[-empyre-] Welcome to Week 4 on -empyre-: New Media / Art / Representation

Soraya Murray semurray at ucsc.edu
Thu Apr 23 05:35:05 AEST 2015

Dear All,

As we enter into our fourth and final week of our April 2015 discussion dedicated to Digital Media and the Interstices of Identity, please help me welcome our new listserv members and conversation participants.

Like each of the previous weeks, I'm interested to first hear from our four esteemed guests about their sense of the terrain. I would like to begin by asking each of our discussants to talk a little bit about a recent project, and outline some of their intellectual investments, or individual "stake" in the week's topic. What do each of you feel are the key questions or challenges at play?

Week 4 Discussants: New Media / Art / Representation
Morehshin Allahyari (Iran/USA)  / Claudia Hart (USA / Margaret Rhee (USA)  / Dorothy R. Santos (USA)


MOREHSHIN ALLAHYARI is a new media artist, art activist, educator, and cultural curator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her practice is grounded in questions of political and cultural contradictions that we face every day. As a citizen of Iran and resident of the United States, she looks for a mutually constitutive relationship of politics, people, and places through the use of digital technologies, narrative, and social practice. Morehshin has been part of numerous national and international exhibitions, festivals, and workshops around the world. She has presented her work and creative research in various conferences and universities including TED conference, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art, CAA conference, Open Engagement, Prospectives ’12 International Festival of Digital Art, and Currents New Media Festival, and elsewhere.  Her work has been featured in Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Animal New York, Huffington Post, NPR, Creators Project, Parkett Art Magazine, Art Actuel magazine, Neural Magazine, Global Voices Online, BBC Persia, among others. She is currently working on a new series of 3D animations and 3D printing sculptures called “In Mere Spaces All Things Are Side By Side” with focus on the limitations and access to the internet in developing countries, using her adolescence Yahoo chat archive as a point of departure. Morehshin is currently an artist in residence at AUTODESK’s Pier9 Art Program.

Claudia Hart is Associate Professor, of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (2007-pres). Her degrees include a BA, 1978, New York University; MS, 1984, Columbia University. Her work has been presented in many notable venues including: Wood Street New Media Galleries, Pittsburgh; bitforms, New York; Catharine Clark, San Francisco; PS 122; Andrew Edlin, New York; Sandra Gering, New York; Center for Contemporary Art, Geneva; Banff Center, Canada; PS1. Publications: Child's Machiavelli, Dr. Faustie's Guide to Real Estate Development. Collections: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art; New School, New York; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Berlin. Professor Hart has received many awards including: Ellen Stone Bellic Institute; Illinois Arts Council; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

MARGARET RHEE is a feminist poet, new media artist, and scholar. Her research broadly focuses on technology, and intersections with feminist, queer, and ethnic studies. Her scholarship has been published at Amerasia Journal, Information Society, Cinema Journal, and Sexuality Research and Social Policy. With Dr. Brittney Cooper, she co-edited "Hacking the Black/White Binary," a special issue of Ada: A Journal on Gender, Technology, and New Media. As a new media artist she is co-lead and conceptualist of From the Center a feminist HIV/AIDS digital storytelling education project implemented in the San Francisco Jail (www.ourstorysf.org). For this project, she was awarded the Chancellor’s Award in Public Service from UC Berkeley and the Yamashita Prize Honorable Mention for young activists by the Center for Social Change. Her current work is focused on the intersections of tangible computing, poetry, and ethnicity: www.kimchipoetryproject.com. She served on the board of directors for social justice organizations, DataCenter and the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project. Currently, she is the Institute of American Cultures Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a Ph.D. in ethnic studies and new media studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

DOROTHY R. SANTOS is a writer, editor, and curator whose research areas and interests include new media and digital art, programming, the internet, augmented reality, online performance, gaming, open source culture, and political aesthetics. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master's degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts.
Her master's thesis Narratives of Marginalized Bodies: Exploring Third Space in Contemporary New Media and Digital Art (2014) focused on new media and digital artists who interrogate the body as the site of interaction in relationship to architecture, augmented and virtual spaces. Through her investigation of the body’s mediation through haptic technologies and gamification, she argued that the unorthodox applications of mass media technologies reveal critical narratives of obscured and marginalized people.
She serves as an editor for the new asterisk magazine and Hyphen Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Hyperallergic, and Public Art Dialogue. She has lectured and spoken at the de Young museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, School of Visual Arts, and San Francisco Art Institute. During the day, she works for Fusion.net as the Office and Social Media manager for The Real Future team led by Alexis Madrigal. The rest of the time, she serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and a board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.

Soraya Murray, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Film + Digital Media Department
University of California, Santa Cruz

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