Real-Time: Showing Art in the Age of New Media (2009)

Showing time-based art is very different to exhibiting art objects, so how can art which uses the Internet, interactivity, social systems, or real-time computing different from video, live art, or performance? This one-day conference aimed to share the knowledge of those involved in exhibition practices beyond the object of art, and asks, should we abandon ‘normal’ curating practices, or adapt these modes to integrate ‘the new’? This event drew experts and researchers from the fields of art practice, curating, history and criticism to confront the slippery question of time — including the timelines of production, of showing, and of participation.

Speakers and workshop leaders included:

Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Gavin Wade, Director of Eastside Projects in Birmingham.

Mark Nash, Head of Department of Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art.

Franz Thalmair, co-founder of CONT3XT collaborative curatorial group in Vienna with Michael Kargl (aka Carlos katastrofsky) and Sabine Hochrieser.

Kelli Dipple, Curator, Intermedia, at Tate Modern in London.

Real-Time: Showing Art in the Age of New Media was co-curated with CRUMB (Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss) and supported with funding from the Arts and Humanties Research Council, and Arts Council England

Image credit: Monica Studer and Christoph van den Berg, Mountain Top (2005) as part of the exhibition Package Holiday, BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.