WRO 03 symposium for 10th International Media Art Biennale, on conceptual and artistic tensions in the new global disorder, with Andreas Broeckmann, Adam Chmielewski, Esther Leslie, Monica Narula, Zoran Pantelic, James Stevens, Piotr Wyrzykowski.

01 May 2003
Wroclaw, Poland

The symposium investigates the local tensions around the ways in which artists and commentators respond to global processes, and the language and strategies they employ to do so. How does contemporary artistic practice respond to these tensions, especially when using or reflecting the use of network technologies? Do artists simply respond using the same fashionable rhetoric as the system they seek to question? What chance does networked resistance have of being resistant in such a scenario? What models are there left to aspire to?

The symposium aims to excavate these conceptual tensions and paradoxes surrounding artists’ critical use of technologies and their use of the predominant metaphors of networked global communications. Are new metaphors required to describe contemporary cultural practices, thus defying orthodox distinctions, aiming to explore the ‘micropolitics of global media’, or do old ones still remain pertinent? In other words, how can digital technologies that inherently serve to support the process of globalisation be used to promote and maintain what is locally specific, culturally and socially heterogeneous?


Organised and introduced by Joasia Krysa and Geoff Cox

The symposium is supported by WRO Center for Media Art and The British Council, Poland.

Some of the contributions to the conference have been published in Economising Culture and Engineering Culture (Autonomedia, New York, 2004 and 2005).