Edward Shanken

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Recent Publications:

Systems.  (Documents of Contemporary Art) Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2015.

“Computing, Aesthetic” Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Michael Kelly, ed., Oxford U Press, 2014.

“In Forming Software: Software, Structuralism, Demythification”, 2014.

“Bringing To and Bringing Out: Art, Culture, and Social Media” (133MB .pptx)
Video of talk at Whitney Shared Spaces symposium, 2014.

“Conversa com Edward Shanken” (interview D Gasparetto, Portuguese, 2014)

Inventar el Futuro:  Arte · Electricidad · Nuevos Medios  Spanish language volume (2013).



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13 Dec    Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Conversation with Steina and Woody Vasulka.

11 Dec    Institute of Emergent Technology and Innovation, Cornish College of the Arts,
Conversation with Steina and Woody Vasulka and Noisefold (David Stout, Cory Metcalf).

21 Nov   Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Keynote speaker, Surveillance and Privacy: Art, Law, and Social Practice.

 2 Nov    UC Santa Barbara, Media Arts and Technology, Visiting Lecturer and Critic (with Yolande Harris).

31 Oct    UCLA Art|Sci Center and Design|Media Arts, Visiting Lecturer and Critic (with Yolande Harris).

29 Oct    Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Visiting Lecturer and Critic (with Yolande Harris).

27 Oct   California Institute of the Arts, Art and Technology Program, Valencia, Visiting Lecturer and Critic (with Yolande Harris).

6 Sep, 3:30-5pm.   Ars Electronica, Prix Forum III:  Visionary Pioneers of Media Art (paper honoring Roy Ascott), Linz.

28 Apr, 3:15-5pm.  Systems Biology and Systems Art. Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle.

14 Jan, 6:30-9:30pm.  Shared Spaces: Social Media and Museum Structures, Whitney Museum, NYC.


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19 Dec, MADATAC, Madrid, Keynote speaker.

29 Oct – 1 Nov, re-new: media arts festival, Copenhagen, Festival Curator, Keynote speaker.

22 April, School of Art + Design, Portland State University, Guest lecturer.

10-13 April, Emergent Digital Practices, University of Denver, Visiting Scholar.

2 April, Hohenberg Chair of Excellence Lecture 2, University of Memphis.

4 March, A Blade of Grass, New York , Advisory Board.

26 Feb, Department of Art and Art History, VU University Amsterdam

8 Feb, Faculty of Fine Art, York University


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Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History, University of Memphis, 2012-13

15-16 Dec, Collecting and Presenting Digital-Born Art: a matter of translation and (historical) knowledge. Moderator with Annie Fletcher of thematic working group on Writing histories, or staging different futures, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

22-29 Nov, 1º. SIMPÓSIO DE ARTES E MÍDIAS ELETRÔNICAS DIGITAIS: Bits transdisciplinares, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Keynote.

5 Nov, UT Dallas, ATEC, Guest Lecturer.

1 Nov, Hohenberg Chair of Excellence Lecture, University of Memphis. ACB 305. Reception 6pm, Talk 7pm.

20 Sep, ISEA 2012 Machine Wilderness, Albuquerque, NM.  Presenter and  Co-Presenter with Yolande Harris.

26 July, Maryland Institute College of Art, MICA Studio Art MFA Summer Program, Baltimore. Visiting Professor.

5 June, Centre for Creative Innovation, University of Windsor, Canada, Guest lecturer.

26 Apr, Gemäldegalerie and Galerie Sherin Najjar, Berlin. Botticelli | Grey. Discussion with curator Stefan Weppelmann and artist Michael Joaquin Grey.

12 Apr, Drexel University, Digital Media Program, Philadelphia. Guest lecturer.

27 Mar, Arizona State University, West Campus, Phoenix.  Guest lecturer.

20 Mar, Phoenix Country Day School, Paradise Valley.  Alumni guest speaker.

14 Mar, California Institute of the Arts, Art and Technology MFA program, Valencia, Visiting Critic.

1 Mar, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. “The History and Future of the Lab:  Collaborative Research at the Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology.” 6pm, Grad Media Design’s Wind Tunnel Gallery. .pdf of slideshow (2.8MB). .pdf of related essay (150k, 2010). Event Poster (.pdf), Guest lecturer and critic.

24 Feb, College Art Association, 100th Annual Conference, Los Angeles. “Investigatory Art and Technology 1969/2009: Institutional Critique, Real Time Systems, and Participation.” 2:30pm 501abc West Hall, 2nd floor. .pdf of slideshow (1.7 MB). Panelist.

21 Feb, UC Santa Barbara, Media Arts and Technology program. “Alternative Nows and Thens to Be:  Photography, New Media, and Art Historical Revision.”  MAT 595m.pdf of slideshow (3.5MB), Guest lecturer and critic.


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8 Dec, Freemote Festival: “Tussen Kunst en Glitch”  SETUP, Location: Nutrecht  om CAB-Rondom 90AA Utrecht, Expert Panelist

25 Nov, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Guest Lecturer.

17 Nov, Synergy:  New Frontiers of Art, Science, and Thought, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, Keynote Speaker.

