[-empyre-] Welcome to May: Collaboration: Art Practice, Theory, Activism

Renate Ferro rtf9 at cornell.edu
Sat May 4 14:05:18 EST 2013

Welcome to the May discussion on  –empyre- soft-skinned space:

Collaboration: Art Practice, Theory, Activism Moderated by Ana Valdes
(UR), Renate Ferro (US), and Tim Murray (US) with invited discussants
In February of 2004 Trebor Sholze and Geert Lovink hosted an
–empyre-discussion entitled “Networks, Art, and Collaboration.”
Citing both the positive and negative connotations of the word
collaboration, a good deal of the discussion revolved around online
cultures that allowed for shared information systems.  During the past
few months threads of discussion have referenced real time
collaborative alliances. This month on –empyre- soft-skinned space we
pick up threads from past discussions to highlight collectives,
alliances, partnerships of artistic capacities for rhizomatic
production.  Regardless of rank or hierarchy, we are particularly
interested in networks where art, theory and activism infiltrate
diverging aspects of culture and society. What role does technology
have in the making of those relationships?  Real interactions as well
as virtual labs and virtual artistic collaborations create
constellations with new shapes and reformulations of old terms. A
cybernetic and intelligent swarm, using the concepts of multitude as
formulated by Negri and Hardt, Deleuze and Guattari.

Week 1 May 3, 2013 Tim Murray (US), Renate Ferro (US), Ana Valdes
(UR), Carol-Ann Braun, Erin Manning (CA)

Week 2 May 10, 2013 Cecelia Parsberg (SE)

Week 3 May 17, 2013 Marc Garrett (UK), Ricardo Miranda Zuniga and
Brooke Singer (US)

Week 4 May 24, 2013 Alonso+Craciun, Zach Blas (US)

Monthly Moderators:
Ana Valdes (UR) I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. Spent four years in
jail as political prisoner (belonged to the gerilla Tupamaros,
actually in power in Uruguay) and was deported to Sweden where I lived
for 34 years. I moved back to Uruguay one year ago but I travel to
Sweden back and forth. I am a writer (14 books published) and an
anthropologist, specialized in digital culture and urbanism.
Renate Ferro  (US) is a conceptual artist working in emerging
technology and culture. Most recently her work has been featured at
The Freud Museum (London), The Dorksy Gallery (NY), The Hemispheric
Institute and FOMMA (Mexico), The Janus Pannonius Muzeum (Hungary),
and The Free University Berlin (Germany).  Her work has been published
in such journals as Diacritics, Theatre Journal, and Epoch. She is a
co-moderator for the online new media list serve -empyre-soft-skinned
space. Ferro is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of
Art at Cornell University teaching digital media and theory. She also
directs the Tinker Factory, a creative research lab for Research
Design, Creativity, and Interdisciplinary Research.
Tim Murray (US) Tim Murray is Curator of the Rose Goldsen Archive of
New Media Art, Director of the Society for the Humanities and
Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Cornell University.
 Managing Co-Moderator of -empyre-, he sits on the Executive Committee
of the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced
Collaboratory (HASTAC). Author of Digital Baroque: New Media Art and
Cinematic Folds (Minnesota 2008) and Zonas de Contacto: el arte en
CD-ROM (Centro de la imagen, 1999), he is completing two books on
Virtual Archives and Media Art in Asia, and editing volumes on
Jean-Luc Nancy and Xu Bing.
Week 1:
Erin Manning, is a philosopher, visual artist and dancer, and is
currently a University Research Chair at the Faculty of Fine Arts,
Concordia University, Montreal. She is also a founder and director of
The Sense Lab, an interdisciplinary laboratory on research, creation
and an international network focusing on intersections between
philosophy and art through the sensing body in motion. Erin Manning
received her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Hawaii
(2001) and has been teaching philosophy, political theory, visual
studies, cultural studies, and film theory. She is a member of the
editorial board for the online journal Inflexions and the author of
works on movement and ephemerality, for which she frequently
collaborates with Brian Massumi.
Carol-Ann BRAUN (US/FR) is a Paris-based American artist who has been
working with digital technologies since 1985. Her work ranges from
still images to animations to interactive immersive text-based
environments (inner-media.org). Closely affiliated with the Atelier du
CUBE (lecube.com ), she has extended her artistic practice beyond
esthetics to include “social media”. The first prototypes involved
chat spaces as a search engine.  This led to the design of polling
technology (http://cie.acm.org/articles/braun-phones-kids/). Last
month Concert-Urbain launched a poetic polling platform on the subject
of happiness: lebonheurbrutcollectif.org. The project’s intention is
to find contribute to defining new criteria for measuring the
ineffable nature of happiness...It will be gathering momentum over the
next three years. The Ministry of Culture and the Region Ile de France
have taken a particular interest in “Le Bonheur Brut Collectif, ”
which is also being followed by a research team at the CNAM
(Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers), Paris.
Week 2:
Cecilia Parsberg (SE), visual artist, lives and works in Stockholm.
Since Jan 2011, PhD student in Fine Arts
”Five Actions” in South Africa and eight projects in Palestine and
Israel have shaped my view of art and its meaning. It is not the image
of an event that counts, I produce the images because of the
encounter. And then how and where the image is mediated is a political
The title for my PhD projekt is : Private politics (& Public Secrets)
A practical project that I started last year is “How to be a
successful beggar in Sweden?” I have conducted a market survey, a
method which commercial companies looking to launch a product/service
usually do. I have also interviewed ten beggars in Gothenburg, written
a thesis performed at some international conferences, and more to
come… ( see: http://tiggerisomyrke.se ) The overriding research issue
can be formulated as follows: How can public structures be shaped,
influenced or even created by individuals? It’s about the gift – to
give/take, gift economy and the ability of the individual to
existing structures of power.
Week 3:
Marc Garrett (UK) is a net artist, curator, writer, street artist,
activist, educationalist and musician. Emerging in the late 80's from
the streets exploring creativity via agit-art tactics. Using
unofficial, experimental platforms such as the streets, pirate radio,
net broadcasts, BBS systems, performance, intervention, events,
pamphlets, warehouses and gallery spaces. In the early nineties was
co-sysop (systems operator) for a while with Heath Bunting for
Cybercafe BBS.

