[-empyre-] Hastac, representante de Seuil-lab, Francia

FRITZ Vivian (ART) vdfritz at unistra.fr
Fri Apr 11 15:54:21 EST 2014

 Estimados organizadores y participantes de Hastac, debido a mis innumerables compromisos me veo imposibilitada de tener una participación activa en vuestro encuentro. Sin embargo delego la participación a un miembro de nuestro equipo (a distancia) , parte del laboratorio de investigación y creación Seuil-Lab, Nelly Todorova. Coreografa y participante activa, con excelente manejo del inglés y conocimientos de nuestro trabajo. Mi presencia será a través de ella, en quien deposito toda confianza.
Vivian Fritz

Dear Vivian,

Please forgive me for writing you out of the blue, but I do so as a member of the Excecutive Committee of HASTAC.   Thanks so much for your service on our conference organizing committee, for which I'm looking forward to thanking you directly in Peru.

I am writing because my partner, Renate Ferro, and I are the managing moderators of the new media listserv,  -empyre-  soft skinned space: http://empyre.library.cornell.edu/ , which is housed in the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art in the Cornell Library.   -empyre- soft-skinned space is a global community of over 1600 new media artists, curators, theorists, producers, and others who participate in monthly thematic discussions. We are joined on our moderating team by Patrick Lichty and Simon Biggs.   A global community of over 1600 new media artists, curators, theorists, producers, and others,, -empyre- was founded in 2002 by Melissa Rackham in Australia as an international listserv to facilitate online monthly discussions of artistic, curatorial, and critical perspectives on contemporary cross-disciplinary issues, practices and events in networked media.  Each month features a different discussion theme as well as a weekly set of featured guests whose work touches upon the theme.  A crucial feature of the list is its automated archive, maintained on the server of the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, which makes accessible every post since 2002, where you can peruse the kinds and varieties of discussions that have taken place: http://lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au/pipermail/empyre/

Renate and I are moderating the April discussion on the topic, "Critical Making in International Networks," in tandem with the annual meeting of HASTAC in Peru, on the topic of "Hemispheric Pathways: Critical Makers in International Networks," where we both will be participating at the end of April.  Our hope is to join our subscribers in discussion with a wide variety of HASTAC participants and other featured guests throughout the month in order to enliven discussion at the HASTAC meeting and to bring our global non-HASTAC participants into dialogue with the open question of "Critical Making in International Networks" (although we have been fortunate to collaborate with moderators from Brazil in the past, we appreciate your understanding that we are purposely avoiding the framework of "hemispheric" in deference to the international discourse of -empyre–, but welcome any reflections on "hemispheric pathways" throughout the month).   

Needless to say, we would be thrilled if you would share your perspective on the theme with our subscribers, and we're even hoping that you might be able to squeeze out a bit of time to serve as  a featured guest during the first or second weeks of discussion, April 3-10; 11-18; we also could host you later in the month.  Our hope is that your perspective on "making" in relation to HASTAC and and your work at the Umbral Lab would kick off a fantastic month.  As a featured guest you would be invited to post an introductory statement about HASTAC and your own work of roughly 200-500 words on the first day of the week (after we post formal introductions, etc.).  Since this is the first time we've formally introduced HASTAC to -empyre–, we'd be very thrilled to have you join us for this project.

I apologize for this very late invitation.  While we've been hoping to shape the month around particular panels at HASTAC Peru, we need to forge ahead before receiving the preliminary program, at least with the organization of the initial week's discussion.

Thanks for taking a second to let me know as soon as you can whether you'd be able to join us as a featured guest.  Normally the time commitment isn't that high. We would subscribe you to the listserv and you would receive by email any posts of the week.  We would appreciate your responding to particular posts or expanding upon your own initial post daily, if at all possible.  Sometimes the chatter is very light, and when robust it doesn't usually amount to more than 5 posts per day (5 daily posts is an average number for an active month).  

I copy below our current draft of the description of April's discussion topic, and also would welcome any suggestions for this as well.

Thanks so much for considering this at the very last moment.

