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24/5: experimental media art in belgium  

beauty in the age of digital art

moderators: Maja Kuzmanovic (FoAM) and Michael Samyn (Tale of Tales)     print
wednesday may 24, 2006 3pm
matrix art project, brussels

Let's talk about aesthetics - a term that became a taboo in many contemporary arts circles for nearly a decade. Swept away as the frilly fluff that adorns much of the mainstream entertainment, in the 'media arts', beauty became subordinate to elaborate concepts, social context, critical theory and technological functionality. However, we are quite sure that even the most rigorous of media artists like to see, hear, touch, wear and immerse themselves in an atmosphere which resonates with their aesthetic sensibilities. We would like to know what are these sensibilities and how people incorporate them in their artistic adventures. How does aesthetics relate to the technologies we use and develop? Is it dictated by the tools, or can we bend the tools to make something we consider beautiful? When we work on collaborative projects, do people make compromises, or do they give each other a 'carte-blanche'? Is there such a thing as 'democratic aesthetics'? Can different people's aesthetics connect or disconnect a piece together in distributed, networked, realtime performances? And finally, how do we talk about it, without offending anyone's most intimate sensibilities?

With: Guy van Belle (Society of Algorithm, mxHz.org), Auriea Harvey (Tale of Tales), Lawrence Malstaf and Bartaku.



Maja Kuzmanovic is a generalist interested in inciting small miracles in everyday life. She received her BA in Design Forecasting (HKU) in 1996 and MA in Interactive Multimedia (University of Portsmouth) in 1997... more


Michaël Samyn graduated as a graphic designer in 1990. In 1992 he founded the fine arts collective Group Z, Belgium... more

jodi   more   print

... or jodi.org is a collective of two internet artists: Joan Heemskerk (the Netherlands) and Dirk Paesmans (Belgium)... more

Guy Van Belle/mxHz.org has been prominently involved in the use and development of media for artistic purposes since 1990. Since 2000 he has been working as xgz under the name of the collective digital band mxHz... more


Auriea graduated as a sculptress in 1989. In 1996 she began her life online with her website Entropy8... more


Lawrence Malstaf was born in Brugge in 1972, studied industrial design At the Henri Van De Velde Institute in Antwerp... more




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