[-empyre-] Introducing Machine Dreams Contributors: Ana Monroe and Jenny Rhee!
Margaret J Rhee
mrhee at uoregon.edu
Sat May 27 05:31:14 AEST 2017
These conversation has been so generative, thanks everyone! Buoyed by
all the very exciting work, and appreciate Keith and Sun Yung's
insights, and joining the dialogue! To add to Keith and Sun Yung's
wonderful contributions, I'm pleased to introduce two more participants
from the Zine, Ana Monroe and Jenny Rhee!
Ana Monroe is a designer and writer, and her inventive short fictional
piece, Les Futures Flanuers, drawn from her MFA thesis at Art Center
College of Design is on page 36.
As a scholar, Jenny Rhee's moving piece, "Petit Mal, Proprioceptive
Precocity, and Robotic Futures," on Big Dog, and other robotic art is
excerpted from her forthcoming monograph, and included in the Machine
Dreams Zine, page 45.
Check out their respective work here:
Their bios are below.
To begin, like Sun Yung and Keith's exciting work on cyborg poetics and
worlds, could you both speak on the inspirations behind your research on
robots, and fiction writing? More specifically, I understand that both
of your excerpts drew from a dissertation and a thesis, and I wondered
if you could reflect on the process of revising into another form that
was published in the Zine, and in your larger body of work?
Jennifer Rhee is an assistant professor of English at Virginia
Commonwealth University. Her book, All Too Human: Labor and
Dehumanization in the Robotic Imaginary (forthcoming, University of
Minnesota Press, 2018), examines cultural forms and technologies to
highlight the robot's entanglement with dehumanization and devalued
labor. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in venues including
Camera Obscura, Configurations, Postmodern Culture, Mosaic: A Journal
for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, and Thresholds. She is
working on a new book on counting technologies and practices, from the
emergence of statistics to contemporary digital surveillance. Bringing
science and technology into conversation with artistic and literary
works, this book examines who determines what counts, who constitutes
the uncounted or the uncountable, and who is all too readily counted.
One year after earning her Modern History A.B. from Columbia University
in 2004 and following a quick stint as a translator at the first Apple
Store in the world (Soho, New York), Ana began her design training by
jumping into the creative role of Prop Stylist for Still Photography
projects. In this position, Ana was responsible for the physical
elements of the shoot: the props, the sets, the fabricated, and the
found.Moving quickly into Production Design for both larger scale Stills
projects as well as Motion Picture, Ana led the Art Department section
of movie making.
As a Production Designer, Ana worked closely with the Director and
Director of Photography to bring a script off the page. Research into
the visual languages of diverse groups and historical periods,
ethnographic inquiries, and sheer imagination all combine to form
identity of a production. The practical side of both Styling and
Designing required the development project management skills. She
created and managed budgets, schedules, and personnel. The scope of this
role honed not only the ability to conceptualize and produce myriad
design styles, but also that of visualizing and evaluating options,
managing teams, and growing client relationships.
She applied and was accepted with an Honors scholarship to the award
winning Media Design Practices Department at Art Center College of
Design in 2014. Working in the field with UNICEF as part of her
2014-2015 year, Ana quickly gained praise for her self directed
technology projects with Luzira Primary School as well as her
evaluations of UNICEF’s MobiStation and ICT projects.
During her 2015-2016 thesis year, she received both Honors and Thesis
Awards and worked with advisors such as BMW DesignWorks lead Mike Milley
and Art Center College of Design's DesignMatters Chair Mariana Amatullo.
She is now a Service Designer leading multiple projects from The
Innovation Lab at OPM, detailed to the Office of Veterans Experience at
the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Margaret Rhee, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Women's and Gender Studies
University of Oregon
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