On October 3 the University of Amsterdam organized the first two lectures as a part of Now is the time! a lecture series on art and theory in the 21st century. The topic of this evening was the relation between new media and art.
What is the status of the medium in art production and the discourse in art, in this situation referred to by Rosalind Krauss as the ‘postmedium condition’? How can an artist act critically in this complex cultural field now dominated by multimedia and mass media?
Kaja Silverman discussed the role of the digital image in the work of James Coleman, an intervention in Leonardo da Vinci, for the Louvre in 2003. Her lecture was followed by Laura Marks who held a very interesting talk about the relation between new media and Islamic art. Both lectures presented intriguing insights on the current state of the (digital) image.