Digital encounters is a lectures program with the curator and the artists of the exhibition to make an introduction in digital art and an approximation into the "Extimacy" speech. On this occasion, the guest is the artist Paul Sermon.

Since the early nineteen-nineties Paul Sermon’s practice-based research in the field of contemporary media arts has centred on the creative use of telecommunication technologies. Through his unique use of videoconference techniques in artistic telepresence applications he has developed a series of celebrated telematic art installations that have received international acclaim and have been cited on numerous occasions amongst his peers in this field.
Born in Oxford, England, 1966. He studied BA Hon's Fine Art degree under Professor Roy Ascott at the University of Wales, and a Post-graduate MFA degree at the University of Reading, England. He was awarded the Prix Ars Electronica “Golden Nica”, in the category of interactive art, for the hyper media installation Think about the People now, in Linz, Austria, 1991. He produced the ISDN videoconference installation Telematic Vision as an Artist in Residence at the ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Centre for Art and Media Technology)  in Karlsruhe, Germany. He received the “Sparkey Award” from the Interactive Media Festival in Los Angeles, for the telepresence video installation Telematic Dreaming, 1994. From 1993 to 1999 he was employed as Lecturer in Media Art at the HGB Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany. During this time he continued to produce further interactive telematic installations including Telamatic Encounter in 1996 and The Tables Turned in 1997 for the Ars Electronica Centre in Linz, and the ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe. From 1997 to 2001 he was employed as Guest Professor for Performance and Environment at the (Universität für Künstlerische und Industrialle Gestaltung (University of Art and Industrial Design) in Linz, Austria. Since June 2000 he has been based at The University of Salford (Manchester) working primarily within the research field of immersive and expanded telematic environments.

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17th March 2011 → 17th March 2011