All my very best,

Tim Murray

Critical Making in International Networks
Moderated by Renate Ferro and Tim Murray with invited guests

empyre-soft-skinned space is a global community of new media artists, curators, theorists, producers, and others who participate in monthly thematic discussions via an e-mail listserv. As an alternative publishing platform, -empyre- is dedicated not only to the plurality of global perspectives reaching out beyond Australia and the Northern Hemisphere to Latin America and greater Asia but to nurturing international networks between practitioners, theorists, and educators in order to facilitate movement between the creative and research worlds in new media arts.  Our aim for April is to provide a forum for considering how “making” informs and profits from international networks and collaborations.  Our month-long discussion will parallel the HASTAC 2014 annual conference, Hemispheric Pathways: Critical Makers in International Networks, hosted by and held at the Ministry of Culture of Peru, in Lima, on April 24-27, 2014.
We will collaborate discursively with our HASTAC peers to consider how broadly the dynamics of “making” impacts the practice and understanding of art, pedagogy, and community practice.  How might the primacy of the “hands-on” and the “creative” lend emergent models for art, learning, and community participation?  Of equal interest is the role of digital culture in relation to the internationality of networks, in terms of migrations, networking, and global cosmopolitanisms.  Online networks have extended the range of cultural mobilities, and with them the cast and reach of experience.  To what extent might these new mobilities constitute emergent modes of making and/or be informed by localized practices of making? In addition to raising wide-ranging historical inquiries and broad conceptual and epistemological issues, discussants might ask whether the commonplace tropes of diaspora, hybridity, and migration suffice for understanding practices of international making and related patterns of social and cultural influences through travel, trade, education, and migration of peoples, goods, and ideas.

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

Le Jeudi 3 Avril 2014 21:55 CEST, Timothy Conway Murray <tcm1 at cornell.edu> a écrit: 
> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> We are delighted to welcome to -empyre- the guests for the opening week of
> April's discussion of Critical Making in International Networks.  Our
> guests are leading international figures in networked media, performance,
> and open hardware.  We are especially happy to welcome Marcus Bastos back
> to -empyre-; longtime participants of -empyre- recall Marcus' tremendous
> contributions to the listserv during his many years on the moderating
> team. Denisa Kera from Singapore will be posting occasionally throughout
> the month on the maker and hacker scenes in Shenzhen, China, Singapore,
> and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. So keep your eyes peeled for her posts.  We're
> also thankful that Diana Taylor is making time to join us.  A few years
> ago, we were graciously hosted in Chiapas, Mexico, by Diana at the
> Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, which Diana founded and
> directs.  We look forward to benefiting from her vast experience in
> critical making.  And to set the stage of this month's exciting
> collaboration between -empyre- and HASTAC, we're joined by Kevin Franklin
> and Daniel Herwitz of the HASTAC Executive Board.  Daniel hosted the 2012
> annual meeting of HASTAC at the University of Michigan and Kevin has gone
> an extra mile to organize this year's HASTAC meeting in Peru.
> Welcome to you all; we're so looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
> Bios:
> Marcus Bastos (Brazil), a former member of the -empyre- moderating team,
> is an artist, curator and researcher on the areas of convergence between
> audiovisual, design and new media. PhD in Communication and Semiotics at
> the Pontificial Catholic University of São Paulo, he is author of
> Recycling Culture (NOEMA Gallery, 2007) and one of the editors of
> Appopriations of the (Un)common: public and private space in times of
> mobility (Sergio Motta Institute, 2009). He edited, with Lucas Bambozzi
> and Rodrigo Minelli, the book Mediation, Technology, Public Space ­ A
> Critical Panorama of Art in Mobile Media (Conrad, 2010). He was curator of
> Noise on Video (Itaú Cultural Institute, 2005), Cellular Geographies
> (Telefonica Foundation, 2010), installation ­> video (SESC TV / SESC Arts
> Show) and VIVO Arte.Mov ­ International Festival of Art in Mobile
> Media,(2007-2011). Among his most recent projects are the multimedia opera
> HO: city lights (ProAC, 2012), the audiovisual composition she, lonely,
> thinks of that (SESC Arts Circuit, 2010) and Operation´s Field (video
> essay on the homonymous DVD by Nelson Brissac, JoséResende and Heloísa
> Maringoni, 2012). He was director of experimental documentaries such as
> Giuseppe, etc (2011), Free Radicals (2006) and Shapeless Interface (2006).
> Kevin Franklin (US) is Executive Director for the Institute for Computing
> in Humanities, Arts and Social Science (I-CHASS); Senior Research
> Scientist at the
> National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA); Research Professor
> Education Policy, Organization and Leadership and Adjunct Associate
> Professor
> in African American Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He
> is a principal co-founder of the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology
> Alliance
> and Collaboratory (HASTAC) and founder of the HASSgrid, a distributed
> Cyberinfrastructure to support humanities, arts and social sciences data
> preservation and archives. Dr. Franklin is on the Advisory Boards for the
> Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data-Driven Design
> (CIVDDD) and the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment
> (XSEDE). In addition to his United States HASS Cyberinfrastructure work,
> Kevin leads a number of international research activities including the
> Organization of American States - Advanced Research and Technology
> Collaboratory for the Americas (OAS-ARTCA).
> In 2010 HPCwire named him one of the top 12 people to watch in
> Supercomputing. 
> Daniel Herwitz (US) received the Ph.D. In Philosophy from University of
> Chicago in 1984, and has been teaching at the University of Michigan since
> 2002. A member of the HASTAC Executive Board and former Director of the
> Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, Daniel is the author
> of The Star as Icon, Key Concepts in Aesthetics, Race and Reconciliation,
> Making Theory/Constructing Art: On the Authority of the Avant-Garde, and
> Husain. He has also published Midnight¹s Diaspora: Critical Encounters
> with Salman Rushdie, a book of essays co-edited with Ashutosh
> VarshneyAction, Art, History: Critical Engagements with Arthur
> Danto edited with Michael Kelly, and The Don Giovanni Moment edited with
> Lydia Goehr. Additional publications include articles on a wide range of
> topics in philosophy, film studies, visual studies, avant-garde music,
> literature and architecture. Herwitz won a National Book Award in India
> for Husain. He was Mellon Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center
> (1991-2) also courtesy of the ACLS, and Andrew Mellon Visitor Scholar at
> the University of Cape Town (2010). His forthcoming book, Heritage,
> Culture and Politics in the Postcolony explores the role of heritage

