Join us for the 20-year anniversary celebration of GRAMMATRON, the groundbreaking work of net art by Mark Amerika. The "Beyond GRAMMATRON: 20 Years into the Future" symposium and exhibition will feature presentations and panels focused on the convergence of net art and electronic literature as well as the curation and archiving of historical works of digital art.
Symposium participants include Christiane Paul (Whitney Museum of American Art and New School), Frieder Nake (University of Bremen), Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett (Furtherfield Gallery), Dene Grigar (Washington State University Vancouver and President, Electronic Literature Organization), Beryl Graham (University of Sunderland), Arnaud Regnauld (University of Paris 8), Gary Hall (Coventry University), Sue Thomas (Bournemouth University), and Kerry Doran (Director of Postmasters Gallery). The event includes a pop-up exhibition curated by Dene Grigar and is chaired by Dr. Nicholas Lambert, Head of Research at Ravensbourne and Chair of the British Computer Arts Society. The festivities will also include a rare spoken word performance of GRAMMATRON by artist Mark Amerika (University of Colorado).
These events are sponsored by Computer Arts Society; Ravensbourne College; the Electronic Literature Organization; the University of Colorado College of Media, Communication, and Information; and Washington State University Vancouver
Created in 1997 by Mark Amerika, GRAMMATRON is one of the first major works of Net Art and was selected for the 2000 Whitney Biennial of American Art.
AN ONLINE-ONLY EXHIBITION AT THE UPFOR GALLERY, THIS NEW WORK IS A REMIX COMPOSED OF ANIMATED MEGA-GIFS THAT REPURPOSE DATA FROM THE ORIGINAL GRAMMATRON SITE, SCANS FROM THE PROJECT PRINT ARCHIVE, AND EPHEMERA FROM ARTWORKS AND TEXTS THAT INFORMED GRAMMATRON'S DEVELOPMENT IN THE 1990'S.
9:30 - 10:00: "Introductory Remarks" Nicholas Lambert, Head of Research at Ravensbourne and Chair of the British Computer Arts Society
10:00 - 11:00: "Digital Fictions: From Docuverse to Bot Poetry" Christiane Paul, Whitney Museum of American Art and New School
11:00 - 12:00: "Curating the Net and Beyond" Kerry Doran, Independent art critic and curator; Postmasters Gallery, Marc Garrett, Furtherfield Gallery, Morgan Quaintance, Art critic, curator and broadcaster, Erica Scourti, Artist
12:00 - 12:30: "Algorithmic Art & Net Art & Semioses" Frieder Nake, University of Bremen
12:30 - 1:15: Lunch
1:15 - 2:15: "Preserving Digital Art" Dene Grigar, President, Electronic Literature Organization, and Director and Professor, Creative Media & Digital Culture, Washington State University Vancouver; Beryl Graham, University of Sunderland; Christiane Paul; Sue Thomas, Bournemouth University
2:15 - 2:45: "Glitching on..." Arnaud Regnauld, University of Paris 8
2:45 - 3:15: "Masked Media" Gary Hall, Coventry University
3:15 - 3:30: Break
3:30 - 4:30: "Performance and Dialogue featuring Mark Amerika" Mark Amerika, Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado, Boulder; with Nicholas Lambert and Dene Grigar
Dialogue with Mark Amerika
Dialogue with Mark Amerika
This exhibit showcases the net as a space of intense intellectual and creative experimentation and the computer as a medium finding its way distinctive of print. It highlights the work of Mark Amerika and other important net artists working between 1995-2000, whose art pushes the boundaries of the literary. As such, the exhibit probes Giselle Beiguelmann's notion of the Internet as "no more than a big text" and wonders along with her if "is this literature or not?"