Ed Shanken
Since 2003
Works in SEattle, Washington United States of America

Edward A. Shanken writes and teaches about the entwinement of art, science, and technology with a focus on interdisciplinary practices involving new media. He is a researcher at the University of Amsterdam and a member of the Media Art History faculty at the Donau University in Krems, Austria. He was formerly Executive Director of the Information Science + Information Studies program at Duke University, and Professor of Art History and Media Theory at Savannah College of Art and Design. Recent and forthcoming publications include essays on art and technology in the 1960s, information aesthetics, interactivity and agency, and the cultural implications of cybernetics, robotics, and biotechnology. He edited Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (University of California Press, 2003). His second book, Art and Electronic Media was published by Phaidon Press in 2009. Full CV available on my website.
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Media Studies

Politics of Virtual Space Bibliography, compiled by Andrea Fiore and Stephan Barmentloo for Scopic Regimes of Virtuality, MA seminar, University of Amsterdam:


MA New Media, University of Amsterdam

Wed Apr 01, 2009 00:00


The International M.A. in New Media & Digital Culture (NMMA) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 academic year. The NMMA is a one-year residence program undertaken in English at UvA in the heart of Amsterdam. Students become actively engaged in critical Internet culture, with an emphasis on new media theory and aesthetics, including theoretical materialist traditions and practical information visualization trends. Our permanent faculty are recognized experts in their fields, and committed to their students. The program admits up to forty students per year, classes are no larger than 20 and typically smaller, and the faculty-to-student ratio is 1:8.

The curriculum has two complementary tracks that all students follow: the theoretical track (New Media Theories and Digital Aesthetics) and the practical-empirical track (Academic Blogging, Digital Research Methods and Information Visualization). The final thesis, a contribution to digital media studies, rounds out the program.

1st Semester: students follow a practical course in academic blogging, led by Internet theorist and tactical media practitioner Geert Lovink. Their entries generate the internationally noted Masters of Media site, which currently has the high authority ranking of 43 on Technorati (http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/). The concurrent new media theories course focuses on classic texts by innovators from Alan Turing to Tim Berners-Lee. The final first semester class, Digital Research Methods, trains students in new techniques for studying the Internet (http://www.digitalmethods.net/).

2nd Semester: the student chooses between courses on digital aesthetics or information visualization, the former more theoretically inclined in the traditions of art history and visual culture, and the latter a joint practical-empirical collaboration between designers, programmers and analysts, where the product is an online tool or digital visualization. The course of study concludes with the M.A. thesis, an original analysis that makes a contribution to the field, undertaken with the close mentorship of a faculty supervisor. The graduation ceremony includes an international symposium with renowned speakers. Graduates of the NMMA have gained an analytical and practical skill-set that enables diverse careers in research and practice-related areas that make use of the Internet, including business, government, NGOs, and creative industries that are evolving with emerging new media. Our graduates include Bauke Freiburg, Founder of Fab Channel and Eva Kol, whose MA thesis, Hyves, was published by Kosmos in 2008 and sold over 5000 copies its first year in print.

Student Life
The quality-of-living in Amsterdam ranks among the highest of international capitals. UvA’s competitive tuition (see below) and the ubiquity of spoken English both on and off-campus make the program especially accommodating for foreign students. The city’s many venues, festivals, and other events provide remarkably rich cultural offerings and displays of technological innovation. The program has ties to organizations including PICNIC, the Waag Society, Mediamatic, Virtueel Platform, Netherlands Institute for Media Art, and other cultural institutions. Students attend and blog, twitter or otherwise capture local events, while commenting as well on larger international issues and trends pertaining to new media. The quality of student life is equally to be found in the university’s lively and varied intellectual climate. NMMA students come from North and South America, Africa, and across Europe and from academic and professional backgrounds including journalism, art and design, engineering, marketing, the humanities and social sciences.

