ICT & ART CONNECT at BEAF 2014
Disruptive Innovation Practices
For An Unknown Future
Centre for Fine Art, Brussels
Saturday, 27th September 2014
10:00 - 18:00
ONLINE REGISTRATION (limited capacity)
Within the 3rd edition of BOZAR ELECTRONIC ARTS FESTVAL, the symposium"Art & Digital Technologies: Disruptive Innovation practices for an Unknown Future" is a professional gathering open to the public which explores increasingly close relationship between artistic practices, digital creation, technological innovation and research.
Collaborative initiatives, new practices, permeability between artistic and industrial spheres, and new avenues of financing are all issues that define the new cultural milieu. This symposium proposes to bring together creative experts, policy makers, technologists, artists, companies and researchers from various backgrounds to discuss these issues.
DOORS / 9:45
OPENING SESSION/ 10:15 - 10:20
Presentation and Introduction of the symposium and participating partners (E.C.A.S. - ICT ART CONNECT - ART&D – iMinds) by
Paul Dujardin (BE) , CEO and artistic director of the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR)
Ralph Dum (AT), European Commission Directorate for Information Technologies (CONNECT)
Paul Dujardin (BE) - CEO and artistic director of the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR)
Paul Dujardin is CEO and artistic director of the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels since 2002. Under his direction the Centre has turned into an internationally recognised, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary arts centre, offering a wide range of events, from concerts, to exhibitions, cinema, literature, theatre, dance performances or debates and workshops.
Paul Dujardin represents the Centre for Fine Arts of Brussels in various platforms, such as the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), theInternational Society of Performing Arts (ISPA), the Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne (R.E.M.A.) and ASEMUS – Asia-Europe Museum Network(since September 2010). Since 2013 he is President of the International
Music Council (IMC). He is also a member of the board of the European Festivals Association (EFA) since February 2014.
Under his direction BOZAR has become a true agora, a platform
facilitating exchanges and debates between citizens, artists, political
decision-makers, and personalities from other sectors. As a passionate advocate of the European project, Paul Dujardin enabled BOZAR to become an essential and indispensable actor both in the European cultural cooperation and in the defence of cultural values in the European project. This dynamism is expressed by BOZAR’s involvement for example in the European research project "The role of culture in EU external relations" or via the extensive collaborations with networks and organizations such as the Goethe
Institute, Culture Action Europe, EUNIC, the European Cultural Foundation or the European Foundation Centre (non-exhaustive list).
Paul Dujardin chairs the cultural committee of the project "New Narrative for Europe", a pilot initiative of the European Parliament implemented with the European Commission to develop a new vision for Europe through the prisms of art and science.
From 1992 to 2002 Paul was the CEO of the Société Philharmonique de Bruxelles, prior to which he was, among others, in charge of the annual festival“Ars Musica” dedicated to contemporary music.
He studied arts history and archaeology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) and detains a Master’s Degree in Management Sciences from the Vlaamse Economische Hogeschool (VLEKHO).
Ralph Dum (AT) - European Commission Directorate for Information Technologies (CONNECT)
RD studied physics in Europe and US and worked in physics in US, UK, and France before joining the European Commission in 2001. In the European Commission he was initially in charge of programmes in quantum computing and complex systems. Recently he is in charge of linking scientific insight with policy issues arising from global challenges like global warming or financial crisis. More broadly of use of ICT in a broader scientific context (digital science). He is currently spearheading a program on synergies between the ARTS and ICT in the context of innovation.
