Digital Abstraction Conference Program

International Conference


Digital Abstraction at the Interface between Electronic Media Arts and Data Visualization


Date: Friday, May 8-9, 2015

Place: Jacobs University Bremen, IRC Seminar Room

Organizers: Birgit Mersmann, Isabel Wünsche


Conference Program


Friday, May 8, 2015


9:30-10:00 Opening of the Workshop. Welcome and introduction by Birgit Mersmann and Isabel Wünsche


10:00-12:30 Session 1: The Coming of Age of Electronic Abstraction: Visualization in Experimental Contemporary Art and Filmmaking



Pamela C. Scorzin, Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany

“Glitch Art – The New Everybody’s Dripping in Media”



Stefanie Bräuer, University of Basel, Schweiz

“Oscillography in Mary Ellen Bute’s Abstronic – Merging Abstraction and Electronics in Experimental Filmmaking”


11:00-11:30 Coffee Break


Nora Gortcheva, Jacobs University, Bremen

“Cinema, Abstraction, Authenticity”


12:00-12:30 Discussion


12.30-14:00 Lunch in College Nordmetall


14:00-17:00 Session 2: Software Abstraction and the Navigation of Complex Data



Claudia Reiche, University of Arts, Bremen

“Clitoral Abstraction”



Michael Schwab, London

“Proto-objects. Transpositions of Brain Activity”


15:00-15:30 Coffee Break



Romi Mikulinsky, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel/Yanai Toister, University of Sydney, Australia

“Abstraction in the Age of Big Data”



Florian Wiencek, Jacobs University, Bremen/Amanda Starling Gould, Duke University, USA

“Traversing Networks of Complexity. From Database Artworks to Contemporary Networked Publications”


16:30-17:00: Discussion


17:00-17:30 Coffee Break


17:30-18:00 Session 3: Artist Presentations


17:30-18:00 “Paul Klee and his involuntary involvement in computer art.”

Artist presentation by Frieder Nake


18:00-18:30 Transpositions 1. Artist presentation by Michael Schwab and David Pirrò


19:30 Dinner at Restaurant Kränholm


Saturday, May 9, 2015


11:00-12:00 Visit of the Collection of Computer Graphics in the Kunsthalle Bremen with Frieder Nake and Susan Grabowski


12:30 Lunch