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Wolfgang Münch

New Media Education in Singapore

* Introduction:

Decentralization has always been regarded as one of the advantages of new technologies. But it might have come to a slight surprise for the old centers that a few places in between newyorkberlintokyo took this notion literally and started their own business. Blessed with an amazing economic growth, Asia has added itself onto the globe of art and media: China, India, Indonesia, and Thailand are about to make their move. And strategically placed in the center of South-East Asia, Singapore has started to re-invest a serious portion of its surplus in creative industries. Media art schools are delighted about new funding options while expectations for the return value are high. This is a time full of opportunities for a new generation of media artists on this side of the universe. And a challenge to new media education: will all this add some local flavor to our globalized artware-software-hardware world?

* About Wolfgang Münch:

Wolfgang Studied fine arts in a pre-computer era, worked at ZKM, was teaching interactive media in stuttgart, hongkong and singapore, has been artist in residence in ZKM, AEC and IAMAS, and is currently dean of media arts at LASALLE-SIA in Singapore.

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Joline Blais/Jon Ippolito

Evaluating Collaborative Work, Interauthorship, Open Content

    * Introduction:

Evaluating Collaborative Work: Tenure Processes in New Media How can collaborative work and publishing on blogs, and mailinglists be evaluated? What are criteria to evaluate new media practioners?
Ippolito and writer Joline Blais are currently at work on a book entitled "The Edge of Art" and recently co-founded the Still Water program for network art and culture at the University of Maine. At Still Water, Ippolito, also Associate Curator of Media Arts at the Guggenheim Museum, is at work on three projects -- the Variable Media Network, the Open Art Network, and an exhibition called Mind Sets -- that aim to expand the art world beyond its traditional confines. Both are faculty at The University of Maine.

    * About Jon Ippolito, Joline Blais:

Jon Ippolito is an artist, Guggenheim curator, and co-founder of the Still Water program for network art and culture at the University of Maine where he is an Assistant Professor of new media.

Fiction writer Joline Blais pioneered the development of the Media Studies program in SCPD at New York University. She has a background in history and comparative literature at Harvard and University of Pennsylvania.

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Eduardo Navas/Randall Packer

Net Art Review

Case Study: Diary of a Star and Net Art Review

* Introduction:

A question that often arises about blogs is how they affect cultures around the globe. In relation to this I am interested in how blogs can play a role in the dissemination of knowledge and how they are affecting the development of new knowledge.

In my presentation, I will consider the dichotomy of the individual blog vs. the group blog as tools for dissemination. I will explain how I see Net Art Review functioning as a multi-faceted group blog that can be used for educational purposes which extend outside the classroom and is more of a service to many online communities. I will also talk about Diary of a Star which is a critical take on blogging that appropriates selections from the Andy Warhol Diaries; a project that uses blogging as a tool for art discourse.

* About Eduardo Navas:

Eduardo Navas is active as an interdisciplinary artist currently doing research as a Ph.D. Graduate Fellow in the Art History, Theory and Criticism program at the University of California, San Diego. His work has been featured at MACAY, Merida, Yucatan,MX; Centro de Diseno, Cine y Television, Mexico City, MX; Whitney Museum's Artport, NYC; and Turbulence.org, NYC among other spaces. He has lectured and presented his works and ideas at Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; Fundación Telefónica, Buenos Aires as well as Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires. He is founder and contributing editor of Net Art Review, and is co-founding member of acute.cc, an international network of artists and academics who organize international events and publications periodically.

Freedom of Discourse: Political Consciousness in the Classroom

* Introduction:

Since 9/11, the classroom has increasingly become an environment for discourse focused on a world in crisis, particularly the cultural, political and religious clash between East & West. The War in Iraq only heightened the need to use the academic setting as a platform for exploring issues that have emerged from the conflict. However, there has been pressure on professors and teachers to censor this type of discussion for fear it might oppose the political views of students, or force certain views on the student. This, in my opinion, flies in the face of the very core of education, in which a variety of views are discussed and debated, freely and openly. This talk will focus on freedom of speech, and freedom of topic in the classroom: should professors be able to incorporate political events and issues into their teaching without censor, particularly in the arts, where contemporary issues and their critique are a vital component of art practice.

* About Randall Packer:

Randall Packer is internationally recognized as a pioneering artist, composer, educator, and scholar in the field of multimedia. His work has been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the world including Europe, Asia, and North America. He is Assistant Professor of Multimedia at American University in Washington, DC. His book and accompanying Web site, Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality (W.W. Norton 2001 / www.artmuseum.net), has been adopted internationally as one of the leading educational texts in the field. Packer is concerned with the aesthetic, philosophical, and socio-cultural impact of new media in an increasingly technological society. Since moving to Washington, DC in 2000, his work has explored the critique of the role of the artist in society and politics. He founded the virtual government agency US Department of Art and Technology (www.usdat.us) in 2001, which proposes and supports the idealized definition of the artist as one whose reflections, ideas, aesthetics, sensibilities, and abilities can have significant and transformative impact on the world stage. Website: www.zakros.com

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Lily Diaz

Media Lab Helsinki

* Introduction:

The Doctor of Arts degree (in Art and Design) offers the prospective student an opportunity to engage and complete advanced research in a multidisciplinary environment, from the point of view of art and design. The degree, which focuses on the creation of a research-based dissertation, should not be confused with the teaching-oriented Doctor of Arts awarded in the United States or with other practice-based studio arts degrees.

The Media Lab is the school of digital design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The lab provides education and research frameworks for studying digital media contents and technologies, their design, development and the effect they have on society. Our work is characterized by the collaboration of people from a wide variety of disciplines and cultures.

About Doctor of Arts studies at the University of Art and Design

Frequently asked questions about University of Art and Design dissertations

List of dissertations completed at University of Art and Design

About the Media Lab

Doctoral Studies at the Media Lab

* About Lily Diaz-Kommonen:

Lily Díaz-Kommonen holds degrees in the arts (MFA in computer art, School of Visual Arts; Doctor of Art, University of Art and Design Helsinki, Media Lab) and in the humanities (BA in cultural anthropology, Brandeis University). Her research interests include digital design and its implementation in the cultural heritage sector; visualization and knowledge production; and Cultural Historical Activity Theory as a theoretical framework for art and design practices.

Prior to engaging in an academic career, she was a successful designer and consultant in New York City working in the financial services sector. Currently she is Acting Professor in Systems of Representation & Digital Cultural Heritage at the Media Lab of the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland.

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Axel Bruns


    * Introduction:

Peer-to-peer (p2p) communication is currently a major driver of online content development. In addition to some of the better-known p2p communication forms such as filesharing, however, we are now also witnessing the emergence of a wide range of p2p publishing models. These range from solitary, diary-style Weblogs (blogs) to communal blogspaces which place individual blogs within elaborate interconnecting extrastructures, and beyond this to increasingly sophisticated Websites for the open publishing and discussion of special interest news. This form of communal publishing replaces traditional journalistic gatekeeping approaches with a new gatewatching model, and (implicitly or explicitly) applies the philosophy of the open source software development movement to news reporting and publishing, leading to what can be described as open news.

    * About Axel Bruns (Brisbane, Australia):

Media & Communication Discipline, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia) On collective authorship, and peer-to-peer publishing. Bruns is part of the Fibreculture team and teaches at Queensland University of Technology. He is general editor of M/C - Media and Culture. Bruns's research interests are in online publishing, virtual communities, creative industries, creative hypertext writing, and popular music studies. His book Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production will be published by Peter Lang in 2005. http://snurb.info/

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