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Karen O’Rourke’s work explores the relationship between art practice and the concepts of network, archive and territory. Her art and network projects include City Portraits (1989-92), Paris Réseau / Paris Network (1993-2000), archiving as art (1997-2000), A Map Larger Than the Territory (2002-2004), Eavesdroplets (2006),  Partially Buried University (2008-2010) and Artists Bearing Gifts (2013–). Her theoretical research on contemporary art has led to a series of articles and resulted in two works of synthesis. The first, Walking and Mapping: Artists as Cartographers was published by the MIT Press in 2013. In it, she explores a series of walking/mapping projects by contemporary artists. Some chart “emotional GPS”; some use satellites for creating landscapes made of data –“datascapes”– while others use their legs to do “speculative mapping.” The second, Des arts-réseaux aux dérives programmées : actualité de « l’art comme expérience » (From art networks to programmed drifts: the topicality of “art as experience”), is an adaptation of her habilitation thesis. Earlier publications include Paris Réseau/Paris Network (2000), a bilingual CD-Rom, Archiving as Art (2000), an exhibition catalogue, Art-Réseaux (1992), an edited book documenting the collaborative activities of the Art-Réseaux group in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

She is a Professor at Jean Monnet University (Saint-Etienne). With three colleagues at the University of Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne and partners in France and abroad, she has recently developed a research project called The End of Maps ? Dream Territories, Standardized Territories which  involved a series of workshops, a conference, a publication, and an archive of Art and Mapping projects.

More info:

Older work and net art : http://korourke.pagesperso-orange.fr/

University/research : https://www.univ-st-etienne.fr/fr/cierec/annuaire/o-rourke-karen.html

Download CV (June, 2017)

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Karen O’Rourke est artiste et professeur des universités en arts numériques à l’Université Jean Monnet de Saint-Etienne. Ses travaux personnels tendent à mettre en relation la pratique artistique avec la notion de réseau (City Portraits, Paris Réseau), avec celle d’archivage (L’archivage comme activité artistique) et avec celle de territoire (Une carte plus grande que le territoire, Partially Buried University). Elle est l’auteur de Walking and Mapping : Artists as Cartographers (MIT Press, 2013). Parmi ses publications récentes, « Cart’Expé : expérimentations et cartographies pluridisciplinaires » (co-écrit avec Thierry Joliveau) et « Vivre en anarchive : entretien avec Anne-Marie Duguet » dans Vincent Ciciliato (dir.), Collecter, cataloguer, cartographier (à paraître aux Publications Universitaires de Saint-Étienne).

 

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