[-empyre-] Welcome to Erin Manning and Carol-Ann Braun

Renate Ferro rtf9 at cornell.edu
Sat May 4 14:37:16 EST 2013

We are most grateful to Ana Valdes for agreeing to guest moderate the
May discussion with Tim Murray and myself and welcome her back to
-empyre- as a guest moderator.  We also wish to thank Erin Manning who
has agreed to make the transition from last month's discussion to this
month highlighting The Sense Lab.  Erin will be making a few posts
specifically about her own experiences with collaboration.  She will
be joined by Carol-Ann Braun.  Biographies for Week One guests are
below.  We look forward to the month with you.

Tim Murray and Renate Ferro

Week 1:

Erin Manning (CA) 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.


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

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