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Michel van Dartel keynote speaker at online conference for Technology ♡ Art

Michel van Dartel is keynote speaker at the online conference for Technology ♡ Art on 6 October 2020.


In his talk, Van Dartel discusses the need to concider aesthetics “in the wild”. Art is often made inside studios, to subsequently be experienced within the sterile environs of galleries and museums. For some time now, the question has been raised if this isolation limits art’s capacity to forge meaningful connections to the world we live in. The domain of art and technology offers unique opportunities to re-establish aesthetics ‘in the wild’.

A change that is urgently needed now technological progress is making the world around us increasingly difficult to fathom. As we live in cities developed around data and act within the inscrutable structure of the present-day economy, there exists an unprecedentedly urgent need for artists and designers to help us understand how we relate to our surroundings. Yet, how should aspiring artists be trained to make this change? And which artistic and teaching methods exist to stimulate this process?

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This conference is in Dutch.

‘People are the product of their relationships with their environment. It’s important to understand how technological developments influence these relationships.’

Michel van Dartel is Research Professor Situated Art and Design at the Avans Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (Caradt) and Director of V2_Lab for the Unstable Media.

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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