TECHNE is a practice-based digital arts research initiative
founded by Professor Mark Amerika, at the University of
Colorado at Boulder in November 2002. The TECHNE initiative
develops innovative approaches to the invention of
new forms of knowledge generally considered to be both
artistic and scholarly. In 2002, Amerika wrote the "What Is Techne?" white paper and has just added a significant 2016 addendum. You can read it here.
The techne_lab podcast operates as a conduit for experimental dialogue around practice-based research. Professor Mark Amerika and PhD student Ryan Ruehlen have created over 300 minutes of original audio mashups featuring the voices of affiliated faculty and visiting professors passing through the lab. Guests include Paul Miller (DJ Spooky), Lori Emerson, Michelle Ellsworth, Michael Theodore, Jace Clayton (DJ Rupture), Amaranth Borsuk, Julie Carr, Robert Arellano and Joel Swanson. Listen here.
INTERMEDIA ART, WRITING AND PERFORMANCE
TECHNE faculty and Graduate students have been instrumental to the development of a new practice-based PhD in Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance (IAWP). PhD students in the program work with faculty to investigate emerging forms of digital art and humanities, electronic literature and multimedia performance.
2018: TECHNE LAB EXHIBITIONS IN NEW YORK
In summer 2018, TECHNE had two exhibitions in New York City featuring faculty and current and former students affiliated with lab over the last 15 years. The exhibitions included 3-D animation, digital murals, video net art, VJ glitch aesthetics, and art of The Resistance.The exhibitions took place in two venues, Made in NY in DUMBO Brooklyn and on Governors Island. Featured exhibition artists included TECHNE alumni Rick Silva, Melanie Clemmons, Nick O'Brien and Paul Echeverria.
Digital Afterlife, a work of music video art, features an animated audiovisual performance by the artists who strategically layer avant-pop imagery from historic science fiction cinema and key contemporary artworks, a retro-MTV-kitsch video vernacular that remixes image data with the corrupted code of incompatible file formats thus reflecting on the aesthetic values of 21st century media culture.historic science fiction cinema and contemporary art that questions what it means to live in the post-digital universe.
MICRO-CINEMATIC ESSAYS ON THE LIFE AND WORK OF MARCEL DUCHAMP...
A collaborative conceptual art album featuring the writing and vocals of Mark Amerika and the sound design of electronic music composer Chad Mossholder. The work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto) and The Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum.
2057 is a collaborative sound project by TECHNE director Mark Amerika and IAWP PhD candidate Ryan Ruehlen. The artists have composed seven unique music tracks as well as a limited edition artist book and a tape cassette that feature a new style of music they have tagged cyberbop jazz poetics.
The Histories of Internet Art: Fictions and Factions project is a living archive created by students in the TECHNE lab from the years 2000 - 2007. It features video presentations, student-conducted interviews and net art works by major artists.