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ISEA2010 RUHR Conference
P49 Media Gardens

Fri 27 August 2010
13:00–14:30h
Volkshochschule Dortmund, L 110

Moedrated by Verena Kuni (de)

  1. 13:00h | Peter Veenstra, Geert-Jan Hobijn (nl): Trains, Cars and Trees
  2. 13:25h | Sofian Audry (qc/ca): Absences. Public Art Interventions in Natural Spaces Using Autonomous Electronic Devices
  3. 13:50h | Shannon McMullen (us): Machines as Gardens. Visual Culture and Post-Steel Sensibilities in the Ruhr District

ISEA2010 Conference Proceedings | P49 Media Gardens (PDF, 166.35 KB)

Peter Veenstra, Geert-Jan Hobijn (nl)

Trains, Cars and Trees

Lola landscape architects and Staalplaat Soundsystem started to collaborate in 2008 on projects that are at the interface of public space design and sound art, under the name of Composed City. Sound art as a piece of landscape, and sound design of public space in order to create local identity, evoke play or contemplation, form the main subject of this collaboration. Two projects are presented: a sound barrier and Aural Garden (together with Max Neuhaus) in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, and a Tuk tuk concert in New Delhi, India.

ISEA2010 Conference Proceedings | Trains, Cars and Trees (PDF)

Peter Veenstra is one of the directors of Lola landscape architects, based in Rotterdam. Lola researches and designs new spatial phenomena in public space.

Geert-Jan Hobijn is the founder of the art collective Staalplaat Soundsystem, that has created a multitude of sound installations, moving more and more into public space.

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Sofian Audry (qc/ca)

Absences. Public Art Interventions in Natural Spaces Using Autonomous Electronic Devices

Absences is a public intervention project that involves electronic objects interacting with nature. Taking shape the frontier of new media and land art, it proposes a meditation on solitude and association, interaction and adaptation, natural and artificial, biological and inanimate. The artist will give an overview of the work, focusing on the creation process, results and the issues raised by the relationship between nature, art and technology. The challenges, solutions and lessons learned through the project as well as the future avenues of research that they entail will be discussed.

ISEA2010 Conference Proceedings | Absences. Public Art Interventions in Natural Spaces Using Autonomous Electronic Devices (PDF)

Sofian Audry is a new media artist from Montreal, Canada. His practice mixes new technologies with the social and cognitive mechanisms of human being. His recent work focuses on electronic interventions, incorporating technological objects in the natural environment.

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Shannon McMullen (us)

Machines as Gardens. Visual Culture and Post-Steel Sensibilities in the Ruhr District

As recent work in art history and science studies has shown, ways of representing, designing and experiencing material culture reveal things about subjects’ relations to the world that words alone cannot (Mukerji, 1997; van Alphen, 2005). Through the cultivation of what I term landscape value, the International Building Exhibition, Emscher Park 1989 -1999 combined existing material culture and strategies to produce surprising new meanings and social practices in the Ruhr District landscape. The post-steel sensory culture that has emerged in the region reveals a new resolution to the tension between nature and technology, one in which machines and gardens are no longer opposing categories.

ISEA2010 Conference Proceedings | Machines as Gardens. Visual Culture and Post-Steel Sensibilities in the Ruhr District (PDF)

Shannon McMullen is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Purdue University. McMullen teaches in Purdue’s new Electronic and Time-Based Art Program. Her current research interests include intersections of nature, art and technology and culture-led urban regeneration.

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