Anarchive: Anne-Marie Duget, April 30

Anarchive: A lecture/presentation on Fujiko Nakaya’s FOG

By Anne-Marie Duguet, founder and editorial director of anarchive*
Wednesday, April 30 at 7 pm.
Wolf Conference Room, 6 East 16th Street, Room 1103

The School of Media Studies warmly invites you to attend a lecture/presentation by the distinguished media critic, professor, and director of the anarchive project, Anne-Marie Duguet.  She will be talking about anarchive’s latest issue by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, whose work reinvents the meeting between art, science, and technology.  Nakaya is a pioneer of the unusual art form of fog sculptures.   Anarchive’s project with Nakaya was assembled on DVD-rom and DVD-video and includes the first monograph about her more than 50 Fog Works as well as her paintings and video art.

Anarchive: Digital Archives on Contemporary Art has issued four other projects with internationally-renowned artists Antoni Muntadas, Thierry Kuntzel, Jean Otth, and Michael Snow.  Each draws upon the artist’s archives to provide a unique opportunity for an historical, theoretical, and critical study of his work.  Anarchive aims to develop new approaches for describing new media art works by using, for example, 3-D model simulation to explore how installation elements are displayed and function together. Each DVD-Rom includes an important database that, without pretending exhaustiveness, encompasses an artist’s oeuvre. The research behind each project aims to produce a new view of the work and not just to establish a chronology or follow given art categories.

  Experimentation with the interface design and the interactivity of the system plays an important role in the series. The multidisciplinary nature of the project requires expertise in many fields: art history and theory, computer programming, graphic design, writing, video production, etc. For this reason, a team is assembled to assist each artist. The collaboration of sophisticated artists with skilled and inventive technical teams yields original multimedia production and unexpected possibilities.

*anarchive is a series of interactive multi-media projects designed to explore an artist’s overall oeuvre via diverse archival material.

Anne-Marie Duguet is Professor Emeritus of the University of Paris, LAM Laboratory of Arts and Media.  She is a well-known art critic and curator and the author of Vidéo, la mémoire au poing (Hachette, 1981), Jean-Christophe Averty (Dis-voir, 1991) and Déjouer l’image. Créations électroniques et numériques (Jacqueline Chambon, 2002).  She is a founder and the editorial director of Anarchive.