KEYNOTES / 10:20 – 11:10
ICT ART CONNECT WORLDVIEW
presented by Luis Miguel Girao (PT), ICT ART CONNECT.study
Bill O’Brien (US), Senior Advisor for Program Innovation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Christian Waldvogel (CH), ETTAS - European Space Agency Topical Team Arts and Science
Yves Bernard (BE), artistic and managing director of iMAL (interactive Media Art Laboratory)
Hugues Vinet (FR), Director of IRCAM’s R&D Department
Alain Liedts (BE), Chairman of the Liedts-Meesen Foundation - New Technological Art Award (NTAA)
Roundtable and Q&A moderated by Carol Strohecker (US), Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
iMinds and Artshare are running the ICT ART CONNECT study for DG CONNECT - European Commission. The study aims at characterizing and connecting artistic communities of ICT researchers at all levels, including institutions, companies and individuals. It is creating a map of active people engaged in artistic practices within ICT research projects in Europe and world-wide. From this analysis, recommendations will be drawn for a DG CONNECT strategy to engage more broadly with the arts in Horizon 2020 - the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
The aim is to thereby contribute to enhancing creativity and innovation in society, technology, science, education, and business and to more gracefully better embedding science and technology in society. The first results will be presented during this symposium.
Bill O’Brien (US) - Senior Advisor for Program Innovation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Bill O'Brien is a senior executive at the National Endowment responsible for exploring, examining and identifying innovative and emerging practices, programs and endeavors in the arts. Mr. O’Brien helped organize two convenings of the nation’s leading artists, scientists and technologists in partnership with the National Science Foundation: Re/search: Art, Science and Information Technology and Symbiotic Art & Science and co-organized a summit investigating New Media Systems with the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Most recently, Bill co-organized a complex-system working group investigation into The Nature of Creativity in the Brain in partnership with the Santa Fe Institute.
He also heads the NEA/Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership Initiative, a
collaboration between the NEA and the Department of Defense to investigate the impact of Creative Arts Therapies as a formal medical protocol at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Previously, Bill served the agency as Deputy Chairman of Grants and Awards, and prior to that, as the Director of Theater and Musical Theatre. Before
joining the Endowment, he was the Producing Director and Managing Director for Deaf West Theater, where he received Tony and a Drama Desk nominations and multiple TheatreLA Ovation Awards, Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Awards and Backstage Garland Awards for Producing, Acting and Sound Design.
In 2004 he produced the Tony-honored Deaf West Theatre Production of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. His advocacy efforts on behalf of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act of the U.S. Department of
Education helped garner Deaf West Theatre the Secretary of Health and Human Services Highest Recognition Award in 2005 for “bridging the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds through theatre.”
Bill also served as a judge for the Edinburgh "Total Theatre Awards" and has appeared in numerous theatrical and television productions, including an ensemble role on all seven seasons as Kenny (Marlee Matlin's voice/interpreter) on NBC's The West Wing.
Yves Bernard (BE) - Artistic and managing director of iMAL (interactive Media Art Laboratory)
Yves Bernard founded iMAL in 1999 with other artists and media activists as a non-profit association and a media laboratory, based in Brussels and dedicated to the artistic use of network and computer-based technologies. Yves Bernard has worked as a lecturer and scientific researcher at Computer Aided Architectural Design at the Univeristy of Liège, on software engineering at Philips Research Laboratory Belgium, Institut Supérieur Artistique Saint-Luc de Bruxelles in 2004 and many more.
Hugues Vinet (FR) - Director of IRCAM’s R&D Department
Hugues Vinet has been since 1994 Director of IRCAM’s R&D Department, including the STMS (Science and Technology of Music and Sound) IRCAM-CNRS-UPMC joint research unit. He also manages IRCAM technology development and transfer: 12 advanced software environments disseminated through IRCAM Forum, the IRCAM Tools professional plug-in collection, and several dozens technology licences with companies worldwide.
His fields of interest include digital audio signal processing, HCI, music knowledge engineering, and the epistemology of relations between art, science and technology. He has been coordinator of R&D projects at EU (FP5 CUIDADO, FP6 SemanticHIFI) and National (ANR Ecrins, Ecoute, Voxstruments, Sample Orchestrator 1&2, etc.) levels.
Alain Liedts (BE) - Chairman of the Liedts-Meesen Foundation - New Technological Art Award (NTAA)
Carol Strohecker (US) - Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
Carol Strohecker was a founding Principal Investigator of the SEAD network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Design, spawned in 2011 through grants from the US National Science Foundation.
