[-empyre-] Merging thoughts: Invisibility/ Hackability of the body
rferro at cornell.edu
Tue Mar 19 02:46:24 AEDT 2019
Thanks Lola for taking care of the moderation on –empyre- these past weeks. I have been swamped with travel but I have been keeping up with the posts back channel. Last week the posts on the disabilities arts population was informative. I hope that Ezra, Anneli, and Yidan will continue this thread this week. It is unfortunate that we did not have time to develop the discussion a bit more. Thanks Ezra for mentioning Alice Sheppard’s piece DESCENT. I know that just about a month ago the piece was performed at EMPAC, The Experimental and Performing Art Center, in Troy, NY. Here is the link to the information in case our readers are not familiar. I am so very proud to say that our daughter Ashley Ferro-Murray curated the work for the center.
Thanks for sharing Sheppard’s quote as well.
”Disability is more than the deficit of diagnosis. It is an aesthetic, a
series of intersecting cultures, and a creative force."
Reports are that the performance reached far into the surrounding community and a disabled friend of mine who lives three hours from the center made the trip to watch Sheppard on stage. The event was also live-streamed for audience members who could not attend.
The web becomes a mode for allowing an aesthetic portal where intersecting cultures and forces can come alive. Yidan’s interventions into website auditing, captioning and audio description is important work and I am hoping that Yidan will share more of the work they are doing. My apologies to all that –empyre- is not up to snuff on image captioning and audio description but please know that Cornell is helping us revamp this website to include all of these allowances. Stay tuned for that. A little slow I realize.
Anneli, I would love to hear more about the panel. For your information, you can post videos and images of the panel events at our twitter site @empyrelistserv or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/empyrelistserv/
Your work on the algorithmic self leads well into this week’s discussion so I am hoping you all will stay on to join in this week. While algorithms are prescriptions for action the messiness and disruption of the hack pave ways in which the glitch, the anomaly or the hiccup can enable the creative imaginary.
I have a couple of specific personal issues that I would like all of you to comment on specifically about the larger implications of Refiguring the Future that I will post a bit later tonight. In the meantime, really hoping that you all will feel open to share as much as possible with our community here but also imagery via Twitter and Facebook.
Best to all of you,
-empyre- curator/managing moderator
Visiting Associate Professor, Art and Technology
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Art
Tjaden Hall 306
rferro at cornell.edu
On 3/18/19, 10:29 AM, "empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on behalf of Lola Martinez" <empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on behalf of lola.martinez at eyebeam.org> wrote:
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Last week’s reflections on accessibility offered insights from
creative utilizations of digital platforms to perspectives on
world-building. Following these insights, we continue onto week 3 with
conversation on Refiguring the Future’s exploration of the bodies
entanglements with technology.
Technoscientific biases categorize individuals according to markers
such as race, gender, sexuality, and citizenship, and in turn
undermine how we live and navigate our present and future worlds.
These discourses attempt to remove agency from the body—either
accidentally, as an insignificant detail, or intentionally, as a shell
to be surpassed. Yet how can we lay claim to the position of a
diversity of bodies as indispensable? Can alternative conceptions of
science, from biology to ecology, be expanded to offer ways in living
differently in relation to land, self, and other? Would these
alternative systems or methodologies challenge the structural
injustices embedded in technology? Ultimately, we aim to host
dialogues that engage with the messiness and hackability of the body
as an essential substrate of culture.
I’m honored to be joined by Lee Blalock, whose work is on view as part
of the exhibition at 205 Hudson Gallery, Kathy High and Camilla Mørk
Røstvik, both who are a part of the REFRESH collective.
Lee Blalock is a Chicago-based artist and educator who presents
alternative and hyphenated states of being through technology-mediated
processes. Inspired by science fiction, futurism, and technology, her
work is an exercise in body modification by way of amplified behavior
or "change-of-state." Blalock also works under the moniker L^2,
whose most recent live work embraces noise and fissure as a natural
state of being for bodies living in the information age. Superimposing
custom module-based "Instr/augment" systems (what the artist calls
“sy5z3ns”) onto performers, L^2 creates conditions for meditation
through generative and repetitive behavior. Blalock is an Assistant
Professor in the Art and Technology Studies Department at the School
of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds an MFA from the School of
the Art Institute of Chicago and a BS from Spelman College, Atlanta.
Kathy High is an interdisciplinary artist working in the areas of
technology, science, speculative fiction and art. She produces videos
and installations posing queer and feminist inquiries into areas of
medicine/bio-science, and animal/interspecies collaborations. She
hosts bio/ecology+art workshops and is creating an urban nature center
in North Troy (NATURE Lab) with media organization The Sanctuary for
Independent Media. High is Professor of Video and New Media in the
Department of Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. She
teaches documentary and experimental digital video production, history
and theory, as well as biological arts.
Dr. Camilla Mørk Røstvik is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the
School of Art History at the University of St Andrews. She works on
the visual culture and institutional power structures of menstruation
from 1970s to the present day.
Lola Martinez | they/them
Eyebeam/REFRESH Curatorial and Engagement Fellow
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