Thursday, October 8, 16.00
Recently art has been trying to literally take its feet off the ground and reach out to worlds, where it has not previously existed – for example space. One of such projects is Voyager/ 140 AU (Miha Turšič, Špela Petrič), as well as other projects of post-gravitational and space art (such as the Japanese ArtSat), which pose questions about technological forms of life, emancipated technology, combining art and science, the expanded concept of perception, about movement and travelling, but also about the (human) body and its gravity. The questions resemble those raised by avatar performances, created on the platform of the Second Life web community (e.g. Gazira Babeli, re-enactments of the tandem 0100101110101101.ORG, ZeroGSkyDancers, etc.). In the lecture I will present some of the topics, contexts and art projects that are important for the understanding of new paradigms, which are opening up alongside art in the new spaces beyond gravity.
Maja Murnik holds a PhD in Philosophy and Theory of Visual Culture (at the faculty of Humanities, Koper, Slovenia). She graduated in comparative literature and in theater studies in Ljubljana. She has worked as an Assistant at the Faculty of Humanities Koper, as an art critic, and as editor-in-chief of the journal of performing arts “Maska”. Currently she works as a freelancer in culture, writing critiques and articles and occasionally lecturing at conferences home and abroad (latest publication: »Follow Me, Comrades in Flight, into the Depths!« Body-Related Performance Art in Second Life, in: New Opportunities for Artistic Practice in Virtual Worlds, ed. D. Doyle, Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2015). She is co-founder and researcher at the Institute of New Media Art and Electronic Literature (http://www.inm.site90.net/).