[Reader-list] [Announcements] The DANUBE TELE LECTURES

Gunalan Nadarajan gun1 at psu.edu
Fri Aug 18 22:02:51 IST 2006

:: Inauguration of the DANUBE TELE LECTURES at Danube University  
Krems ::

The Center for Image Science at Danube University Krems starts a new  
international lecture series in early September with prominent  
scientists of our time. The lectures will be presented by live online  
streaming technology. The series is realized in co-operation with the  
Österreichische Filmgalerie and the ORF Niederösterreich (Austrian  
Broadcast Corporation), and will be held in the Filmgalerie Cinema at  
Danube University Krems. For the inaugural Tele Lecture,  
internationally renowned scholars deal with key topics of Image  
Science and Media Art:


:: Lecture / Debate Topics ::

September 5, 2006  19:30-22:00
"DOES THE WEST STILL EXIST? Are There Boundaries of West, East and  
Far-East in the World of Images Now?"
Lectures and debate with Sarat MAHARAJ and Machiko KUSAHARA

Hollywood, computer games, net and media art, micromovies, new  
devices* images are undergoing a new internationalization never known  
before, and are increasingly being charged as a vehicle of ideologies  
and Weltanschauung. Seemingly bygone clashes between image opponents  
and image believers are reanimated in contemporary media to include  
all areas of art, science, politics and economy - now on a global  
scale. Can we still speak of images of the west today? Do we witness  
the arousal of a global visual language enriched universally by the  
various cultures, or are we at the brink of an image war’,  
representing extremes between the old and new economic powers and  
their visual culture?

September 6, 2006 19:30-22:00
"PYGMALION TENDENCIES: Bioart and Its Precursors"
Lectures and debate with Gunalan NADARAJAN and Jens HAUSER

Art and the natural sciences are forming a new interconnection that  
is closer than in past centuries. Recent developments in art such as  
Bioart, Techno-art, Genetic or Transgenic Art bring artists into the  
scientific laboratories and carry their visions to the general  
public. Not only do artists work cross-pollinated, they also create  
new creatures, frequently revealing spectacular spaces of reflection  
on new possibilities. International experts discuss these tensions  
oscillating between body and nature on one hand and artificial life  
and illusion on the other - none the least, in their historical  

:: International Discussion over the Net - Innovative Image Direction ::

The DANUBE TELE LECTURES is a continuation and extension of the first  
international conference on MediaArtHistories Refresh!, which was  
held under the direction of Oliver Grau in Banff/Canada last fall und  
will see a remake called re:place in Berlin next year. Two cameras  
innovatively echo the studio character and seek a virtual intimacy  
with the lecturers and their audience. Internet viewers from all over  
the world have the possibility to pose email questions, broadening  
the international debate character of this event.
Videos of the Danube Tele Lectures will be available in an online  

:: More at http://www.donau-uni.ac.at/cis ::

You can join us live in Krems or watch online and participate in the  
discussion via email.

The CENTER FOR IMAGE SCIENCE at Danube University Krems is an  
institution for inovative research and teaching on the complete range  
of image forms. The Center is situated in the beautiful Wachau,  
Austria - a UNESCO world heritage site - in the Goettweig Monastery  
and is housed in a fourteenth century castle. It is the base of the  
public documentation platforms www.virtualart.at and  
www.mediaarthistory.org. The Center's new low residency postgraduate  
MANAGEMENT are internationally unique.

:: contact for information on ::

wendy.coones at donau-uni.ac.at
+43 (0)2732 893-2543

directions to Krems - 60km west of Vienna towards Linz - www.donau- 
shuttle Krems-Vienna offered,
reserve your seat at the Filmgalerie Cinema (entrance is free),
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