14 March 2018
Dr Ian Woo, Programme Leader MA Fine Arts, LASALLE
Dr Wolfgang Muench, Dean, Learning Teaching & Research, LASALLE
Professor Steve Dixon, President, LASALLE
Streaming the Mental
Dr Ian Woo
Ian Woo will share about his painting practice in relation to how frames and gestural ‘events’ are compartments of ‘thoughts’ in the way he experiences the world. These frames function as boundaries, containing memory patterns made by the act of painting and drawing. These patterns function as visual signs to the observer, enabling them to experience a form of suspended and interrupted gravity in a pictorial system. Woo situates this visual system as a form of remediation from the function of moving images, text and music, especially in the way they influence how we negotiate perspectives in a non-linear format.
HSA: Techno-Modernism as Retro-Fetishism
Dr Wolfgang Muench
Wolfgang Muench introduces HSA, the CD-ROM that accompanied the 1997 ZKM publication Hardware-Software-Artware. The concept conceived by Blunck & Muench featured a distinct user-unfriendliness through an entirely text-based screen design in green on black that dismissed the use of any image. The awkwardly archaic interface to a database of cutting-edge interactive media artworks remediated the modernist visual aesthetics of early computing command-line interfaces. Realised at a time when Turkle announced personal computer based on graphical user interfaces as embodiments of postmodern theory, the publication presented an intriguing comment on the late 1990s digital avant-garde's techno-fetishism.
Remediating Arts & Remediating Ideas
Professor Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon discusses his use of remediation in both research writing and creative practice-as-research. He remediates old toys and figurines to create strange dioramas; in video art, manipulations of speed present a different form of remediation to convey a sense of the extra-temporal (being outside of time); and his experimental theatre remediates live performers by juxtaposing them with their digital doppelgängers, confusing the sense of which is real and which is virtual. His recent published research remediates two largely forgotten fields – Existentialism and Cybernetics – and revives their ideas afresh to analyze art and culture, from Damien Hirst to Disney’s ‘Frozen’, in surprising and illuminating ways.