[-empyre-] FW: Welcome Byron Rich to the September discussion

Byron Rich brich at allegheny.edu
Wed Sep 5 19:49:13 AEST 2018

Hello everyone, and welcome to the September -empyre soft skinned space

This week I am delighted to introduce our first two guests. Two people
whose work and research I admire greatly, Paul Lloyd Sargent (
http://recycledcarbon.com/), and Alex Young (http://www.worldshaving.info/

*Our topic:*

As political borders morph from physical demarcations into an undulating
system of technologically mediated philosophical boundaries between
ideologies and influence, our interpretations of sovereignty, individually,
and collectively have shifted. From the US election to Brexit, and the
on-going refugee crisis, artists, and scholars are responding as
technocrats seem unable, or unwilling to tackle the mechanisms inherent to
their platforms that allow for unfettered dissemination of (mis)information
designed to destabilize ostensibly democratic institutions. In this month’s
–empyre soft-skinned space discussion, we will use the work and research of
our invited guests to look into how we arrived at this point by
investigating borders, conspiracy, the rise of nationalism, and the ways
artists are shaping conversations about what lies ahead.

*Guest Bios:*

Paul Lloyd Sargent is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and video editor
living between Brooklyn, Syracuse, and Wellesley Island, NY. Embracing a
contemporary amalgam of emerging media, experimental geography, community
organizing, sustainable culture, and environmental activism as art
practice, Sargent’s work investigates the impact of the international
shipping industry on the ecologies, economies, and communities along the
Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

Alex Young is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and curator whose
research based practice employs critical and experimental historiography in
exploring the motivating factors and end results—and the subsequent
potential for disconnection between the two—in the construction of the
built environment.  His solo and collaborative works have been presented at
numerous venues internationally including Conflux at NYU, Brooklyn
International Performance Art Festival, and Flux Factory in New York, NY;
Kiasma Museum and Alkovi Galleria in Helsinki, Finland; ACC Galerie in
Weimar, Germany; Stadtische Museen Zittau in Zittau, Germany; Spanien 19C
in Aarhus, Denmark; SDAI in San Diego, CA; Beyond/ In Western New York
Biennial, UB Art Gallery, and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in
Buffalo, NY amongst others.

*Paul and Alex, perhaps you can start by introducing your work as artists,
curators, and theorists, and begin to speculate on how the topic reflects
aspects of your practice, or on how you see your practice adapting to the
precarity outlined above. *

All the best,


On Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 6:37 PM Renate Terese Ferro <rferro at cornell.edu>

> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
>     Welcome to Byron Rich.  I am thrilled to introduce you all to our
> monthly moderator for September.  Byron and I have worked together on
> mutual interests at the College Art Association particularly a panel a year
> ago on BioArt.  I have included his biography below. He is traveling in
> Stockholm so will introduce soon.  Thanks Byron and welcome to all his
> guests who are new to –empyre-soft-skinned space
>     I also wanted to mention that many of you have written back channel
> about the very flimsy state of our website hosted by Cornell.  The Cornell
> IT folks are aware of these issues but have been swamped.  Stay tuned for a
> new update.
>     Welcome back. Renate
>     Moderators: Byron   Rich    (CAN)
>     Byron Rich is an artist, professor and lecturer based in Meadville,
> PA. His work exists on
>     the boundaries of ethics, practicality, and the feasibility of
> emerging technologies and
>     ideologies. He has exhibited and spoken internationally at Ars
> Electronica, ZKM
>     Karlsruhe, Science Gallery Dublin, Border Sessions @ Den Haag,
> Shapeshifters in
>     Brussels, Waag in Amsterdam, and MediaLab Prado in Madrid, among many
> other
>     art/science venues.
>     He was the recipient of an Honorary Mention at the 2017 Prix Ars
> Electronica, Runner
>     up for the 2016 BioArt & Design Award, and recently received a
> commission from The
>     Science Gallery Dublin to produce M-Ark (Microbiome Ark), a
> speculative design project
>     designed to be put into earth orbit. M-Ark was recently exhibited at
> Cavendish Labs at
>     Cambridge University in the UK.
>     He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Art, and Director of Art
> & Technology at
>     Allegheny College.
>     Renate Ferro
>     Visiting Associate Professor
>     Director of Undergraduate Studies
>     Department of Art
>     Tjaden Hall 306
>     rferro at cornell.edu
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*Director of Art & Technology*
*Affiliated Faculty - **Integrative Informatics *

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