21 Oct, ArtFutura 2011: Repasando el Futuro/Reviewing the Future, Bilbao, Keynote Speaker.

17 Aug, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, Guest Professor.

12-14 June, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Venice, Italy, Guest Professor.

25 May, Networked Media MA Program, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, Guest Professor.

12-15 May, International Media Art Biennale (WRO 2011), Wroclaw, Poland, Keynote speaker.

4-5 May, MediaArtHistories MA Program, Seminar on Contemporary Art and New Media.

16 Apr, ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, lecture-performance with Yolande Harris.

2 Apr, Cain College of the Arts, Utah State University, Guest lecturer.

14 March, Aalto University, School of Art and Design, Helsinki, Guest lecturer.

12-13 March, Pixelache, “Pixelversity: round-table on networked culture & education,” Helsinki,Discussant.

15 Feb, University of Georgia, Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) program, Athens Georgia(flyer) Keynote speaker.

11 Feb, College Art Association 99th Annual Conference, “New Media, Art Science, and Contemporary Art: Towards a Hybrid Discourse,” New York.  Panel Chair. More info, resources, and podcasts

9 Feb, School of Visual Arts, New York,Guest lecturer.


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29 Nov, Dept Art and Art History/Art and Ecology Program, University of New Mexico, Guest speaker (w Yolande Harris)

27 Oct, 2010, Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Keynote speaker.

15 Oct, 2010, Filmhuis Den Haag, ZAAL 5, Featured speaker.

12 Oct, 2010, STEIM, Hotspot Lab, Amsterdam, Featured speaker.

22 Sep, 2010, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Rene Coelho Award Masterclass, Amsterdam, Guest Lecturer.

20-29 Aug, ISEA2010 RUHR, Speaker, Dortmund

12 August, City University of Hong Kong, School of Creative Media, Guest lecturer.

19 June, Art Basel, Art Salon, Chair with Nicolas Bourriaud, Michael Joaquin Grey, Peter Weibel, Basel

6 June, Soweieso-Neukölln, Guest Speaker, Berlin

2 June, 12:00-1:30pm, University of Haifa, Guest Speaker

8 May, Media Art Histories MA seminar, Visiting Faculty, Donau University, Krems, Austria

15 April, Transforming Culture in the Digital Age , Keynote speaker, Tartu, Estonia

6 April, BALTAN Laboratories, Guest Lecturer, Eindhoven, NL

27 Feb, Sonic Acts XII: The Poetics of Space, Invited speaker (with Yolande Harris), Amsterdam


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22 Dec, Digital Art and Culture 09 – UC Irvine

28 Nov, Re:Live 3rd Int’l Conf. on Histories of Media Art, Science, and Technology – Melbourne

18 Nov, 7:30pm  – Es Baluard (part of ArtFutura) – Palma Mallorca  Poster (.pdf)

19 Oct, 6:30pm – Palazzo Tito, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa – Venice

26 Sep, 5pm – INSIDE [art and science] – Corduaria, Lisbon
Art and Electronic Media: Bodies, Surrogates, Emergent Systems
I will be leading a “cognitive walk” for this exhibition (24 Sep – 24 Nov)

13 – 17 July – Intensive Seminar:  Art and Electronic Media
compArts, University of Bremen
OAS Gebäude | 3. Ebene
Linzer Strasse 9a, 28359 Bremen

8 July, 5pm – Informatik Colloquium
Cartesium, University of Bremen
Enrique-Schmidt-Str.  5

18 June, 6:30-8:30 pm – bitforms gallery, New York City
529 West 20th Street
Press Release
Facebook Event Page

7 June, 3 pm – US Book-Launch – Exploratorium, San Francisco
Visions of the Future: A Book Talk on Art and Electronic Media with Edward Shanken and Dorka Keehn
Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon Street
Press Release
Facebook Event Page

30 April, 15:00 – University of Genoa (with Domenico Quaranta)
Facoltà  di Lettere e Filosofia, Aula Magna 1° piano Via Balbi 2  Announcement (.pdf)

29 April, 18:00 – Nuova Accademia di Belli Arti, Milano
Aula Magna, Via Darwin 20

17 April, 17:00, International Book-Launch at Netherlands Media Arts Institute (NIMk), Amsterdam.  Discussion with Annet Decker and performances by Yolande Harris and DJ Sniff.
Announcement (pdf) and Facebook Event listing.



•     发明未来艺术科技和新媒体 (Inventing the Future: Art – Technology – New Media)  Chinese.

•     “Towards a Genealogy and Futurology of Art and Technology,” in de Campo, Hosale and Murrani, eds. Worldmaking as Techne


•     “Investigatory Art: Real-Time Systems and Network Culture,” NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies, Fall, 2012.

•    “In Forming Software:  Art and Technology in the US, 1966-72,” in Douglas Kahn and Hannah Higgins, eds., Mainframe Experimentalism, University  of California Press, 2012.

Guest Lecturer – Fall, 2011
Comparative Arts and Media Studies MA Program, Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam,
Louis D. Beaumont Scholar – Fall 2010
Sam Fox School of Art & Design, Washington University in St. Louis,
Visiting Professor and Researcher – Summer 2009
compArt Center of Excellence in Digital Art, University of Bremen

Written by Edward Shanken

22 March, 2009 at 4:04 pm

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