HaT Speaker Series at IIT: Anne Balay (Oct 22, 2015)

Anne Balay: “Tradition and the Individual Steelworker: Stories of technological and social change.”

In the mills of Northwest Indiana and South Chicago, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  This talk draws on the oral histories of the region’s steelworkers that form the backbone of Steel Closets, exploring how change, and the widespread resistance to it, has affected sexuality, risk, health, and everyday life.

Anne Balay is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Haverford College. Her book Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers won the 2014 NWSA book award and the Lambda Literary Emerging writer award. Balay is working on a book about over-the-road truck drivers.

WHERE: Cherry Room – Galvin Library
WHEN: Oct. 22 at 12:40 (room reserved until to 2:30 p.m.)

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Digital Death: Archives, Memories, Bodies and Decay – IIT 2015

17840 – COM 380/580 – 01
IIT Humanities / M. HOGAN

Digital Death: Archives, Memories, Bodies and Decay. This class will cover a range of topics at the intersection of media and memory. In particular, we focus on the concept of death and decay to raise questions about human values, the role technology plays in preserving life, and what the archive means for humanity and history.


1/ Constructing Human Memory

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (2011) “Chapter 2-The Role of Remembering and the Importance of Forgetting” In Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting.

→ The Internet Is Forgetting. How amnesia is built into the network.
→ The Web Means the End of Forgetting


2/ Queer Temporalities & Evocative Objects

Carolyn Dinshaw, Edelman, Lee; Ferguson, Roderick A.; Freccero, Carla. (2007) “Theorizing Queer Temporalities: A Roundtable Discussion” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Volume 13, Number 2-3, 2007, pp. 177-195 Duke University Press

Sherry Turkle (2011) “Introduction: The Things That Matter” p3-10 Evocative Objects: Things We Think With The MIT Press Cambridge, Massachusetts London, England.

** this is the reading for your final essay
→ Object Lessons is an essay and book series about the hidden lives of ordinary things http://objectsobjectsobjects.com/


3/ All Code is Burial


4/ The Future is a Memory

Vannevar Bush (1945) “As We May Think” http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1945/07/as-we-may-think/303881

Wendy H. K. Chun (2008) “The Enduring Ephemeral, or the Future Is a Memory” Critical Inquiry 35 (Autumn 2008) The University of Chicago. *grad level

→ The Cobweb: Can the Internet be archived?
→ Watch: (section of) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


5/ Traumas of Code

Van Dijck, J. (Fall 2004). “Memory Matters in the Digital Age.” Configurations 12(3), pp. 349-373. https://muse.jhu.edu.ezproxy.gl.iit.edu/journals/configurations/v012/12.3dijck.html

Katherine Hayles (2006) “Traumas of Code” Critical Inquiry v. 33, no. 1, pp. 136-157 *grad level

→ Jon Rafman “9 Eyes of Google view” http://9-eyes.com/
→ Paul Ford “What is Code?” http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-paul-ford-what-is-code


6/ The Cemetery

Peter Thorsheim (2011) “The Corpse in the Garden: Burial, Health, and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century London.” https://hss.sas.upenn.edu/system/files/Thorsheim.Corpse.Garden.pdf

→ Graveyard Tech: QR codes to bring cemeteries alive
→ Reply All: #18 Silence And Respect

→ Alison Killing: There’s a better way to die, and architecture can help

→ Lindsey Stone, Plymouth Woman, Takes Photo At Arlington National Cemetery, Causes Facebook Fury http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/lindsey-stone-facebook-photo-arlington-national-cemetery-unpaid-leave_n_2166842.html


7/ Human Decay & Body Farms

Joseph Stromberg (2015) “The science of human decay: Inside the world’s largest body farm”

→ A Will For The Woods: http://www.awillforthewoods.com
→ A Family Undertaking: http://www.pbs.org/pov/afamilyundertaking 
→ The Nutshell Studies http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/99-invisible/e/165-the-nutshell-studies-38148376
→ A Field Trip to North Carolina’s Death Chamber http://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/field-trip-death-chamber#.VXNwYVnBzRY
→ CSI Season 2, Episode 15 Burden of Proof http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0534659/
→ Hannibal TV Series http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2243973/
→ Livestreaming Funerals http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/12/death-on-the-internet-the-rise-of-livestreaming-funerals/383646/

8/ — Proposals due —

Based on Turkle’s Evocative Objects concept, present your proposal for your final autobiographical essay. What is your object? What role does it play? How has it been a companion to your life experience? How will it live on beyond you?


9/ Digital Afterlife

Grant D. Bollmer (2013) “Millions Now Living Will Never Die: Cultural Anxieties About the Afterlife of Information” The Information Society, 29: 142–151, 2013

→ Black Mirror, Season 2 ep1 “Be Right Back”
→ Reset: A Digital Afterlife Radio Drama http://www.ttbook.org/listen/81596 (from http://www.ttbook.org/series/death/death-after-life)
→ “Cyberspace when you are Dead” New York Times

→ Death in Video Games: http://meghanblytheadams.blogspot.com/


10/ Algorithmic Cruelty

DeVries, B. & Rutherford, J. (2004). “Memorializing Loved Ones on the World Wide Web.” Omega, 49(1), pp. 5-26.

