LSE-MARCEL Symposium

Half-day Symposium on Artistic Research and Experimentation in Digital Media

This symposium is open to all and free to register.

Date: 7 July 2010

Venue: Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, King's College London


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9:00 am - Welcome and Introduction

9:15 am - Panel 1 - Artistic Careers for Research and Experimentation

Chris Meigh Andrews in an interview with Woody and Steina Vasulka

Panel discussants - Don Foresta, Anna Dumitriu, Tom Corby

10:45 am - Panel 2 - Developing Frameworks for Artistic Research and Experimentation

Samuel Bianchini and Emmanuel Mahé - case study of artists' collaboration with Orange Labs

Panel discussants - Hasan Bakhshi, Stuart Dunn, Nicola Triscott, Rachel Smithies and Rachel Baker

12:15 pm - Panel 3 - Artistic Initiatives for Research and Experimentation

Panel presenters - Helen Sloan, Samuel Bianchini, Ruth Catlow, Michael Takeo Magruder and Hugh Denard

1:30pm - End of Symposium


This event is organised in collaboration with the MARCEL Network ( ) and the Digital Humanities 2010 Conference taking place 7 - 10 July at King's College London ( ). Anyone registering for the symposium who wishes to attend the Digital Humanities conference may do so at a discounted rate. (Follow the Registration links on the conference website, choose Early Member or University of London Staff as appropriate and make a note in the Remark of Participant field that you have registered for the Symposium.)

For details about the symposium and to register contact Frederik Lesage at . Limited seats are available so please register early.


For some artists, research is a primary form of artistic engagement. But much of the resulting interdisciplinary research seems to take place without a clear and open exchange across related disciplines. It is also unclear what are the ramifications of choosing such an approach to artistsʼ careers over time and how to promote the positive contributions artists bring to interdisciplinary research.

These issues are further complicated by the multiplicity of contemporary artistic practices. The approaches of artists who choose to work as researchers may wildly vary from the highly subjective and/or politically or philosophically engaged to a more pragmatic or formalist level of appropriation and use. Artistsʼ interests may also vary from exploring collaborations with highly specialised or even obscure scientific disciplines to experimental engagements in everyday practices. Nevertheless the continued efforts by artists and researchers to develop and strengthen this kind of research suggests that there is considerable value in such exchanges.

As a means of weighing into this debate in a productive way, the Department of Media and Communications LSE has organised this symposium with the aim of addressing the issues surrounding collaborations between artists and research institutions experimenting with digital information and communication technologies.

Travel information:

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