Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ernst

Media Art Network Lectures: Mapping

Panel Discussion given at the symposium "Mapping" Moderator: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ernst

Panel discussion

Panel discussion

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Artists have long been interested in their specific view on maps, on their quality as cartographers and on the impossibility of mapping the world. Nevertheless, especially the advent of the Internet boom and our growing awareness of living in a networked society have stimulated research from media artists as well as scientists and programmers to develop a new topography of the information society. There are mailing-lists and websites dedicated to this phenomenon, see the "Atlas of Cybergeography", which puts forward the question of the function and interest that is embedded in theses new cartographies.
But there is also a wealth of Internet projects that reflect our attempt at breaking the conditions of browsers, commercial codes and traditional structures of representation to confront us with alternatives, new sensations or critical reflections.
The symposium "Media Art Net Lectures: Mapping" will take a closer look at various directions of artistic research with links to current strategies from the domain of software development. The confrontation with topological world models is meant to provide a basis for a discussion which could help to formulate and/or inspire a critique of the topographic Weltanschauung and patterns of behavior on which it has had an impact. The concept of this symposium has been developed in the context of the larger research project "Media Art Net". The scope of this project is to provide content and to mediate histories and current tendencies of media art in the Internet. It is aimed at providing a range of possible contexts for materials that are otherwise dispersed over the Internet or embedded in specialists‘ forums. Focussing on the production of content and topical research, "Media Art Net" will present the texts and issues, raised by this symposium, along with the materials and art works in the fall 2004 as part of a larger online forum of topics and research, accompanied by a book publication [Springer Vienna New York].

Artists / Authors



Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM)


Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Lorenzstrasse 19, 76135 Karlsruhe, Germany

Partners / Sponsors

Goethe-Institute and the German Ministry of Research and Education BMBF




, Apr 21, 2004