Digital Art

Alternate Thursdays, 17:00-19:00pm during term-time.

Seminar room SG2, Alison Richard Building


About

Digital Art

What does it mean to speak of an art that is digital? The productive discussions during Digital Art’s introductory year (2017-18) have shown that we need to put pressure on the existing definition of ‘digital art’ as ‘digital-born, computable art that is created, stored, and distributed via digital technologies’ (Paul, Digital Art, 2016, p. 2). This year, Digital Art proposes to expand its theoretical project towards examining what the term ‘digital’ might mean for art as such. Definitions of the digital vary widely across fields and disciplines, necessitating a broadening of our previous focus on art practice to take in discussions from media theory and the history of technology, as well as accounts of digital culture more generally conceived. Our central research questions for the year will therefore be: If the digital is a complex interdisciplinary concept, what is at stake in calling art ‘digital’? And how does a close analysis of the digital as a technological and cultural construction enable new discourses concerning art practices in a digital age?

Our new programme of events frames this discussion around the three senses of digital that are crucial to art practice today, namely the digital as a technology, as a medium, and as an aesthetic. Along the lines of this tripartite division further significant questions will structure each term’s discussions: (1) What relation does digital technology have to the final work as we experience it through interfaces? (2) Under what conditions can we think of the digital as a medium? (3) Is there an aesthetic form specific to the digital, and if so, what is its impact on art and visual culture?
 

Themes

Michaelmas Term 2018: The Digital as Technology

The German media theorist Friedrich Kittler famously claimed that the condition of the digital was one of substituting surfaces for the material technologies beneath. ‘Inside the computer’, he wrote, ‘everything becomes a number’, and so every image produced through computation is reducible to code alone. This term, we investigate the gulf between representation and the technologies that make it possible, asking to what extent the subterranean world of numbers might determines the digital art that it produces.

 

Administrative assistance: Networks@crassh.cam.ac.uk

Convenors

Convenors

Dr Aline Guillermet  (JRF, King’s College, Visual Culture, History of Art)
Nathaniel Zetter (PhD candidate (Faculty of English)
Dr Mara Polgovsky  (JRF, Queens’ College, Latin American Studies, MML)

Previous convenors
Dr Vid Simoniti  (JRF, Churchill College, Philosophy, History of Art)
Dr Martin Zeilinger  ( Lecturer in Media, Dept. of English & Media, Anglia Ruskin University)


Faculty Advisors
Professor Pete de Bolla (Professor of Cultural History and Aesthetics, Faculty of English)
Dr Amy Tobin (Lecturer in the History of Art and Curator of Exhibitions, Events and Research, Kette's Yard)

Programme 2018-19

Digital Art
The Digital as Technology I: Coding
11 October 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Reading session - Digital Art

The Digital as Technology II: Visualisation
25 October 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Reading session - Digital Art

Extending Perceptual Capacities: Software or Hardware Update?
08 November 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Maarten Steenhagen (Cambridge) - Digital Art

Artist's Talk: Physical/Non Physical
22 November 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Jeff Thompson (Cambridge) - Digital Art

Past events

Digital Art
'Art and Money Online' in Retrospect
10 October 2017, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Julian Stallabrass (Courtauld Institute of Art) - Digital Art

Theorising Digital Art as Financial Technology
24 October 2017, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Reading session - Digital Art

Digital Art as Critical Medium of Exchange
07 November 2017, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Reading Session - Digital Art

The Artist Leaving the Googleplex
21 November 2017, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Andrew Norman Wilson  (Artist) - Digital Art

The Aesthetics of Surveillance
25 January 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Reading session - Digital Art

Seeing across the Distance: The Dreams and Fears of Televisual Utopias
08 February 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Manu Luksch (Artist) - Digital Art

CANCELLED due to strike: Metric Mysticism
22 February 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Zach Blas (Artist, Goldsmiths, London) - Digital Art

POSTPONED: Crowdsourcing National Security: Gamification Practices in the US-Mexico Border
08 March 2018, Location and date to the session tba soon

Joana Moll (Artist) - Digital Art

Reconfiguring Human Perception
03 May 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Reading session  - Digital Art

Postponed: Crowdsourcing National Security: Gamification Practices in the US-Mexico
24 May 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Joana Moll (Artist) - Digital Art

Working Memory
31 May 2018, Seminar Room S1, 1st floor. Alison Richard Building. NB Different room today*

Ben Thorp Brown (Artist) - Digital Art.

Crowdsourcing National Security: Gamification Practices in the US-Mexico Border
07 June 2018, Seminar room SG2, Alison Richard Building.

Joana Moll (Artist) - Digital Art

Cancelled: Extending Perceptual Capacities: Software or Hardware Update?
14 June 2018, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building

Maarten Steenhagen (Cambridge) - Digital Art