Thursday, November 23 sees a specially curated program
featuring Tokyo based ArtLab (J) and Art+Com from Berlin
(D). Both organizations operate in the field of art and
technology. On the one hand they are connected to a large
company (ArtLab to Canon Inc.) or to several companies (Art+Com),
on the other hand they operate as independent commercial
companies, offering facilities to artists
In both cases
artists and scientists and/or technicians have high-level
interaction. The centers also display a vast diversity in
interface development. Clear strategies have been planned
and very different interests are at stake. They are hybrid
places where complicated alliances provide access to expensive
facilities and where people from different disciplines can
cooperate. While each institute has found its own most beneficial
form of organization, the projects that they realize are
very diverse - sometimes entirely commissioned, and sometimes
What does this intertwining of interests
mean for the works of art that are being produced here,
and how autonomous are the artists? And at the same time:
what is the added value that the arts contribute? This presentation
is part of the research being conducted by V2_ into the
possibilities for establishing a workshop for art and media
technology in Rotterdam, a place where people from different
disciplines can work together.
In the program both institutes
elucidate their organizational structures, and present some
of the projects they have realized in co-operation with
artists. The emphasis lies on the development of interfaces.
The speakers are Yukiko Shikata, director of ArtLab, and
Steffen Meschkat of Art+Com.
The program is chaired
by Timothy Druckrey (US).