NMP 47: LOSS

Editorial 47: Loss

Welcome to #47: this is the LOSS issue.

LOSS, as in:

– The fact or process of losing something or someone

– Uncertain as to how to proceed

– Unable to produce what is needed

– Destruction, ruin

– The state or feeling of grief when deprived of someone or something

 

In this issue:

Cover photographer Jah Grey is a self-taught photographic artist primarily focused on portraiture, whose work, as the artist explains, seeks to educate and encourage society to unlearn the teachings that act to separate us in order to advocate for a more fluid and diverse world. Grey’s digital portraits remind us of the similarities we share, despite our differences. (Interview forthcoming! See jahgrey.tumblr.com for more).

Safiya Umoja Noble offers us a powerful reflection on intersectional Black feminism, the loss of Black life, and the need for recovery. On Losing Black Lives, Noble lays bare the despair that is felt when the powerful entrenchments of racism and sexism at both structural and personal levels engulf one’s daily encounters. “Grief is a holding pattern” writes Noble, “a place we keep circulating through, with each new headline of violence or loss of life.” The burden of intersectional Black feminism is to seek out a love that might start to define the terms of Black feminist struggle for lives that are rich with joy and gratitude for the experience of life itself.

Sarah T. Roberts and Ryan P. Adserias share an intimate conversation about their long-term friendship in the face of the loss of a generation of their community, and the looming presence of HIV/AIDS. In Dancing with the Survivors: A Conversation Between Two Friends, Roberts and Adserias articulate the grief of HIV/AIDS, what they describe as “the people who aren’t here and haven’t been for you, and for me, in our adult gay lives.” Roberts and Adserias describe a constant state of loss that foregrounds their lives and interests.

In A Heart beyond Cure, Mark Ambrose Harris contemplates dying, familial homophobia, and pronounced feelings of intimacy that are only possible in the first moments after death. Harris ruminates on the effects of caregiving on mental health, and the ways in which we navigate loss, regret, and other stark reminders of our own and others’ mortality.

Dina Georgis explores Morehshin Allahyari’s recent exhibit, Material Speculation: ISIS shown at Trinity Square Video in March 2016 in Toronto. Georgis consider how in this work, technology offers speculative possibilities in the aftermath of environmental and cultural destruction. In reading reparation through a psychoanalytic perspective, Georgis reflects on what it might mean to create life not against destruction or aggression but by noticing it, understanding its place, and by negotiating its impulses.

In Open to Television – Can television open us to ourselves? Lisa Henderson juxtaposes clips from “Louie” (2013) and “Freaks and Geeks” (1999) to invite us into sweetness and recognition, a usually suspect accomplishment of television on any platform. Henderson’s video essay provokes us to consider longingly missed opportunities and solitude, and in a way that derives a kind of pleasure from absence.

In Always Already? Queer Cultural Production and the Subject of Marriage, Vincent Doyle draws inspiration from the question posed by Judith Butler’s essay: “Is Kinship Always Already Heterosexual?” It asks: How is the subject to whom same-sex marriage is addressed produced? By what affective means? Drawing on which cultural resources? By exploring these questions in the video essay, Doyle excavates his own and others’ subjective investments in marriage and its associated representational strategies at a time when, as Butler argues, it is becoming increasingly difficult to think of and represent coupling and kinship outside of the narrow norms that legitimated and legalized marriage makes.

As always, huge thank-you to Tamara Shepherd (our amazing copy editor), to all the NMP regulars, contributors past and future, and to readers and supporters of the project in so many ways.

Andrea Zeffiro, Mél Hogan and M-C MacPhee

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5 Designing Media Ecology, issue 6 – The Anthropocene and Our Post-natural Futures

Rather than a consilient concept, the Anthropocene is a well debated set of narratives that speaks to myriad views about the growing tensions between Human and Nature. Scholars, activists, and artists alike are decrying the abuses of our current geological era that are leaving the planet in an increasingly disturbed state. The dual question of perpetration and perpetuation is at the heart of where we currently find ourselves in the Anthropocene: Who or what exactly is to blame for it? What are its origin stories? What roles do capitalism and imperialism play in climate change and global warming? Whose voices matter in environmental and economic policy? What, if anything, is to be salvaged of our ever expanding media ecologies? And finally, how does risk become the currency of progress?

 

The Fourchettes: Données et enjeux de pouvoir : quels biais pour quelles connaissances?