From 2006 until 2013, Dr. Strohecker was inaugural Director of the Center for Design Innovation (CDI), a multi-campus research center of the University of North Carolina system. CDI situates technology-based learning and digital design in contexts of urban renewal and community economic development.
Previously Dr. Strohecker was Principal Investigator of the Everyday Learning research group at Media Lab Europe (MLE), the European research partner of the MIT Media Lab. Prior to joining MLE, she worked in the United States at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories and in the Human Interface Group of Sun Microsystems.
She earned the PhD of Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991 and the Master of Science in Visual Studies from MIT in 1986. Dr. Strohecker has served MIT's Program in Media Arts and Sciences as a Lecturer and as a Presidential Nominee on the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee.
In the 1990s, Dr. Strohecker was an advisor in the corporate context of Japan's Advanced Technology Research Consortium. In the following decade, she was an invited researcher participating in framework and program development for the European Commission's Directorates-General for Education and Culture, and for Information Society and Media.
Dr. Strohecker’s collaborative work in interactive media tools and methods has resulted in four US patents. Her awards also include Fellowships with the Artists Foundation of the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities, the US National Endowment for the Arts, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD).
She has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Harvard GSD, MLE, and Learning Lab Denmark. Dr. Strohecker’s publishing has addressed fields of cognitive science, human-computer interaction, learning environment design, interactive narrative, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Luis Miguel Girão (PT) - Founder of Artshare
Luis is a transdisciplinary artist and researcher in the application of technology as a tool for artistic expression. He is a PhD Candidate at the Planetary Collegium and Master of Fine Arts in Design and Digital Media. He is member of the Centre for Sociology and Music Studies of Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the New University of Lisbon, Portugal. His main research subject matter is the development of new interfaces for audiovisual expression, at the moment focusing on bioelectromagnetics. In 2007, he was awarded the Bolsa Ernesto de Sousa prize that allowed him to do research and present results at the Experimental Intermedia Foundation, in New York City. He collaborated with several artists and scientists and his work has been presented in countries such as USA, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Brasil and China. He is expert in New Media for the Secretary of State of Culture, Portugal, as well as for the European Commission. He was coordinator of ICT ART CONNECT 2013 of the European Commission, that happened in several venues in Brussels including the European Parliament. He is coordinating the study ICT ART CONNECT.study for DG CONNECT of the European Commission that is creating a map of institutions and individuals engaged in artistic practices within ICT research projects in Europe and world-wide.
Christian Waldvogel (CH) - ETTAS - European Space Agency Topical Team Arts and Science Director.
Waldvogel Architecture & Media Co-Founder/Executive Director, Callyandi GmbH, Membro Artistico, Istito Svizzero di Roma MSci in Architecture, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich.Christian Waldvogel lives in Zürich, Switzerland, and works as an artist, architect, author and programmer. He views himself as a conceptual artist that deals with humanity as a species, on a planet and in the universe. He believes that understanding the “world” as such, that having a real sense of its properties and character as a sphere orbiting a star, enables us to achieve the sense of context necessary to become truly global citizens. In this respect, he creates projects that encourage people to look at life from an outside perspective with a critical distance.
PRESENTATION / 11:25 – 11:40
Art Industries. Disruption of the Arts
Presentation of the MCD #72 Issue by Anne-Cécile Worms (FR), CEO of Art2M (Art2Machine) presented by E.C.A.S. - Tools for an Unknown Future.
At a time when brands like Facebook, Google, Twitter... gather more people than entire continents, it can be interesting to question the relationship between digital artists and new creative industries. Creative people who usetechnology and work with engineers, developers and scientists produce works, devices and inventions whose users are no longer confined to the institutional sphere and museums nor places dedicated to the contemporary art scene. Their research & creation intersects the R&D departments of companies and laboratories. The collaborative methods of such groups made of developers, designers and artists, promote innovation without necessarily claiming its ownership. Some of them, like the Graffiti Research Lab or the Free Art Technology Lab (FAT Lab), even assert the open-source as a constitutive feature of their works. Occasionally, companies and brands are inspired by these creations and might even choose to involve artists in their development.