Richard Rogers, Professor and Chair. Web Epistemology. Publications include Information Politics on the Web (MIT, 2004/2005), awarded American Society for Information Science and Technology’s 2005 Best Information Science Book of the Year Award. Founding director of govcom.org. http://www.govcom.org/publications.html

Geert Lovink, Associate Professor. Critical Internet theory, Tactical Media. Publications include Zero Comments: Blogging and Critical Internet Culture (Routledge, 2007). Co-founder nettime list (1995 - present); founder, Institute of Network Cultures, 2004. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geert\_Lovink

Jan Simons, Associate Professor. Mobile Culture, Gaming, Film Theory. Publications include Playing The Waves: Lars von Trier's Game Cinema (U Amsterdam P, 2007). Project Director, Mobile Learning Game Kit, Senior Member, Digital Games research group. http://home.medewerker.uva.nl/j.a.a.simons/

Yuri Engelhardt, Assistant Professor. Computer modeling and information visualization. Publications include The Language of Graphics (2002); founder and moderator of InfoDesign (1995-9); co-developer of Future Planet Studies at UvA. http://www.yuriweb.com/

Edward Shanken, Assistant Professor. Digital aesthetics, visual culture. Publications include Art and Electronic Media (Phaidon, 2009) and Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (U Cal P, 2003). http://artexetra.com

Application and Deadline
1 April for Fall 2009. Applicants will be notified around 15 June. Applications received after 1 April may be considered if places are available. See http://www.studeren.uva.nl/application\_and\_accreditation for details.

More Info & Questions

•International M.A. in New Media & Digital Culture - University of Amsterdam:
•Graduate School for Humanities General Information: http://www.hum.uva.nl/gs/

•Tuition and Fees: http://www.studeren.uva.nl/finance

•Further general questions? Please write to UvA’s Graduate School of the Humanities, graduateschoolhumanities-fgw “at” uva.nl.

•Specific questions about the curriculum? Please write to Richard Rogers, Chair in New Media & Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam, rogers “at” uva.nl.


Need image of Jaron Lanier, “Music From Inside Virtual Reality: The Sound Of One Hand”

I'm searching for an image of Jaron Lanier's 1993 VR performance “Music From Inside Virtual Reality: The Sound Of One Hand." I saw this performance in 1994 at Ars Electronica and was mesmerized. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I would like to include this in my forthcoming book, Art and Electronic Media. Jaron told my editor that he does not have images himself. I also would be interested to learn of other early VR musical performances.

Thanks! Eddie


Yolande Harris talk at UCLA

Parking is in lot 3, not lot 9.


Yolande Harris talk at UCLA

Mon Apr 28, 2008 00:00 - Mon Apr 14, 2008

Artist Yolande Harris will discuss her new project Sun Run Sun as part of the Art + Activism lecture series at UCLA, sponsored by the Art|Science Center and World Arts and Cultures. Her talk will take place at 12:00 pm on Monday, April 28 at the EDA, Room 1250 (Eli Broad Arts Center). Parking is available in lot 9, off HIlgard, just south of Sunset.

Sun Run Sun charts a path between environmental awareness and technological development, using sound as the medium to enhance both. The project investigates the split between the embodied experience of location and the calculated data of position, exploring the individual experience of current location technologies through a personal experience of sound. It seeks to (re)establish a sense of connectedness to one's environment, and to (re)negotiate this through an investigation into old, new, future and animal navigation using sound.

The project consists of two different parts, a sound installation and a series of portable instruments to take on a walk through the city. In the installation 'Dead Reckoning' Yolande Harris reveals the patterns of orbiting satellites coming in and out of range and inconsistencies in how GPS technology locates the self in a longitude/latitude grid. The mobile 'Satellite Sounders' transform the live satellite data directly into a sonic composition listened to on headphones as one walks through the city. Live signals from satellites in orbit, together with the performer's coordinates on earth, generate a continuously transforming electronic soundscape. Yolande Harris's soundscape questions what is inside and what is outside, what it means to be located and what it means to be lost.

About Yolande Harris:
Understanding the relations between sound, image and space through technologies of communication and navigation, has been the central focus of Yolande's work over the last ten years. She explores the intermediary role of the score, both as practical and conceptual tool, and as an open imaginary situation for communication. Her Score Spaces project employs a spatial approach to composition and has resulted in numerous audio-visual performances and installations, including the Meta-Orchestra, theoretical texts, such as "Inside Out Instrument," and workshops for composers, sound artists, architects and designers. Her most recent works, Taking Soundings and Sun Run Sun, employ intuitive and scientific modes of knowing and join ancient and contemporary navigation and orientation techniques from sextants to GPS, to explore our apparently changing relation to land and sea environments in the age of satellite and mobile technologies.

Yolande has a degree in music from Dartington College of Arts and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in architecture and the moving image. She has been resident researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, artistic fellow at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and artist in residence at STEIM and the Netherlands Institute for Media Arts in Amsterdam. She has taught interaction design at the Technical University of Eindhoven, is guest lecturer at the Rietveld Academy Design Lab, and lectures on her work internationally. Her writings have been published in the Contemporary Music Review and Journal of Organised Sound.