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Bonjour à tous et toutes,

Il nous fait plaisir de vous inviter au lunch-séminaire bilingue  qui se tiendra à l’UQAM, local J-1187 le mercredi 23 novembre entre 12h30 et 14h. Organisé par le collectif The Fourchettes en collaboration avec le LabCMO et laChaire de recherche UQAM sur les usages des technologies numériques et les mutations de la communication, l’activité visera à approfondir nos réflexions sur les implications socio-politiques des données et des connaissances qui en découlent.

L’activité est gratuite, mais afin d’éviter le manque ou le gaspillage de nourriture, nous vous prions de vous inscrire en écrivant à info@labcmo.ca. Pour plus d’informations, vous êtes invité-es à consulter le site du LabCMO :cmo.uqam.ca.

 Au plaisir de vous y voir!

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Lunch-séminaire bilingue

Données et enjeux de pouvoir : quels biais pour quelles connaissances?

Mercredi 23 novembre, de 12h30 à 14h

Local : J-1187, UQAM

Le Collectif The Fourchettes, en collaboration avec le LabCMO et la Chaire de recherche UQAM sur les usages des technologies numériques et les mutations de la communication.

Du big data au small et thick data, les recherches en sciences sociales intègrent de plus en plus des méthodes d’enquête liées aux traces laissées par les usagers dans leurs activités en ligne. Entre les clics, les commentaires, la multiplication des technologies mobiles et les pratiques de surveillance, la constitution et les implications éthiques de ces jeux de données restent souvent impensées. Sachant que les données ne sont jamais « crues » (Gitelman 2013) et qu’elles sont façonnées, construites, qu’elles témoignent de valeurs et de rapports de force (Lupton 2015, Markham 2013), quelles sont les implications socio-politiques derrières la constitution des données et des connaissances qui en découlent?

Afin d’aborder cette question, quatre chercheures présenteront un court énoncé visant à ouvrir la conversation avec les participants, participantes. Ces chercheures sont :

Mary Elizabeth Luka, stagiaire post-doctorale et boursière Banting, Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts & Technology (York University, Toronto)

Jacqueline Wallace, stagiaire post-doctorale, Milieux Institute for Art, Culture and Technology (Concordia)

Florence Millerand, professeure au Département de communication sociale et publique (UQAM), codirectrice du LabCMO et directrice de la Chaire de recherche UQAM sur les usages des technologies numériques et les mutations de la communication

Mélanie Millette, professeure au Département de communication sociale et publique (UQAM)

Inscription : info@labcmo.ca

Info : cmo.uqam.ca

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Greetings everyone,

We are pleased to invite you to the bilingual lunch-seminar Data and power issues: Navigating new knowledge which will happen at UQAM, room J-1187 on Wednesday November 23 between from 12:30 to 2 PM. Organized by the research group The Fourchettes in collaboration with LabCMO and the Chaire de recherche UQAM sur les usages des technologies numériques et les mutations de la communication, this will be the occasion to discuss and deepen our understandings of the sociopolitical implications of online trace data and the knowledge that comes from it.

The activity is free, but to ensure we have enough food and drink for everyone, please RSVP to info@labcmo.ca. For more information, we invite you to consult LabCMO website : cmo.uqam.ca.

Welcome to one and all!

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Bilingual lunch-seminar

Data and power issues: Navigating new knowledge

Wednesday Nov. 23, from 12:30 to 2PM

Room : J-1187, UQAM

Presented by the research group, The Fourchettes, in collaboration with LabCMOand the Chaire de recherche UQAM sur les usages des technologies numériques et les mutations de la communication.

From big data to small data and thick data, social science research integrates an increasing number of methods of analysis related to the digital and virtual traces left by users in their online activities. Between clicks, comments, the proliferation of mobile technologies and surveillance practices, the infrastructure and ethical implications within which these data sets reside are often uncritically described rather than analysed. These flows of data are never really “raw” (Gitelman 2013). Rather, they are shaped and constructed by power relationships and reflect values embedded in their respective infrastructures and systems of distribution (Lupton 2015, Markham 2013). From this perspective, in what ways is “data” constituted of its own socio-political contexts and implications, and how do such contexts influence knowledge?

You are invited to join the conversation. Four researchers will offer brief, opening presentations to generate an in-depth discussion about this and related questions. The researchers are:

Mary Elizabeth Luka, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts & Technology (York University, Toronto)

Jacqueline Wallace, Postdoctoral Fellow, Milieux Institute for Art, Culture and Technology (Concordia University, Montréal)

Florence Millerand, Professor in the Department of Social and Public Communication (UQAM), Co-director of LabCMO and Chaire de recherche UQAM sur les usages des technologies numériques et les mutations de la communication

Mélanie Millette, Professor in the Department of Social and Public Communication (UQAM)

RSVP : info@labcmo.ca

Info: cmo.uqam.ca

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