Imre Szeman – Democracy / Digital / Environment
What role can democracy and the digital (separately or together) play in ameliorating global warming? On the contrary, how does each further contribute to the expansion of practices that generate more (and more) CO2? From the absence of the environment in many elaborations of the common to the greenhouse gases produced by server farms, this workshop will try to provide some answers to the complex equation: digital + democracy + environment.
Mél Hogan (Communication, Media and Film, U of Calgary)
Eva-Lynn Jagoe (Comparative Literature, U of Toronto)
Geoff Mann (Centre for Global Political Economy and Geography, SFU)
Alicia Massie (Communication Studies, SFU)
(March 14, 3PM )
D23 Everywhere Infrastructure: The Systems, Structures, and Ideologies of Big Tech
Chair: Andrea Zeffiro, McMaster University
Respondent: Rena Bivens, Carleton University
- Mél Hogan, University of Calgary, “Templating the Body, from Eugenics to Storing Digital Data onto DNA”
- Sophie Toupin, McGill University, “Preliminary Thoughts on African Hacking Practices”
- Sarah Roberts, University of California, Los Angeles, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Commercial Content Moderation (CCM) and Social Media’s Logic of Opacity as Infrastructure”
- Andrea Zeffiro, McMaster University, “A Methodology of Failure: Decoding the Data Infrastructural Regime”
TUESDAY APRIL 7 or 21 12:45pm tbc
by Heather Dewey-Hagborg (SAIC)
In this talk Dewey-Hagborg will discuss her artwork, her journey, and her current body of work/dissertation topic ‘Genetic Insecurities’ which examines DNA in terms of interpretation, identity and new forms of surveillance. The talk will focus on her projects Stranger Visions, DNA Spoofing and Invisible.
Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and provocation. Heather has shown work internationally at events and venues including the Poland Mediations Bienniale, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the Science Gallery Dublin, PS1 Moma, the New Museum, and Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York City. Her work has been widely discussed in the media, from the New York Times and the BBC to TED and Wired.
TUESDAY MARCH 3 12:45pm – Siegel Hall, IIT Humanities
TV, Wide Open: Developing Art for Networked Distribution
by Aymar Jean Christian
Aymar Jean Christian
Assistant Professor in the Media, Technology and Society program in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University
This talk charts the beginnings of an experiment in developing community-based networked television. The Wide Open series, part of the Open TV network, empowers a diverse set of creative artists to tell original stories as part of an art-driven online anthology series. Blending elements of scripted entertainment, performing arts, and other creative practices, Wide Open is focused on under-represented artists and audiences — e.g. queer, black, Latin@, trans, femme, and others) — and seeks to evolve from an online anthology series into a fully-resourced multimedia platform providing under-served communities with a viable alternative to mainstream entertainment. This project is an intervention in television, film, online video and art industries, all of which undervalue the creative work of people of color and other marginalized workers. The persistent inequality of these creative economies has resulted not only in a stilted mainstream entertainment industry but also a rich, under-explored wealth of diverse artistry already moving forward in alternative spaces. By showcasing underrepresented arts and artists through more open platforms online, Wide Open seeks to build a broad, diverse and consistent audience for underrepresented and under-funded arts, television and film.
Aymar Jean “AJ” Christian is assistant professor in the Media, Technology and Society program in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University and editor of Televisual. Dr. Christian researches new media and creative economy. As part of this research he documents the changing market for television across popular and academic publications, including Indiewire and academic journals Continuum, Transformative Works & Culture, First Monday, Cinema Journal and Communication, Culture and Critique. His book-length manuscript, Open TV: Innovation Beyond Networks, will be the first full study on the rise of web video, incorporating years of documenting and participating in this emerging art form and market.
TUESDAY FEB 10, 12:45pm – Siegel Hall, IIT Humanities
The Community of the Future and What it Means to You
by Ed Marszewski
Ed Marszewski will speak about his journey to Bridgeport, “the Community of the Future”. An overview of projects, publications, and other concerns that have informed his practice as an artist/developer, beer nerd, and socially engaged artivist will be shared via projected slideshow with commentary. Students, prepare to be recruited!
Ed Marszewski is the Co-Director of the Public Media Institute, a non profit corporation that programs the space, the Co-Prosperity Sphere; produces the annual Version Festival; and publishes Lumpen magazine, Proximity magazine, Mash Tun Journal and other titles. He is also co-owner of Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar and is the President of Marz Community Brewing Co. He also makes work from time to time that focuses on housing rights issues and gentrification.
As part of my curatorial work at the MAL, I link artists to theorist for interviews on various media arts and media archaeology topics.
On Opposition, Tangibility, and Annihilation: An Interview with Hannah Leja Epstein by Alison Harvey
January 30, 2014
Hannah’s artistic practice is simultaneously fascinating and confounding, spanning analogue (including rug hooking) and digital media (such as digital games and video), and exploring themes that might seem on the surface surprisingly divergent, from cyborgs to intellectual property to prison exploitation films. We exchanged a series of emails delving into her visions, dreams, and praxis.
Alison Harvey: Who are you and what do you do?
Hannah Leja Epstein: I am a super cute chaos machine – light. I create middle-of-the-road mischief- <3 <3 <3.
AH: Where did you come from and where are you going?
HLE: I come from a kaleidoscopic multi-lens perspective, stemming from the divergent duality of a Latvian mother and Ashkenazi father. I believe that being cast in oppositional histories has directed me on a path of perpetual reconciliation. As such, I feel I am zooming towards a creative moment of concisely devastating action. Conceptual annihilation of division, that is if the forecast stays clear.
AH: Why are you so promiscuous in your use of media formats? What do your diverse platforms share and how do they differ? Do you have a favorite mode?
HLE: I am slutty in every aspect of my life.
I think that possessing a variety of creative avenues is a way of remaining flexible in uncertain times. I like to think that if one mode of expression were to take off then I would wholly devote myself to it but that is likely just wishful thinking as unpredictable behavior and interests is a characteristic of my self that I have come to accept and know, that managing it requires a lack of formal direction or containment in a single sphere.
I don’t know if my diverse platforms necessarily share anything except that I have access and proficiency with them.
On Feb 3, Joel will be discussing his current exhibition, “Left to Right, Top to Bottom” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, which explores various technologies of language, and their inherent eccentrics, glitches and failures. http://mcadenver.org/joelswanson.php
Joel Swanson at the Brakhage Center Part 1 from Lori Emerson on Vimeo.
Joel Swanson at the Brakhage Center Part 2 from Lori Emerson on Vimeo.
Joel Swanson at the Brakhage Center Part 3 from Lori Emerson on Vimeo.