That Media Thing

In 1999, together with Montevideo / TBA, ASCA (the Amsterdam Scool of Cultural Analysis) and L&B (Lief en Boog, Series of Philosophy of Art and Art Theory) we organised two conferences under the title That Media Thing.

The name of the conference came from an interview that Rosalind Krauss had given with the L&B editors. Her disdain reference to “that media thing” was reappropriated by the organisors.

One of the theorists holding severe doubts about media art, at least in 1997, is Rosalind Krauss. In an interview with L&B editors, in the context of the exhibition Mediascape at the Soho Guggenheim in New York City, she explaimed: “Whomever we think the subject of Renaissance and Modernist painting might have been, it certainly was not a subject who was imagined to be in a darkened space reacting to that media thing.” - Annette W. Balkema and Henk Slager, Prologue of the Screen-based Art issue of L&B, volume 15, page 9

Speakers on the conference were:
That Media Thing I, 28 May 1999
Peter Bogers (NL), Artist.
Ken Feingold (USA), Artist.
Iris Dressler and Hans D. Christ, Reservate der Sehnsucht, hARTware Projekte Dortmund.
Marie Louise Angerer, Professor of New Media, University of Salzburg
Joost Bolten, Researcher New Media
Siegfried Zielinski, Kunsthochschule für Medien, Cologne.\

That Media Thing II 8 October 1999
René Beekman (NL), Artist.
Cãlin Dan (Rom), Artist.
Barbara Visser (NL), Artist.
Nicolaus Schafhausen (D), Theorist.
Annette W. Balkema (NL), Theorist, Tijdschrift L&B.
Sean Cubitt (GB), Theorist, John Moores University Liverpool.
David Garcia (GB/NL), Artist/Theorist.\

During the second day of the conference, I presented Composing Images.

All presentations were later published in L&B volume 15, Screen-based Art.

The That Media Thing websites can still be found on That Media Thing That Media Thing I That Media Thing II

Below are screenshots of the pages:

That Media Thing website screenshot

That Media Thing I website screenshot

That Media Thing II website screenshot