[-empyre-] Two new guests.....

Renate Ferro rtf9 at cornell.edu
Thu Dec 3 04:28:48 EST 2009

Thanks Ricardo for the update.  I'd like to introduce you to two other
guests who will taking our discussion threads into the first week of
November. Welcome to Patty Zimmermann and Sam Gregory.  Here are their
bios and they will be making introductory posts to you soon.


Sam Gregory and Patricia Zimmermann are collaborators working on an on-going
research and presentation project, Speculations on the Virtual and Viral
The project explores and opens up the contradictions, ethical and political
implications of circulatory culture for transnational and international
human rights
as it moves from fixed analog representations by professionals to more
fluid and
changeable user generated modes designed to move across cultures for

Sam Gregory is the Program Director at WITNESS (www.witness.org,
which uses video and online technologies to support human rights advocacy
He is a video producer, trainer, and human rights advocate. In 2005 he was
the lead
editor on Video for Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism (Pluto
Press), and in
2007 he lead the development of the curriculum for WITNESS' first ever Video
Advocacy Institute, an intensive two-week training program. He has worked
extensively with grassroots human rights activists - particularly in Latin
and Asia, including the Philippines, Burma and Indonesia, integrating
video into
campaigns on a range of civil, political, social, economic and cultural
human rights
issues.Videos he has co-produced have been screened to decision-makers at
the US
Congress,the UK Houses of Parliament, the United Nations, and at film
worldwide. He has been interviewed on using video in advocacy for the
Science Monitor, the National Journal, Videomaker Magazine, Reason, PBS
Now, Voice
of America and many other media outlets. In 2004 he was a jury member for
the IDFA
Amnesty International/Doen Award. He has also worked as a television
researcher/producer in both the UK and USA, and for development
organizations in
Nepal and Vietnam. He is on the Board of the US Campaign for Burma, and
the Tactical
Technology Collective.

Patricia Zimmermann is professor of cinema, photography and media arts at
College in Ithaca New York and codirector of the Finger Lakes
Environmental Film
Festival (http://www.ithaca.edu/fleff) This year’s festival explores the
theme of
Open Space in an online, web 2.0 environment. She is the author and/or
coeditor of
Reel Families: A Social History of Amateur Film (Indiana), States of
Documentaries, Wars, Democracies (Minnesota), Mining the Home Movie:
Excavations in
Histories and Memories (California), and The Flaherty: Four Decades in the
Cause of
Independent Cinema (Wide Angle). She has published extensively and
in the areas of film history, documentary, new media, political economy of
technological history, critical historiography, and film/new media theory. In
addition to her scholarly work, for the last six years, she has written,
and directed many  collaborative projects in the area of live music and
projection that combines archival material with new technologies, in
with major archives in the United States and internationally.  In 2010,
she will be
the Shaw Foundation Professor Endowed Chair of New Media Technology in the
Wee Kim
Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological
University in
Singapore. She blogs at http://www.ithaca.edu/fleff10/blogs/open_spaces/
> Hola all soft_skinned_Trans(i)s,
> We the Chicana Coyotek Gangs (CCG)
> are really happy to bring today's
> Transborder Immigrant Tool Weather Report.
> We are well liked in the Netherlands,
> but just down the road from our
> super lab we are not:
> On Nov 29, 2009, at 5:32 AM, whtguy916 at yahoo.com wrote:
> "Give the illegals a map to your house ASSHOLE
> A VERY LOUD NOTE que no? CCG is getting lots these
> very LOUD notes.
> WE hope that the LUNAR BRACEROS from 2125-2148
> can send some amor sin borders
> now rather than tomorrow.
> Also, we are happy to report
> that one of our lead chica del trans
> dr. cardenas did some radio time:
> http://www.ksro.com/Programs/KSROAMNews/Interviews/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10074465
> by the way she connected sonically with her new little chipped-in toe
> ring!
> Other side of el code dr. stalbaum has been doing double duty as
> mistress of the universe and tireless dislocative tester. Her
> new magik tool will be ready to make a scene next week!
> http://www.walkingtools.net/
> Over in OC land our poll number are down!
> Do we not give you enough LUV?!
> December 01, 2009 7:44 AM
> Poll: 56% say border-crossing tool threatens national security
> http://www.ocregister.com/news/tool-221803-border-poll.html
> CCG is now going to have to give up our Vegas Dreams of
> becoming Las Gagas ricas y famous and just be one more poll dancing
> trans-national threat.
> Meanwhile here in New Aztlán, otherwise known as North County Times
> we have entered into a temporal cold war:
> Here's help crossing the border illegally but safely
> http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/columnists/vandoorn/article_6c7c6ca2-89dc-55a8-a206-b19bd80e657f.html
> This vato say SI!
> But, just click away it all become Fear of the nanocommunist Planet!
> http://www.nctimes.com/news/opinion/columnists/strickland/article_d06ba121-0a35-5632-b278-0b2df98cd9ff.html
> What can we say CCG likes their nanonuts con un poco de programable
> matter:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B6NJy9d7Vo
> Which by the way is playing at the Kid's Museum of Art in SD!
> No one is safe now! Ha..Ha..Ha!!!
> Bueno much mas to tell but we have to go hit the dance flores
> they are playing our song.
> Abrazos grandes,
> P.S. The pome of the day just for you chic at as:
> “La isla que
> se repite”:
> dub liners,
> el Caribe.
> Derridian
> hospitality,
> Joycean as
> a “Yes,” resounding.
> por la doctor carroll
> http://vimeo.com/6108310
> --
> Ricardo Dominguez
> Associate Professor
> Hellman Fellow
> Visual Arts Department, UCSD
> http://visarts.ucsd.edu/
> Principal Investigator, CALIT2
> http://calit2.net
> Co-Chair gallery at calit2
> http://gallery.calit2.net
> CRCA Researcher
> http://crca.ucsd.edu/
> Ethnic Studies Affiliate
> http://www.ethnicstudies.ucsd.edu/
> Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies Affiliate
> http://cilas.ucsd.edu
> Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics,
> Board Member
> http://hemi.nyu.edu
> University of California, San Diego,
> 9500 Gilman Drive Drive,
> La Jolla, CA 92093-0436
> Phone: (619) 322-7571
> e-mail: rrdominguez at ucsd.edu
> Project sites:
> site: http://gallery.calit2.net
> site: http://pitmm.net
> site: http://bang.calit2.net
> site: http://www.thing.net/~rdom
> blog:http://post.thing.net/blog/rdom
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Renate Ferro
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Art
Cornell University, Tjaden Hall
Ithaca, NY  14853

Email:   <rtf9 at cornell.edu>
Website:  http://www.renateferro.net

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