Embracing Authenticity in Net Art

Published on June 30th, 2015

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The Fabrication of Art and Beyond: Making and Inventing in Digital Culture

CHArt – Computers and the History of Art Group

London: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Art intersects with fabrication. Art as a site of making has been drastically affected by digital and network technologies. The border between being online and offline, if one still exists, has become blurred. This has implications for the ways in which diverse elements are combined to create art. Yet, fabrication also means to devise or construct something new and — more troublingly — to fake and to forge. Does art involve simply the innovation of changes in what is already established by introducing new methods, ideas, or products? Perhaps more radically it should be understood as that which disrupts what previously was or could be known and invites the arrival of what was unforeseen. What are the implications for art of digital technologies, which enhance the possibilities for it to operate by means of illusion, manipulation, subversion, and falsification? Or is art an event where truth is displaced by invention?

The CHArt 2015 conference explores what digital and network technologies mean for the intersection of art and fabrication. Theoretical papers and demonstrations of academic and artistic work address — metaphorically or literally — questions of the fabrication, meaning and value of art as viewed through the various lenses of digital practices and technologies across a variety of genres.

For up-to-date programme and information about speakers please visit www.chart.ac.uk

Image: Olia Lialina, Summer (2013)

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