Really looking forward to the Computational Literature panel at CalTech on Monday night, 4/24 with Eran Hadas, Nick Montfort, and Brian Kim Stefans.
I’m sitting in the Burlington airport, awaiting my flight home from a sweet time in Montpelier, Vermont during “Hi-Res.” In opposition to the MFA low-residency program that alumni undergo at VCFA (some from as long ago as 1992!), Hi-Res is the first annual, multidisciplinary alumni conference for VCFA MFA students. In the good company of visual arts grads who presented works such as Ambivalently Yours by (I was going to include her name but remembered how she likes to remain anonymous online…let’s just say a 2012 graduate) and Cards Against Brutality (Kristin Serafini 2014), I presented my recent project Mediations on Digital Labor. MFA grads from the writing programs as well as a spectacular presentation made by Beth Bradfish from the Music Composition MFA program all centered on the theme of advocacy in the arts.
I’m still abuzz from my Vermont experience. VCFA never fails to deliver a sense of belonging, community, and commitment to our practices that fills the soul.
I’m posting this a bit late, but I didn’t want to forget to mention how much I enjoyed presenting my current work, a collaboration with Dan Sutko titled The Women of El Toro (made possible by a grant from CalHumanities) at Digital Frontiers. It was refreshing to talk about our iOS app among like-minded peers interested in the digital, the humanities and storytelling.
I also enjoyed speaking up about women making with code. Yes! Learn to code. Learn to make. Women aren’t, typically, afraid to make a blanket for a newborn (well, I must admit, I’m a bit fearful of the sewing machine and I do recognize this is a problematic way to start the sentence but hang with me here), why should we be afraid to make apps or websites or software or anything else that requires code? It especially felt good to talk to some female grad students after the session about their practice in development.
This year my colleague Genelle Belmas and I collaborated on a presentation for the annual Popular Culture Association conference, titled Appropriation as Legitimate Practice: Rethinking Fair Use in a Networked Society. Genelle delivered our talk in Washington DC while I stayed home with my five-week old twin newborns (!). We suggest the four-pronged fair use “test” does not accurately assist a judge or jury with little or no previous visual communication knowledge to understand the nuances of appropriation art.
I love the PCA conference. The Communication and Digital Culture and Internet Culture divisions are full of smart and fun people. This year the conference is in Boston and I can’t wait to get back to that dirty water. I’ll be talking about Damon Winter’s series, A Grunt’s Life in the context of Sontag’s On Photography. Ultimately, I’ve developed a picture story to deliver via the holy medium, PowerPoint. Comparisons made between images from A Grunt’s Life and (old and new) celebrated photographs express Sontag’s text.
This week and next I’ll be presenting some work in a couple of Los Angeles locations. This presentation is more or less what I’ll be clicking through and talking at during both sessions.
On February 22nd between 6 and 8pm I’ll be one of many artists to speak for about five or six minutes at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in downtown LA. The event is hosted by the New Media Caucus during the College Art Association annual conference. It is not a formal conference event (meaning it’s free to attend). There will be a reception after the presentations where you can ask questions or get to know some of the new media artist presenters. So add this one to your calendar: LACDA, 102 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles @ 6pm
On Thursday October 13 at 6pm Eyebeam Center for Art+Technology presents the launch of Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design edited by xtine burrough. xtine will be speaking alongside contributing artists Ethan Ham, Michael Mandiberg, and Robert Nideffer. Eyebeam is located at 540 W 21st St. New York, NY 10011 (map). This is an open/free event with refreshments provided by Routledge. View this event on Facebook.
This week I am in Helsinki, Finland for the Designs on E-Learning/Future Learning Spaces conference at Aalto University. Penn State and University of the Arts, London are co-sponsors of this intimate gathering of artists, educators, and scholars. Tomorrow I will be presenting the Let’s Go Crazy project of student/viral videos for Stephanie Lenz’s YouTube phenomena. The presentation is streaming live if you can figure out what time it is in your location at 2:30pm in Helsinki.
On Tuesday July 26 at 7pm Dorkbot presents the launch of Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design edited by xtine burrough. xtine will be speaking alongside researcher, artist and writer Jonah Brucker-Cohen as well as the Canadian digital artist Jeremy Rotsztain. Machine Project is located in Echo Park. This is an open/free event.