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"Call for Participation: New Media(tors) - The Social Life of Digital Art"
2001-09-23 until 2001-09-23
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Berkeley, CA, USA United States of America

Co-organized by the Berkeley Art Museum, the Pacific Film Archive Theater and GenArtSF, a discussion among new media artists about their role in society and the new economy and the effects of network culture on the creation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of contemporary visual art.

Sunday, September 23, 2001

Panel: 12:30-2pm: Pacific Film Archive Theater,
2575 Bancroft @ Bowditch, Berkeley, CA
Reception: 2:00-3:00pm: Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft, Berkeley
Admission: free
Space: Limited seating. First come, first seated

Shawn Brixey, artist & director, Center for Digital Art and New Media Research, UC Berkeley;
Alex Galloway, artist & director of technology and content @ Rhizome.org;
Lynn Hershman, artist & professor, media arts, UC Davis;
Jason Lewis, artist & founder, Arts Alliance Laboratory & The Thought Shop;
Moderated by Richard Rinehart, artist & director of digital media, Berkeley Art Museum, instructor, digital media, UC Berkeley.

The explosion of digital art has created a new social and economic environment within the arts community and culture at large. Increasing numbers of artists as well as presenters, collectors, media and tech industry partners, and audiences are the active agents finding their way through this new digital sub-culture. This event will track the new modes of operation being used to adapt in this new environment. How are digital artists surviving in a medium that is difficult to sellNULL Are presenters changing their own economic modelsNULL How are the larger artistic and curatorial professions measuring achievementNULL How are collectors responding to intangible and ephemeral art worksNULL How does the unique relationship to the technology industry affect digital artNULL Are the audiences for digital art the same or different from traditional art audiencesNULL

At this event, artists, collectors, and presenters will demonstrate their own ways of adapting to the shifting social and economic implications of digital art. The audience will be the final panelist, representing itself in the discussion. The conversation will start online, where attendees are encouraged to fill out a short audience survey on the website. The results of this snapshot of digital art audiences will be shared at the event. Panelists will kick off discussion topics on the email list before the event to get wider geographic input and focus ideas for the event.


GenArts mission is to strengthen and empower the community of young artists, to cultivate a new generation of arts audiences, and to connect the arts community to the community at large. GenArt pursues these goals through a wide range of programs with innovative approaches to education, community outreach, and exhibitions. GenArtSF is a project of the San Francisco Foundation Community Initiatives Fund.

Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive

The University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive serves the University by making aesthetic experiences a vital part of the life of its community. BAM/PFA inspires, educates, and brings together the various audiences of the Berkeley campus and Bay Area and engages national and international audiences through access to its collections and educational resources, and through the presentation of adventurous, scholarly, and culturally diverse exhibitions of art and cinema.

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