Brian Holmes, new media theorist

Brian Holmes, new media theorist

The iEAR Presents! Spring 2008 season features four events on the theme of "Art and Islam: Electronic Representations and Local Communities".  Four artists-in-residence* will provide context and responses to the theme by producing collaborative work with interdisciplinary electronic artists, faculty and students at the iEAR Studios.  Special attention will be given to networking international artists with the local, and considering connections between communities of Troy, NY and the communities of the visiting artists from Iraq, Malaysia, Indonesia, and England.

Kicking off the series at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2008 in the West Hall Auditorium, RPI campus, Troy, NY, will be new media theorist Brian Holmes, who will present key overall questions that each residency will address from their own unique process and point of view:

How does the initial artistic act consist in establishing the environment and setting the parameters for a larger inquiry?

How does this inquiry become expressive, multiple, overflowing the initial frame and opening up unexpected possibilities?

In what ways do these new kinds of practices emerge in a new definition of art as a mobile laboratory and experimental theatre for the investigation and instigation of social and cultural change?

Unable to make the event?  It will be broadcast live via webstream.

A reception with the artist will follow the lecture and talkback session.  Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.  For directions or more information, please visit or call (518) 276-4829.


About the Artist:

Brian Holmes is an art and cultural critic, activist and translator, living in Paris, interested primarily in the intersections of artistic and political practice. He holds a doctorate in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of California at Berkeley. He was the English editor of publications for Documenta X, Kassel, Germany, 1997, was a member of the graphic arts group Ne pas plier from 1999 to 2001, and has recently worked with the French conceptual art group Bureau d' etudes. He is a frequent contributor to the international mailing list Nettime, a member of the editorial committee of the art magazine "Springerin" and the political-economy journal "Multitudes", a regular contributor to the magazine Parachute, and a founder of the new journal "Autonomie Artistique". He is currently preparing a book in French, entitled "La personnalite flexible: Pour une nouvelle critique de la culture."

Future events in the series:

March 5 - Wafaa Bilal, video artist

April 2 - Leonard Retel Helmrich, filmmaker

April 23 - Hasnul Saidon, electronic artist

iEAR Presents! is a series of public performances, exhibitions, screenings and lectures.  Curated by artist faculty, iEAR Presents! seeks to bring artists into a creative dialogue regarding integrated electronic arts practice and theory with a participatory community of faculty and students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and members of the general public.  This series is sponsored in part by the New York State Council on the arts.

Visit for more information or call (518) 276-4829.

For disability services for West Hall events, including wheelchair access, please call (518) 276-2746.

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