October 02, 2005

LECTURE | Making Space for the Artist

Making Space for the Artist
A public lecture by Mark Amerika
Tuesday October 11
7pm- 8.30pm
Building 3.5.10
(Bon Marche Building- corner of Harris St and Broadway, Ultimo)
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

By its very nature, new media art is congested with always emergent technologies and a slew of theoretical justifications that attempt to turn aesthetic practice into art-research. But avant-garde artists have been at the forefront of pioneering an experimental humanities since the early 20th century, and many reputable universities are now finding pockets of interest in their various science faculties that want to move away from "computer science per se" as well as "theory" while simultaneously embracing new modes of interdisciplinary thought that border on the aesthetic. Who are the new media artists of today and where are they hiding in the midst of all of this interdisciplinary change? Are they capable of making space for their creative enterprise without conforming to preset research agendas and styles of inquiry, and is it still possible to take a radical stance from within the work of art itself regardless of what new technologies are hot and what current theory tries to appropriate its fluid context?

Mark Amerika's lecture will mix personal narrative, philosophical inquiry, spontaneous theories, and cyberpunk fictions as a way to locate the emerging spaces where new media artists operate when distributing their digital art personas. Presenting a selection of his work composed over the last 15 years, he will discuss how making space for the artist requires protecting the creative process from becoming neutered by the corporate greed machine, and how artists themselves might strategize a parallel "digital poetics" that creatively disturbs the by now predictable forms of academic research practice.

Mark Amerika is a Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His net art, DVD surround sound installations, and VJ performances have been exhibited and featured all over the world. He is the author of two novels, has edited three published anthologies, and is the Founder and Publisher of the Alt-X Online Network, a net art and new media writing site started on the Internet in 1993 (www.altx.com). His forthcoming book of artist writings, entitled META/DATA: A Digital Poetics, will be published by MIT Press later next year. Professor Amerika is also directing his first feature-length film, entitled MY AUTOEROTIC MUSE. His website is www.markamerika.com

Mark Amerika is a Visiting Artist in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, UTS, in Spring 2005. For further information please contact Megan.Heyward@uts.edu.au.