BIOMEDIATIONS Goldsmiths


BIOMEDIATIONS: ART, LIFE, MEDIA
One-day symposium at Goldsmiths, University of London: a satellite event for the Festval of New medis Art and Video Transitio_MX05 Biomediations
14 May 2013

Symposium description:
‘Life’ signifies many things. To begin with, it is a philosophical abstraction referring to our meaningful existence in the world. But ‘life’ also refers to biological processes taking place at environmental, social and cellular levels, as well as technical experiments with media, computer systems and biological models. Life as such doesn’t therefore exist: it is always mediated by language, culture, technology and biology. It is these multiple mediations of life that form the theme of this symposium Biomediations: Art, Life, Media. The term ‘biomediations’ encapsulates life’s own inherent dynamism that unfolds at environmental, social and cellular level. It also captures the creative, dynamic and evolving nature of media. The symposium will explore this intertwined process, whereby life is always mediated and whereby media themselves are living – i.e. composed of both technological and biological elements, and capable of generating new forms, unprecedented connections and unexpected events.



Professor Joanna Zylinska, Goldsmiths, University of London
The aesthetic and ethical imperative of biomediations: opening remarks
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Professor Sarah Kember, Goldsmiths, University of London
iMedia
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Dr Btihaj Ajana, King’s College London
Measuring life: between the ‘who?’ and the ‘what?’
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Ben Craggs, Goldsmiths, University of London
What does bioart do? From biomedia to biomediation
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Dr Lynn Turner, Goldsmiths, University of London
Tympan Alley: posthuman performatives in Dancer in the Dark
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Professor Sean Cubitt, Goldsmiths, University of London
Privations, secretions
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Stelarc (performance artist and Professor at Brunel University)
Engineering aliveness and affect in artificial systems: alternate operational architectures
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The aesthetic and ethical imperative of biomediations: opening remarks


The symposium also hosted the visit of Dr Sarah Cook (University of Sunderland), who spoke about her plans for the exhbition in Mexico. More information about the exhibition curated by Dr Cook (with Rodrigo Alonso) can be found here.