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DISCUSSION LIST: In September/October, the CRUMB Discussion List is debating the themes of the conference, and an edited highlight file from the debate at 18th September is available on this page, see "download pdf" link above.


One-day conference as part of the Abandon Normal Devices festival 23-27 September 2009

Thursday 24th September 2009. 9:30am-4:30pm.

The Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University, Duckinfield Street, Off Brownlow Hill, Liverpool

Showing time-based art is very different to showing art objects. But how is art which uses the Internet, interactivity, social systems, or real-time computing different from video, live art, or performance? Rather than progressing along a smooth curve of development, art practices ‘other’ than those traditionally supported by the mainstream often seem to lurch along a rollercoaster-like path from avant-gardism to hyperbole, rejection to appropriation. New and emerging forms of art, such as online art, can go from being cutting edge to out-of-fashion shockingly quickly, without ever establishing the longevity necessary to garner a critical vocabulary and appreciation around the work. Which histories, whether from the field of art or technology, could inform the life-cycle of 'art after new media'? Which histories might allow for a more reflective approach to newly emergent forms of art, and could help viewers with short-attention spans to see beyond the hype?

This one-day conference aims to share the knowledge of those involved in exhibition practices beyond the object of art, and asks, should we abandon ‘normal’ curating practices, or adapt these modes to integrate ‘the new’? This event draws experts and researchers from the fields of art making, curating, history and criticism to confront the slippery question of time -- including the timelines of production, of showing, and of participation.

Speakers and workshop leaders include:

-Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

-Gavin Wade, director of Eastside Projects in Birmingham.

-Mark Nash, Head of Department of Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art (TBC).

-Franz Thalmair, co-founder of CONT3XT.NET collaborative curatorial group in Vienna with Michael Kargl (aka carlos katastrofsky) and Sabine Hochrieser.

-Kelli Dipple, Curator, Intermedia, at Tate Modern in London.

-Guthrie Lonegan and Oliver Laric, artists

-Michael Connor, New York based writer and curator

-Helen Sloan, Director of SCAN, curator

-Axel Lapp, CRUMB senior researcher, curator

-Kathryn Lambert, Creative director, folly

This event is a collaboration for AND between CRUMB the resource for curators of new media art, and Charlie Gere of Lancaster University. CRUMB receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.



  media art
  live art


  Barbara London
  Kelli Dipple
  Axel Lapp
  Michael Connor
  Kathryn Lambert
  Oliver Laric
  Mark Nash
  Helen Sloan
  Franz Thalmair
  Gavin Wade