Jed Brubaker, Gillian Hayes, & Paul Dourish “Beyond the Grave: Facebook as a Site for the Expansion of Death and Mourning” The Information Society, 29: 152–163, 2013

→ Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty http://meyerweb.com/eric/thoughts/2014/12/24/inadvertent-algorithmic-cruelty


11/ Right to be Forgotten

Sherbit Blog (2015) The Internet Never Forgets: What Happens To Your Data When You Die? https://www.sherbit.io/right-to-be-forgotten/?utm_content=buffer2dc4c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

→ ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Online Could Spread http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/technology/personaltech/right-to-be-forgotten-online-is-poised-to-spread.html
→ Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Right To Be Forgotten (HBO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-ERajkMXw0
→ Lindsey Stone, Plymouth Woman, Takes Photo At Arlington National Cemetery, Causes Facebook Fury http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/lindsey-stone-facebook-photo-arlington-national-cemetery-unpaid-leave_n_2166842.html
→ Krulwich Wonders: Is The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ The ‘Biggest Threat to Free Speech On The Internet’? http://www.radiolab.org/story/188858-krulwich-wonders-right-be-forgotten-biggest-threat-free-speech-internet/


12/ Death: Terms of Use

Tama Leaver (2013). “The Social Media Contradiction: Data Mining and Digital Death.” M/C Journal, 16(2). Retrieved from http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/625

→ Terms of Use: Didn’t Read https://tosdr.org
→ Google Public Policy http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/plan-your-digital-afterlife-with.html
→ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/651319028315841
→ Facebook After Death http://mashable.com/2013/02/13/facebook-after-death/
→ http://www.liveson.org/connect.php


13/ Digital Estate Planning

Nicola Wright (2014) “Death and the Internet: The implications of the digital afterlife” First Monday, Volume 19, Number 6 – 2 June 2014 http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/4998/4088

→ Death and Bitcoin: How Digital Currencies Affect Estate Planning http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/death-and-bitcoin-how-digital-57711
→ Forgetting Digital Assets Like Facebook Can Create Lawsuits After Your Death http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiehopkins/2015/06/10/forgetting-digital-assets-like-facebook-can-create-lawsuits-after-your-death/?utm_content=buffera8dbc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


14/ Erasures

Edward W. Said “Invention, Memory, and Place” Critical Inquiry, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Winter, 2000), pp. 175-192.The University of Chicago Press http://www.jstor.org/stable/1344120 *grad level

Anjali Arondekar (2015) “In the Absence of Reliable Ghosts: Sexuality, Historiography, South Asia” A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies Volume 25, Number 3: 98-122. *grad level

→ Seth Ellis “Version Control”
→ The Different Ways Artists Are Remembering Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later
The Different Ways Artists Are Remembering Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later


15/ Closure


DH Series Speaker at IIT: Heather Dewey-Hagborg (April 2015)

TUESDAY APRIL 7 or 21 12:45pm tbc

Genetic Insecurities
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.

DH Speaker Series at IIT: Aymar Jean Christian (Mar 3, 2015)

TUESDAY MARCH 3 12:45pm – Siegel Hall, IIT Humanities

TV, Wide Open: Developing Art for Networked Distribution
by Aymar Jean Christian

Aymar Jean Christian at IIT

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.


Designer Algorithms: A Conversation about Data

Designer Algorithms: A Conversation about Data

Friday 1/23 from 12-2pm at the Institute of Design

An informal session to discuss both the potential and hype of big data as it pertains to discourses of human enhancement and betterment in design, the humanities and the social sciences. As a starting point, Laura Forlano and Mél Hogan offer up their speculative and conceptual prototype of “designer algorithms” whereby data purports to know its user(s) better than the user could ever know him or herself. This brings together three interrelated problems: recent revelations of mass surveillance enabled by our devices, social media network that have decidedly corporate interests, and the blind trust placed in mathematical equations and technology itself.

The workshop will include debating the limitations of the DA prototype as we’ve currently framed it as well as imagining, as a group, a series of algorithms that speak to the scary and ridiculous nature of algorithms already being deployed to various ends. This will also be an opportunity to rethink the project website (designeralgorithms.com) and initiate widespread participation in and beyond IIT, using #DesAlg on Twitter.

“Designer Algorithms: A Conversation about Data” Agenda
Introductions and Lunch (30 min.)
Technology Narratives and Discussion (30 min.)
Imagining Designer Algorithms (45 min.)
Wrap Up (15 min.)

DH Speaker Series at IIT: Ed Marszewski (Feb 10, 2015)

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.