CAA 2015 New York Events

Lightning Talks CAA 2014

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THURSDAY, February 12

12:30-2:00 New Media Caucus 1.5 hour session
Technologies of Wonder
Dr. Aleksandra Kaminska, Moderator
Sutton Parlor Center (200)

Hackable Bodies
Florence Gouvrist, Ohio State University and Jordi Vallverdú, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Exploring the Deep Blue: Cousteau’s Cameras
Janine Marchessault, York University

Infinite Structures, Infinite Wonder
Robert Gero, SUNY Old Westbury

Invisible Worlds: The Nano Scale in Cosmic Times
Aleksandra Kaminska, Simon Fraser University

5:30 NMC Business Meeting

Sutton Parlor Center, 2nd Floor

8:00 NMC Showcase

Hunter MFA building, 205 Hudson Street


Akin, Atif
Assistant Professor
Design and Media Arts
Rutgers University

Coleman, Christopher
Associate Professor and Director
Emergent Digital Practices
University of Denver

DePietro, Peter
Associate Professor
CCM/Electronic Media
University of Cincinnati

Gaetano, Paula
Assistant Professor
Division of Foundation Studies
Rhode Island School of Design

Gellis, Brandon
Graduate Student
Emergent Digital Practices
University of Denver

Harris, Patricia
Assistant Professor of Electronic Media
SUNY Old Westbury

Hodara, Sofie
Design departments at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Emmanuel College, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Jasper, Maura
Assistant Professor of Intermedia Art,
Ball State University, Muncie Indiana

Jeffers, James
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design & Digital Media
Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL

Lichty, Patrick
Digital Studio Practice
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Mayhew, James
Adjunct Professor
American University at George Mason University

McDowell, Jessye
Assistant Professor of Art
Auburn University

Miller, A.Bill
Assistant Professor of Art
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Mitchell, Bonnie
Professor, Digital Arts
Bowling Green State University

Mueller, Ellen
Assistant Professor
West Virginia Wesleyan College

Pigford, Ashley
Associate Professor of Graphic and Interaction Design
University of Delaware

Shi, Wenhua
Assistant Professor
Art and Art History Department
Colgate University

Silberg, Steven
Department of Visual Arts
University of Maryland, Baltimore County


FRIDAY, February 13

Alternative Economies, Media Lounge


FACILITATION: Elizabeth Demaray, Darren Douglas Floyd, and Christina Freeman (NMC co-chairs); Mat Rappaport (liaison); Joshua Selman, Joyce Rudinsky and Sid Branka (committee members).

In an effort to present a diverse yet telling picture of the current practices around alternative economies in new media, the New Media Caucus (NMC) invited its membership to submit models, frameworks, solutions and/or questions that reflect, in an unrestricted way, the Media Lounge theme, “alternative economies.” NMC members who responded to this invitation were additionally alerted to the fact that their submissions might entail further calls for participation.

Two dominant themes emerge from this open-ended query. The first is a focus on topics of identity in the consideration of groups that exist outside of a mainstream. The second manifests itself around the establishment of new economies.

The two experimental sessions being presented have been curated around the above themes and utilize a diverse set of unconventional presentation/performance/discussion forms in the consideration of alternative economies.  Tactically diverse and provocative in subject matter, these presentations utilize hybrid forms to interrogate social and political constructions of established and alternative economies.

The presenters at each session have additionally been tasked with jurying a selection of new media artworks. These works will contextualize and broaden the discussion of each theme and will be presented as part of each session.

Morning Session:  9 AM–NOON

Identity, Configurations of Outsiders in Economic Order

Presenters:  Liss LaFleur, Ash Eliza Smith

Format:  slides, screening, performance, group activities, discussion

How do specific identities establish one’s relationship to existing economic orders?  How can subversive identity configurations undermine established economies and create alternative economies?  Presenters in this session explore how new media representations of identity relate to established and alternative economic orders.

Participating Artists: Bug Davidson, Jess Dugan, Carrie Fonder, Erin Gee, Adela Goldbard, Kaitlyn Hunter, Angela Jennings, Jeremiah David Jones, Hye Young Kim, Frankie Martin, Elle Mehrmand, Jonathan Molina-Garcia, Kean O’Brien, Kristin Stransky Mallinger, Paul Taylor, Angela Washko, Chris Wille, Visual AIDS


8:00am BYO Breakfast and coffee, set-up and conversation
9:00am Liss LaFleur
9:30am Mini-presentations and screenings by participating artists
10:00am Ash Eliza Smith
10:30am Mini-presentations and screenings by participating artists
11:00am Discussion, interaction, continued conversation

Afternoon Session: 1–5 PM

Explorations of Alternative Economies

Presenters: Chaz Evans, Gregory Sholette, Tyler Stefanich

Format:  slides, screening, performance, group activities, discussion

What are alternative economies within the specific context of New Media?  How can new media artists create new and adaptive economies that make new space in established economies? Presenters in this session posit different strategies for identifying and creating new economic orders.

Participating Artists: Zanny Begg and Oliver Ressler, Filippo Berta, Gabriele Brombin with Santa Ragione, Cardboard Computer, Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, Matthias Dörfelt, flo6x8, Melanie Gilligan, James Goggin, Jan Peter Hammer, Gottfried Haider, Arnie Jorgenson/Stoic, Jürg Lehni, Sherry Millner and Ernie Larsen, Karl Nawrot, Jaromír Plachý and Amanita Design, Jonathan Puckey/Studio Moniker, Casey Reas, David Reinfurt, Dread Scott, Jesse Tise/Teknopants


12:30 BYO Lunch and Coffee, setup and conversation
1:00pm Gameplay and screening with discussion/interaction with presenters
2:00pm Chaz Evans
2:30pm Tyler Stefanovich
3:00pm Gregory Sholette
3:30pm Discussion, Q&A, etc
4:00pm Gameplay and screenings with discussion/interaction with presenters


Working in new media, eco-art and technology, Elizabeth Demaray creates listening stations for birds that play human music, cultures lichen on the sides of skyscrapers and designs alternative forms of housing for hermit crabs. Her current work IndaPlant Project: An Act of Trans-Species Giving, entails building light-sensing robotic supports for houseplants. These moving floraborgs utilize machine learning and allow potted-plants to roam freely in a domestic environment, in search of sunlight and water. A video of the IndaPlant community can be viewed at Demaray is an Associate Professor of Fine Art and an advisor in the School of Engineering at Rutgers University.

 Darren Douglas Floyd is a motion picture artist working in 16mm film and digital video, compositing, visual effects and animation. His work explores issues of gender, intimacy, privacy and sexuality through self-portraiture, video letters, diary films, and the travelogue. His recent solo exhibition, Destroyer of Dreams, Or, Container of All Future Meaning, was in the Van Every Gallery at Davidson College, March 13 – April 13, 2014.  He is currently employed as Instructor of Digital Arts at Bowling Green State University.

Christina Freeman is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. She works in various forms including photography, video, animation, drawing, sculpture, and performance. Christina received her MFA in studio art with a concentration in combined media from Hunter College, City University of New York. She has been invited to perform her collaborative work, Plums for Trash: Mobile Market for International Trash Exchange in the following venues: Red House (Sofia, Bulgaria), SOMA (Mexico City), and TEM Market (Volos, Greece). Christina is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at Hunter College in New York.

SATURDAY, February 14