Panel: From New Media to Old Utopias: ‘Red’ Art in Late Capitalism?
CRUMB, the research centre CRUMB at the University of Sunderland in the UK, has a deep interest in how the ‘behaviours’ of new media art, such as connectivity, computivity and interactivity, present opportunities and challenges for curators. Interactivity, in particular, highlights how behaviours of interaction, participation and collaboration have often been important in art, including activist art, conceptual art, and more recently, relational aesthetics. This presentation considers artworks and exhibitions including those by Hans Haacke, Chris Burden, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Les Liens Invisibles, Josh On, Pad.ma, Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July, and Heath Bunting. It suggests a critical definition of types of participation which draws on both political and network vocabularies.
- Beryl Graham is Professor of New Media Art at the School of Arts, Design and Media, University of Sunderland, and co-editor of CRUMB. She is a writer, curator and educator with many years of professional experience as a media arts organiser, and was head of the photography department at Projects UK, Newcastle, for six years. She curated the international exhibition Serious Games for the Laing and Barbican art galleries, and has also worked with The Exploratorium, San Francisco, and San Francisco Camerawork. Her book Digital Media Art was published by Heinemann in 2003, and she coauthored with Sarah Cook the book Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media for MIT Press in 2010. She has chapters in many books including New Media in the White Cube and Beyond (University of California Press), Theorizing digital cultural heritage (MIT Press) and The ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Artwork (Manchester University Press). Dr. Graham has presented papers at conferences including Navigating Intelligence (Banff), Museums and the Web (Vancouver), and Decoding the Digital (Victoria and Albert Museum). Her Ph.D. concerned audience relationships with interactive art in gallery settings, and she has written widely on the subject for books and periodicals including Leonardo, Convergence, and Art Monthly. berylgraham.com