In ten dedicated forums participants will present and discuss interdisciplinary efforts from an historical perspective, highlighting the fruitful moments of collaboration between scientists, engineers and artists. Taking 'place studies' as examples, they will consider particular locations and historical constellations, such as the University of Madrid's computer science centre from 1966 to 1973, or the Polish film avant-garde of the 1960s. One forum will be devoted solely to the unique course of developments in Russia and the Soviet Union between 1900 and 1970. Talks on the history of media art in Africa and Latin America will provide occasion for debate on prevailing – frequently Western-dominated – cultural and historical paradigms.
Prominent scientists and artists will address central themes of the conference in three keynote lectures of broad interest. Internationally composed working groups will hold workshops and meetings prior to and following the conference.
re:place 2007 is an undertaking of Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH in cooperation with the House of World Cultures in Berlin. Dr. Andreas Broeckmann (Berlin) and Prof. Gunalan Nadarajan (Penn State University, USA) will head the conference.
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds
Cooperation partners in the project include, among others: Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, Humboldt University Berlin; Database of Virtual Art – Department for Image Science, Danube University Krems; Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research., Linz; LEONARDO international network for art, science and technology; TESLA media art laboratory, Berlin; Goethe Institut, Munich; Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart.