ISEA 2010 RUHR Programme
At several venues in the cities of Dortmund, Essen and Duisburg, the festival presented current works and debates in Media Art worldwide. To that end, international artists and scholars met in the Ruhr metropolitan area. More than one hundred speakers presented recent developments in contemporary art and digital culture and exchange ideas with local creatives.
From 20 to 29 August 2010, the international academic conference brought together more than one hundred speakers in Essen, Dortmund and Duisburg. All conference contributions where selected in a peer-reviewing process by an international jury from over thousand proposals. The discussed themes vary from aesthetic discourses to questions of art and engineering. Among others, the conference included panels on art and media in Latin America, on preservation of historical media art, on the phenomenon of materialisation and dematerialisation, on the role of the user in digital art, as well as a meeting of the Leonardo Education Forum.
The ISEA2010 RUHR Keynotes dealt with current sociopolitical discourses at the intersection between politics, art and the information society from 23 until 27 August 2010.
The ISEA2010 RUHR Exhibition selected from the Call for Proposals at the Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte. The curated exhibition TRUST and the E-Culture Fair 2010 at the Dortmund U. TRUST explores our relation to machines and media, which is often marked by a certain intuitive confidence. The latter was one of ISEA2010's Partner Events. And furthermore Heavy Matter, an exhibition by ISEA2010 RUHR's academic partner, the Academy for Media Art Cologne, in Dortmund city centre.
Performances und Workshops
The festival kicked off on Friday, 20 August with performances, workshops and a thematic conference focused on body, media and presence. Norah Zuniga Shaw (us) and her collaborators presented Synchronous Objects as a main installation with an associated laboratory facilitated by Scott deLahunta (nl) for knowledge sharing and discussion. Based on William Forsythe's choreography One Flat Thing, reproduced, the artists developed visual, interactive and programmable objects in order to interpret choreographic concepts and to reimagine what these concepts might look like if they were not danced. On the evenings of 20 and 21 August, Mette Ingvartsen (dk/be) staged her performative installation Evaporated Landscapes and Xavier Le Roy (fr) presented his choreography Le sacre du printemps. Employing a minimum of artistic means both artists succeed at expanding the imagination of the audience.
Together with regional and international media art institutions ISEA2010 RUHR developed a comprehensive programme in the Ruhr region: The Partner events comprise the exhibition for the German Sound Art Award, a Day of Sound, Public Art Projects in Duisburg, an exhibition by the Academy for Media Art Cologne and the E-Culture.