SPRING 2012: V.08 N.01: CAA Conference Edition 2012
Media-N is pleased to showcase the New Media Caucus’ conference proceedings in the current publication: CAA Conference Edition 2012. Each year, the NMC –an affiliate of the College Art Association– organizes panel presentations, events and activities in conjunction with the CAA annual convention. This year’s conference, held in Los Angeles, marked the CAA’s 100th Anniversary.
The NMC offered panels and events onsite at the Los Angeles Convention Center and offsite at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, at the Velaslavasay Panorama Union Theatre, and at the Glendale Community College Planetarium.
Three NMC affiliate panels discussed a range of topics related to New Media. The panel Magic and Media co-chaired by Mina Cheon and Lisa Paul Streitfeld brought together a range of interdisciplinary scholars (Laurence A. Rickels, Sue Taylor, Rita Alves, and Evan Malater) to reflect on the relationship of magic and media in an age of new media culture, and to chart an arc of psychoanalysis as a way to newly define this relationship. The panel Code as Craft chaired by Mike Salmond, was premised on the idea that coding is now, more than ever, a vital tool for activists, artists, designers and students. In their presentations, panelists Ashley John Pigford, Keon Pettiway, Jason Bernagozzi, Rachel Beth Egenhoefer and Joel Swanson, and Victoria Bradbury explore the current pedagogical questions, debates and approaches involved in making coding an integral part of a new media curriculum. The panel Spontaneous Combustion! chaired by Preston Poe, included panelists Joseph DeLappe, Robert Lawrence, Ceci Moss, Lee Montgomery and EI Janet Lin to explore the dynamics of social networking sites and open-source software as it is being utilized in postmodern digital art practice in which artists are collaborating, networking, performing and creating interventions in social and political contexts.
Additionally, the NMC offered three off-site events and, in this edition, we publish reports written by the event coordinators: A Screening of Dome Art at the Glendale Community College Planetarium was coordinated by Ethan Bach accompanied by two New Media Arts students, Joseph Seph Turnipseed and Fernando Charley. The presentation was supported by the GCC Planetarium and by the Institute for American Indian Arts, and included examples of student and artist-in-resident work produced for the Digital Dome @ IAIA. The NMC Showcase & Reception, in which NMC members offer brief presentations of their artworks, has now become a tradition during CAA conventions. During this year’s showcase coordinated by Paul Catanese, twenty artists presented at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art: Nadav Assor, Margarita Benitez, Xtine Burrough, Michelle Graves, Reese Inman, Jeanne Jo, Chris Kallmyer, Robert Martin, Gail Rubini & Conrad Gleber, Brittany Ransom, Joyce Rudinsky & Victoria Szabo, Jesse Seay, Kris Schomaker, Daniel Tankersley, Marc Tasman, Gordon Winiemko, and Chi-wang Yang. Finally, the New Media Art Camp Unconference coordinated by Joyce Rudinsky –a premiere event for NMC at CAA– was a participant-driven meeting where all were encouraged to discuss New Media topics of interest; a conference format intended to offer a different model for discussion from the typical lecture-style conference.
I would like to thank the organizations and individuals who made the conference possible, the authors and artists for their essays and for their artwork, and most especially panel chairs and event coordinators for their attentiveness in assembling the papers and reports included in the current 2012 CAA Conference Edition.
Digital Dome event hosted at the Los Angeles Glendale Community College Planetarium. Represented in this image is “Railyard” by Fernando Charley of the Navajo Nation and New Media Art student. He used a fisheye lens and High Dynamic Resolution techniques to capture the work screened on the Digital Dome @ the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). This is the world’s only fully movable dome. It can be placed near the ceiling or the floor and can rotate 0° to 90°. Photo by Ethan Bach. (Used with permission.)