The ADA Network
ADA is a network researching the expanded field around media, new media, electronic and digital art. The ADA Network enables communication between artists, curators, teachers, critics, theorists, writers and the interested public. ADA develops public understanding of digital art through its online forum, through publications and exhibitions, and by touring speakers, holding master classes and symposia.
ADA is a national organisation advancing education, enabling discussion, collaboration and mentoring, passing on learning and expertise. ADA contributes towards the development of digital art, in all its manifestations, across Aotearoa New Zealand.
In 2010 ADA hosted the masterclass tour of Professor Douglas Kahn to Auckland, Christchurch, Whanganui. ADA was a key partner for Electrosmog: Festival of Sustainable Immobility, an international networked conference and festival initiated by De Baile in Amsterdam. 2010 also marked the seventh ADA symposium, Energetics and Informatics. Over the past decade ADA symposia have maintained a reputation for inspired presentations by leading and emergent New Zealand artists alongside renowned international artists and critics. In 2008 ADA published The ADA Reader, a book that remains the only comprehensive text on media arts and their histories in New Zealand. This text has given an international depth and recognition to New Zealand’s media arts practice.
ADA is a charitable trust. Current trustees are Birgit Bachler & Ted Whitaker (co-chairs), Julian Priest, Rob Carter, Sarah Jane Parton and Vicki Smith. Previous trustees include Honor Harger, Douglas Bagnall, Su Ballard, Stella Brennan, Janine Randerson, Zita Joyce, Don Hunter and Ana Terry.
The ADA network continues to expand understanding of and exposure to digital and media arts (in all their variety) in Aotearoa New Zealand.