Also discussed will be museum exhibitions—media and traditional—that responded to technological culture, as well as the historical roots of the complex relationship between new media and the mainstream art world.
Christiane Paul is the Director of the Media Studies Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School, NY, and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has written extensively on new media arts and lectured internationally on art and technology. An expanded new edition of her book Digital Art (Thames & Hudson, UK, 2003), as well as her edited anthology New Media in the White Cube and Beyond – Curatorial Models for Digital Art (UC Press) were published in 2008. At the Whitney Museum, she is responsible for artport, the museum’s online portal to Internet art and curated the shows Profiling (2007), Data Dynamics” (2001), and the net art selection for the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Other recent curatorial work includes the Incheon Digital Art Festival (Korea, 2009); “Scalable Relations” (Beall Center for Art and Technology, Irvine, CA; gallery@CalIT2, San Diego, CA; CN(S)I, University of California Los Angeles; MAT University of California Santa Barbara, 2008-09); SOS 4.8 festival (Murcia, Spain, 2008); and Feedback (co-curated with Jemima Rellie and Charlie Gere; LABoral Art Center, Gijon, Spain, 2007). Dr. Paul has previously taught in the MFA computer arts department at the School of Visual Arts in New York (1999-2008); the Digital+Media Department of the Rhode Island School of Design (2005-08); the San Francisco Art Institute and the Center of New Media at the University of California at Berkeley (2008).