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New Independent Study: Butterfly Effect on Art, Media, Technology: Digital Arts & Archiving

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Do you like to engage with something from far~~~ away and more public and practical? We are looking for “Cultural Connectivist” and “Digital Communicator” for The Butterfly Effect on Art, Media and Technology in order to build a new concept of archive through collective learning process Nam June Paik drew together the East was connected to the West by passing an apple from New York to Tokyo on the satellite performance, Bye Bye Kipling as “Cultural Terrorist.” The Butterfly Effect is a collaborative project between Parsons The New School for Design and other media arts related institutions merging the West and the East, life and art, technology and art together. By revisiting the history of Media arts based on cross cultural approach, the participating students will research on essential themes of media art and design; artificial life, artificial agent, emotional communication, mediated body, mixed reality, open source, tactical media, transgenic art, and urban media. After introductory presentation by the lecturer, the students will find their own essential themes and will build a new archive for the pioneers and emerging artists from the East and West together. Therefore, students who are willing to view media arts in a critical way are welcomed as “Cultural Connectivist.”

The digital network technology has blurred the boundaries of arts and transformed the notion of time and space. Therefore, the archive would be not only offline but also online. The pre-archive will start in 2012 both online and offline with special activities. In 2013, we are aiming to be part of the new library of Parsons The New School for Design in New York and other possible archives in Seoul, Beijing, and Shanghai. Therefore, bilingual students who are good at Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian and European languages would be welcomed. Also, students who are good at writing in English through digital storytelling to communicate effectively with major users online are more than welcomed.

In addition, the process of building archive would be shared with other students and professionals through pre-offline activities such as pop-up exhibitions and linkage screenings, Asian American Artists salons, and Media Art Banquet series. All these activities co-organized by the ”Cultural Connectivist” have to be archived. Therefore, students who are talented in photography, audio visual production, website development, and interested in new ways of digital archiving will be in charge of the archive as “Digital Communicator.”

The independent studies will be held once a week for 1 or 3 hours depending on the credits of each students including visiting artists’ studios and related exhibitions and having on/offline discussion.
**The independent studies would be continued to other following semesters according to the development of The Butterfly Effect on Art, Media and Technology.

Dooeun CHOI
Dooeun CHOI is the former creative director of Art Center Nabi, opened in 2000 as the first media art center in Seoul, South Korea. In 2002 she produced a wireless art project called Watch Out! using mobile SMS and public screens. The following year she organized the Wireless Art Competition with Resfest Digital Film Festival Korea, was art director for the Uijeongbu International Digital Art Festival, and ran a mobile gallery called mgallery on SK Telecom’s mobile service. In 2004 she launched an art blog-zine project called love virus. Since then, she’s curated public art programs on the urban screen gallery COMO in cities such as New York and Melbourne, and co-curated “Container Culture” for the 01SJ Biennial/ISEA 2006 Symposium; “Intermediae_Minbak” for ARCO 2007 in Madrid; and “Printemps Perfume” at Centre des Art Enghien-les-Bains in France in 2010. The same year, she curated “WAVE” and “Sense Senses” for INDAF 2010 (Incheon International Digital Art Festival) in Korea. She’s currently a visiting scholar at Parsons The New School for Design in New York and one of the co-curators for 2012 ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose and Media Citiy Seoul 2012, The 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale.

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