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|[Nettime-nl] Richard Grusin opens New Media Lecture Series at UvA (Modified by Geert Lovink)|
U v A N E W M E D I A R E S E A R C H L E C T U R E S
"Affect, Mediality and Abu Ghraib"
Thursday, 22 February 15-17u. Turfdragsterpad 9, Room 0.04
What did the photographs from Abu Ghraib do? What they depicted seems clear: U.S. soldiers, implicitly encouraged by the U.S. military, torturing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners in a manner beyond the pale of acceptable civilized behavior. The Abu Ghraib photographs are usually understood as powerful representations of the injustice, if not the obscenity, of the US prosecution of the war in Iraq and US power generally. I agree. But what I want to talk about is the “mediality” of the photographs--not what they mean but what they do, particularly how they produce an affective, bodily response not reducible to their cognitive or ideological import. This response is heightened, I argue, because the obscene acts they depict, so alien from everyday experience, were captured, uploaded, and shared in the most everyday manner in familiar global, digital media practices like emailing, social networking, blogging, text- messaging, mobile-phoning, or browsing the web. In this talk I take up the Abu Ghraib photos in relation to two concepts I have been developing, mobile affect and mediality.
Richard Grusin is Professor and Chair of the Department of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Richard Grusin received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983. He is the author of three books. The first, Transcendentalist Hermeneutics: Institutional Authority and the Higher Criticism of the Bible (Duke, 1991), concerns the influence of European (primarily German) theories of biblical interpretation on the interpretive theories of New England Transcendentalists like Emerson, Thoreau, and Theodore Parker. With Jay David Bolter he is the author of Remediation: Understanding New Media (MIT, 1999), which helped to define the field of new media studies. Grusin's latest book, Culture, Technology, and the Creation of America's National Parks (Cambridge, 2004), focuses on the problematics of visual representation involved in the founding of America's national parks. Currently he is working on a new book, "Premediation: Mobile Affect and Mediality after 9/11."
The New Media Research Lecture by Richard Grusin is the first in the series.
We are pleased to announce:
"Playing the Game: From Aestheticism to Protest"
Friday, 16 March 15-17u. <room to be announced>
Media artist Joseph DeLappe will present documentation of works that experimentally engage digital gaming processes through calculated analog gestures. From the “Artist’s Mouse”, 1997, which uses pencil to graphically trace the path of his mouse while gaming, to a recent text memorial/protest that involves typing the names of dead U.S soldiers in Iraq into the “America’s Army” online recruiting first person shooter, DeLappe will present a variety of works that serve to expand the consideration of the computer game as site for creative intervention. These works and others feature an intentional embrace of tedious analog processes incorporated into the seductive fluidity of popular online digital games. The integration of calculated analog gestures are crucial towards creating new content in proscribed and largely inflexible interactive gaming environments. This paper will describe one artist’s approach to creatively engaging computer gaming to realize works that explore the development of hacktivist strategies and retro-aestheticism in the digital age.
Joseph DeLappe (http://www.delappe.net) is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno and the head of the Digital Media area and Chair of the Department of Art. Working with electronic and new media since 1983, his works, ranging from manipulated, experimental digital photographic portraiture to interactive, digitally controlled installations, electromechanical sculptures and performances have been shown nationally, and internationally. Recent works involve experiments featuring miniature kinetic dioramas transmitted online using streaming video technology and further creative investigations of computer gaming/art interventions. Selected exhibitions and presentations include: the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytonna Beach, Florida; CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, New York; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Camerawork, Works/San Jose, Refusalon/ Culturelounge, San Francisco; Fotofeis, Scotland; Artist’s Space, Sydney, Australia; the Nevada Museum of Art and ISEA 2002 (International Symposium on Electronic Art), Nagoya, Japan. DeLappe is a founding member of the Northern Nevada based artist’s group d3ms collaborative. Past recipient of a Southeastern Regional National Endowment of the Arts Visual Artist’s Fellowship and two Nevada State Council on the Arts Individual Artist’s Fellowships, the most recent in 1999. He is a native of San Francisco and has resided in Reno, with his wife and twin daughters since 1993.
Coming later in the Spring:
Siva Vaidhyanathan, New York University, http://www.sivacracy.net
Siva Vaidhyanathan, a cultural historian and media scholar, is the author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001) and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System (Basic Books, 2004). Vaidhyanathan has written for many periodicals, including American Scholar, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times Magazine, MSNBC.COM, Salon.com, openDemocracy.net, and The Nation. After five years as a professional journalist, Vaidhyanathan earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Wesleyan University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Columbia University, and is currently Associate Professor of Culture and Communication at New York University and a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities. He lives in Greenwich Village, USA.
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