5th September 2015
from 14:00 to 15:30 at Post City, Knowledge Capital District.
Besides featuring the student projects, we will also hold a small international seminar. There, scholars and artists such as Prof. Herlander Elias from University of Beira Interior in Portugal, Prof. Machiko Kusahara from Waseda University in Tokyo, Prof. Erkki Huhtamo from UCLA in the USA, Prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński from the University of Lodz in Poland and Prof. Stahl Stenslie of Aalborg University in Denmark, Prof. Dai XiaoRong from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music / Digital Media Art Institute, and Prof. Christa Sommerer and Prof. Laurent Mignonneau will discuss the latest trends in media art. They will also reflect on the topic of post media and interface criticism from an artistic point of view.
For example Herlander Elias will talk about technological changes that impact contemporary society and have resulted in the formation of a “post-computer” and “post-Internet” person. He will explain the characteristics of this new type of person, whom he calls “Homo Cypiens” (as both “Intelligence” [Sapiens] and “cyberspatial” or “digital” [Cyber]), while Prof. Stahl Stenslie will reflect about “Prêt-à-Post: Joy, Fear and Ecstasy.” In his argument dead technologies, dead communities or dead life or any other post-condition are a form of a new Prêt-à-Porter, custom fit to your custom written game-of-life. Prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński will talk about relations between new media art and the art@science phenomenon. In his paper Towards the Third Culture he wrote that the @ symbol linking both sides highlights that in the newest practices which combine art and science the digital and media technologies play a very important role.  Using as examples works of such artists like e.g. Ken Feingold or Guy Ben-Ary, he will discuss the thesis that art@science is a post-media chapter in the history of new media art. Prof. Christa Sommerer and Prof. Laurent Mignonneau from the University of Art and Design Linz will talk about their latest project “Portrait on the Fly” where interactive portraits of media experts and scholars are converted into plotter drawings. The aim of this post media strategy is to conserve images of historic figures involved in media art – an ephemeral field that is obsessed with novelty and change. Prof. Machiko Kusahara will talk about post media tendencies in Japanese Device Art, f.e. the Post-Pet projects by Kazuhiko Hachiya, where artists consciously commercialize their artistic products. Professor Erkki Huhtamo will reflect on “Post-O – Media Archaeologies of Imitation and Innovation” and the significance of the post label in media culture through the concept Post-O which he recently launched.
 Ryszard W. Kluszczynski, “art@science. About Relations between Art and Science”, In: Towards the Third Culture. The Co-Existence of Art, Science and Technology, ed. R.W. Kluszczynski, CCA Gdansk, 2011, p. 33.
“Post-Post” Seminar/ Biographies of the Speakers:
Prof. Herlander Elias, University of Beira Interior, Portugal
Herlander Elias is an Assistant Professor of Digital Culture and Strategic Communication in the Department of Communication & Arts at the College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Beira Interior (UBI) in Covilhã, Portugal. Prof. Elias’s research focuses on the intersections of technology, electronic music, videogames, hardware, software, and science fiction in digital culture and communication sciences. He has media industry experience working as a journalist for information technology news and entertainment magazines in Portugal. Prof. Elias has several publications exploring digital culture including “Cyberpunk,” “First Person Shooter: The Subjective Cyberspace,” “The Anime Galaxy – Japanese Animation As New Media,” and “Post-Web: The Continuous Geography of Digital Media.” Most recently, he published the noir thriller novel, “The Complete Man” and his recent published book is entitled “Brandware – When Brands, Media And Technology Collide“ (2015).
Prof. Erkki Huhtamo from UCLA University USA
Erkki Huhtamo is known as a founding figure of media archaeology. He has published extensively on media culture and media arts, lectured worldwide, given stage performances, curated exhibitions,
and directed TV programs. He is a professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Departments of Design Media Arts, and Film, Television, and Digital Media. His most recent book is
Illusions in Motion. Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles (The MIT Press, 2013)
Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, PhD, media art scholar, writer and curator
Chair of School of Media and Audiovisual Culture, University of Lodz, Poland. Professor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz. He writes about new media arts, cyberculture, theory of media and communication, information and network society, experimental cinema and video art. He critically investigates the issues of contemporary art theory, avant-garde, and recent art practices [the list of the publications on his website].
