Lunch Bytes – Digital Art & Culture

September 14 – November 9, 2011
Lunch Bytes – Digital Art & Culture

The Goethe-Institut Washington and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden present Lunch Bytes, a series of three monthly lunchtime events dedicated to digital art and culture, examining the consequences of the increasing ubiquity of new media in the art world and considering challenging questions raised by this changing artistic landscape.

While enjoying a light lunch, the visitor experiences and participates in discussions between renowned German and American artists and intellectuals.

Wednesday, September 14, 12 – 2 pm
Lunch Bytes – Copy Culture

Kicking off the series is an event centered on questions about copyright and authorship. What does ‘copyright’ mean in today’s context? Is it an outdated legal construct that cannot adequately deal with the internet as a playground of free floating artistic content? Does it still make sense to link a work exclusively to its producer and an original idea when web content is constantly changing?

Artists and expert panelists include:
Michael Bell-Smith, New York-based artist
Jeffrey Cunard, copyright and cyber law expert at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Washington, DC
Cornelia Sollfrank, Hamburg-based artist
Lauren Cornell, executive director, Rhizome, and adjunct curator, the New Museum of Contemporary Art

Wednesday, October 12, 12 – 2 pm
Lunch Bytes – Institutional Challenges

Digital art continues to present new questions to museums and other institutions devoted to the presentation and preservation of art. How are institutions adapting to the challenges, needs, and opportunities of contemporary society? How can digital art be stored, exhibited and preserved? What happens to the vast amount of data circulating daily on the web?

Artists and expert panelists include:
Joel Holmberg, New York-based artist
Jeff Martin, Time-based Media Conservator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Christiane Paul, Director of the Media Studies Graduate Programs at The New School and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art
Peter Weibel, Director of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Wednesday, November 9, 12 – 2 pm
Lunch Bytes – Digital Material

Artists and curators constantly question the nature of the interaction between the digital and the material, and the virtual and the real. Can they be juxtaposed as different realms? Should they be seen as inseparable spheres that constantly interpenetrate one another? How do they affect and alter one another? Does the ubiquity of digital technologies somehow fundamentally change our everyday life?
Artists and expert panelists include:
Aram Bartholl, Berlin-based artist
Siebren Versteeg, New York-based artist
Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Hasan Elahi, Artist, Associate Professor of Art, Director Digital Cultures and Creativity, University of Maryland

No charge. RSVP for each event to

Location:Goethe-Institut Washington, 812 Seventh St. NW |


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Since 1968, the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has developed and promoted local artists, organizations and activities.
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