Rank #1: A Constructed World - Speaking to eels
This part of the seminar will take place over two days the first will be a lecture about how speech aggregates and ACW’s work and experience talking to eels, the second will be a group workshop to consider, what that group proposes, the voice of the eel might be and how an actual voice might be produced.
A Constructed World work with actions and methodologies that bring attention to diverse modes of artistic practice. They are well known fortheir lengthy performances which include up to twenty performers presenting speech, conversation, philosophic al texts, music and singing, incorporating high levels of specialisation and not-knowing as a shared space. In their ongoing project, Explaining contemporary art to live eels, they invite art specialists to speak to live eels that are later released back into the water. These projects accumulate a research concerned with transmission and reception, satisfaction-without-delay.
Dec 01 2016
Rank #2: Nicolas Giret - What songbirds teach us
Nicolas Giret is a researcher at the CNRS, based at the Neuroscience Paris Saclay Institute in Orsay. He first studied the cognitive abilities of parrots in the Laboratoire d’Ethologie et Cognition Comparées at the Paris Ouest University, mainly focusing on their vocal communication systems (2005-2009). He then moved to Zürich, to study systemic neuroscience at the Institute of Neuroinformatics, investigating the neuronal correlates of imitative vocal behavior (2010-2013). Studying songbirds, he demonstrated the existence of a population of neurons displaying mirror-like neuronal activity in a cortical-like brain area, i.e. similar patterns of activity when a bird sings or passively hears its own song (2014). Recently, together with his new collaborators at the Neuroscience Paris Saclay Institute, he has shown that the neuronal responses in auditory areas of songbirds are modulated by the presence and the sex of the surrounding individuals (2015-2016). Nicolas Giret is currently working on the mechanisms involved in the emergence of cerebral mirror neurons in songbirds.
Nov 17 2016
Rank #3: Marie Lechner - Bots
We will retrace the history and try to outline a taxinomy of these "narrow artificial intelligences". From Eliza, the grandmother of all chatterbots to the silent bot army of Wikipedia, from bot wars in IRC networks to Twitterbots employed by the Mexican government to silence opposition, from seductive bimbots of online dating sites to high-frequency trading bots, from criminal botnets to artistic bot projects.
Marie Lechner is a french journalist, she writes extensively about digital art and culture. She has worked for the newspaper Libération and as free lancer for Arte Creative,Magazine des cultures digitales (MCD), Le Monde. She is also a researcher in media archeology at PAMAL (Preservation and Art - Media Archaelogy Lab), at the Ecole supérieure des arts in Avignon. She has been organising conferences on web folklore at the Gaîté Lyrique and created a "Supertalk" called "Le Wi-Fi - de l'Antiquité à nos jours". She co-curated the following shows - Speed Show number 5 (Open internet) in Paris (2011), the Cacophony Society section in the Evil Clowns exhibition at the center for media art Hartware MedienKunstVerein in Dortmund (2014), and collaborated in Welcome to the future, at the Centre for digital cultures and technology (IMAL) in Brussels (2015). She is currently working as the french curator for the european project Streaming Egos, on digital identities, launched by the Goethe Institut.
Nov 03 2015
Rank #4: Nicolas Maigret - The Experimenter Effect
During this dérive he will present – An attentiveness to binary code, revealing the structure of different encodings, languages and contents – Different ways of listening to the Internet's background noise, revealing the materiality and dynamics unique to the Internet – Recording the activity of the “global brain” using the model of seismic activity – Listening to topographic relief maps made by NASA – A set-up for intercepting exchanges on peer-to-peer networks. He will also talk about more recent projects convoking the specters of the military heritage inherent to the most ordinary technical systems.
Nicolas Maigret exposes the internal workings of media, through an exploration of their dysfunctions, limitations or failure thresholds which he develops sensory and immersive audio visual experiences. As a curator, he initiated the disnovation.net research, a critique of the innovation propaganda. After completing studies in intermedia art, Maigret joined the LocusSonus lab in Aix France, where he explored networks as a creative tool. He teaches at Parsons Paris and cofounded the Art of Failure collective in 2006.
