[ISEA98] Paper: John Byrne & Julia Knight (moderators) – Panel Intro Virtual Interventions: Digital Avant-Gardes

Panel Intro

This panel aims to critically and theoretically contextualize the use of electronic media in the production of radical and oppositional art practices which have sought to disrupt dominant notions of artistic production, distribution and exchange. The panel will be developed in relation to three key issues:

  1. How have uses of analogic and digital reproductive technologies been deployed to disrupt dominant notions of art, artistic production, aesthetic experience and audience reception?
  2. What have been the critical, political, racial, sexual and cultural impact of these media in the development of radical, oppositíonal and or revolutionary art practices ?
  3. How are contemporary uses of electronic and digital reproduction addressing, developing these themes and issues through radical and oppositional art practice?

Papers, presentations, demonstrations, ideas and critical responses have been invited from historians, critics, philosophers, artists and curators who engage with this debate.

  • John Byrne (UK), Convenor, Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies, Liverpool Art School, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Jula Knight (UK), Convenor, Senior Lecturer in Media Arts, Uníversity of Luton,  editor of Diverse Practices – A Critical Reader on British Video Art, 1996.