Art-Industry interactions are numerous and crossbreed at different stages of collaboration. The content of this issue demonstrates the variety and richness of achievements and the research undertaken. The connected artist might indeed be the one who best enables us to disconnect.
Anne-Cécile Worms (FR) - CEO of Art2M (Art2Machine)
Entrepreneur and editor, graduate of the “Institut d’études Politiques de Paris”, Anne-Cécile Worms, who co-founded her first start-up in electronic music in 1999, has been publishing MCD the Magazine of Digital Cultures since 2003 with special issues including Media Labs in Europe, The Internet of Things, The Open Future, Net-art…, guides and books such as Art and Digital Culture(s), international panorama, www.digitalmcd.com. She is an expert in digital arts for the French Institute.
Founder and director of the start up Digital Art International since 2009, she sells the Digitalarti and Artlab brands in June 2013 to launch two new brands, Art2M (Art to Machine) and Makery. Art2M is specialised in the production and distribution of exclusive or tailor made digital works of art, connected objects and innovative design, www.art2m.com. Art2M is labeled JEI (Young Innovative Company) by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research.
In June 2014, Anne-Cécile Worms brings together the Makery founding team in order to create the media of all labs. www.makery.info. Makery is an online information media (newsletter, website, social networks). It aims to cover the dynamism and give out information on the emergence of a scene of labs, fablabs (fabrication laboratories, terminology born in the United States within the Medialab of MIT in 2001), hackerspaces (spaces self-managed by people wanting to divert technologies), medialabs, living labs (also known as third places, they encompass industry in processes of innovation and experimentation), biohacklabs (the scientific and bioinformatics version of hacklabs).
In 2014, Anne-Cécile Worms is currently co-producing the first digital art trade fair, "Variation – Media Art Fair", that will be held in Paris, from october 20th to october 26th, and the Digital Week in Paris www.digitalweekfrance.com that will be held in Paris, from october 15th to october 26th
Pia Myrvold (NO) - artist
Since the early eighties, Pia Myrvold´s work has been rooted in interdisciplinary art, painting, sound, video and new technologies. For the past 20 years Myrvold has been one of the first artists in Europe to work with interactive art interfaces as part of the new development in art. In Myrvold’s visual world there are numerous references to technology and infrastructure, microchips and sensor-based interfaces, where objects and space create new agendas for how we can use and develop our sensory abilities.
Myrvold’s vision gives way to a constant overlap of diverse references and elements. Robots, future machines and high technology are frequently interwoven with organic forms originating from biochemistry, biology and science. MYworLD is the conquest of space, new forms and textures, new creations in the visual world of art. Her research with 3D animated sculptures have given Myrvold insights into a future where information and the understanding of complex structures and complexities can be grasped as non linear information, suggesting that language and transmitting knowledge will reach new levels of abstraction. Pia Myrvold works and lives in Paris.
Marco Mancuso (IT) - critic, curator and Director at Digicult
Marco is a critic and curator in the field of digital technologies and their impact on arts, design and contemporary culture. Founder and Director at Digicult and
Digimag Journal (part of The Leonardo Affiliate Program), Marco Mancuso teaches at Master of Interaction Design MAIND at SUPSI University in Lugano, at NABA and IED Milan, at Carrara Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo and is invited every year as Visiting Professor at Transmedia-Postgraduate Program in Arts+Media+Design in Brussels. With the Digicult Agency he curated and co-curated a series of exhibitions, screenings, lectures, meetings and was partner with the most important media art festival in Italy and internationally. He has been expertising from years on wider subjects like open communication, social
networking and digital publishing and is now researching on development of new economical models for media art and culture
PANEL / 11:40 – 12:45
Utopian Perspectives in Tomorrow’s Art, Music & Technology
presented by E.C.A.S. - Tools for an Unknown Future.
