CAA 2019

NMC Working Schedule of Events

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

NMC Panel: Reframing Innovation: Art, the Maker Movement and Critique
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Location: New York Hilton Midtown, Rendezvous Trianon
Victoria Bradbury
Suzy O’Hara

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!

Media Lounge

4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Data Détournement
Location: New York Hilton Midtown – 2nd Floor – Gibson Suite

Organized by Derek Curry (Northeastern University) and Jennifer Gradecki (Northeastern University).

Jennifer Gradecki (Northeastern University)

Hasan Elahi (University of Maryland) 
Derek Curry (Northeastern University)
Jennifer Gradecki (Northeastern University)
Backslash (Pedro G.C. Oliveira and Xuedi Chen) (Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University)

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

Media Lounge
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Digital Art and Activism 
Location: New York Hilton Midtown – 2nd Floor – Gibson Suite

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
7:00 pm: curator-led walkthrough of the current exhibition at Gallery 205, Refiguring the Future. All are welcome!
Showcase: 8:00 PM-9:30 PM
Location: Hunter College MFA Building, 205 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013
Hosted by Christina Freeman, Department of Art & Art History, Hunter College of the City University of New York
Sophia Brueckner, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Martin Calvino, Artist-in-residence at Rutgers University 
Zach Duer, Assistant Professor, Creative Technologies, Virginia Tech 
Carter Eggleston, MFA candidate in Creative Technologies, Virginia Tech 
Elizabeth Flyntz, Artist, Writer, and curator 
Jeffrey Gangwisch, strikeWare co-founder and Adjunct Professor, Anne Arundel Community College 
Chelsea Heikes, candidate at European Graduate School 
Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Ph.D. candidate, University of Colorado Boulder 
George Legrady, Distinguished Professor of Interactive Media and director of Experimental Visualization Lab, UC Santa Barbara
Maya Livio, Ph.D Candidate, University of Colorado Boulder, Curator of Media Archaeology Lab, Curator of MediaLive at BMoCA 
Eric Souther, Associate Professor of New Media, Indiana University South Bend 
Deirtra Thompson, Independent artist, practitioner, and researcher 
Masha Vlasova, Lecturer and Lead Faculty, University of North Texas
Michelle Hernandez, MFA alumna, Hunter College, CUNY
Dominika Ksel, Adjunct Assistant Professor of New Media, Baruch College, CUNY
Margaret Dolinsky, Associate Professor, School of Art, Architecture+Design, Indiana University

Friday, February 15, 2019

Media Lounge

2:00 PM-3:30 PM 
Good Artists Torrent, Great Artists Fork
Location: New York Hilton Midtown – 2nd Floor – Gibson Suite

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’.

Working List of NMC Member Participation in Panels and Events

Panel: The Role and Impacts of the Arts in Research Universities: Learning from Interdisciplinary Teams

Wednesday, Feb. 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, NY Midtown Hilton, 2nd Floor, Gramercy West

NMC Member: Zachary Kaiser, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Experience Architecture, Michigan State University
Presentation Title: Arts and Research Praxis: Imagining the Future of Urban Food Systems in Malawi

NMC Member: Mona Kasra, Assistant Professor of Digital Media Design, University of Virginia (UVA).
Presentation Title: Art in/as Institution: Making Play Play with the Academy

Panel: Information Ocean: Marine Art in the Digital Age

Wednesday, February 13 @ 4:00 – 5:30 pm, New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse – Concourse G

NMC Member: Ed Osborn, Brown University
Presentation Title: Water Logged

Panel: Social Practice & Service Learning

Thursday, February 14 @ 2:00 pm, New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse – Concourse G

NMC Member: Kimberly Callas, Assistant Professor, Monmouth University
Presentation Title: Improving Social Practice through Service Learning Pedagogy

Panel: Memory, Monuments, and the Body

Friday, February 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm,, New York Hilton Midtown, 3rd Floor – Rendezvous Trianon

NMC Member: Patrick Lichty, Assistant Professor, Animation/ Multimedia Design, Zayed University
Presentation Title: “Residual Memories: Material Investigations of Shared/Sharing Traumatic Media between the US/UAE/Kazakhstan”

Panel: Power, Resistance and Gender Issues in the Arts of Women

Friday, Feb. 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, New York Hilton Midtown, Nassau East (2nd Floor)

NMC Member: Carrie Ida Edinger, Managing Editor of Media-N Journal & Board Member
Presentation Title: “A Temporary Placement to A Permanent Interest”

Panel: Analogy + Interaction … creating a context for curiosity through Games + Play

Saturday, February 16, 2019 @ 8:00am, New York Hilton Midtown, Morgan Suite (2nd Floor)

NMC Member: Zach Duer, Assistant Professor, School of Visual Arts, Virginia Tech
Presentation Title: Educational Platforms for Immersive Student-Driven Learning

Panel: Performance Art: Making not Faking

Saturday, February 16, 2019 @ 2:00pm, New York Hilton Midtown, Nassau East (2nd Floor)

NMC Member: Robert Ladislas Derr, Panel Chair, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Presentation Title: Panel Chair & paper, Performance Art: Making not Faking