New Imaging: Transdisciplinary Strategies for Art Beyond the New Media

New Imaging: Transdisciplinary Strategies for Art Beyond the New Media
| Friday 5 – Saturday 6 November, 9am
Location | Artspace, Ground Floor


The 1st International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections between Art, Science and Culture.


The conference is supported by nine prominent Australian art schools who have partnered together to focus on questions of the transdisciplinary image. over two stimulating days acclaimed professionals including curators, historians, creative arts practitioners, media artists, critics and theorists will explore transdisciplinary imaging.


A profound shift is occurring in our understanding of postmodern media culture. Since the turn of the millennium the emphasis on mediation as technology and as aesthetic idiom, as opportunity for creative initiatives and for critique, has become increasingly normative and doctrinaire. mediation and the new media arts have in fact become the new medium of critical and pedagogical discourse: like water is for fish, like culture is for cultural studies, mediation is a concept that is taken for granted now because it is itself the medium in which we think and act, in which we swim. We need a concept that is amphibian, and that can leave its medium.


The concept we propose is a remediated apprehension of the image: an active image and activity of imaging beyond the boundaries of disciplinary definition, but also altering the relations of intermedia aesthetics and interdisciplinary pedagogy. This concept will need to incorporate a vibrant materialism of the image’s sensory and cognitive strata and an evanescent immaterialism of its affective qualities. rather than locate our conference in the space of negotiation between disciplines or media (the “inter-“), we propose the opposition, transit and surpassing of the interdisciplinary by a “transdisciplinary aesthetics”, and its conceptual and physical practice of a “transdisciplinary imaging.”


Keynote Presenters: Ann Ring Petersen, Jens Hauser and Roy Ascott (online presentation).


Conference speakers: Lanfranco Aceti, Darryn Ansted, Lloyd Barret, Oron Catts, Kathy Cleland, Justin Clemens, Ted Colless, Hugh Davies, Susan Douglas, Andrew Frost, Petra Gemeinboeck, Ian Gwilt, Douglas Kahn, Stephen Little, Lucia Luayas, Daniel Mafe, Leon Marvell, Linda Matthews, Harry Nankin, Adam Nash, Ericca Seccombe, Mark Titmarsh and Mitchell Whitelaw


Co Chairs transdisciplinary image Conference: Su Baker and Paul Thomas Conference organiser: Julian Stadon Website:


Participating institutions: College of Fine Art, the University of New South Wales; Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney; Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne; Australian National University; Curtin University; Queensland University of Technology; RMIT University; University of Technology Sydney and University of Wollongong.