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Posted: Monday, March 13, 2017 12:54 AM


Berkeley Center for New Media/Art Techonology & Culture Colloquium [ATC] presents:

ATC-Andrew & Deborah Rappaport, Designing Spatiality for New Media Art

Monday, March 20, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Berkeley


Collecting and exhibiting new media art poses particular challenges for private collectors. Among other questions, every acquisition must address the following:

* Is it possible to honor and adhere to the artist's vision outside of an institutional context?
* Is it practical to integrate the work into a home environment while still living in the house?
* Is it feasible to manage conservation and combat obsolescence without the resources of an institutional staff?

Andy and Deborah Rappaport have been addressing these questions themselves, with the artists they collect, and with galleries and institutions they have patronized as they have assembled their collection, designed their home, and explored the relationship between works they collect and those they acquire on behalf of institutions with dedicated exhibition locations.

This talk will be built around a series of provocative questions the Rappaports have faced, each illustrated with a detailed anecdote about their path to collecting technology-based art, the purpose of their collecting, the design and engineering lengths they have gone to accommodate the private display works, and the complex and sometimes surprising process of adhering to the artist's intent in the domestic context. They've developed protocols for conservation and maintenance, the apparatus and media, and the implementation of new mechanisms for supporting institutional acquisition of works that are inappropriate for private display.


Berkeley's Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium is an internationally recognized forum for presenting new ideas that challenge conventional wisdom about art, technology, and culture. This series, free of charge and open to the public, presents artists, writers, curators, and scholars who consider contemporary issues at the intersection of aesthetic expression, emerging technologies, and cultural history, from a critical perspective.

Monday, March 20

Barbo Osher Theater, BAMPFA (Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive)
2155 Center St.
Berkeley, CA, 94720


Phone: 510-495-3505

About Berkeley Center for New Media/Art Techonology & Culture Colloquium [ATC]:
Located on the UC Berkeley campus, The Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) is a cross-disciplinary learning center bringing technology, the humanities, and the arts together. BCNM hosts public events and lectures, such as the ATC series, conducts research, and offers a PhD program (DE in New Media). Over 100 faculty, advisers, and scholars from more than 30 UC Berkeley departments participate.

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