Co-director and co-founder, with artist Ruth Catlow of the net arts
collectives and communities- furtherfield.org, furthernoise.org,
netbehaviour.org, also cofounder and co-curator/director of the
gallery space called, London UK. Currently involved in co-running and
getting the Node London festival happening for March 2006. Also
co-curating various contemporary Media Arts exhibitions, nationally
and Internationally.

Brooke Singer (US) Brooke Singer engages techno-science as an artist,
educator, non-specialist and collaborator. Her work lives "on" and
"off" line in the form of websites, workshops, photographs, maps,
installations and performances
that often involves public participation in pursuit of social change.
Recent awards and commissions include a Madrid Council’s Department of
the Arts commission, Turbulence.org commission, New York State Council
on the Arts (NYSCA) Individual Artist award, a Headlands Center for
Arts residency and a fellowship at Eyebeam Art + Technology. She is
currently Associate Professor of New Media at Purchase College, State
University of New York, and co-founder of the art, technology and
activist group Preemptive Media.

Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga (US) approaches art as a social practice that
seeks to establish dialogue in public spaces. Having been born of
immigrant parents and grown up between Nicaragua and San Francisco, a
strong awareness of inequality and discrimination was established at
an early age. Themes such as immigration, discrimination,
gentrification and
the effects of globalization extend from highly subjective experiences
and observations into works that tactically engage others through
populist metaphors while maintaining critical perspectives.  Ricardo
has established a socially investigative creative practice that
utilizes whatever media possible to present content in a manner that
may generate interaction and discussion by others.

Ricardo has a Masters of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University and
a Bachelor of Arts in Practice of Art and English Literature from the
University of California at Berkeley.  He is based in Brooklyn, NY and
is an Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at CUNY Hunter.

Ricardo’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Week 4:

Zach Blas (US) is an artist-theorist working at the intersections of
technology, queerness, and politics. He is the creator of the art
group Queer Technologies, a founding member of The Public School
Durham, and a PhD candidate in Literature, Information Science +
Information Studies, and Visual Studies at Duke University. Currently,
he is developing a series of works that responds to technological
control and informatic capture through tactics of queer escape,
opacity, disappearance, imperceptibility, and illegibility. Zach’s
recent exhibitions include Trans Technology, Rutgers University, 2013;
the HTMlles Feminist Festival of Media Arts + Digital Culture,
Montreal, 2012; and Abandon Normal Devices Festival, Manchester, 2012.
He has published writings in the “Five Videos” essay series,
commissioned by rhizome.org and the Foundation for Art and Creative
Technology for the 2012 Liverpool Biennial, and the Viral issue of
Women Studies Quarterly. Zach holds a Master of Fine Art, Design Media
Arts, University of California Los Angeles. Currently, he is an
artist/researcher-in-residence at the b.a.n.g.lab and Performative
Nanorobotics Lab, University of California San Diego.


Renate Ferro
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Cornell University
Department of Art, Tjaden Hall Office #420
Ithaca, NY  14853
Email:   <rtf9 at cornell.edu>
URL:  http://www.renateferro.net
Lab:  http://www.tinkerfactory.net

Managing Co-moderator of -empyre- soft skinned space

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