Over the past 15 years new art forms and new forms of cultural event have emerged which are crucibles for an emerging and ever changing European cultural identity. These are characterised by their innovative and early adoption of digital technologies, placing them at the forefront of the digital revolution. These art forms and events developed in a 'bottom up' manner, rather than through the patronage of established educational and cultural institutions, and have, as a result, focussed on inclusion and empowerment. They are both hyper local and inherently international, involving specific sub-cultural groups that are globally dispersed.In times with no illusions of utopia, the urge to find methods of self-empowerment – a backing-up for the unknown – is more urgently needed than ever before. Advanced sound and its strongly linked new cultural forms and technologies are the very perceptible examples for our society of how the human condition is changing and they deliver a low-threshold access for all generations to get acquainted with questions and needs and the possible societal changes beyond the impact of the harsh economic changes.
Thomas Dumke (DE) - Project Manager, CYNETART
Thomas Dumke, born in the GDR, 1977, studied history and sociology from 1997–2002 at TU Dresden, postgraduate in culture & management. Since 1999 Thomas Dumke is part of the International Festival for Computer Based Arts CYNETART in Dresden at Festspielhaus Hellerau; from 2006 he has been the director of the CYNETART Festival; beside that, project management activities for TMA Hellerau, e.g. “Realtime and Presence”, “European Tele-Plateaus” participation at TANDEM – Cultural Managers Exchange Ukraine – European Union – Moldova, currently working for the EU-Network Project “E.C.A.S. - Tomorrow's Art For An Unknown Future”, “Metabody – Media Embodiment Tékhne and Bridges of Diversity”, “EMDL – European Mobile Dome Lab for International Media Artists” for TMA Hellerau. Iin 2000 he initiated together with DS-X.org the “microscope session”, an event for audio-visual concerts, and some other AV-related events and projects. Thomas is also member of the project team »film and new media«, of the Dresden city office for culture and historic preservation.
Tom Higham (UK) - Executive Producer, FutureEverything
Tom Higham is Executive Producer at FutureEverything. He was previously co-director of Modular, an organisation that focused on the creation, programming and production of interdisciplinary artworks and events. He is interested in the enabling power of digital technology, and inspired by well considered, simple and effective ideas and artworks. Tom has spent 8 years in leadership positions within film, art and technology. He has worked within a variety of organisations on major projects, as a freelance consultant and as creative and production lead on numerous self initiated projects. Tom is a strategic, dynamic leader and a fellow of Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders and Clore’s Emerging Leaders programme.
Oliver Baurhenn (DE) - Co-Director, DISK / CTM
Oliver Baurhenn lives in Berlin. He works as freelance curator, and has been organising CTM – Festival for adventurous music and related visual arts (formerly known as club transmediale festival) since 2002. He studied Comparative Literature, Romance Languages and Literature (French and Spanish), and Cultural Studies at the European University Viadrina at Frankfurt/Oder (DE). He is one of the founding members of several associations including DISK – Initiative Bild & Ton e.V. (Sound and Image Initiative), and the project space General Public. Since mid-2010 he is also Project Head of the 5-year project “ECAS-Networking Tomorrow’s Art for an Unknown Future” that is funded by the European Commission – Culture Program. He is also co-owner of the DISK Agency.
Gaute Barlindhaug (NO) - Co-Director, Insomnia
Master in media arts history, now working on a Phd on music technology and Aesthetics at the University of Tromsø. Has also recorded and performed with a variety of music projects since the early 90s, and been working with the Insomnia Festival in Tromsø since 2006.
European Cities of Advanced Sound and related arts is a network of independent non-profit organisations across Europe, all dedicated to advancing sound cultures, music and related arts, supported by the European Union within the CULTURE PROGRAMME (2007-2013). The network aims to spark dialogue, exchange ideas and knowledge, and provide mutual support for European organisations working with advanced sound cultures and related arts. Its goal is also to support members in their activities to develop and promote independent music and sound creation within their specific localities.
Beginning in 2006, the E.C.A.S. network has brought together a large number of cultural events from different EU countries with a commitment to supporting and nurturing cultural connections through advanced sound and related arts. It has given rise to International (ICAS) and Americas (ACAS) partner networks.
