I explore media in transition. My research encompasses film, video, print, digital arts, and the web. I'm interested in what artists and writers are doing and in what critics and scholars are saying.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

International Explorations: Dance, Technology, and Cultural Memory

I wish I could attend all the fascinating conferences and symposia I hear about. Here are a few to add to my list:

(1) Several activities will be held in Nottingham, England, November 28–December 4, 2005, in conjunction with Digital Cultures Lab of Nottingham Trent University and Radiator Festival for New Technology Art. There will be an International Dance and Technology Research Lab, performances and exhibitions, and a symposium.

(2) Also noteworthy is "Technologies of Memory in the Arts" (May 19–20, 2006), organized by the department of Comparative Arts and Cultural Studies of the Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands). The international conference “focuses on art as a cultural and technological practice to process and construct the past in the present. Central questions to this conference are: How do art and artistic practices function as technologies of memory? How are cultural artefacts implicated in complex processes of remembering and forgetting, of recollecting and disremembering, of amnesia and anamnesia?”

The conference specifically addresses “the material construction of cultural memory. It aims to explore procedures of memory in both traditional and new media as well as to investigate the role of digitalisation of art and culture in relation to memory. Generally, its focus is on the materiality of representation and on the relation between the medium and the construction of cultural memory.”

The organizers participate in ACUME, the EU-sponsored research network designed “to investigate ‘Cultural Memory’ in various European nations. . . . ‘Cultural Memory’ is built upon two different, yet complementary aspects that partners in this project intend to investigate: remembrance (memory) and oblivion (amnesia). The project is characterised by an interdisciplinary methodology and by a comparative approach. . . . The project includes five fields of research: Cultural Amnesia; Bearing Witness; Places and Memory; Oral and Written History; Foundation Texts and Mythology.”

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