Digital Matters

*Digital matters: keynote conversation at the 6th ADA symposium critical-digital-matter.*

Matthew Fuller (London), talks with Su Ballard (Wellington) and Eric Kluitenburg at De Balie (Amsterdam).

Time: 20:30 to 22:00 NZ.
Date: Saturday June 27: Victoria University School of Design, 139 Vivian Street

In “Media Ecologies”, Matthew Fuller called for an embedded approach to digital materials as they are encountered in different cultural and social contexts. When media systems interact with art unpredictable
things happen. This remote conversation will test the materials of digital networks, hosts and remote relays to enable an open discussion of the materiality of the digital. Fuller and Ballard share a concern with digital matter, and the employment of things digital in concrete engagements with art. They will discuss the pervasiveness of digital matter, the engagement of art and the digital, and address the problem of artists in new media art finding their time taken up with attempts to make their work interesting to contemporary art, creative industries, humanities, etc., and forgetting to intensify the work that directly engages the crucial aspects of the field. This conversation is one attempt to rectify this. Through a direct focus on the materiality of the digital we will engage a discussion of the materiality of computational and networked digital media.

The conversation will begin from the following short reading list:

* Matthew Fuller, 2004/2006 “Softness: interrogability; general intellect;art methodologies in software,” ISEA Helsinki 2004 and Digital Research Unit at Huddersfield University,

* Su Ballard, 2005, “Entropy and digital installation,” Fibreculture issue 7.

* Adrian Mackenzie, 2009, “Intensive movement in wireless digital signal processing: from calculation to envelopment” Environment and Planning A 41(6) 1294 – 1308.

* Anna Munster, 2001, “Digitality: Approximate aesthetics” Article a093, 3/14/2001.

* M. Beatrice Fazi 2009, “’The simple expression of a complex thought’: For a Media Theory of Expression.” Mute: culture and politics after the net,

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The conversation will be relayed as a regular live stream (watch and listen only) over the internet, and retransmitted in Second Life in a virtual theatre. This will enable second life ‘residents’ from around the globe to follow the discussion and respond via the in-built text-chat in Second Life. The conversation will also be viewable via two urban screens in Wellington: one in the Atrium of the School of Design at Victoria University, and the other at the corner of Courtenay Place and Tory Street. This screen content will be downloadable.