RENEW 2013

The 5th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology

Riga / October 8 – 11, 2013

"Networked Art" Participants


Slow Media Art

Session:Networked Art

Panel:Panel A


Venue:Stockholm School of Economics, Soros Audium

Slow Media Art This paper introduces the notion of slow media art to discuss locative and installation based art works which use media technologies to facilitate moments of meditative introspection and enhanced awareness for the physical environment (urban and rural). It analyses contemporary and historic media artworks which challenge common expectations of media use like liveness, immediacy, speed, ubiquity, and constant (networked) connectedness. It suggests a distinction between different aesthetic strategies to facilitate aesthetic experiences of ‘slowness’, such as immersion, disruption, solitude and simplicity.

Dr. Katja Kwastek is professor of modern and contemporary art at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Early on, she extended her research into the fields of art & technology, media (art) history and aesthetics, performance and game studies. Complementary to this research itinerary is her great interest in the field of digital humanities.

Dr. Kwastek studied art history at the universities of Münster, Cologne, and Florence and holds a PhD from the University of Cologne. After a six year employment as Assistant Professor at the Art History Department of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (Munich), and a Visiting Professorship at the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI), she joined the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research (Linz, Austria), first as (Key)Researcher, then as Vice Director, and finally as Director of the Institute. In 2013 she held a position of Visiting Professor at the Department of Visual Studies at the Humboldt-University, Berlin.

She has curated exhibition projects, lectured internationally and published many books and essays, including “Aesthetics of Interaction in Digital Art” (, MIT Press, 2013), “Ohne Schnur. Art and Wireless Communication” (Revolver, 2004), “Computer, Kunst und Kunstgeschichte” (Deubner, 2003, co-authored with Hubertus Kohle), “Camera. gemalter und realer Raum der italienischen Frührenaissance” (VDG, 2001)

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