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27 Oct 2015

Challenges of Digital Art for Our Societies

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE with Lev MANOVICH, Christiane PAUL, Sean CUBITT and Oliver GRAU at Dec. 4th, MUMOK Vienna
Danube University Krems, Department for Image Science


at Dec. 4th, MUMOK Vienna

Verena Wagner

Danube University Krems
Dr. Karl-Dorrek-Strasse 30
3500 Krems

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Digital technologies and Digital Art have modified and conveyed the ways we perceive and interact with images. Socially and culturally relevant questions of our time are visualised in outstanding works of media art, but due to storage difficulties and technologically inadequate structures in museums and archives, Media Art is still too rarely collected. That digital art and its topics are excluded from an art system based on tax paying citizens, as in Europe, creates a serious democratic-political problem.
Thus, the humanities are challenged to document and analyse digital artworks. It is necessary to develop possible solutions for the central dilemma of the cultural policy of our time. The international conference investigates the changes in the expression potential of contemporary media art and presents solutions, improvement strategies and pioneering research results in different fields.


The ARCHIVE OF DIGITAL has grown to be the most important online archive for digital art, documenting the rapidly evolving world of digital art and its related fields for more than a decade. Today it contains a selection of thousands of artworks at the intersection of art, science and technology.

The newly implemented Web 2.0 environment enables collective archiving and community features allow the active exchange of professional information with peers.

SCHOLARS and ARTISTS are invited to become members of the online community and upload images, videos, publications and pdfs, announce upcoming events, post comments, document exhibitions, conferences and other relevant news.

A monthly feature introduces selected scholars and artists to all ADA users, currently the Australian pioneer in Media Art, Jeffrey Shaw and Russian New Media artist Olga Kisseleva.

The new feature ONLINE EXHIBITIONS will convey the archive content, curated by ADA members such as the renowned scholar and curator Christiane PAUL. The first exhibition will show the seminal netart exhibitions CODeDOC I & II, focusing on code as language and material in digital arts, initially conceived for the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Ars Electronica Festival in 2002 and 2003.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree
Erasmus+ funded - European Program of Excellence

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master of Arts Degree in Media Arts Cultures, organized jointly by Danube University Krems (Austria), Aalborg University (Denmark), University of Lodz (Poland) and City University of Hong Kong (China).

Associated partners: Ars Electronica, DAM, FACT, monochrom, Laboratory of Research in Art and Techno Science, transmediale, ZKM

This new masters of arts program funded by the European Union is recognized as a European Master of Excellence. This distinction is based on offering high-quality learning opportunities for students in an emerging field and also signifies the importance of Media Arts for the cultural and educational future of Europe.

The objective of this joint master program is to provide education and training for future specialists in Media Arts Cultures and prepare them for emerging careers in the creative and cultural sectors, research and academia.

Students from European or non-European countries will study as a group and in individually chosen modules on selected topics like Media Cultural Heritage, Archiving, Experience Design, Media Arts Theory, New Media Aesthetics, Curating & Arts Management, or Media Arts Futures. The language of instruction is English. As part of the program, students will complete an internship at one of the consortium's full or associated partners and complete a master's thesis supervised by lecturers from the partner universities. MediaAC faculty include: Ana PERAICA, Christiane PAUL, Falk HEINRICH, Harald KRAEMER, Irina ARISTARKHOVA, Jane PROPHET, Jeffrey SHAW, Lev MANOVICH, Maciej OZÓG, Margit ROSEN, Morten SONDERGAARD, Oliver GRAU, Ryszard W. KLUSZCZYZSKI, Sean CUBITT, Wendy COONES and many others…

Media Arts Cultures is a mobility program, enabling students to study across Europe and in Asia. During the two-year program, each student will spend three semesters in at least three universities, and choose among the EU partners for the final semester. After completing the program, students will receive a joint master degree in Media Arts Cultures from the universities they have attended. The program is 120 ECTS and allows graduates to further pursue a PhD within Europe or other international higher education regions.

More than 13 of the best EU and non-EU candidates will be offered Erasmus+ fully-funded scholarships for the duration of the program.

For applicants requesting an Erasmus+ scholarship via the MediaAC Consortium the deadline for submitting applications is January 1, 2016.

For self-funded / external-funded applicants the deadline for submitting applications is April 15, 2016 and June 1, 2016.

For more information on the program, please visit: