The Future is Now

ISEA2011 Istanbul is happy to announce as a pre-symposium event The Future Is Now: Media Arts, Performance and Identity after Nam June Paik, an event made possible by a collaboration between Tate Liverpool and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).

The Future is Now will take place on 18 February 2011 at FACT, Liverpool. The event will see the participation of artists and theorists who will engage in a fruitful discussion on Paik's work.

In an era that has seen the perpetual rise of reality television, alongside that of the web, The Future is Now will examine the legacy of Paik's thinking and practice with a focus on performance and identity, situated within current debates around new technologies, ubiquity and human experience. Through innovative web adventures and conversations chaired by Will Gompertz, Arts Editor at the BBC and previously Director of Tate Media, speakers and performers including collaborators of Paik, contemporary artists and theorists, consider how artists are constrained or liberated by a constant re-imagining of the future. Participants include Roy Ascott, Jeremy Bailey, Ruth Catlow, John Hanhardt, Kristin Lucas and Marisa Olson.

The presented papers will be collected in a special issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Leonardo/ISAST), which is an online peer-reviewed academic journal of art, science and technology.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at the following link: http://shop.fact.co.uk/product/319/28/the-future-is-now-media-arts--performance-and-identity-after-nam-june-paik-