Son of Guffwatch - new entry
June 8 2012
A reader sends in another entry for AHN's new series of academic Guffwatch, from the University of New South Wales:
Interference strategies for art
Friday 22 – Saturday 23 June 2012
Hosted by the VCA, this Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference takes place over two stimulating days when acclaimed professionals including curators, historians, creative arts practitioners, critics and theorists will explore transdisciplinary imaging.
Art, Science and Culture The notion of ‘Interference’ is posed here as an antagonism between production and seduction, as a redirection of affect, or as an untapped potential for repositioning artistic critique. Maybe art doesn’t have to work as a wave that displaces or reinforces the standardized protocols of data/messages, but can instead function as a kind of signal that disrupts and challenges perceptions. ‘Interference’ can stand as a mediating incantation that might create a layer between the constructed image of the ‘everyday’ given to us by science, technological social networks and the means of its construction.
The Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference presents speakers from a wide range of disciplines discussing:
- Can art interfere with the chaotic storms of data visualization and information processing, or is it merely eulogizing contemporary media?
- Can we think of ‘interference’ as a key tactic for the contemporary image in disrupting and critiquing the continual flood of constructed imagery?
- Are contemporary forms and strategies of interference the same as historical ones? What kinds of similarities and differences exist?
I thought Australians were immune to this kind of nonsense. And as the reader writes:
I had thought that 'interference strategies for art' were mainly undertaken by disgruntled gallery attendants and - as you've recently experienced yourself - cantankerous librarians but it would seem that 'acclaimed professionals' are also at it...