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Steve Dietz:
"Interfacing the Digital: Institutional Challenges"

Judith Donath

Tuesday, March 11, 2003, 4:00 PM EST

Bartos Theatre, MIT Media Lab (E15)

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"Interfacing the Digital" presents work at the Walker Art Center focusing on new physical interfaces, particularly for the presentation of digital art. Some examples include a freestanding revolving door portal for the exhibition "Art Entertainment Network"; a telematic table resulting from an international design competition; and a "temporary autonomous sarai" developed collaboratively by the new media artists Raqs Media Collective (New Delhi) and the architectural practice Atelier Bow Wow (Tokyo). These and other projects are prototypes for new, interactive social spaces and functions being developed for the Walker's new building expansion, designed by the architects Herzog & de Meuron.

Steve Dietz is Curator of New Media at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, where he founded the New Media Initiatives department in 1996. He is responsible for programming the online Gallery 9, including more than 20 net art commissions and one of the earliest archive-collections of net art, the Walker's Digital Arts Study Collection.

He has organized and curated new media exhibitions, including "Beyond Interface: net art and Art on the Net" (1998); "Shock of the View: Artists, Audiences, and Museums in the Digital Age" (1999); "Digital Documentary: The Need to Know and the Urge to Show" (1999); "Cybermuseology" for the Museo de Monterrey (1999); "Art Entertainment Network" (2000); "Outsourcing Control? The Audience As Artist," for the "Open Source Lounge" at Medi@terra (2000); "Telematic Connections: The Virtual Embrace" (2001-02); a nationally traveling exhibition; with Jenny Marketou, Open_Source_Art_Hack (2002) at the New Museum in New York City, and, most recently "Translocations" which opened in February as part of "How Latitudes Become Forms" at the Walker Art Center.

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