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Is There No Digital Art?
Central to the book Digital Art – An Introduction to New Media is the idea of digital art as part of the ongoing continuum of technology that artists have been fascinated with throughout history. ‘Digital’ simply means the assignation of numerical values to phenomena¹ (Lister et al. 2003: 1516) – a mathematical process and format that is applied to information. Does digital art engage new processes compared to other types of art on that basis alone? The digital has been engaged to create, transform, record, reproduce, transmit and archive artworks as well as other aspects of our lives, but does it create a new type of art? This presentation discusses this polemic, with an emphasis on the impact and potential of the digital on the performative arts.
Associate Professor Cat Hope is an academic with an active profile as a composer, sound artist, soloist and in music groups based in Western Australia. She is the director of the award winning new music ensemble Decibel and has toured internationally. Cat’s composition and performance practices focus on low frequency sound, graphic notation, noise and improvisation. Her works have been performed at festivals internationally and broadcast on Australian, German and Austrian radio. In 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study digital music notations internationally, and has been awarded the APRA|AMC Award for Excellence in Experimental music in 2011 and 2015. She curated the ‘Drawn From Sound’ exhibition of Australian graphic notation in Sydney 2014 and Perth 2013. She was the Peggy Glanville Hicks Composers house resident in 2014, and is a fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.
Cat is currently a researcher at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University. Her co-authored book Digital Art – An Introduction to New Media is out on Bloomsbury Academic
Creative Candidates, What Industry is Looking For
Dr Tim Kitchen, Richard Turner-Jones, Adobe
This presentation looks at recent research into how the evolving marketplace and technology are changing the evaluation criteria for job candidates and increasing the need for creative problem solving and digital visual media skills. Two primary factors driving this change are the digital revolution and the belief that creativity and creative thinking are becoming indispensable to success. It will also demonstrate some of Adobe’s new Creative Cloud initiatives and efficient workflows for full time Creatives in a range of fields and those looking just to have a creative edge.
Dr Tim Kitchen is the Senior Education Advocate at Adobe for Asia Pacific and the Vice President of DLTV (Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria). He is also the Co-Director of the Building Bridges interfaith dialogue program in Melbourne schools. Tim started his education career in 1991 and has taught in all three sectors (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary). Most recently, he was the Director of Learning Technologies at Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia. Tim is on the sessional teaching staff at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne where he teaches ICT in Education and also works casually with Wilkar Productions as a video producer, camera operator and editor. A passionate advocate for creativity in education, Tim is a regular writer and presenter for a wide range of national and international journals and conferences.
Richard Turner-Jones is a Solutions Consultant for Adobe (ANZ) utilising his knowledge of Adobe’s tools & services to develop a seamless integration into existing workflows. With more than 18 years in the multimedia and web application development field, as both an Adobe Certified Developer and Instructor, he has been involved in the development of many high profile projects for the Australian Army, Airservices Australia, Suncorp and Caterpillar, to name but a few. In addition, he works fostering and supporting the local creative community including managing the Brisbane Adobe User Groups.
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