DEAF94 - Digital Nature

DEAF94 Dutch Electronic Art Festival - Digital Nature.

DEAF94 - Digital Nature

event magazine detail

8
Nov 1994
13
Nov 1994
location: V2_ and various locations Rotterdam
 

Short text

DEAF94 will center around subjects like "life" and "nature" since, in our technological culture, no other topics are under such pressure. Definitions of life, often closely connected to religious beliefs, and experiencing nature have always been linked to intangible primeval forces that focus our attention on the supernatural and/or the religious. That which seemed holy and should not be meddled with has become manageable. Body-piercing, sex operations, genetically manipulated cows and, before long, square tomatoes show that even the biological is construed and constructed. We ourselves will take the next step in evolution.

 

Longer text

This is the first time DEAF will take place in Rotterdam and it is a combination of the annual festival "Manifestation for the Unstable Media" of the V2_Organisation and festival initiatives by ISEA and WDS. This combination has resulted in this festival. Each year, the festival has a current theme centered around the influence of technology on art and society. In 1993, the festival's main focus was the body culture which is closely connected to the media culture idea in which more and more actions and contacts are realized through digital media. This year, the festival will center around subjects like "life" and "nature" since, in our technological culture, no other topics are under such pressure. Definitions of life, often closely connected to religious beliefs, and experiencing nature have always been linked to intangible primeval forces that focus our attention on the supernatural and/or the religious. That which seemed holy and should not be meddled with has become manageable. Body-piercing, sex operations, genetically manipulated cows and, before long, square tomatoes show that even the biological is construed and constructed. We ourselves will take the next step in evolution.


Nederlands

De thematiek van DEAF94 befrof de "Digitale Natuur". Door technologische innovatie en een veranderende kijk op onszelf zien we dat de technologische creatie van dat wat wij "leven" noemen, in de vorm van de versmelting van biologisch leven met de machine, steeds dichterbij komt. Computerwetenschappers, microbiologen, natuurkundigen en kunstenaars houden zich tegenwoordig druk bezig met het creƫeren van wezens die eruit zien en zich gedragen als levende organismen. Ze eten, groeien, evolueren, vermeerdern zich en sterven. Alles spontaan en zonder tussenkomst van de mens. Veel van dit alles speelt zich af in de computer en wordt aangeduid als Artificial Life. De discussie over wat nu biologisch leven is en hoe het gedefinieerd kan worden is nauw verbonden met zelfkennis, zelfonderzoek en de bestudering van de natuur. De veranderende kijk, omgang en definitie over de natuur stond centraal in dit programma.

Deze thematiek werd als uitgangspunt genomen voor een aantal programma's van DEAF. De programma onderdelen spraken verschillende doelgroepen aan, van gespecialiseerd tot nieuwkomers. Op deze wijze werd geprobeerd een zo breed mogelijk festival op te zetten met een grote diepgang.

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