Digital Aesthetic 2
17th March – 3rd June 2007
Digital Aesthetic 2 was a multi-venue exhibition, conference and website organised by the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and the Electronic and Digital Art Unit at the University of Central Lancashire.
Artistic practice in new media embraces a wide variety of approaches, contexts and experiences including: interactivity, non-linearity, virtual reality, telepresence, gaming, databases, chat rooms, artificial reality and 3D visualisation. Media artists are utilising an increasingly complex set of digital tools and devices and much of this work has very considerable implications for the way in which we experience art – more significantly much of this work challenges assumptions about the nature of art and the way in which art is experienced and engaged with.
In response, the theme of Digital Aesthetic 2 asked:
“Does the digital have the potential to change our perception of art?”
The exhibition took place across the city, with venues including the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, PAD Gallery, PR1 Gallery and St John’s Minster.
Artists included: Simon Blackmore, Boredom Research, Vince Briffa, Robert Cahen, Susan Collins, eBoy, Stefan Gec, Gary Hill, Jane Prophet, Avi Rosen, Bill Seaman, Thomson and Craighead, and Woody & Steina Vasulka.
The conference took place at UCLan on 16th and 17th March. It featured speakers from around the world including theorists, academics and exhibiting artists.
In collaboration with folly, a special screening of technicolour short films by Japanese artist Takagi Masakatsu took place in the Harris Rotunda Cafe.
Harris and folly also worked together to support the development of digi_club, an online youth club for teenagers between 12 and 16 years old. Additionally there were special extended digi_club workshops at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery.
For two days, The ‘BBC bus‘ was in residence outside the Harris Museum – an interactive workshop space in a single decker bus. Preston based graphic designer Paul Greenwood led workshops in digital art made from pocket items, and folly introduced their new, playful programme of interactive events, follyplay.
A special musical performance, Violin Power, by Steina Vasulka, also took place at the Harris on the opening night.