2013 Out Of The Box Exhibition
What steam was to the industrial revolution, data process- ing is to the information society. Economics, culture, politics and the society as whole have changed in a radical way. Artistic practices as well have changed in the last decades, not only were artists critically commenting on the societal changes that new technologies brought with
them, but they also started experimenting with novel mate- rialities. Artistic production in the 21st century works
with distributed publics and identities, new media artists present their artistic processes »coded« in the fragmenta- tions of global networks. Contemporary artistic output
is more often developed out of collective and interdiscipli- nary research processes - they do not produce »final products« but »process artefacts«.
Contemporary »new media arts« that are information savvy, research driven and follow the international technology discourse (as well as outlining the future challenges of tech- nology development) have the possibility to transport issues to larger audiences and reach the information society with their critique. Artistic Technology Research investigates contemporary practices in (new) media arts by looking at the change of aesthetics in the age of the network society. What is the current role of technology in artistic production, and how will it further develop? (Matthias Tarasiewicz)
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