[-empyre-] Thanks to Week 1 guests and ushering in the featured guests of week 2: Critical Making in International Networks

Timothy Conway Murray tcm1 at cornell.edu
Thu Apr 10 13:30:47 EST 2014

We want to extend our deepest thanks to the guests for the opening week of April's discussion of Critical Making in International Networks.  Marcus Bastos, Diana Taylor, Kevin Franklin, Daniel Herwitz, and Kevin Hamilton have gotten us off to a great start in contemplating the broad parameters of "Critical Making in International Networks."  Thanks to your posts and reflections; your emphases on global concerns of indigenous cultures, making through digital recycling, performance, and networked state and cultural relations have gotten off to a very strong start with .

This week we will be welcoming Calin Man (Romania), an amazing artist and cultural activist whom Tim first curated in his 1999 CD-Rom exhibition, Contact Zones.   Joyce Rudinsky and Victoria Szabo collaborate as artistic and digital makers on a North Carolina project they will display at HASTAC PERU.  We're also hoping that Denisa Kera from Singapore will find the ability to post on the maker and hacker scenes in Shenzhen, China, which she is now exploring.  They are joined by two leading figures in the international digital humanities: Dan O'Donnell (Canada) who leads Global Outlook::Digital Humanities, a collaborative of digital humanists, and Michael Simeone who first visited us at Cornell in the company of Kevin Franklin when they collaborated together at Illinois before Michael moved last year to run his important lab for digital humanities and transdisciplinary informatics at Arizona State.

Welcome to you all; we're so looking forward to hearing your thoughts.


Calin Man (Romania) is chief-editor and designer of Intermedia Magazine, Curator at the Art Museum Arad, and a member of kinema ikon group.  His net.art works, experimental films and interactive installations have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou, São Paulo Art Biennial, FILE São Paulo, EMAF Osnabrück, ISEA Liverpool, ISEA Paris, Cornell University NY, d>art Sydney, WRO Media Art Biennale.
Daniel O'Donnell teaches in the English Department at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.  He is Director of the Digital Medievalist Project, a pioneering online scholarly community; Chair and CEO of the Text Encoding Initiative, the organization responsible for publishing and maintaining the widely used XML standard for digital humanities research; Chair of the Electronic Edition Advisory Board of the Medieval Academy of America; and a member of the Executive Board of the international collaborative, Global Outlook::Digital Humanities.
Joyce Rudinksy (US) teaches media production in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina and serves on the Steering Committee of HASTAC.  She is also the Associate Director for the Digital Arts and Humanities Initiative at UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities<http://iah.unc.edu/programs/digital-humanities>, and former domain scientist for the arts and humanities at the Renaissance Computing Institute<http://www.renci.org/>.  In 2010, she spearheaded the founding of the now annual CHAT Festival<http://www.chatfestival2012.org/>, which celebrates collaborations between triangle-area academics and the local tech industry.   Her work centers on how interactive technologies changes our perceptions; she’s worked on a number of electronic art projects which utilize both gaming technologies and interactive sensors to explore how technology mediates and impacts our everyday experience.
Michael Simeone (US) directs the IHR Nexus Lab for Digital Humanities and Transdisciplinary Informatics at Arizona State University, a project aimed at bringing together humanities, digital humanities, and other disciplines areound a common interest in something roughly understood as "data science." This emergent research lab will use digital and computational technologies to significantly expand the scale and depth of research in the humanities, such as curating large social and cultural data collections. The lab also will comprise new teams that address multidisciplinary questions involving the humanities and sciences.  Michael previously was at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he served as the Associate Director of the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (I-CHASS) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). During his tenure at I-CHASS, Michael launched and organized a number of research programs, such as the Institute for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Victoria Szabo (US) teaches courses in media history, computational media, information science + studies, and digital humanities theory/practice at Duke University. She is the Program Director for ISIS<http://isis.duke.edu/>, which offers Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates. Her primary research focus is on the critical and practical affordances of database-driven spatial media such as digital maps, games and virtual worlds, and mobile applications for narrative use in teaching, research, artistic expression, and public outreach. She has co-developed augmented reality and game-based “digital city” projects in/for Durham, NC, Vancouver, BC, and Venice, Italy. She also does digital artwork with the Psychasthenia Studio<http://psychasthenia-studio.com/> art collective, and is an active member of ACM SIGGRAPH<http://www.siggraph.org/> with whom she has curated exhibitions themed on information aesthetics and on the idea of “scale.”

Timothy Murray
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
Director, Society for the Humanities
Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media
A D White House
Cornell University,
Ithaca, New York 14853

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