Friday, September 14, 2007

9/13: Fall 07 New Media Working Group Kick-Off Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended the first new media working group meeting of the semester, and to all who expressed interest in participating but couldn't make the meeting. It's great to have such a diverse group of people interested in the contentious but exciting field of new media.

Below is a prospectus of potential readings and events around which to organize our meetings for the academic year. There is a list of different frameworks through which to interrogate new media paired with specific readings that we might be interested in working through together. And there is also a list of bay area exhibitions/events that we might be interested in collectively attending.

The idea is for each of us to take up the presentation and discussion of a reading/event that reflects our interests, practices, or disciplinary framework. So please review the prospectus for themes and readings for which you might want to lead a discussion. (We could have 1-2 seminar leaders per meeting.) And if you don't see anything that you could take up, please offer feedback and ideas for other frameworks, themes, readings, and events that should be represented. We can then work to schedule meetings organized around the readings/events that we are most interested in pursuing.


New Media and Visuality
discuss Anne Friedberg, The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft

New Media and Gaming
discuss Alexander Galloway, "Cinematic Origins of the First-Person Shooter" in Games: Essays on Algorithmic Culture

October 26 ParaSite New Media Symposium

Media Archeology
discuss Wendy Chun's New Media Old Media

Professionalization workshop
discuss developing new media syllabi

New Media and Cinema
discuss Kristen Whissel, "The New Verticality: Upward Mobility and Digital Special Effects"

Digital Interactivity and Interactive Media
discuss Claire Bishop's Participation

Literature and New Media
discuss Adelaide Morris's New Media Poetics

Digital Media and Post-Photography
discuss Geoffrey Batchen's Ectoplasm

Professionalization workshop
discuss the job market and strategies for getting hired to teach new media

New Media and Visual Studies
discuss Whitney Davis, "How to Make Analogies in a Digital Age"

New Media and Cultural Studies
discuss Mark Hansen, "Digitizing Race" from Bodies in Code

New Media and Philosophy/Cognitive Science
discuss Alva Noe's Action in Perception

New Media and Performance
discuss reading TBA

New Media and Music
discuss reading TBA


"Continuous City" by The Builders Association, Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8pm, Oct. 7, 14 at 2pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, UCB

"Dark Matters: Artists See the Impossible" group exhibition, including Listening Post by Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts through Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007

Jeff Wall retrospective, at SFMOMA Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007 - Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008

Olafur Eliasson, "Take Your Time" immersive installation, at SFMOMA through Sunday, Feb. 24th, 2008

Douglas Gordon retrospective, at SFMOMA Saturday, Oct. 11, 2007 - Sunday, Feb. 24, 2007

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