The TECHNE Lab is a practice-based research initiative in the digitally-expanded intermedia arts and humanities founded in 2002 by Professor Mark Amerika at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The lab develops innovative research methodologies that lead to the invention of new forms of knowledge associated with intermedia art, writing, performance and scholarly research. Recent research outcomes include digital art and humanities projects distributed over the Internet, live audio/visual performances, electronic literature, interactive museum installations, location-based sound art using drone technology, transmedia narratives, moving image art, music video art, multimedia remix theory, and mobile cinema and art applications for personal devices.
In 2002, Founding Faculty Director and CU Professor of Distinction Mark Amerika wrote the TECHNE white paper, one of the first attempts at an American university to introduce a practice-based research platform for artists working in the post-Internet era. The paper was modeled after computer scientist Douglas Englebart's white paper on Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework written 40 years before the TECHNE paper but was filtered through various artistic positions influenced by 20th century avant-garde movements in art and literature, including Amerika's own "Avant-Pop Manifesto". Written in 1993, the Avant-Pop Manifesto was published in conjunction with the launch of the Alt-X online publishing network, one of the very first online sites devoted to new forms of electronic writing and art in the born-digital era.
The TECHNE website includes links to faculty and graduate student research projects and archives the original "Histories of Internet Art: Fictions and Factions" site, an online exhibition curated, designed, and implemented by digital art undegraduates during the years 2002-2009.
You can read the recently revised "What Is Techne?" paper by Professor Mark Amerika in our Art+Research e-pamphlet series here.