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Anna Munster/Michele Barker

MunsterJoin us for an evening with the Australian media theorist Anna Munster
and media artist Michele Barker discussing the relevance and irrelevance of biology for new media art, theory and artists.

Sunday, June 6, 7pm

THE THING
601 West 26th Street
New York, New York 10001
Tel: 212-937 0443
Email: info@thing.net

In this short presentation artists and writers Michele Barker and Anna Munster (Sydney, Australia), will look at the entanglement of new media art and theory with the life sciences from the 1990s to the present. Barker’s work ‘Præternatural,' a CDROM, critically investigates the relationship of interactivity to a culture of choice and consumption and to the positivist neo-Darwinist tendencies of a life and genetics in 1990s new media art. Munster, in her writing, has questioned recent collaborations between art and bioscience on the basis of its utilitarian ethics. She is now working on and with bioart to see if new ethico-political paradigms might emerge from the critical confluence of life and information. Both will present examples of their recent art work - interactive and PowerPoint art - in these areas.

(organized by Institute for Distributed Creativity in collaboration with The Thing)

Michele Barker
Barker is a professor in Photomedia, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. She is currently an artist in residence at Eyebeam, New York. Her recent exhibitions include:
Science Fictions, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore June - July 2003, VIDARTE 2002 Postal Centre, Mexico City, August - September 2002, Aller Anfang (The Very Beginning) Oesterreichisches Museum für Volkskunde, Vienna Austria, April - October 2002, ConVerge: where art and science meet, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Biennial of Visual Arts as part of the 2002 Adelaide Arts Festival, February - March 2002, Contact Zones: The Art of CD-Rom, Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary, Alberta Canada, October 26 - December 6, 2001

Anna Munster
Munster is a professor in Art History and Theory, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. She is in New York conducting research for an Australian Research Council Discovery grant. She has published in the international journals ctheory, culture machine, M/C and New Media and Society. Her art work was recently exhibited at DIY_DNA_DAY at The Cube, Bristol, England, April 2004, Outside In, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington Australia, June 18-July 15, 2003, Aller Anfang (The Very Beginning) Oesterreichisches Museum für Volkskunde, Vienna Austria, April - October 2002 and can be found online at http://wundernet.cofa.unsw.edu.au. She is a facilitator of the online list :fibreculture: (www.fibreculture.org), focused upon critical discussion of new media in the Australasian region and a member of the ‘fibrecultural journal’ editorial team (www.journal.fibreculture.org).

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