New Technologies in Contemporary Art

Saturday 22 April

5.30 pm Panel discussion

This panel will examine the recent developments of technology in contemporary art and highlight its importance in relation to a transition into a digital society. Alain Servais (collector, Belgium), talks to Valentina Volchkova (International Director Pace gallery, Paris), and Hampus Lindwall (collector, Sweden) to assess the role of digital technology in art and discuss how it has changed since it gained public attention in the late 90’s. Through the work of JODI and Félix Luque Sánchez, they will explore how artists are responding to technology as a new tool and the different aspects and problematics that digital and technological methods bring to light, as preservation, access and property.

Moderated by Alain Servais, with the participation of:
- Hampus Lindwall, collector (Sweden)
- Valentina Volchkova, International Director Pace gallery (Paris)
- JODI, artists (Netherlands - Belgium)
- Félix Luque Sánchez, artist (Belgium)

Coordination of this talk by Vincent Matthu and Selin Ben Mehrez, founders of RLTY.org. RLTY is an online resource and communication tool for the development of new technologies in the art market.
And by Jacques Urbanska, Media Arts and Art(s) & Network(s) projects manager of Transcultures centre for digital & sound cultures. He is involved in the development of projects related to digital arts. He brings his expertise and support as well in the creation of records, the implementation of the various Transcultures programs but also as a curator. He provides Transcultures web presence and strengthens its network over the Internet.

Speakers

Alain Servais
Among the first collectors of digital art, Alain Servais has built up a highly versatile and forward-looking contemporary art collection. Alain is actively engaged in the issues of the art industry and market through writing, social networking and other initiatives. Additionally, he supports young artists through a residency program in his loft in Brussels, where he also keeps his collection.

Hampus Lindwall
Hampus Lindwall is a Swedish organist and composer working and living in Brussels and Paris. He is collecting contemporary art in various forms and formats ranging from paintings & sculptures to videos & websites.

Valentina Volchkova

International Director of Pace Gallery based in Paris. Pace Art + Technology, founded by Pace President Marc Glimcher, is the gallery’s new program dedicated to collaboration with interdisciplinary art groups, collectives and studios whose works explore the confluence of art and technology. The program is an expansion of Pace’s longstanding commitment to artistic approaches that emphasize digital and technological methods.

JODI
Joan Heemskerk (Netherlands) and Dirk Paesmans (Belgium), collectively known as JODI, are rightfully venerated for their countless contributions to art and technology. JODI pioneered Web art in the mid-1990s. They were among the first artists to investigate and subvert conventions of the Internet, computer programs and video and computer games. JODI stages extreme digital interventions that destabilize the relationship between computer technology and its users.

Félix Luque Sánchez

Félix Luque Sánchez (Oviedo 1976) creates audiovisual and sculptural artworks, for which he develops software / hardware and uses digital fabrication technologies. The main subjects of his work are science, technology and fiction. He has exhibited his works at Transmediale (Berlin), Ars Electronica (Linz), iMAL (Brussels), LABoral (Gijón), Bozar (Fine Arts Museum Brussels), BIAN (Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal), among others. He currently lives in Brussels.


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