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18 Jul 2011

Conference at National Institute for Experimental Arts, Sydney

IMAGE Close Up: What a building desires, 2005.
Excerpt: Richard Goodwin's Porosity Research into public space.

NIEA Experimental Arts Double Conference
National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) at College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales


19-20 August Main Conference:
8.45am-7.00pm; 9:00am-6.00pm
17-18 August Postgraduate Conference:
Location: John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW, Kensington, Sydney Australia


+61 9385 0619

National Institute for Experimental Arts
College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales
GPO Box 259 Paddington NSW 2021 Sydney

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Registration Open: NIEA Experimental Arts Double Conference

What is experimentation? What makes art 'experimental'? What are the results of aesthetic experiments and why do we need them? Could artists invent new modes of experimentation with/for science? What are the differences between experiments and inventions; experiments and failures; experiment and innovation? How do we set up ethico-scientific-aesthetic experiments?

This conference will showcase and discuss innovative arts projects by leading practitioners, thinkers and research groups that model new forms of transdisciplinarity and offer new ways of addressing real-world issues. These include works that have successfully 'changed the world' as well as speculative initiatives that radically change the way we think. It will survey the results and potential of Experimental Arts, inviting leaders in the field to discuss how we can extend and support a platform for path-breaking experimentation.

Invited speakers:
James Crutchfield (Complexity Sciences Centre, University of California, Davis); David Dunn (Art and Science Laboratory, Santa Fe); Donald Brook (Flinders University); Amy Balkin (CCA; Stanford); Mischa Kuball (Academy of Media Arts, Cologne); Chris Bosse (UTS; L.A.V.A.); Terry Smith (Pittsburgh; NIEA); Elizabeth Ann McGregor (MCA, Sydney); Adrian McKenzie (University of Lancaster); Victoria Vesna (University of California, Los Angeles); Lyndal Jones (RMIT); Pia Ednie-Brown (RMIT); Joyce Hinterding (University of Sydney).

Main program includes keynote lecture, five plenary sessions and three parallel strands over two days.Session topics: Formative Technologies; Politics/History; Agency/Materiality; Experimental Humanities Bio Art/Sense Perception; Experiments in Collaborative Experience; Affective Experiments; Soundscape/Filmscape/Landscape; Urban Construction; New Materialities; Health/Body; Ecology/Sustainability; Exhibiting; Experimental Discourse & Practice. Also features lunchtime screening of iCinema Centre's Scenario on Friday.

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