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2014 Conference: Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture

2014 Conference: Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture

Event dates

Thursday, 26 June, 2014 to Saturday, 28 June, 2014

The third Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture conference will be held at the Pera Museum, Istanbul in 26th–28th June 2014, with the theme: 'Cloud and Molecular Aesthetics.'

Confirmed keynote speakers will include:

  • Dr Anne Balsamo, groundbreaking national leader in media studies, a scholar and media-maker whose work links cultural studies, digital humanities, and interactive media; 
  • Dr Ljiljana Fruk, scientist and lecturer at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, working on the development of photosensitive bio nano hybrid systems to be used in the design of new catalysts, artificial enzymes and biosensors for nanomedicinal applications;
  • Jussi Parikka, media theorist, author and Reader at Winchester School of Art, who has written extensively on biopolitics of network culture, media archaeology and cultural theory of technology.

The Third Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture will explore the theme of the cloud and molecular aesthetics. Clouding occurs when information becomes veiled, foggy, fuzzy, obscure or secretive, or when it condenses, blooms and accretes into atmospheres of chaotic turbulence and pressure vectors, into tidal flows and storms. The cloud also is a new formation of data as a global and seemingly immaterial distribution of storage and means of retrieval. This data cloud exists everywhere and yet is nowhere in particular. As with the protocols of bit torrent files, the cloud provides a new concept of sound and image “assembly”, distinct from and beyond the materialist machinic diagrams and the practices of re-mixing or remediation that became characteristic of late twentieth-century and millennial aesthetics. The cloud is not an object but an experience and its particles are the very building blocks of a molecular aesthetic in which we live and act.

The first Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference examined New Imaging: transdisciplinary strategies for art beyond the new media by focusing on the profound shift occurring in our understanding of postmodern media culture. Since the turn of the millennium the emphasis on mediation as technology and as opportunity for creative initiatives and for critique, has become increasingly normative and doctrinaire.

The second conference looked at Interference as a strategy for art today as we’re saturated with images from all disciplines, whether it’s the creation of ‘beautiful visualisations’ for science, the torrent of images uploaded to social media services like Flickr, or the billions of queries made to vast visual data archives such as Google Images. These machinic interpretations of the visual and sensorial experience of the world are producing a new spectacle of media pollution. Machines are in many ways the new artists.


Pera Museum, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65 
34443 Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu, İstanbul


Keynote Speakers
Dr Anne Balsamo
Dr Ljiljana Fruk
Jussi Parikka

Conference chairs 
Associate Professor Lanfranco Aceti
Dr Edward Colless
Associate Professor Paul Thomas

Conference Organisers 
Laura Fisher
Ozden Sahin   

Conference Manager
Jonathan Munro




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