“Today media constructs reality. Digital technologies change the society, politics and economics, but we are also changing with them. Technologies are extensions of our nervous system. We mutate gradually and become part of it. Under the pressure of the infinite number of cameras, stucked in the web, on one hand, we loose our freedom. But on the other - we expand our rights day by day via technological innovations. Art is not an outsider now, it's a trendsetter with new ideas and introduction into various fields is not directly connected to it. Only art with its intuition and power of imagination not limited by either discourse, or status, or norm becomes able to perceive the vague outlines of the future...”
Olga Shishko, PRO&CONTRA curator
The PRO&CONTRA Symposium consists of six sections which include talks by theoreticians, artists, curators and public figures, as well as discussions, classes on various subjects and a presentation programme.
Media Festivals SECTION
23.00 VIDEO FESTIVALS NIGHT
Best art-works of Japan Media Arts Festival, Prix Ars Electronica (Austria), LOOP Festival (Spain).
16.00 MEDIA FESTIVALS SECTION
Martin Honzik (Head of Festival/Prix department, Austria) — Prix Ars Electronica;