Dec 19 2014
Rank #5: Emmanuel Guez - Machines d'immortalité_s
Emmanuel Guez is an artist and philosopher. He directs the research laboratory PAMAL (Preservation – Archaeology – Media Art Lab) at l'Ecole Supérieure d'Art d'Avignon.
Dec 10 2014
Rank #6: Pierre Cassou-Noguès - Gödel, Wiener, la cybernétique et les fantômes
Nov 28 2014
Rank #7: Groupe de Recherche en Homéopathie Binaurale Empirique - Mathilde Chenin, Thomas Bethmont, Méryll Ampe, and Gabriel Gelineo
Mathilde Chenin - Born in 1980, lives in Aubervilliers, France. Mathilde Chenin's work emphasizes versions over finished forms, and privileges collaboration as a important aspect of her research. The collective space of being and working together is explored through an idea of expanded writing practices navigating between bodies, techniques and language. Her work is an elaboration of different kinds of systems, geneologies, scores and other Collective Large Objects which draw from a number of domains - binary logic, Object-oriented programming, tensegrity, and the theory of Rough Sets.
Thomas Bethmont - Born in 1986, lives and works in Paris. Thomas Bethmont is an artist, operator, and production manager, as well as a signature, a label and a folder name. In his work, he explores digital culture and different types of music which are linked to it.
Méryll Ampe - Originally trained as a scuptor, since 2010 Méryll Ampe has worked as a sound artist creating a body of experimental musical works. With field recordings as the catalyst, she chooses sounds both for their acoustic and aesthetic qualities, using techniques drawn from her previous sculptural work – carving, modeling, chiseling with digital sound processing tools. In an attempt to capture the initial contours of recorded sounds, her approach is one of extreme proximity, sculpting them in real time. Her compositions are conceived of in terms of space, matter and time in order to imagine new sound landscapes, combining cinematographic intentions and new interactive possibilities, inviting the listener to delve into a personal sound space anchored in a poetic continuum.
Gabriel Gelineo - Born in 1989, Gabriel Gelineo is a self-taught musician of experimental music. His work explores ways of linking sound and image and more recently is oriented towards the exploration of the urban sonic landscape in view of distilling its musical essence. In parallel, he also creates short films using found footage from the Internet.
May 30 2014
Rank #8: Dieter Daniels - Welcome to the Wireless World - Simultaneity and Ubiquity in Art and Media from the 19th to the 21st Century
Dieter Daniels, born 1957 in Bonn (D); 1984 co-founder of the Videonale Bonn; numerous projects, exhibitions and symposia in the field of media art; 1991–1993 head of the Mediatheque at the ZKM, Karlsruhe; since 1993 professor for Art History and Media Theory at the Academy of Visual Arts (HGB) in Leipzig; 2001 – 2005 concept and co-editor of "Media Art Net" (www.mediaartnet.org); 2005 - 2009 director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media. Art. Research in Linz. Many publications on art of the twentieth-century, on Marcel Duchamp, Fluxus, Mediart; book publications include - Kunst als Sendung (2002) Vom Ready-Made zum Cyberspace (2003); Netpioneers 1.0. Contextualizing early net-based Art (2009) Audiovisuology, An Interdisciplinary Survey of Audiovisual Culture, Vol. 1 Compendium (2010) Vol. 2 Essays (2011) Sounds like Silence - John Cage – 4’ 33’’ – Silence today (2012)
May 23 2014
Rank #9: Jean-Louis Boissier - L'ubiquité de la crassula
Jean-Louis Boissier is emeritus professor of art and aesthetics and director of research at the University of Paris 8. He also teaches at the EnsadLab - École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs. Since the 1980s, he has been curator of new media exhibitions as well an artist working with interactive video programs and installations. His main articles on the question of interactivity in artistic practices were published in the book, La Relation comme forme, Mamco-Genève/Presses du réel, 2009.
May 23 2014
Rank #10: Jeffrey Sconce - The Technical Delusion
Jeffrey Sconce is Associate Professor of Screen Cultures at Northwestern University. He is the author of "Haunted Media - Electronic Presence from Telegraphy to Television" (Duke 2000) and the editor of "Sleaze Artists - Cinema at the Margins of Taste, Style, and Financing (Duke 2007)." His forthcoming book project examines the historical relationship between electronic media and delusional psychosis.
May 16 2014