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One internet art pioneer and one leading expert on 17th century music - Honorary Doctors at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts

News: Oct 20, 2010

Alexei Shulgin, born in 1963 in Moscow, is a versatile artist who started out in the field of photography. Eventually, he expanded his range of interests to include media and performance art. Shulgin has become one of the most well-known net artists, a group of artists practising an art form that emerged in the mid-1990s at the beginning of the World Wide Web era. He uses humour and sharpness to deliver criticism of the contemporary technical development and the consumption society of today, the latter being an important prerequisite for the former. His ‘classic’ pieces of internet art include Form Art. His latest project is titled Electroboutique, which also includes physical objects and reflects on the creative capitalism of today. He has participated in a large number of festivals and exhibitions, for example Electrohype in Malmö in 2000. In addition, Shulgin has organised his own festivals and has started galleries, websites and rock bands. He has also served as a guest teacher at the School of Design and Crafts (HDK) and at the Valand School of Fine Art, both in Gothenburg.

Kerala Johnson Snyder is Professor Emerita of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. She has also taught at Yale University and the Hartt School of Music and collaborated as Senior Researcher at the Göteborg Organ Art Center for over a decade where she has served a pivotal role in many projects as mentor, advisor and friend. She studied at Wellesley College and Harvard Divinity School and earned her doctoral degree from Yale University. Professor Snyder is a leading expert within the field of German baroque music, especially the life and works of Dieterich Buxtehude. In 1990 she received the City of Lübeck’s Buxtehude Prize and in 2007 she became an honorary member of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music. Her published works include Dieterich Buxtehude: Organist in Lübeck; The Organ as a Mirror of its Time: North European Reflections, 1610–2000; and The Organist as Scholar: Essays in Memory of Russell Saunders. In addition, she has authored numerous important articles published in various journals and in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. She was the initiator of the first peer-reviewed journal of musicology on the web, the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music and served as its editor-in-chief from 1995 to 2003, and is currently one of the editors of the Düben Collection Database Catalogue at Uppsala University.

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