Some of his book publications: Interactive Art. From Artwork-Instrument to Interactive Spectacle, 2010; Information Society. Cyberculture. Multimedia Arts, 2001 (second edition 2002); Film – Video – Multimedia. Art of the Moving Picture in the Era of Electronics, 1999 (second edition 2002); Images at Large. Study on the History of Media Art in Poland, 1998; Avant-Garde. Theoretical Study, 1997; Film – Art of the Great Avant-Garde, 1990.
He is the editor of Towards the Third Culture. The Co-Existence of Art, Science and Technology (2011); Crude Life. The Tissue Culture & Art Project: Oron Catts + Ionat Zurr (2012); Wonderful Life: Laurent Mignonneau + Christa Sommerer (2012); Robotic Art and Culture. Bill Vorn and His Hysterical Machines (2014); Meat, Metal & Code / Contestable Chimeras: Stelarc (2014); Ken Feingold: Figures of Speech (2014).
In the years 1990-2001 Kluszczyński was a Chief Curator of Film, Video and Multimedia Arts in the Centre for Contemporary Art – Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. He curated numerous international art exhibitions. In 2010 co-curated with Tsutomu Mizusawa Beyond Mediations, the main exhibition of The Second International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Poznan, Poland. Since 2011 he has been the Artistic Director of Art & Science Meeting Project in the Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk and curator of the exhibition of Guy Ben-Ary + Kirsten Hudson, Boryana Rossa & Tanya Visosevic; Ken Feingold; Monika Fleischmann and Wolfgang Strauss; Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau; Stelarc; Tissue Culture & Art Project; Patrick Tresset; Victoria Vesna and James Gimzewski; Bill Vorn. Co-curator (with Anna Bitkina and Sinziana Ravini) the traveling exhibition United States of Europe (2011-2013).
Prof. Machiko Kusahara from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Machiko Kusahara has extensively written, lectured, curated and served as a jury internationally in new media art since early 1980s. Her researches in media art and media archaeology focus on the correlation between art, technology, and culture.
Prof. Stahl Stenslie, Aalborg University, Denmark
Stahl Stenslie is an artist, curator and researcher specializing in experimental media art, interactive experiences and disruptive technologies. He focuses on art and expressions that challenge ordinary ways of perceiving the world. Through his practice he asks the questions we tend to avoid or where the answers lie in the shadows of existence. Keywords of his practice are somaesthetics, unstable media, transgression and the numinous. The technological focus in his works is on the art of the recently possible – such as i) panhaptic communication on Smartphones, ii) somatic and holophonic soundspaces, and iii) disruptive, open source design of functional and lethal weapons for low cost 3D print. He has been exhibiting, moderating and lecturing at major international events (ISEA, DEAF, Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, Oslo Lux). He represented Norway at the 5th biennial in Istanbul, Turkey, co-organized 6cyberconf and won the Grand Prize of the Norwegian Council for Cultural Affairs.His PhD is on Touch and Technologies. Currently he is teaching and researching as a full professor in Art and Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark, and employed as course director and researcher at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. In September 2015 he will start at director of PNEK.org.
Prof. Dai XiaoRong from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music / Digital Media Art Institute
Prof. Christa Sommerer & Prof. Laurent Mignonneau, professors of Interface Cultures, University of Art and Design Linz
Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau are media artists and researchers. They studied with media art pioneers Peter Weibel and Roy Ascott. After an artist-in-residency at NSCA in Champaing/Urbana, USA, they worked 10 years in Japan as
researchers at ATR Research Laboratories in Kyoto and as associate professors at the IAMAS Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences in Gifu. Currently Sommerer and Mignonneau are professor and heads of the department for Interface Cultures at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. Sommerer is also an Obel Guest Professor at Aalborg University’s Art &Technology Department in Denmark and Mignonneau is a Guest professor at Université Paris 8 in Frabce. Mignonneau and Sommerer have created around 20 artworks, for which they received numerous awards such the Wu Guanzhong Art and Science Innovation Prize by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the Golden Nica Prix Ars Electronica Award. They have exhibited in around 250 international exhibitions and their artworks are in collections worldwide.