Dana  Karwas

Dana Karwas

Lecturer, Technology, Culture and Society; Civil and Urban Engineering

Other Fields: Aesthetic Inquiry in New Landscape

Call for Proposals 
Deadline May 31st, 2017

Other Fields: Aesthetic Inquiry in New Landscape
July 24-25, 2017
NYU Berlin at Kulturbrauerei

 

A two-day conference at NYU Berlin will convene a group of artists, writers and researchers to re-examine landscape as a mode of inquiry in art.

As technology continues to develop, it expands our perception of spatial reality and thereby provides new subject matter for aesthetic questions. Yet how does the artist remain present when reality is experienced through data?

Through scientific attempts to further understand space and time, technological progress has enabled us to gather previously unavailable imagery at nearly any scale of time or distance—at extreme resolution, across various spectra, remotely, and passively. These methods of gathering, however, remove any context from the act of seeing. In fact, they are designed to avoid human influence. Consequently, there is a reduced point of view and too much distance, offering the viewer a scant connection to reality. In order to fully understand this new information, we turn to the embodied and individual perception of the artist.

Although artists have created images from scientific data, the context of the work is generally limited by the research that generated the underlying information. The perspective, or even the image itself, is created without the interaction of the artist.

In order to reclaim a context of plein air – a direct, personal experience of the physical world – the artist must have presence and agency in the process of sensing. This can be addressed by commandeering existing technology, developing independent sensor systems, or by deconstructing existing information to create open data models for the artist to explore.

Subjectivity is central to our understanding of the world, and has long been the blueprint for the next wave of understanding and progress. As inaccessible landscapes and hidden dimensions continue to become meaningful frontiers, it is essential to consider the role of art in the interpretive process.

Discussion and research sharing among the participants will be structured to inform the development of a book on the subject, formalize the outcomes of the encounter, and set the groundwork for wider dialogue and research on the role of art in environmental perception.

 

Call for Participants

Artists, researchers, faculty, graduate students and PhD students interested in particpating in the meeting should submit the following items to dana.karwas@nyu.edu no later than May 31st, 11:59 EST. 

1. Statment of interest in the subject (200 words max)

2. Link to relevant work (optional)

A travel stipend will be provided to support participants' travel to Berlin.

 

Organizers

Gabriel Winer and Dana Karwas (Winer-Karwas) have worked as a collaborative since they met at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2003. Winer and Karwas both teach in the Integrated Digital Media Program in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society at the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University.

Alex Zafiris is an art writer and editor who has served as the Senior Art Editor at Guernica magazine, Editor-in-Chief of Tokion magazine, Editorial Director at Mana Contemporary, and as an editorial consultant at Immaterial, the online platform of the Marina Abramovic Institute. She regularly contributes to BOMB magazine, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and The Paris Review Daily.

 

Support 

NYU Berlin
NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Department of Technology, Culture, and Society, Integrated Digital Media Program
NYU Provost's Global Research Initiatives