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Nam June Paik Art Center announces International Symposium Gift of Nam June Paik 5. Man-Machine Duet for Life

Nam June Paik Art Center presents International Symposium Gift of Nam June Paik 5. Man-Machine Duet for Life on Friday, 12 October 2012.

Together with a special exhibition Nostalgia Is An Extended Feedback in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of Nam June Paik’s birth in 2012, the Nam June Paik Art Center is hosting a one-day symposium entitled Man-Machine Duet for Life. The fifth of the annual symposium series Gift of Nam June Paik, this symposium will deal with the themes of cybernetics which influenced Paik to a great extent in the mid-20th century. Cybernetics is a theory of system and information in a narrow sense, and a philosophy of life and knowledge linking together man, machine and nature in a broad sense. Cybernetics was a great source of inspiration for Paik who sought to couple technology and humans, technology and nature, and technology and art. Paik defines cybernetics as “the science of pure relations, or relationship itself” and “the exploitation of boundary regions between and across various existing sciences.” Through the prism of Paik’s art in relation to cybernetics, this symposium will be looking specifically into challenging conservation of media art and different disciplinary takes on “being cybernetic” in terms of changing ways of man and machine sharing life.

9:30–9:50 Registration
9:50–9:55 Opening Address, Manu Park (Director, Nam June Paik Art Center)
9:55–10 Welcome Remark, Kiyoung Ohm (President, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation)

Session I.
Aging Matters? Time, Technology, and the Life of Paik’s Media Art
Moderator: Sang Ae Park (Archivist, Nam June Paik Art Center)

10–10:40 Understanding Structures in Digital Art Conservation
Bernhard Serexhe (Chief Curator, ZKM Media Museum)

10:40–11:20 The Museum Life of Nam June Paik Media Sculpture
Glenn Wharton (Time-Based Media Conservator, MoMA)

11:20–12 On the Object of Conservation. Nam June Paik and the Challenge of Multimedia
Hanna Hölling (Conservator/Researcher, University of Amsterdam)

12–12:30 Panel Discussion
Discussant: Sang Ae Park (Archivist, Nam June Paik Art Center)

12:30–13:30 Break for lunch

Session II.
Cyberneticus Paik
Moderator: Seong Eun Kim (Curator, Nam June Paik Art Center)

13:30–14:10 Computer Participator: Situating Nam June Paik’s Work in Computing
William Kaizen (Assistant Professor, Northeastern University)

14:10–14:50 ”All Systems Go!” Flux + Cybernetics = Art Machines
Su Ballard (Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong)

14:50–15:10 Coffee/tea break

15:10–15:50 Paik’s Robots: The Self-Portrait of Human Beings Living in the Cybernetic Society
Moon Ryul Jung (Professor, Sogang University)

15:50–16:30 Electronification of Images: Zen, Cast-off Shell, Schizophrenia
Chan-Woong Lee (Assistant Professor, Ewha Womans University)

16:30–17:30 Panel Discussion
Chaired by Hyesook Jeon(Assistant Professor, Ewha Womans University)
Discussant: Sohyun Ahn(Curator, Nam June Paik Art Center)

17:30–17:40 Closing Remark

Nam June Paik Art Center
10 Paiknamjune-ro Giheung-gu
Yongin-si Gyeonggi-do
446-905 Korea

Gyeonggi Provincial Museum Auditorium
6 Sanggal-ro Giheung-gu
Yongin-si Gyeonggi-do, Korea
(3 minute walk from Nam June Paik Art Center)

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