[-empyre-] Week Three on -empyre: Sandra Danilovic, Zach Blas, and David McIntosh

Patrick Keilty p.keilty at utoronto.ca
Tue Nov 19 03:26:01 EST 2013

Week two was an excellent discussion! Thank to everyone who participated.
Lots to think about. Guest discussants from any week are always welcome to
post! I hope we continue to hear from micha, Andrew, Samara, Matt, Chaya,
and Owen. Week three bring us three guest moderators: Sandra Danilovic,
Zach Blas, and David McIntosh.

Zach Blas is an artist and writer whose work engages technology, queerness,
and politics. He is the creator of art group Queer Technologies, a founding
member of The Public School Durham, and a PhD candidate in The Graduate
Program in Literature, Information Science + Information Studies, and
Visual Studies at Duke University. Currently, he is producing a body of
work that responds to technological control and refusals of political
visibility through tactics of escape, disappearance, illegibility, and
opacity. One project, Facial Weaponization Suite, produces forms of
aesthetic resistance against biometric facial recognition by making
“collective masks” in community-based workshops. http://www.zachblas.info/

Sandra Danilovic is a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and PhD student in Information
Studies at University of Toronto. She researches DIY game design authorship
and experimental and expressive (autobiographical) design strategies in
non-mainstream digital games. She draws on arts-based methods, critical and
cultural theory and digital aesthetics to re-imagine inclusive game design
and accessibility philosophy. Her fine arts background in film and mixed
media is an important component of her professional trajectory. Her
semi-autobiographical machinima documentary, Second Bodies, won Best
Documentary at the New Media Film Festival in San Francisco (2010). Her
previous documentaries explored immigrant narratives set within archival
and contemporary contexts; Portrait of a Street: The Soul and Spirit of
College (2001) and Just Arrived (2004) are one-hour documentaries
respectively broadcast on PBS and Rogers OMNI Television. Currently, her
artistic practice involves learning to design computer games and game art
with Toronto's Dames Making Games (www.dmg.to).

David McIntosh is Professor of Media Studies at OCAD University in Toronto,
Canada. His primary research fields are: globalization and the
political-economies of audiovisual spaces; network theories and practices;
new media narrativity; mobile locative media; game theory; digital
documents; Latin American media studies; and queer media. He has lived and
worked extensively in Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Argentina and Peru. His
critical writing on film, video and new media has been published widely in
books and periodicals. His recent critical texts have focused on a range of
art, design and technology subjects including: the work of aboriginal
visual artist Kent Monkman; art and design methods applied to mobile media;
and, the role of state policy in mobile media innovation. He has curated
film, video and new media programs for the Funnel Experimental Film Centre,
the Toronto International Film Festival, Cinematheque Ontario, the Hot Docs
Documentary Festival, Nuit Blanche Toronto, the National Gallery of Cuba,
the National Gallery of Argentina, and the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de
Buenos Aires (MALBA). He is an award winning documentary film producer
(Tina in Mexico, 2002) and dramatic screenwriter (Stryker, 2004). He was
researcher with two recent OCAD mobile media projects: Mobile Digital
Commons Network, where he was a Creative Lead and Project Director on the
cellphone experience The Haunting (2007); and Portage (2007-2008), where he
developed a range of interactive mobile media applications, including the
Mobile Media Workshop in a Suitcase (2007). He was artist in residence at
the Amauta New Media Centre in Cusco, Peru in 2007, where he began research
and development of a distributed, digital documentary based in mobile media
uses in the informal economy of Cusco, Peru. In 2010 he completed this
innovative, multi-screen, multi-platform mobile documentary project in
Cusco, Peru, titled Qosqo Llika (www.qosqollika.org ). Most recently he was
awarded a major grant to undertake the new digital media work Quipucamayoc,
a transmedial, translocal multiplayer game creation with two Andean
communities that merges interactive public performance/installation with a
live action gaming platform, and that composits sensor-enhanced characters
with documentary photographic locative backgrounds in the game play. In
2008, McIntosh was the recipient of the prestigious OCAD University Award
for a Career of Distinguished Research and Creation.

Patrick Keilty
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
@patrickkeilty <https://twitter.com/PatrickKeilty>
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