This Open Fields volume presents artistic research that is located in the contested territory between academic knowledge production and independent creative practices. The book presents the interwoven histories of art and science in the digital age, by investigating the changing role of art in the network society. In previous volumes, we opened multiple conversations about how art can not only criticize and thereby provide a mirror for society, but how it can also more directly intervene in material and social structures. We are now continuing this discussion by asking: How can art and other creative practices meaningfully contribute to the environmental, technological and scientific challenges of our time?
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Malraux’s imaginary museum has become a reality of our digital age. Everyday, a massive amount of different new visual, textual, and transactional data is added to this vast archive. How do we decide what bits of contemporary digital culture to preserve, study and curate given that its universe is constantly expanding?
A selection of papers presented in the Media Art Histories 2013 Renew conference held in Riga, Oct 8–11, 2013, and visual review of the Save As exhibition (2013). The book also includes new texts, as it is being published in connection with the Renewable Futures conference and Data Drift exhibition in Riga Oct 8–10, 2015.
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Techno-ecological perspectives have become now one of the key directions in contemporary discourses and are part of a larger paradigm shift from new media to post-media art. A range of practices which were once subsumed under terms such as media art, digital art, art and technology or art and science, have experienced such growth and diversification that no single term can work as as a label any more. Traditionally separated domains are brought together to become contextual seedbeds for ideas and practices that aim to overcome the crisis of the present and to invent new avenues for future developments. This is the 2nd volume in the Acoustic Space series that continues to build a 'techno-ecological' perspective whereby new artistic practices are discussed that combine ecological, social, scientific and artistic inquiries.
Techno-Ecologies builds upon the urgent call by philosopher Felix Guattari for an integrated perspective on the dramatic techno-scientific transformations the Earth is undergoing now. Three crucially important ecological registers need to be taken into account: the environment, social relations, and human subjectivity. This techno-ecological perspective was the topic of the TECHNO-ECOLOGIES conference in Riga, November 4-5, 2011, the papers of which are published in this volume. The publication is structured around three thematic sections related to Guattari's ecological registers, and a fourth that introduces emerging techno-ecological art practices
For the next Acoustic Space Volume - No 17 – we welcome contributions by participants of the Open Fields conference (Riga, Sep 29 - Oct 1, 2016).
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