INFORMAL NETWORKING / 12:45 – 13:45
KEYNOTES & DEMO / 13:45 – 14:45
Digital Futures: Pioneering Experiments in Music, Art and Code
presented by Alpha-ville, London in collaboration with E.C.A.S. - Tools for an Unknown Future.
Evan Boehm (UK), Director at Nexus Interactive Arts. Film director and creative coder.
Felix Faire (UK), Designer, musician and creative coder.
Q&A Moderated by Estela Oliva (UK), Alpha-ville Creative Director
The interactive and ever-changing nature of the digital world has had a significant impact on music cultures and the arts. Recent developments in digital technologies have enabled a further shift in the way artworks are being created, presented and experienced. From Bjork’s Biophilia app album to Arcade Fire’s interactive music videos, artists are increasingly pushing boundaries to engage with the audience in new ways. This session will present recent examples of experimental projects where music, art and code have joined forces to reach new heights. It aims to explore how these new experiments are influencing artistic practice, redefining the audience experience and maybe even paving the way towards new art forms.
Evan Boehm (UK) - Director, Nexus Interactive Arts
Evan Boehm is an award winning director and coder who focuses on the use of technology in storytelling. With a background in computer engineering and 3D graphics, his work ranges from animated films to open source music videos to interactive web films to digital installations, always expressing his interest in narrative structures and character interaction. His goal is to always tell a story in a newway using technology as the medium. Evan’s work has been shown internationally and he regularly gives lectures on technology and design.
Felix Faire (UK)
Felix Faire is a designer, musician and creative coder from London. He studied Architecture at Cambridge University and completed a research thesis into spatial music perception and the concept of “Music Aided Design”. His current work at The Bartlett School of Architecture continues this search for audio-spatial and audio-visual synchronicity with a more hands on approach. His work explores the shared processes between our perceptions of space and music, and aims to create new experiences which seamlessly operate between the two. His recent work questions the current trends and methods of digital “music visualization” and suggests new ways in which we can perceive, touch, visualize and create music through novel multisensory interactions. His work has currently been displayed at The Courtauld Institute of Art and The Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Alpha-ville is a London-based curatorial and artistic agency working at the cutting-edge of art, technology and digital culture. The agency is led by Estela Oliva and Carmen Salas. Together they create, develop and deliver events and projects at a national and international scale. Their work for the cultural and commercial sector covers the entire project cycle from the initial strategy, theme and selection of artists to the production and marketing.
Their experience draws from over five years curating and producing pioneering festivals, conferences and digital projects including Alpha-ville International Festival of Digital Art and Culture, Exchange Conference, Alpha-ville LIVE series and CELL interactive art installation. Alpha-ville work closely with a group of artists, creatives and technologists on commissioning opportunities, experiences and distribution of artworks online, for screening and exhibitions.
PRESENTATIONS/ 14:45 - 15:45
Results of the ICT ART CONNECT .study
presented by Luis Miguel Girao (PT), ICT ART CONNECT.study
Q&A moderated by Pieter Jan Valgaeren (BE) with participation of members of the advisory group of the ICT ART CONNECT.study
Past activities on the contributions of artistic practices to innovative ICT developments, namely ICT&Art 2012, FET-ART and ICT ART CONNECT 2013 demonstrated the worldwide emergence of communities of hybrid researchers. These researchers develop new technological applications responding to specificities of their artistic creativity, creating however potential for innovation outside their original scope.
Pieter Jan Valgaeren (BE)
A happy schizophrenic researcher linking his love for art, law and ICT in diverse programs and projects. From hardcore legal research to soft metapysical legal thinking, over cultural consultancy and exhibitions to social media. As a guest lecturer on the legal protection of TV formats and Legal Issues related to Social Media he teached at Universities in Potsdam, Berlin, Valetta and Madrid and the Thomas Moore Institut in Mechelen. Since 2014, he became artistic director of the Triennale Hasselt, focussing on design, fashion and art in our contemporary society.
