Day 1, stream 5
Resistance is Fertile
Alessandro Ludovico: Neural Magazine, Italy
Florian Cramer: Rotterdam University of Applied Science, Netherlands
Ian Andrews: College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Australia
The term ‘post-digital’ has had a life of its own ever since it was coined by the electronic music composer Kim Cascone in 2000. It stands, most commonly, for an aesthetics that no longer considers digital-ness revolutionary.
More recently, it has also been associated with neo-analog and hybrid digital/analogue media designs that have become rampantly popular with young generation artists.
The speakers on this panel will propose an inventory and taxonomy of contemporary post-digital practices – in visual culture, in publishing, in music. So far, post-digital aesthetics has been undertheorised, despite its obvious impact on contemporary culture (such as, to give a popular example, the new focus on live performance instead of recording releases in almost any kind of music). This panel will sketch the outline of a post-digital aesthetics that yet needs to be written.
Kim Cascone, The Aesthetics of Failure: “Post-Digital” Tendencies in Contemporary Computer Music, Computer Music Journal, Volume 24 Issue 4, Cambridge: MIT Press, December 2000, pp. 12-18
Alessandro Ludovico, Post-Digital Print: The Mutation of Publishing since 1894, Onomatopee, 2011
Jeremy Nicholas, The Post-Digital Age Is Here, AdNews, 16 July 2010
Russell Davies, Meet the New Schtick, http://russelldavies.typepad.com/planning/2009/01/meet-the-new-schtick.html, 2009
Alessandro Ludovico is an artist, media critic and editor in chief of Neural magazine since 1993. He has published and edited several books, and has lectured worldwide. He is one of the founders of Mag.Net (Electronic Cultural Publishers organisation), and has also served as an advisor for Documenta 12‘s Magazine Project. He has been guest researcher at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, and teaches at the Academy of Art in Carrara.
Florian Cramer is a research professor and director of the research center Creating 010 at Rotterdam University of Applied Science, The Netherlands, adjunct to Willem de Kooning Academy and Piet Zwart Institute. He also works as an interdisciplinary person at WORM, Rotterdam’s institute for avant-gardistic recreation. His book “Anti-Media: Ephemera on Speculative Arts” with essays on arts, media and underground culture written since the late 1990s is forthcoming at NAi 010 Publishers.