Beyond Art? Digital Culture in the Twenty-first Century
Wednesday 21 April 1999
The Oxford Union Debating Chamber
Organised by: Humanities Computing Unit, University of Oxford
-- Art -- Museums -- Theatre -- Broadcasting -- Literature -- Music --
Are the arts being threatened or inspired by the use of computers? How
has the popularization and pervasive nature of digital technology
changed the creative process of the artist, the actor, the film-maker,
the architect, and the writer? What has been the effect of technology
on the viewer, the reader, or the critic? And what of those who seek to
fund and preserve our cultural heritage?
For the last four years the Humanities Computing Unit has organised a
series of successful events which have discussed the place of technology
in the spheres of literature, learning, and our cultural resources. In
1998 we brought together a number of illustrious speakers in the Oxford
Union to look 'Beyond the Hype' of the current high profile of the
Internet, the Digital Library, and the Electronic Book.
There is every sign that technology will continue to assert its place in
the arts in the next ten years. How will this affect the way that we
create and absorb literature, music, art, film, television, and other
culture? The 'Beyond Art?' Colloquium will look afresh at digital
culture, and discuss its place in the future of the arts. Set in the
historical Debating Chamber, distinguished speakers will present their
views and debate the future shape of our culture's landscape.
Format: the Colloquium will have a mixed format of presentations, open
discussion, and debates. This format will stimulate discussion between
the speakers encourage the audience to join in considering some of the
major issues which will face us in a digital future.
Speakers will include:
*John Burnside, the Poetry Society's current Cyberpoet
*Jane Carmichael, Keeper of Archives, the Imperial War Museum
*Dan Greenstein, Director, Arts and Humanities Data Service
*Peter Gibbins, Executive Director, Digital Virtual Centre of
Excellence for Digital Broadcasting and Multimedia Technology
*Barry Smith, Lecturer in Theatre and founder of the Live Art Archive
*Peter York, Author, Journalist, and Broadcaster
Venue: The Debating Chamber of the Oxford Union
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Costs per place are as follows:
40.00 - educational
100.00 - commercial
5.00 - student
Please note that lunch is not included in the price. Please book early
as spaces are limited. Concessions for block bookings of five or more
(though not at the student rate) are available; please contact the
organisers below for more details. A small number of reduced price
places will be available for members of the Oxford Union and Oxford
University. Cheques should be made payable to 'Oxford University
Computing Services' and sent to the organisers below.
To register for this event please complete the tear-off slip below and
return it by 14th April 1999 to:
Humanities Computing Unit
OUCS, 13 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6NN.
Tel. +44 (0)1865 273221
Fax. +44 (0)1865 273275
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I WOULD LIKE TO APPLY FOR A PLACE ON THE HUMANITIES COMPUTING UNIT'S
'BEYOND ART?' ONE-DAY COLLOQUIUM ON APRIL 21st 1999
I ENCLOSE A CHEQUE FOR 40.00 (pounds sterling) [Educational
Rate]/100.00 [Commercial Rate]/5.00 [Student rate] MADE PAYABLE TO 'OXFORD
UNIVERSITY COMPUTING SERVICES'.