June 15–19, 2013
Hosted by the Fondation Hartung-Bergman, Antibes, France
The purpose of this Clark / INHA Workshop was to consider how art history and artistic practice are affected, effected, and changed by new media. While much work has been done in recent years in considering the forms the humanities might take in the digital age, this event redirects the conversation away from new media’s applications as tools. Instead, and starting from Frederick Kittler’s contention that technological innovation alters human subjectivity in decisive ways, we hope that these conversations can assess new media as devices that encourage philosophical reflection around the discipline of art history, notions of objectivity, and theories of perception. If perception is a two-way street that permits us to consider more critically the nature of the interaction between subjects and objects, and if new media are new forms of objectifying the world, how do images situate us? Why are we entranced by the seemingly novel ways that new media permit us to understand our circumstances? Do they replace or simply add to the means that were already in place? We hope that these conversations will be expansive and borderless, touching on issues and themes including: technological determinism, technological optimism, the digital trace, the question of inscription, materiality, enchantment, memory, the body, the screen, the future of old media, and the past's future.