Martin with Richard Hamblyn write a guest post for Urbantick’s Ecological Urbanism series.
SCEMFA is delighted to welcome Vince Dziekan as researcher in residence until early May 2008. Vince is Senior Lecturer in Digital Imaging and Deputy Head Multimedia & Digital Arts at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), where he is an artist/curator/writer whose practice encompasses photography, new media and curatorial projects including the recent REMOTE exhibition http://www.remoteexhibition.com/.
He is currently working on a research project that focuses on curatorial design and the implications of the digital on how exhibitions are mediated. This investigation broaches the broader issue of the relationship of art to its institutionalized spaces and forms part of his PhD research project “Without Walls: Virtuality and the Art of Exhibition”.
Topics for consideration include: How is the practice-theory relation in Fine Art constituted? Is the field of Fine Art becoming inseparable from computational media? Is there a need to make a distinct category ‘AVPhD’? If the paradoxical age of theory/practice is indicative of a time of deep change, how do we respond? For the Fine Arts, how are advancements (however defined) or radical practices made within institutions and how do these relate to the world of Fine Art more broadly? In the immaterial domains of electronic media, what kinds of methodological frameworks are Fine Art PhD candidates currently using? If a PhD is about a field of study for future research in a practice related PhD, what type of encoding or software may be the best for artistic research? (In light of questions of obsolescence, the archive and conservation). Is the whole idea of art in the age of the cultural industry an anachronism?