KEYNOTE / 15:45 - 16:00
Steina & Woody Vasulka
Steina and Woody Vasulka (born 1940 and 1937) are major figures in video history, pioneers who have contributed enormously to the evolution of the medium. Their technological investigations into analog and digital processes and their development of electronic imaging tools, which began in the early 1970s, place them among the primary architects of an expressive electronic vocabulary of image-making. Their early videos are still as fresh and powerful as when they were made decades ago, proving their huge influence on generations of artists. This is a rare occasion to hear them introduce their work.
CASE STUDIES / 16:00 - 18:00
introduction by Christophe De Jaeger (BE), curator - BOZAR & Kasper Jordaens (BE), Creative Research Engineer - iMinds
Art&Development (Art&D) seeks to establish links between researchers, artists and the world in which we live, through the use of digital technologies. In this way, iMinds stimulates creativity in research and brings the wider public into contact with digital innovation in a unique and visual manner.
iMinds Art&D initiates, guides and supports out-of-the-box projects by scientists and artists; creative projects in which digital technologies play a key role and which result in a tangible and very visual end result.Presentations with results on Art&D.
16:15 - 16:30
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17:30 – 17:45
17:45 – CLOSING by Wim de Waele (BE), CEO iMinds
Christophe De Jaeger (BE)
Christophe De Jaeger is responsible for the program of photography and media arts for the Center for Fine Arts. (BOZAR). He is the founder of Gluon, a Brussels platform that connects specialists from the world of arts, science and
technology. He works as the media arts advisor for the Art & Development
Program - iMinds, a research department from the Flemish Government . Currently he is working on a phd at King’s College London where he researches the history of early computer art in the 1960s and 1970s.
Tim Vets (BE)
Tim Vets is a Belgian musician and artist. He creates installations that work around relative motion, and that experiment with light and sound. As a guitarist he is connected to Champ d'Action , and works on his own " guitar / live projections" where the guitar controls objects in an electronic way Vets is also the designer of the first ' Champ- d'Action Synth ', a miniature synthesizer which consists of an electronic circuit, an input with four switches , ten independent sound programs and a speaker.
Johannes Taelman (BE)
Johannes Taelman received a master degree in electronics engineering, and a love for digital music, sound, video, graphics… His career has been situated mainly in academic research centers in digital media, and freelance work in the media arts field. He constantly tries to keep a horizon on electronics, software, firmware, signal processing. He has been a staff member of IPEM (Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music) at Ghent University and currently he works as a researcher for the Expertise Center Digital Media at Hasselt University.
Jasper Rigole (BE)
Jasper Rigole (1980) is a Belgian artist who graduated from the film department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (KASK) in 2004. In December 2008, he finished a two-year post-graduate course at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK). Currently he is working on a PhD at the University College Ghent, (KASK). His work includes single screen video works as well as installations. His main project at present is the 'International Institute for the Conservation, Archiving and Distribution of Other People's Memories' (IICADOM).
Eva Van Passel (BE)
Eva Van Passel obtained a Master in Communication Studies (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2003) and an additional Master in Film Studies and Visual Culture (Universiteit Antwerpen, 2004). She worked for the Belgian Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SABAM). Her research interests include different aspects of arts and culture in a networked society, with a specific interest in challenges for cultural institutions in a digital age. Currently she is a researcher at iMinds-SMIT, a research center for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication.
Kris Verdonck (BE)
Kris Verdonck (1974) studied visual arts, architecture and theatre and this training is evident in his work. His creations are positioned in the transit zone between visual arts and theatre, between installation and performance, between dance and architecture. As a theatre maker and visual artist, he can look back over a wide variety of projects. He directed theatre productions and produced various installations.
Stefan Bouckaert (BE)
Stefan Bouckaert received his MSc and Ph.D. degree in electro-technical engineering from Ghent University, Belgium, in 2005 and 2010, respectively. He is currently a postdoctoral research engineer at the INTEC Broadband Communication Networks (IBCN) group at Ghent University – iMinds. His current research interests are in wireless ad-hoc network architectures and protocol design, and in methodologies and infrastructures for experimentally supported research on wireless networks.
