New Media Caucus Upcoming/Current Events:
Thursday, February 16
1:30-3:00pm - Annual NMC Business Meeting
Concourse A, Concourse Level
All members are invited to join us at this early morning gathering. Hosted by the Executive Committee, at this meeting we will unveil the 2016 election results for the Board of Directors, share reports from events from the previous year, and present upcoming goals for the next year. As with last year, we will break up into small discussion/action groups in topics of common interest.
3:30-5:00pm - NMC Panel
Rendezvous Trianon, 3rd Floor
Other media: Decolonizing practices and cyborg ontologies
Chair: Alejandro T. Acierto
7:00pm - NMC Showcase
Lang Auditorium, Hunter College, Main Campus, 695 Park Ave at 68th Street, New York, NY 10065
Friday, February 17
NMC Scheduled Events at CAA Media Lounge
10:30am Roundtable: New Media Futures
This roundtable invites a hybrid discourse on potential trajectories and future climates for New Media Art. Spectra for comparative consideration include: New Media Art as: academic discipline; material & movement; intellectual scaffolding; insulated / isolated art world; pervasive interdisciplinary creative terrain; culturally disruptive / revolutionary meta-art – and other axes to be articulated, debated, and theorized upon together.
Paul Catanese, Columbia College Chicago
Patrick Lichty, Artist
Sarah Cook, University of Dundee
Richard Rinehart, Bucknell University
Moderator: Joyce Rudinsky, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1:30pm Game Studies at 20 - Moderated by John Sharp
1997 saw the release of two seminal works for game studies: Espen Aarseth’s Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature and Janet Murray’s Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace. Though important works by Sutton-Smith, Callois, Suits and others predate Aarseth and Murray’s books, these two releases served as seeds for game studies as a discipline. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary for these books, and so serves as a logical moment to look back at the field of game studies. Espen Aarseth, Ian Bogost, Mary Flanagan, and Janet Murray will join moderator John Sharp to reflect on and critically assess the first 20 years of the field.
Espen Aarseth, University of Oslo
Ian Bogost, Georgia Institute of Technology
Mary Flanagan, Dartmouth College
Janet Murray, Georgia Institute of Technology
Moderator: John Sharp, Parsons the New School for Design
3:30pm Between Biology and Art - Convened by Renate Ferro, Tohm Judson, and Elisabeth Pellathy
Within the hybrid interventions of BIOART, the tools of the citizen artist and new media technologies converge. This round table will investigate the territory that encapsulates the boundaries between truth and the imagination as it relates to such conceptual issues as politics, race, feminism, ethics, scientific methodology, among others. These new generative iterations create grounds of tension for creative and critical engagement within the fields of research and art. We invite new media artists, researchers, historians and others to join this round table where we investigate current topics such as germs, fermenting, probiotics, skin, ecologies and many more intersections between biology, technology, and new media practices.
Maria Fernandez: A Feminist Reading of BioArt
Fernandez juxtaposes post-feminism and new materialisms introducing us to a selection of women artists who have played an integral role in Bioart.
Natalie Jeremijenko: Flower X Floss
Jeremijenko brings her Environmental Health Clinic to CAA where she will whip up a bio-diverse concoction of isomalt, a sugar substitute, bee pollen, edible flowers and organic honey. The isomalt does not affect blood sugar and is digested as fiber not carbohydrate.
Byron Rich and Mary Tsang: Open Source Estrogen
Open Source Estrogen combines do-it-yourself science, body and gender politics, and ecological ramifications of the present. It is a form of biotechnical civil disobedience reacting to the slow violence of corporate and institutional pollution and regulation.
Paul Vanouse: The America Project
For “The America Project,” Vanouse isolates DNA from the combined spit of visitors using this DNA as the raw material to create images with gel electrophoresis, a process by which an electric current pulls DNA fragments across a porous gel at differing rates depending on each fragment’s size.