Monday, October 13, 2008

An international conference, Centre for Intermedia, University of Exeter, UK, 26-29 March 2009

• Matt Adams, Blast Theory
• Tim Etchells, Artistic Director, Forced Entertainment
• Adrian Heathfield, Professor of Performance ands Visual Culture, Roehampton University
• Lynn Hershman-Leeson, media artist
• Hugo Glendinning, photographer, AHRC Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts, University of Exeter
• Ken Goldberg, artist, Professor, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR),, UC Berkeley and Director, Berkeley Centre for New Media
• Mike Pearson, Professor of Performance Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Mike Brookes, artist
• Paul Sermon, media artist, Professor of Creative Technology, University of Salford
• Michael Shanks, archaeologist, The Omar and Althea Hoskins Professor of Classical Archaeology, Stanford University
• Marianne Weems, Artistic Director, The Builders Association
• Krzysztof Wodiczko, Professor of Visual Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The conference will engage with a wide range of disciplines, art and performance practices, technologies of presence, theory and modes and practices of documentation. Key questions may include:
• What are the chief signifiers of presence?
• How is presence achieved through theatrical performance?• What makes a memory come alive and live again?
• How are practices of presence connected with senses of self and identity?• Is presence synonymous with 'being in the moment'?
• What is the nature of the ‘co-presence’ of audience and performer?• Does presence imply distance?
• Where does performance practice end and its documentation begin?
• In what tense does documentation take place?• Can technology produce presence?
• Is presence a form of immersion?
• Is documentation theory or practice?
• What happens when documentation becomes time-based and ephemeral?
• Where does practice end and its documentation begin?
• In what tense does documentation take place?

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