[ISEA2006] Introduction: Edward Shanken – Rapporteur: ISEA2006 Symposium blog

Introductory Statement

Rapporteur: One who is designated to give a report, as at a meeting.

The role of the Rapporteur is to provide a dynamic summary and reportage of the ISEA2006 proceedings. The Rapporteur will be producing a Symposium blog that is displayed continuously on a large format projection screen within Parkside Hall. The Rapporteur will continuously comment, report and provide analysis of the proceedings using real time searching and hyper-linking to relational content, posting of audience interviews and encouraging inclusions of other forms of documentation.

  • Edward Shanken is Professor of Art History and Media Theory at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia. He edited a collection of essays by Roy Ascot, entitled Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (University of California Press, 2003). His essay, Art in the Information Age: Technology and Conceptual Art received honorable mention in the Leonardo Award for Excellence in 2004. He edited Artists in Industry and the Academy: Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations a special series of essays in Leonardo 38:4 and 38:5 (2005), including his own, Artists in Industry and the Academy: Collaborative Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship, and the Creation and Interpretation of Hybrid Forms. His scholarship has appeared in journals including Art Journal, Art Byte, Art Criticism, a minima, Leonardo, and Technoetic Arts, and has been translated into French, Polish, and Spanish. He has lectured at conferences including the Association of Art Historians, the College Art Association, Consciousness Reframed, Cyberart Bilbao, ISEA, and SIGGRAPH. Dr. Shanken earned his Ph.D. in Art History from Duke (2001) and his MBA from Yale (1990). He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Council of Learned Societies. He serves as an advisor to the REFRESH conference, the journal Technoetic Arts, the Leonardo Pioneers and Pathbreakers project, and is vice-chair of the Leonardo Education Forum. His current book, Art and Electronic Media, will be published by Phaidon Press’s Themes and Movements series, which includes titles by Hal Foster, Amelia Jones, and James Meyer.