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<nettime> [ The Thing ] Anna Munster + Michele Barker // Sunday, June 6, 2004 7 PM {AT} THE THING



Join us for an evening with the Australian media theorist Anna Munster and 
media artist Michele Barker as they discuss the relevance and irrelevance of 
biology for new media art, theory and artists. 

Sunday, June 6, 7pm 

THE THING 
601 West 26th Street 
New York, New York 10001 
Tel: 212-937 0443 
Email: events {AT} thing.net 

In this short presentation, artists and writers Michele Barker and Anna Munster 
(Sydney, Australia), will look at the entanglement of new media art and theory 
with the life sciences from the 1990s to the present. Barker’s work 
‘Præternatural,' a CD-ROM, critically investigates the relationship of 
interactivity to a culture of choice and consumption and to the positivist neo-
Darwinist tendencies of a life and genetics in new media art of the 1990s. 
Munster, in her writing, has questioned recent collaborations between art and 
bioscience on the basis of its utilitarian ethics. She is now working on and 
with bio-art to see if new ethico-political paradigms might emerge from the 
critical confluence of life and information. Both will present examples of 
their recent artwork -- interactive and PowerPoint art -- in these areas. 

(Organized by Trebor Scholz in collaboration with The Thing) 

Michele Barker 
Barker is a professor in Photomedia, College of Fine Arts, University of New 
South Wales, Sydney Australia. She is currently an artist in residence at 
Eyebeam, New York. Her recent exhibitions include: Science Fictions, Earl Lu 
Gallery, Singapore June - July 2003, VIDARTE 2002 Postal Centre, Mexico City, 
August - September 2002, Aller Anfang (The Very Beginning) Oesterreichisches 
Museum für Volkskunde, Vienna Austria, April - October 2002, ConVerge: where 
art and science meet, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Biennial of 
Visual Arts as part of the 2002 Adelaide Arts Festival, February - March 2002, 
Contact Zones: The Art of CD-Rom, Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary, 
Alberta Canada, October 26 - December 6, 2001 

Anna Munster 
Munster is a professor in Art History and Theory, College of Fine Arts, 
University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. She is in New York conducting 
research for an Australian Research Council Discovery grant. She has published 
in the international journals ctheory, culture machine, M/C and New Media and 
Society. Her art work was recently exhibited at DIY_DNA_DAY at The Cube, 
Bristol, England, April 2004, Outside In, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington 
Australia, June 18-July 15, 2003, Aller Anfang (The Very Beginning) 
Oesterreichisches Museum für Volkskunde, Vienna Austria, April - October 2002 
and can be found online at http://wundernet.cofa.unsw.edu.au. She is a 
facilitator of the online list :fibreculture: (www.fibreculture.org),  focused 
upon critical discussion of new media in the Australasian region and a member 
of the fibrecultural journal editorial team (www.journal.fibreculture.org). 

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