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Welcome to RE:SOUND, the 8th International Conference on the Histories of Media Arts 2019 - Aalborg, Denmark. RE:SOUND is part of the Media Arts Histories conference series, bringing together leading researchers, artists, and scientists on a series of interdisciplinary topics for over 14 years.

The RE:SOUND conference will take a specific interest on the theories, practices, histories, etc., of art and technology which are focusing on, concerned with, reflecting on, including, mobilising and/or working with sound as a main component or an integral part. RE:SOUND will host four days with 10 tracks of paper sessions, panels, workshops, practice-based interventions, exhibitions, performances, poster sessions, a PhD workshop and keynotes.
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Tuesday, August 20 • 13:00 - 14:00
Track 1 - Session 1.1

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Track 1 - Session 1.1
Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art: Art's New Environments*

Afforded by digital dynamics, current contemporary art evolves contingently with immersive technology and manifests in environments as much as in concepts or objects. From a survey of artist testimonials collected for the book Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art (Intellect, 2019), it seems that artists explore a mode of subjectivity rooted in their own embeddedness in digital conditions of society. They formulate their artistic positions as participants of the contemporaneity that their practices deal with. Relying on immersion rather than narrative or conceptualized meaning constructions, they explore what it actually feels like to be present in our contemporary world and its temporal-sensorial conditions.

Following a trajectory of growing interest in affective experience across contemporary visual culture, the practical arts, and academia, perspectives in this panel will examine how contemporary art, afforded by digital technology, moves from a perspective on what is represented to us towards how we are present – and questions what conditions our sense of presence today. Our discussion will address human sensing as a both ontological and epistemological premise for art’s existence and experience: How do contemporary artists who engage digital culture and technology work with ideas of presence, affectivity, and immersion? What might artistic employment of digital tools and aesthetics implicate in ecological, digital-cultural, and technogenetic perspectives? What (if anything) is ‘new’ about artistic compositions of sense environments and experiences today, and how might art’s ‘new’ environments re-route art’s histories?

    Jøran Rudi
    Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen
    Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

*the speakers in this session have been sponsored by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Culture Fund.

Session Chairs
avatar for Tanya Toft Ag

Tanya Toft Ag

Research Fellow, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
Tanya Toft Ag (Ph.D.) is a curator and researcher examining trajectories of (media) art and (urban) change. This is with point of departure in human perceptual-sensory experience and our sensible modes of evolving with immersive environments of natural and technological qualities... Read More →


Jøran Rudi

Jøran Rudi’s first academic training was in social sciences, followed by a few years as a rock musician in one of the influential bands that emerged at the end of the 1970s. This brought him in contact with electronic instruments and electroacoustic music, and he traveled to the... Read More →

Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen is an Associate Professor of Art History at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. She holds a PhD in Art History from Aarhus University. Her research focuses on Nordic twentieth-century and contemporary art, feminist art history... Read More →
avatar for Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

American University of Beirut
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is a media artist, researcher and writer; he holds a PhD in sound studies and artistic research from the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University, The Netherlands. Currently, Chattopadhyay is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for... Read More →

Tuesday August 20, 2019 13:00 - 14:00 CEST
Auditorium - CREATE AAU Rendsburggade 14, 9000 Aalborg, Dänemark