[-empyre-] Tactical Media; this week's guests

Timothy Murray tcm1 at cornell.edu
Sat Apr 24 02:40:14 EST 2010

Hi, all.   I sent this out earlier in the week, 
but I'm getting the sense that some of you may 
not have received our welcome to this week's 
guests (COFA suffered server problems over the 
weekend, but it appears that all postings have 
been archived if you didn't receive them over the 


We want to extend our warmest thanks to our 
guests who so provocatively opened our first 
week's discussion of Tactical Media, Research, 
and the University.   We have beenpondering all 
the week the insightful posts by Horit Herman 
Peled, Arthur Kroker, Geert Lovink, Nick Knouf, 
and Rita Raley.  We hope to hear more from you 
all over the course of the next two weeks.

This week, we are pleased to be joined by 
Patricia Zimmermann, Marc Boehlen, Claudia Costa 
Pederson, and Sarah Cook.

Marc Böhlen is Associate Professor and Director 
of Graduate Studies in the Department of Media 
Study at University of Buffalo.   Co-Founder of 
the Emergent Practices MFA concentration and of 
the Media-Architecture-Computing Program. 
Practicing under the moniker REAL TECH SUPPORT, 
he designs and builds information processing 
systems that critically reflect on information as 
a cultural value.  Marc's work is informed by a 
long apprenticeship in the crafts (stone 
masonry), humanities (art history) and the 
engineering sciences (electrical engineering and 
robotics).  Upcoming and recent shows and 
presentations include events at the National 
University of Singapore (Singapore 2010), the 
Beall Center for Art and Technology (Irvine, USA 
2010), and Jiao Tong University (Shanghai, China 
2009). Recent publications include Micro Public 
Places (Architectural League, New York 2010) and 
Ambient Intelligence in the City (Springer, 
Berlin 2010).

Sarah Cook is a curator and writer based in 
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and co-author with Beryl 
Graham of the book Rethinking Curating: Art After 
New Media (MIT Press). She is currently a 
research fellow at the University of Sunderland 
where she co-founded and co-edits CRUMB, the 
online resource for curators of new media art and 
teaches on the MA Curating course. In 2011 she 
will co-chair Rewire, the Fourth International 
Conference on the histories of media, science and 
technology in art with FACT in Liverpool.  Having 
grown up in Canada, Sarah has a longstanding 
association with The Banff Center where she has 
worked as a guest curator and researcher in 
residence for the Walter Phillips Gallery, the 
International Curatorial Institute and the New 
Media Institute, developing exhibitions, summits, 
residencies and publications. After completing 
her PhD in 2004, Sarah worked as adjunct curator 
of new media at BALTIC funded by the AHRC. In 
2008 Sarah was the inaugural curatorial fellow at 
Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York, 
where she worked with the artists in the labs to 
develop exhibitions of their work. For over ten 
years Sarah has curated and co-curated 
international exhibitions including Database 
Imaginary (2004), The Art Formerly Known As New 
Media (2005), Package Holiday (2005), Broadcast 
Yourself (2008) and Untethered (2008).

Claudia Costa Pederson is a HASTAC Fellow and PhD 
candidate in the History of Art and Visual 
Studies Department at Cornell University. Her 
interests center on exploring the intersections 
between play, creativity, critical theory, and 
social activism, with an emphasis on digital 
games as devices for artistic and critical 
inquiry.  She is now teaching a lab course with 
Nick Knouf for the Finger Lakes Enviornmental 
Film Festival on the theme of Open Space.  She 
has presented her work widely at international 
new media forums from ISEA to DAC, most recently 
on "Towards an Ecology of Excess," DAC 2010.

  Patricia R. Zimmermann is Shaw Foundation 
Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of 
Communications at Nanyang Technological 
University, Singapore; Co-Director of the Finger 
Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) and 
Professor in the Department of Cinema, 
Photography and Media Arts at Ithaca  College, 
Ithaca, New York, USA. She is the author of REEL 
(Indiana, 1995)  STATES OF EMERGENCY: 
2000), and coeditor of MINING THE HOME MOVIE: 
(California, 2008). She was coeditor with  Erik 
Her book on digital arts, PUBLIC DOMAINS: 
University  Press, forthcoming), explores the 
relationship between historiography, political 
engagements and  digital art practices.

We look forward to the contributions of our new 
guests and to a lively week of commentary from 
the -empyre- community.


Renate and Tim

Renate Ferro and Tim Murray
Managing Moderators, -empyre- soft_skinned_space
Department of Art/ Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell University
empyre forum
empyre at lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au
Timothy Murray
Director, Society for the Humanities
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art

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