How De­mo­c­ra­tic? New Media Art and Par­tic­i­pa­tion

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  • From New Media to Old Utopias: ‘Red’ Art in Late Capitalism?

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  • How De­mo­c­ra­tic? New Media Art and Par­tic­i­pa­tion

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  • Panel: From New Media to Old Utopias: ‘Red’ Art in Late Capitalism?

    CRUMB, the re­search cen­tre CRUMB at the Uni­ver­sity of Sun­der­land in the UK, has a deep in­ter­est in how the ‘be­hav­iours’ of new media art, such as con­nec­tiv­ity, com­putiv­ity and in­ter­ac­tiv­ity, pre­sent op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges for cu­ra­tors. In­ter­ac­tiv­ity, in par­tic­u­lar, high­lights how be­hav­iours of in­ter­ac­tion, par­tic­i­pa­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion have often been im­por­tant in art, in­clud­ing ac­tivist art, con­cep­tual art, and more re­cently, re­la­tional aes­thet­ics. This pre­sen­ta­tion con­sid­ers art­works and ex­hi­bi­tions in­clud­ing those by Hans Haacke, Chris Bur­den, Rirkrit Tira­vanija, Les Liens In­vis­i­bles, Josh On, Pad.ma, Har­rell Fletcher and Mi­randa July, and Heath Bunting. It sug­gests a crit­i­cal de­f­i­n­i­tion of types of par­tic­i­pa­tion which draws on both po­lit­i­cal and net­work vo­cab­u­lar­ies.

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