Luc Deleu – T.O.P. office (BE)
Luc Deleu and his wife Laurette Gillemot founded T.O.P. office, a studio for urbanism and architecture in 1970. Starting point, motivation and goal of the studio was questioning architecture and urban design, their position and duty in a global society. From 1972 to 1980, a series of mind-blowing, mostly bottom-up proposals were formulated. In 1980 these points of view crystallized in the Orban Planning Manifesto, which emphasizes the responsibilities of Architecture and Building and remains the core of T.O.P. office’s mission. In 1997 Isabelle De Smet and Steven Van den Bergh became staff members of T.O.P. office.
Kasper Jordaens (B)
Kasper Jordaens has a degree in civil engineering & architecture. He started his professional career as designer for artist Wim Delvoye right after his master thesis on hypercities. After engineering art, he started at VRT-medialab where he came up with new media concepts for ‘media consumers’ that use internet technology. Since late 2011 Kasper works for iMinds – MiX, a research department from the Flemish Government and coordinates the Art&D programme as a creative researcher.
Koen Vanmechelen (BE)
The Belgian conceptual artist Koen Vanmechelen (1965) is internationally renowned for his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, a worldwide artistic breeding project. His work, an ode to life, revolves around two major themes: biocultural diversity and identity. For his projects, the artist collaborates with alpha-and beta scientists from all over the world. The reason why in the spring of 2010 he was awarded with an honorary doctorate from the University of Hasselt (BE) and the Golden Nica Hybrid Art in September 2013.
Jan Aerts (BE)
With a background in genetics and genomics (including a Phd on the chicken genome sequencing project), prof Jan Aerts' current focus lies in scalable biological data management, visualization and visual analytics. As such, he aims to help researchers find unexpected patterns in their big datasets. He currently teaches at the Faculty of Engineering at the KU Leuven.
Roundtable / 18:00
short presentations of project stories from the ICT&ART CONNECT call
moderated by PETER M FRIESS (DE )– European Commission
PETER M FRIESS (DE)
Peter is combining visual arts, sound, theatre, performance, and media technologies for creating installations, performance settings and objects. For him time, speed and networking are important notions of today, given the fact that beliefs, traditions and cultural choices are still the underlying forces of our evolution. He also works in European scientific matters for the Internet of Things and a hyper-connected society of tomorrow.
TOOLS FOR AN UNKNOWN FUTURE
The ‘Tools for an Unknown Future’ module features keynotes, talks and a panel by world leading practitioners and thinkers from the fields of art, digital culture, design, urban planning, media, and innovation.
The program has been shaped together with three organisations - theEuropean Cities of Advanced Sound and Related Arts (ECAS) network,Cimatics and TodaysArt with the aim of setting up a transnational symposium. Earlier symposiums dedicated to the theme of 'Tools for an Unknown Future' were organized by ICAS partners MUTEK andFutureEverything and formed the basis of what we aim to continue on.
Fields such as arts, design, economics, politics, technology, culture and science have never been isolated constructions and are increasingly intertwining, mainly due to current technological acceleration, systems in crises, humanitarian questions and urbanistic developments. However, in order to define our world and make our modern life easier and more understandable, we tend to categorize, separate and exclude. In some ways this is inevitable and logical, but it does not necessarily mean that it is the best way to move forward.
By staging the ‘Tools for an Unknown Future’ theme in the context of theBright Colissions Summit & the symposium: Disruptive innovation practices for an Unknown Future, TodaysArt & Cimatics aim to reflect on tools as main factors in adapting to developments in order to prepare for future scenarios. Herein participants do not look forward to predict these future scenarios, but look at current practices, developments, labs and other formats which propose tools to analyze, improve and adapt to our world.
After The Hague (TodaysArt 2014) on Thursday 25 September, The ‘Tools for an Unknown Future’ program continues in Brussels, Bozar (BEAF 2014) on Saturday 27 September.