Digital Aesthetic: conference and exhibitions

Mon 17 Sep 2012

Image credit: Still from In Re Ansel Adams, Terry Flaxton, 2008

Digital Aesthetic³ is an international exhibition, conference, and website, which will explore the impact that the digital realm has on our sense of self, and our relationship to the physical world.

This will be the final manifestation of the Digital Aesthetic Project (2001-2012) which has been a collaborative venture between the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, and the Electronic & Digital Art Unit (EDAU) at the University of Central Lancashire.

Building upon the success of the two previous events, the Digital Aesthetic (2001) and Digital Aesthetic 2 (2007), Digital Aesthetic³ brings together some of the most significant visual artists, theorists, and academics, working internationally in the field of new media and digital imaging.

Participants in Digital Aesthetic³ 2012 include:

Mark Amerika (USA), Keith Brown (UK), Peter Callas (Australia), Sophie Calle (France), Peter Campus (USA), Ruth Catlow (UK), Maria Chatzichristodoulou (UK/Greece), Paul Coldwell (UK), Sarah Cook (UK), Sean Cubitt (UK), Brendan Dawes (UK), Stefanie Dykes (USA), Arthur Elsenaar (Netherlands), Terry Flaxton (UK), Pat Flynn (UK), Beryl Graham (UK), Harrison and Wood (UK), David Henckel (UK), Takahiko Iimura (Japan), Mary Lucier (USA), Jo Lansley/Neta Madahar (UK), Ingrid Ledent (Belgium), Adam Lockhart (UK), Marilene Oliver (UK), Alexa Wright (UK), and Katsutoshi Yuasa (Japan), Professor Chris Meigh-Andrews and Lindsay Taylor.

Digital Aesthetic³ programme:

05 & 06 Oct
Two-day conference at the University of Central Lancashire

This two-day conference will explore the ideas of the Digital Aesthetic through a broad array of presentations and performances that will showcase a variety of relevant contemporary viewpoints in specialist areas.

The event will be jointly chaired by Sean Cubitt, Professor of Film and Television Studies, Goldsmith’s College London, and Dr Sarah Cook, co-founder and co-editor of CRUMB, the online resource for curators of new media art.

For registration details visit the Digital Aesthetic³ website.

From 06 Oct 2012
Exhibitions at
UCLan’s PR1 Gallery (ends 19 Oct 2012) and the Harris Museum & Art Gallery (ends 05 Jan 2013)

The exhibitions will include work that demonstrates some of the diverse ways that artists are utilising digital technologies including: projection, digital print, 3D work, screen-based video work, touch panel installation, and a web based work.

Included are two special new commissions from Mark Amerika and Harrison & Wood. Mark Amerika’s Museum of Glitch Aesthetics will subvert the museum building with unexpected ‘glitches’ – it was co-commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and appeared originally at our 2012 festival. Meanwhile new film DIYVBIED by Harrison and Wood promises to be surprising, bleakly funny and explosive.

Digital Aesthetic³ website,

The website features further information about the participating artists and events, as well as forming an online archive of all Digital Aesthetic projects to date.

Collectively, these ideas, works and installations will allow visitors to think about how their own perception of reality is shaped by their relationship to the digital. Digital Aesthetic³ promises to be the most ambitious and dynamic edition of the Digital Aesthetic series.

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