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matthew fuller on Wed, 9 Nov 2005 20:35:39 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> [event] Public Lecture: Lev Manovich

Public Lecture: Lev Manovich, 'Art After Compression'
Date: Tuesday 15th November
Time: 18.00hrs
Place: Collegezaal
Entry: Gratis, all welcome

Art After Compression


All human art can be thought of as a form of compression - condensing
individual and collective experiences, memory, and knowledge into
symbols, icons, short narratives, and images. While there are many
reasons for this, even if humans ever wanted to create significantly more
detailed representations, the limitations of storage media would not allow

This situation fundamentally changed over the last few years as the
developments in IT now make possible for us for the first time to record
(and consequently organize and access) as much data as we want. How does
IT industry, computer science and engineering research, media design and
art are responding to this new 'post-compression' condition? What kind of
media art can we create today when we can capture the world without any

I will discuss developments across these different areas pointing towards
number of new cultural strategies which already becoming visible. The
examples discussed will include Sokurov's film 'Russian Arc,' 
interactive virtual spaces by Masaki Fujihata, the rise of database art,
visual search engines, Microsoft's MyLifeBits project, work on metadata
standards and sensor networks.


Lev Manovich <www.manovich.net> is the author of Soft Cinema: Navigating
Database (The MIT Press, 2005), and The Language of New Media (The MIT
Press, 2001) which is hailed as "the most suggestive and broad ranging
media history since Marshall McLuhan." He is a Professor of Visual Arts,
University of California, San Diego <visarts.ucsd.edu> and a Director of
the Lab for Cultural Analysis at California Institute for
Telecommunications and Information Technology <www.calit2.net>.  He is
Currently research Fellow at Media Design Research, Piet Zwart Institute,
Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam.  http://www.pzwart.wdka.hro.nl/
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