[-empyre-] Week 3 on empyre: thoughts about the first two weeks and moving on

Renate Ferro rtf9 at cornell.edu
Fri Oct 18 03:23:54 EST 2013

Tim and I have returned to the US after an intense and productive time at
the Busan Film Festival.  It was wonderful to see Youngmin and Alex in real
time in both Busan and Seoul.  The Asian perspective on convergence is one
that I feel we have only begun to flush out. Thank you Alex for teasing out
some of the cultural complications involving this fact.  This was evident
for me not only at Busan's film festival but in meeting many of my former
students who despite a critical fine arts education at Cornell have
transitioned over to their home in Korea where most of them work in very
large commercial design firms. It appears to me that this spirit in
celebration of capitalism as opposed to a suspicion (that particularly
western academics and artists) stems from a desire and necessity for South
Korea to assert itself from its neighbor to the North,  communist North
Korea. I am thinking though about how other parts of Asia may weigh in on

Week three brings to us three guest moderators:  Dale Hudson, Gabriel
Menotti and Ken Feingold.  Dale now teaching in the United Arab Emerites
has been a guest on -empyre previously so many of you may know him.  Dale
used to teach at our neighboring institution Ithaca College and we do miss
seeing him around town.  Gabriel Menotti long-time empyreans will
recognize.  Menotti was a part of a moderating team a few years ago.  We
welcome him back as a guest and look forward to his contribution.  We also
welcome Ken Feingold this month a new contributor to -empyre. Biographies
are below.

Dale Hudson (UAE/USA) is a media theorist, critic, and curator.  He teaches
film and new media studies at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD),
curates online exhibitions for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival
(FLEFF), and serves on the preselection committee for the Abu Dhabi Film
Festival (ADFF).  His work appears in journals including Afterimage,
American Quarterly, Cinema Journal, French Cultural Studies, Journal of
Film and Video, Screen, and Studies in Documentary Film, as well as in
anthologies.  His book-in-progress, “Blood, Bodies, and Borders,” analyzes
transnational and postcolonial vectors of U.S. history through the
political economies of film.  He has also reviewed films, exhibitions, and
books for journals including Afterimage, African Studies Review, Jadaliyya,
and Scope.

Gabriel Menotti (Brazil, 1983) Gabriel Menotti is an independent curator
and lecturer in Multimedia at the Federal University of Espírito Santo
(UFES). He is the author of Através da Sala Escura (Intermeios, 2012), a
history of movie theatres from the perspective of VJing spaces. Menotti
holds a PhD in Media & Communications from Goldsmiths (University of
London), and another from the Catholic University from São Paulo. He has
published work in a number of research journals and books, as well as
contributed to international events such as the São Paulo Biennial,
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid and the Transmediale

Ken Feingold (USA, 1952) received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in
“Post-Studio Art” from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.  He
has been recognized as an innovator in the field of interactive art after
fifteen prior years of making films, video art, objects, and installations.
His early interactive works include The Surprising Spiral (1991), JCJ
Junkman (1992), Childhood/Hot & Cold Wars (1993), and where I can see my
house from here so we are (1993-95) among others.  His work Interior (1997)
was commissioned for the first ICC Biennale '97, Tokyo; Séance Box No.1 was
developed while in residence at the ZKM Karlsruhe during 1998-99, and Head
(1999-2000) was commissioned by the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art,
Helsinki for the exhibition "Alien Intelligence" (Feb-May 2000). Since 2000
he has developed a body of “cinematic sculptures” - objects and
installations which include artificially intelligent animatronics and,
frequently, moving images. He has taught moving image art at Princeton
University and Cooper Union, among others, and he is also a licensed
psychoanalyst in private practice. His works are in the permanent
collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Centre Georges Pompidou,
Paris; Kiasma, Helsinki; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, and

Renate Ferro
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art,
(contracted since 2004)
Cornell University
Department of Art, Tjaden Hall Office:  306
Ithaca, NY  14853
Email:   <rferro at cornell.edu <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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