[microsound-announce] PanelDiscussion "The Subtopic" 30.1.9_Berlin

hatam at drfz.de hatam at drfz.de
Tue Jan 27 15:50:41 EST 2009

Dear all, 

I am very proud to announce the first talk session of The Subtopic 
which will take place on 30th Jan 2009 in Berlin, Germany. 

The Subtopic "Get some clues through their language" 
-Off-transmediale.09, Behind The Serious Face- 

Guests	: Kazuhiro Jo(JP/UK), Raffael Dörig(CH), Thomas Dumke(DE) 
Date : 15:00 - 18:00, FRI 30th Jan 2009 
Place : Loophole, Boddinstr.60, Neukölln 12053 Berlin, Germany 
30sec walk from U7 Rathaus Neukölln 
Entrance : Donation 
Contact	: http://subtopic.isddsk.com/ 

For the first session of The Subtopic I invited some interesting 
guests to talk about their activities: Kazuhiro Jo, a Japanese artist/ 
researcher living in Newcastle, UK, is a Visiting Research Fellow at 
Digital Media, Culture Lab at Newcastle University. His main interests 
are in the area of Sound Art, Auditory Interaction Design and 
Inaudible Computing. He will present his research and show us a 
demonstration of his work. Raffael Dörig is a swiss curator working at 
plug.in, Basel, Switzerland - a space for electronic art. He is also a 
co-organiser and co-curator of Shift electronic arts Festival in 
Basel, Switzerland. Raffael will be here to speak about his artistic 
and curatorial projects. Last but not least Thomas Dumke, the director 
of CYNETart Festival, Dresden, Germany will present the festival in 
detail, as well as give an insight into his personal intentions of 
running the festival. 
My guests are all holding very important positions, despite their 
young age. Therefore, my biggest interest lies of course in their 
future and I believe that listening to what they are interested in, 
might be strongly connected to the future of the art and technology 
scene. Also I am expecting to hear some off-topics about their 
activities, private backgrounds as well as a look behind their serious 
side. The talk will be presentation based but I would like it to be an 
informal and very relaxed discussion round. 

Guests' Biographies and Summary of presentation 

Kazuhiro Jo (JP/UK *1977) 
Kazuhiro Jo was born in Japan in 1977. He is currently working as a 
Visiting Research Fellow at Digital Media, Culture Lab, Newcastle 
University. He is also a member of The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA <http://swo.jp/
>, Monalisa <http://monalisa-
au.org/plog/ >, AEO, and a co-organizer 
of dorkbot Tokyo <http://dorkbot.org/dorkbottokyo/ >. 
Summary of presentation: 
Kazuhiro Jo will talk about his current project "Inaudible Computing". 
Inaudible computing is an extension of physical computing using audio 
signals. He presents examples of his implementations with some art 
works and mobile applications. 

Raffael Dörig (CH *1976) 
Born in 1976, studied Art History, Media Studies and German 
Studies. Curator at Plugin, a space for electronic art, as well as co- 
organiser and -curator of Shift electronic arts Festival in Basel, 
Summary of presentation: 
Raffael Dörig will talk about Plugin, an exhibition and event space 
specialized in electronic arts, founded in 2000, and show some 
examples of his curatorial work there. He will also present the Shift 
electronic arts festival he co-founded in 2006. Shift includes an 
exhibition, conferences, concerts, DJ shows, video screenings and 
workshops. The programs are made by a team of curators and guest 
curators based on a general festival topic. 
http://www.iplugin.org/ http://www.shiftfestival.ch/ 

Thomas Dumke (DE *1977) 
Born in 1977. Studied history, sociology & communication sciences 
at TU Dresden, postgraduate in culture & management. Since 1999 Thomas 
Dumke is part of the international festival for computer based arts 
CYNETart in Dresden, in 2000 he initiated together with DS-X.org the 
»microscope session«, an event for audio-visual concerts, founding 
member of TMA Hellerau in 2001, since 2006 he has been the director of 
the CYNETart festival. Father of one daughter. 
Summary of presentation: 
Thomas Dumke will talk about CYNETart history (12 years, presenting of 
some exclusive projects) and his curatorial background. 
http://cynetart08.de/ http://ds-x.org/ 

Moderator's Biography 
Daisuke Ishida (JP/DE *1980) 
Daisuke Ishida is a Berlin based artist working in the field of 
Sound-Art and NewMedia-Art. He started his artistic activities in 
2000. He pursues aesthetics and consequences of computer music and 
tries out boundaries of contemporary media and technologies. 

What is The Subtopic? 
The Subtopic is a series of talk sessions with artists, 
researchers, curators, activists, journalists and similar - moderated 
by Daisuke Ishida. 

The Aim 
I think it is nice to talk about anything with anybody. Especially 
talking to somebody who is very much into a topic, particularly people 
who are dealing with art and technology with advanced thoughts based 
on their own experience, unique theory, historical relation or their 
in depth research. I believe the stories of the participants of the 
Subtopic-talks will be very interesting. I would like to understand 
their contexts, processes, origins, aims and ideas in detail through 
discussion. It is important to me to not only focus on their work, but 
as well to get to know their personality. 

Why is it called The Subtopic? 
The best way to understand my guests is not only to talk about 
their work but just to see what they are doing! Possibly the essence 
of their activities is beyond understanding or not explainable through 
language. Therefore talking (subtopic) about their works (maintopic) 
should be seen only as an addition to the process of understanding 
them. I am trying to simply get some clues directly from them to gain 
further insight into their work. 


Daisuke Ishida 

Daisuke Ishida 
daisuke-ishida at jp.org 

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