[-empyre-] November 2007 on -empyre- : Memory Errors in theTechnosphere: Art, Accident, Archive

Timothy Murray tcm1 at cornell.edu
Sat Nov 3 04:26:40 EST 2007

November 2007 on -empyre- soft-skinned space : "Memory Errors in the
Technosphere: Art, Accident, Archive."

Moderated by Renate Ferro (US) and Tim Murray (US) with Ingrid
Bachmann (Canada), Madeleine Casad (US), Out-of-Sync (Australia), 
Grace Quintanilla (Mexico), Monica Ross (England).

Confident reliance on the expanse of virtual memory, data bases, and
archives can be easily compromised by the uncertainties of art, the surprise of
accident, and the shifts of archival assumptions, if not also by 
those irritating
computer messages announcing "memory error."  The interruption of 
digital memory error accentuates what Thomas Hobbes lamented in a 
much earlier age of technological revolution as the fragility or 
"decaying sense" of memory.  This month's guests on
-empyre- will reflect on how the tenuous memory reserves of digital 
culture reinvest the complex affect of the personal in the fragile 
fabrics of the social.  They will ponder the inscription of the 
cultural importance of memory and archive in the inherent masochism 
of their fragility when art enters into contact with archive and 



Moderated by Renate Ferro (US) media artist, Department of Art, Cornell
University, and Tim Murray (US), Curator of the Rose Goldsen Archive of
New Media Art, Cornell University

with special guests

Ingrid Bachman (Canada) is an interdisciplinary artist who explores 
the complicated relationship between the material and virtual realms. 
Bachmann uses redundant, as well as new technologies, to create 
generative and interactive artworks, many of which are site-specific. 
She is the co-editor (with Ruth Scheuing) of Material Matters, a 
critical anthology on the relation of material and culture and has a 
chapter in a new anthology, The Object of Labor (ed. Joan Livingstone 
and John Ploof), published by MIT Press, 2007.  Ingrid is a founding 
member of the Interactive Textiles and Wearable Computing Lab of 
Hexagram and is the Head of The Institute of Everyday Life. She is 
currently Associate Dean, Research and International Relations in the 
Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Madeleine Casad (US) is Assistant Curator of the Rose Goldsen Archive
of New Media Art and a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature
at Cornell University.  She is interested in political aspects of 
memory and counter-memory in the context of digital culture and 
textuality, medium-specific temporalities (and aesthetics!) of 
information storage and retrieval, and questions related to 
subjectivity and "the archive." She teaches courses on gaming, 
narrative, and media and is completing a dissertation about 
virtuality, identity, and narrative desire in literature and media 
art, focusing mainly on German texts and institutions.

Out-of-Sync (Australia) is a collaboration between Norie Neumark and 
Maria Miranda who have working collectively for over 15 years, 
beginning in radio and then from the early '90s making work with 
CD-Roms, installations, websites and Internet installations. 
Currently they are working with performative encounters in public 
places - process based works which they document in various ways for 
installation. In addition to their international new media art 
practice, Norie is Associate Professor of Media Arts and Production 
at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Maria is a doctoral 
candidate at Macquarie University in Sydney where she is researching 
the performativity of mediaspace and the possibilities of a new form 
of sociality.

Monica Ross (England) is a British artist, based in Brighton, whose 
work is time based and includes performance, installation, video, 
CD-Rom, and text works such as valentine , a book work published by 
Milch, London, 2000.  She was an Arts and Humanities Research Board 
Fellow in the Fine Art Department at the University of Newcastle from 
2001-2004, where she established Connecting Principle. Her 
collaborative works on the net include The International Corporation 
of Lost Structures (ICOLS) and Matter of Fact, an e-book with An 
Tallentire.  Her ongoing project, justfornow.net., explores the 
continuum between durational artworks in real time and a data based 
archive on line.

Grace Quintanilla (Mexico) is Artistic Director of Transitio_Mx 
Electronic Arts and Video Festival in Mexico City.  An artist, 
animator, and videomaker, she studied animation at the Edinburgh Film 
Workshop Trust and did graduate studies in Electronic Art and 
Television at The School of Television and Imaging at Dundee 
University in Scotland. Upon returning to Mexico in the mid-1990s she 
made the award-wining documentary series Aventurera, and began her 
ongoing experimentation with digital technologies that he resulted in 
numerous award-winning projects.
Renate Ferro and Tim Murray
CoModerators, -empyre-
Department of Art/Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art
Cornell University

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