> formation in South Africa, India and the United States, treating that
> particular rewriting of the past as a window into moral, artistic, social
> and political urgencies (Columbia Press).
> Denisa Kera (Singapore) http://nus.academia.edu/DenisaKera is a
> philosopher and a designer, who uses prototypes to research open science
> and citizen science issues. She writes on how open hardware supports

> democratization of science, science diplomacy and infrastructure enabling
> research in the Global South. In her recent projects, she is trying to
> connect traditional crafts with open hardware and build radiation chimes
> in the http://www.totematons.orgproject, design microfludic devices for
> Indonesian wayang theatre, or explore the possibility of citizen science
> driven open antibiotic research connecting bioprospecting with games

> http://brmlab.cz/project/biolab/biostrike. She works as an Assistant

> Professor at the National University of Singapore and Asia Research
> Institute fellow, where she is bringing together Science Technology
> Society (STS) studies, Science Communication and Interactive Media Design.
> She uses design methodologies and prototypes based on open hardware as
> tools for deliberation and public participation in R&D probing
> experimental policy. Since 2010 she is following and engaging with
> alternative R&D places (Hackerspaces, FabLabs) around the world, and

> especially with the DIYbio movement and various citizen science projects,
> which offer a model for
> experimental approach to policy. She has extensive experience as a curator
> of exhibitions and projects related to art, technology and science (2005 -
> 2008),
> and previous career in internet start-ups and journalism (1998 - 2004).
> This month she will be posting from the Dangerous prototypes workshop in
> Shenzhen http://dangerousprototypes.com/2014/02/06/shenzhen-workshop-april-3-5-2014/
> , the biggest Maker Fair in Shenzhen http://www.shenzhenmakerfaire.com
> <http://www.shenzhenmakerfaire.com/> and HackteriaLab network for
> openbiology symposium and workshop on open science of the Global south
> http://www.hackteria.org/wiki/index.php/HackteriaLab_2014_-_Yogyakarta.
> Denisa joins us for a conversation on open hardware, global and local
> hacking, tinkering,
> making, its genealogy, future and other perspectivesŠ.
> Diana Taylor (US) is founding director of the Hemispheric Institute of
> Performance and Politics, funded by the Ford, Mellon, Rockefeller,
> Rockefeller Brothers and Henry Luce Foundations, and University Professor
> and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at NYU. She is the author
> of the award-winning Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin
> America, Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in
> Argentina's 'Dirty War',
> The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the
> Americas, which won the Outstanding Book from the Association of
> Theatre in Higher Education, and the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for
> Best Book in Latin American and Hispanic Studies from the Modern Language
> Association. She has also authored several books in Spanish, including
> PERFORMANCE, in Editorial ASUNTOS IMPRESOS, (forthcoming in
> English with Duke U.P.), and Acciones de memoria: Performance, historia, y
> trauma. Peru: 2012. She has edited over a dozen print books and three
> digital
> Books. 
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