Chair Person: Mark-David Hosale
Presenters: Roy Ascott, Jerome Decock, Marcos Novak, Alberto De Campo & Sana Murrani
The term techné is an ancient philosophical concept that was debated by philosophers such as Xenophon and Plato, as well as more contemporary philosophers such as Martin Heidegger and Félix Guattari. In simplified terms techné concerns the art and craft of making. In particular the discussion of techné is not only concerned with what is made, but how and why it is made. The thinking of art practices (music, art, and architecture) as a kind of WorldMaking refers to a techné that is seeking to explore art-concepts as expressive alternative realities through the development of self-reflexive and internally consistent art-worlds. The Volatility and Stability of WorldMaking as Techné panel discussion will focus on the involvement of the technology of WorldMaking in participatory art practice. Such practice can be found in all areas of art, however, the ones under scrutiny for this particular panel are: interactive, generative, prosthetic art, architecture and music practices that depend on the participation of observers for their vitality and development. The panel will challenge the level of involvement and integration of the observer within the generative praxis in a technoscientific agenda.
- Dr. MarkDavid Hosale is a media artist and composer. MarkDavid holds a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Technology from the University of California; MarkDavid currently holds a position as an Assistant Professor in Digital Media in the Fine Arts Faculty of York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. MarkDavid has had works exhibited and performed internationally works in media arts and music at conferences, universities, and festivals and has given lectures and taught internationally at institutions in Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, and the United States. MarkDavid’s interests are interdisciplinary, but the connecting tissue comes from approaching art and music using nonlinear representations of information, time, and space. Another important focus is exploration of the connection between the physical and the virtual world. Whether as part of an installation or performance work, the virtual spaces he creates are technologically transparent, sophisticated and virtuosic, as well as intuitive to experience and use.