BIOMEDIATIONS: ART, LIFE, MEDIA
One-day symposium at Goldsmiths, University of London


Date: Tuesday 14 May 2013
Venue: New Cross, MRB Screen 1

The event is free and open to all.

Programme bellow but also available to download here 
Symposium description:

‘Life’ signifies many things. To begin with, it is a philosophical
abstraction referring to our meaningful existence in the world. But
‘life’ also refers to biological processes taking place at
environmental, social and cellular levels, as well as technical
experiments with media, computer systems and biological models. Life as
such doesn’t therefore exist: it is always mediated by language,
culture, technology and biology. It is these multiple mediations of life
that form the theme of this symposium Biomediations: Art, Life, Media.
The term ‘biomediations’ encapsulates life’s own inherent dynamism that
unfolds at environmental, social and cellular level. It also captures
the creative, dynamic and evolving nature of media. The symposium will
explore this intertwined process, whereby life is always mediated and
whereby media themselves are living – i.e. composed of both
technological and biological elements, and capable of generating new
forms, unprecedented connections and unexpected events.

Programme:

10.30-12.30
Professor Joanna Zylinska, Goldsmiths, University of London
The aesthetic and ethical imperative of biomediations: opening remarks

Professor Sarah Kember, Goldsmiths, University of London
iMedia

Dr Btihaj Ajana, King’s College London
Measuring life: between the ‘who?’ and the ‘what?’

12.30-1.30 Lunch break

1.30-3.00
Dr Sarah Cook, University of Sunderland
Artistic mediations of life: some examples

Ben Craggs, Goldsmiths, University of London
What does bioart do? From biomedia to biomediation

3.00-3.30 Coffee break

3.30-5.00
Dr Lynn Turner, Goldsmiths, University of London
Tympan Alley: posthuman performatives in Dancer in the Dark

Professor Sean Cubitt, Goldsmiths, University of London
Privations, secretions

5.15-7.00
Keynote lecture:
Stelarc (performance artist and Professor at Brunel University)
Engineering aliveness and affect in artificial systems: alternate
operational architectures

7pm
Wine reception

The event is free and open to all.