Together with Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), and as part of the VIDEOART AT MIDNIGHT Festival ‘18, the international symposium “Future Continuous Present(s)” tracks the history, present, and future of all that is commonly called “video art” in the art context—and that VIEOART AT MIDNIGHT has presented for ten years in the specific setting of the cinema. The construction of linear narratives tends to bear the risk of neglecting important strands and facts or pushing them to the side. A linear-progressive temporality, in which the past and present shape the future, is just one possibility among many. The symposium seeks to focus on a modality in which the future shapes the present. This is already alluded to in the symposium’s title, “Future Continuous Present(s)”. The title goes back to the video installation Present Continuous Past(s) (1974) by Dan Graham. Through a (self-reflecting) “time-delay video feedback,” Graham manages to convey by artistic means the aesthetic experience of the condensed relationship between different temporal levels, or rather, how the historicity of aesthetic experience can be reflexively experienced in its continuation: the present anticipates the past.
“Future Continuous Present(s)” in turn seeks to shed light on the thinking of a future continuing in the present. How does the development of digital technologies influence new forms of art production and reception, and which effects does this have on the preservation of media art? This also involves the question how artists reflect and provoke as well as evoke sociocultural implications and transformations. At the international symposium, these questions will be discussed in talks, panels, and artist conversations. The center and point of reference remains “video art” through time, for artistic engagement with and through media is constitutive for the continuing (re-)formation of a discursive field, in which the future anticipates the present.
Concept and Organisation: Marie-France Rafael and Olaf Stüber
Program on December 13, 2018
Olaf Stüber, Marie-France Rafael, Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Kathrin Becker
10:30 – 12:00 Panel 1: Video – Then, Now and Then?
The year artists started working with video can be dated precisely to 1965. Today, video counts as a canonic medium. But what do the history of this artistic medium, its present, and especially its future possibilities look like?
Dieter Daniels, Orit Halpern, Claus Pias, moderated by Marie-France Rafael
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 – 14:30 Panel 2: Medium-Specificity | Post-Medium – Condition | Future Condition (s)
In the era of continuously developing digital tools, video still exist as a definition, whilst the technology has long become different. The panel seeks to open a discussion on the concept of the medium. Does it still make sense to think in formal, media-specific and media-related categories or have we moved beyond the medium as a recognisable and classifiable entity? And what kind of environment could be the ideal to welcome artworks engaging with a different and “permanently new” condition we have entered?
Marco Roso (Dis.Art), Ed Atkins, Julieta Aranda, Roundtable moderated by Andrea Lissoni
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break
15:00 – 16:30 Panel 3: Displaying Time in Space
How are time-based media (re)presented in the exhibition context? Displays serve to organize and install objects in a space, but projection, installation, and exhibition grow together beyond the individual media: has art possibly taken on the character of a display?
Erika Balsom, Omer Fast, Inke Arns, Roundtable moderated by Marie-France Rafael
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 – 18:00 Lecture Performance: Dan Graham
Talk with: Gabriele Knapstein
The symposium will be held in English.
Limited number of places, registration: email@example.com