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NMC Working Schedule of Events
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
NMC Panel: Reframing Innovation: Art, the Maker Movement and Critique
Location: New York Hilton Midtown, Rendezvous Trianon
The loudest voices discussing maker culture today come from a Silicon Valley techno-positivist stance. This panel challenges perspectives such as these, while acknowledging the capitalist systems within which artists today are working. By showcasing and framing maker culture through the lens of practical artworks, curatorial practice and research, we acknowledge that while maker contexts are not always created with artists in mind, artists have consistently found strategies for leveraging these public/private resources to accomplish projects that are critical and often hybrid in nature. This panel will create a forum for artists, curators and historians to present projects that investigate intersections of art and maker culture. By introducing under-represented perspectives emerging within an evolving arts ecology, this panel examines the inherent value systems, shifting roles and developing working practices and protocols within contexts of alternative, collaborative co-production.
12:30 PM-1:30 PM
NMC Business Meeting
Location: New York Hilton Midtown - 2nd Floor - Sutton North
Open to members and non-members alike, attending this meeting is a great way to get involved with the NMC!
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Organized by Derek Curry (Northeastern University) and Jennifer Gradecki (Northeastern University). Additional panelists include Hasan Elahi (University of Maryland) and Ben Grosser (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
The unbridled datification of everyday life in contemporary networked societies has created a situation where people are increasingly being reduced to data points. Artists and creative practitioners have developed tactics to subvert or exert agency over this datification process. This panel will feature artists working with data in ways that both expose its limitations and open up ontological, epistemological, and ethical questions. Like early photographers, these artists demonstrate that data is not always (if ever) an indexical trace, but is situated, contingent and shaped by socio-technical agencements. The work of these artists raises questions about the limitations and qualities of representation through data and presents creative tactics for evading and overloading dataveillance technologies, appropriating data for alternative ends, and the infiltration and manipulation of existing data sets.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Digital Art and Activism
Organized by Morehshin Allahyari and Angela Washko (Assistant Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University), Moderated by Dorothy Santos (PhD candidate, University of California, Santa Cruz)Responding to the structural conditions and byproducts of technologically mediated life, artists Morehshin Allahyari and Angela Washko will discuss their artistic activism in digitally mediated environments. The two artists will present their political and poetic work as well as strategies to reflect on what activist practice might look like in today’s media-saturated landscape. The conversation will be moderated by writer, curator and researcher Dorothy R. Santos.
NMC Member Showcase
Location: Hunter College MFA Building, 205 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013
Friday, February 15, 2019
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Good Artists Torrent, Great Artists Fork
Organized by Nick Bontrager (Texas Christian University) and Taylor Hokanson (Columbia College Chicago)Associate Professors Nick Bontrager (TCU) and Taylor Hokanson (Columbia College Chicago) will lead a pair of hands-on coding/soldering workshops at NMC/CAA 2019. At the first event, participants will assemble their own mini circuit board and interface it with an open source, wifi-enabled conference badge. At the second workshop, Bontrager and Hokanson will demonstrate how to alter the code that runs on the badges, allowing participants to craft custom interactive behaviors and games. Finally, we'll take these badges out to a bar and see what they can do! Participation limited to 20. Participants should a laptop (helpful but not required), and can pay $30 if they want to keep a ‘badge’.