Better Words About Bits: Thoma Foundation 2015 Arts Writing Awards Winners Speak on Criticism in Digital Art

Dec 15, 2015
133/141 West 21st Street, Room 101C
New York, NY
Lectures & Symposia

Digital & Electronic Art

NEW YORK CITY – Jon Ippolito and Joanne McNeil, the inaugural awardees of the Thoma Foundation Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art, join Christiane Paul in a conversation on the critical role of arts criticism about digital art and technology.

This presentation will discuss strategies for improving the strained relationship of digital art to the mainstream worlds of art and technology that it straddles as well as helping artworks in ephemeral media take their rightful place in the textbooks, collections, and discourse by which art history is passed onto the future. Ippolito and McNeil will discuss how art writers can and are changing the landscape of writing about digital art.

Jon Ippolito is new media professor at the University of Maine, former media arts curator at the Guggenheim Museum and recent co-author of the book Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory.

Joanne McNeil is a New York-based writer, 2014 Eyebeam resident, 2012 USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism fellow and has written for publications such as Dissent, Domus and Frieze.

Moderated by Christiane Paul, adjunct curator of new media arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art and associate professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School.

Presented by the Thoma Foundation and School of Visual Arts’ MFA Fine Arts and MFA Arts Writing.