Lecture: “Visual Splits- Notes on Experimentation and Visual Language in Media Arts”


Guest: Sabine Himmelsbach

Date: 2015-04-04  14:00 ~ 2015-04-04  15:30

Address: Chronus Art Center (Bldg 18, No.50 Moganshan Rd., Shanghai)

Language: English(with Chinese translation)

About the Talk

The presentation will focus on works from the field of video and media arts that question the boundaries of the screen and that are experimenting with the visual language of film and video. Works shown and discussed are devoted to the potentials offered by the use of the media to restructure, expand or reorganize visual material.Specific strategies explored by artists include new modes of narration, immersive and technologically innovative environments, and the use of algorithms for a generative development of visual material. Examples will come from exhibitions from my curatorial practice at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Technology, the Edith Russ House for Media Arts and the HeK (House of electronic Arts Basel).
(www.zkm.de, www.edith-russ-haus.de, hek.ch)

About the Speaker
Since March 2012, Sabine Himmelsbach is the new director of HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel). After studying art history in Munich she worked for galleries in Munich and Vienna from 1993–1996 and later became project manager for exhibitions and conferences for the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria. In 1999 she became exhibition director at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. From 2005–2011 she was the artistic director of the Edith-Russ-House for Media Art in Oldenburg, Germany. Her exhibition projects include ‘Fast Forward’ (2003); ‘Coolhunters’ (2004); ‘Playback_Simulated Realities’ (2006); ‘Ecomedia: Ecological Strategies in Today’s Art’ (2007); ‘Landscape 2.0’ (2009); ‘MyWar. Participation in an Age of Conflict’ (2010) and ‘Culture(s) of Copy’ (2011). 2011 she curated ‘gateways. Art and Networked Culture’ for the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn as part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 program. Her exhibitions at HeK in Basel include ‘Sensing Place. Mediatising the Urban Landscape’ (2012), ‘Semiconductor: Let There be Light’ (2013),‘Perspectives on Imaginary Futures' and ?Ryoji Ikeda“ (2014). As a writer and lecturer she is dedicated to topics related to media art and digital culture.

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