Douglas Kahn

Sense of Planet: The Arts and Ecology at Earth Magnitude

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NIEA Symposium

Saturday, 25 August 2012, 9:30–6:30pm

The acceleration of climate change, species extinction, and other ecological crises enjoins us to find ways of grasping historical and evolving circumstances at earth magnitude. The Sense of Planet symposium concentrates together an international array of artists, eco-theorists, and scholars to address the issues and activities of representing the earth in its entirety, and of representing and self-representing regions or localities amid the complex global systems in which they are enmeshed. The symposium follows the lead taken by Ursula Heise in her book Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global to investigate the possibilities and difficulties of sensing the planet, in all senses of sense.

Invited speakers

Ursula Heise, Professor of English and Director of the Program in Modern Thought & Literature,

Stanford University

The Database and the Ecological Imagination of the Planet

Marko Peljhan, Professor in Art and Media Arts & Technology, University of California at Santa Barbara, Co-director of Arctic Perspective Initiative

One Degree At A Time – Creating Systems of Systems for Interpolar Constructiv(ist)e Engagement

Jennifer Gabrys, Convener of the MA Design and Environment at Goldsmiths, University of London

Environmental Sensor Technologies and the Arts

Nicholas Mirzoeff, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University

Anthropocene Aesthetics

Timothy Morton, Professor and Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, Rice University

Of Planet-Sense

Panel discussion

Terry Smith (Professor at Pittsburgh and NIEA, UNSW), Douglas Kahn (Professor of Media & Innovation, NIEA, UNSW), Jill Bennett (Professor and Director, NIEA, UNSW), and others. Convened by Douglas Kahn and Jill Bennett.

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Energetics and Informatics: the 7th ADA Symposium, Whanganui, December 10-12 2010

The 7th ADA Network Symposium examines the relationship between energy and information in media arts. We ask how sustainable is the technology that supports media art? What new forms of practice are developing at the intersection of energy conservation and production, technology, and art? And how can we balance a global arts practice with the ethical complexities of global air travel, and the social complexities of remote participation?

These issues will be explored through keynote presentations, discussions, artist presentations, workshops, a screening programme and two exhibitions.

The symposium features keynote presentations by internationally renowned sound and media arts theorist Douglas Kahn, and Australian artists Joyce Hinterding and David Haines, and a remote conversation with London-based media artist Graham Harwood, creator of the Coal Fired Computer.

A wide range of artists and researchers from Whanganui and around New Zealand will present current projects in art and sustainable energy, in conference sessions including Sustainable Media (Art), Energy Networks, and Social Energy.

Friday December 10 is dedicated to a day long workshop with American artist John Hopkins that will explore Whanganui and its river, via Waka. This is a parallel event organised by The Green Bench, with support from Creative Communities.

An outdoor screening programme on the exterior of the  Sargeant Gallery on Saturday December 11, curated by Sophie Jerram, Julian Priest and Ana Terry, includes films by artists such as Superflex, Hans Uber Morgen, Brit Bunkley, Amelia Hitchcock, Erin Coates, Karen Curley and Don Hunter.

In association with ADA, The Sargeant Gallery presents ‘Ozinal’ 2010 (a radio station from the sun) by Joyce Hinterding and David Haines, courtesy of the Artists and Breenspace, opening December 10 at 5:30.

And the Green Bench Gallery will be showing ‘Burn’, an exhibition of work about Oil, curated by Julian Priest,  Sophie Klerk, and Sophie Jerram. This opens  on December 3 at 5:30, and features works by artists including Superflex, Hans Uber Morgen, Felicity Priest, and the Whanganui Rock and Lapidary Club

The ADA Network Trust invites artists, researchers, curators, art enthusiasts, energy researchers, and all those interested in energy, information, and media art from Whanganui and around New Zealand to participate.

Energetics and Informatics takes place December 10-12, at the War Memorial Conference Centre, Watt St, Whanganui

Cost: registration is $30, this includes  symposium, workshop, outdoor screening, exhibitions and the ‘ADA free lunch.’

For registration and more information see

Energetics and Informatics is supported by Creative New Zealand, Whanganui District Council, Hikurangi Foundation,  Green Bench Ltd, UCOL, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui School of Design, Quay School of the Arts, Art Crew Ltd, Ana Terry Design, Whanganui Green Bikes and The Physics Room.

Douglas Kahn’s keynote is part of a distributed series of talks and discussions occurring throughout New Zealand in December 2010. Parts two and three will occur in Christchurch and Auckland respectively. The distributed masterclass is generously supported by Creative New Zealand, The Physics Room and the Gus Fisher Gallery.

via Symposium Press Page.