Professor Kerstin Mey from the School of Art and Design at the University of Ulster will be giving a talk the Interface: Research in Technologies and Design project that she convenes (see http://interface.rehabstudio.co.uk/ ). The title of her talk is , `Art, Archives and Publics. INTERFACE explores two key processes that underlie innovative research practice in art and design. One is the investigation and redefinition of inherited categories of value and the other is the impact of digital media and new technologies on the production, distribution and mediation of art and design. Both areas are examined in the context of the wider social/economic/political arena of Northern Ireland and in the wider world http://interface.rehabstudio.co.uk/.
Professor Mey's research focuses on the situatedness of contemporary cultural practices and is concerned with gendered and multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives. She has published 20th Century and current art, aesthetics cultural policy and she is series editor of transcript books on contemporary visual culture, published by the School of Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, in association with Manchester University Press, including Sculpsit. Contemporary Artists on Sculpture and Beyond (2001) and (ed. with Simon Yuill), Crosswired - Communication, Interface, Locality (2004). Her book Art and Obscenity was published in 2005. Her curatorial activities include Duel: Tracy Mackenna and Karla Sachse, Henry Moore Institute 1996; Bodies of Substance: Margaret Hunter, Azade Koker, Ping Qiu, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, February/March 2002 and Gakerie M, Berlin, April 2003.
Professor Mey's talk and workshop is the last in the Royal Society of Edinburgh sponsored series of conferences and workshops in the project, Investigating the Archives http://www.investigatingthearchive.org/ and takes place at Dundee University Tower Building at 2pm, Friday 12 December 2008.