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Pro&Contra – MachineMachy
May 11-14, 2000
new technology theorists and activists from Russia, Eastern and Western
Europe, USA, Canada, Japan.
The principal practical goal of the project is to integrate through
the Internet Russian scientific, theoretical, artistic and institutional
experience into European community.
The task is to promote professional open discussion on problems of use of
media technologies in contemporary culture as well as to examine various
innovative strategies and experiments within this sphere.
The Subject (Summary)
Total technologization has embraced all life spheres of contemporary
The very logic of technological development directed to progress and
innovation might seem to be pursuing and positively affecting culture and
art that more and more often address technology services.
New technology bears a positive aspect of what we would call the progress.
This notion embraces political, economic, social and cultural factors. On
the other hand, we could witness that new technology development provokes
the situation of devaluation. In this respect, technology becomes
repressive towards traditional cultural, social, economic and political
values. As a result, an active transformation of traditional culture into
new representative forms occurs, evoking both well founded and not
Thus, a dual evaluation of this problem contains both ‘pro’ and
Theorists and activists expressing different opinions (positive and
negative, pro@contra) on the problem will take part in discussions.
Art and Culture
Art Beyond Definition?
Problem of the new technology art research. Functional aspects of the role
of art activity exploring new technology opportunities, and using them to
beat artistic goals.
Quality value problem, and evaluation criteria in regards to contemporary
media-art. It's place in art history, in correlation with idea, method and
Art and Technology
Technological Progress and Technical Regress?
Progress and regress in the field of art. Problem of appropriating new
technological devices in art culture. Actual methods and forms of putting
aims and their realization by artists using media (individual method and
machine logic). Status of media-artist and his (her) methods: researcher,
critic, activist, manipulator, or programmer.
Art and Institutions
New Tactics and Strategies?
Initiatives and local communities. Estimation criteria of media-art.
Museums: pro and contra. Essential aspect of communicative functions of