[Renewable] Energetics and Informatics: the 7th Aoteoaroa Digital Arts Symposium, Whanganui

Julian Priest julian at greenbench.org
Wed Nov 24 07:06:29 EET 2010


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

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

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 Trust,  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.

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