Paris College of Art graduate students are proud to host an academic symposium on Monday, April 27, 2020, at 10 am Paris CET. Originally, this event was planned to be held at Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires (CRI). However, due to the current pandemic, we have shifted to a digital platform. Coincidently, this change in delivery coincides with the symposium’s theme, entitled Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction. The symposium consists of eight presenters discussing their research and its relationship to current technological advancements:

Aditi Kay will be discussing ‘Post-Internet’ and what it means to be a ‘Post-Internet Artist’. Molly Lynch explore the evolution of ‘reality’ in media photography. Shruti Mukherjee will review Walter Benjamin’s essay on ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’. Rage Collective will be sharing their recent research: 404: Resistance in the Digital Age, discussing topics of Chinese web culture of using memes to avoid censorship, and the use of memes and digital art in recent European, Russian and US protests and global issues. Florina Balavendran will be presenting her research with a transdisciplinary approach, on understanding how the affective state of the viewer and material influences fashion & technology on the concept of the gaze from the spectator’s perspective. Taline Shahinian will address how the Dadaists used provocation as a tool for their fascination with technology by exploring the influence on contemporary artists Pavlensky and Banksy. Isabelle Hoonan will talk about the history of virtual reality and how technical and cognitive aspects contribute to empathic action. Finally, Chris Lee will be discussing the art of storytelling, it’s evolution and function as a digital medium. Overall, we hope to address the shift of today’s art culture due to digital evolution in this conference.

The symposium is relevant and necessary in recent light of the coronavirus pandemic. Many artists, galleries and museums have opted for digital representation and dialogue. This symposium seeks to achieve increased dialogue and networking highlighting the changes in recent technology, visual media culture and what this means for the art world