Monday, October 31, 2011

New Media in November!

We have several exciting events planned for November, and two of them happen to be this week.

1-3pm on Tuesday, November 1
BCNM Commons, 340 Moffitt
Robert Alford will discuss Chapter 4, "Grainy Days and Mondays: Superstar and Bootleg Aesthetics," from Lucas Hilderbrand's book Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright. Email for the pdf.

5-6pm on Thursday, November 3
Geballe Room, Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
Henry Jenkins (USC) speaks on Transmedia. This event is sponsored by the Berkeley Center for New Media as a part of their History and Theory of New Media series and is open to the public. If you would like to attend this talk please arrive early as seating is limited and BCNM expects to fill up. The event is free, but a box office will open at 4pm to reserve seats. Doors open at 4:30pm.

8pm on Friday, November 11
ODC Theater, San Francisco
We will purchase a block of tickets to attend local choreographer Catherine Galasso's new work, "Bring on the Lumiere." Galasso spoke to the working group last year, so we are excited to see the practical product of her historical and theoretical media research. Please email if you are interested in attending.

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1-3pm on Tuesday, November 29
BCNM Commons, 340 Moffitt
Chris Goetz will discuss scholarship by Henry Jenkins and will focus on the following article: “Complete Freedom of Movement: Videogames as Gendered Play Spaces"

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Lars Jan & Paul Abacus Visit

We had an excellent time hosting artist Lars Jan and collaborator Paul Abacus last week. Thanks to those who came out for Lars' talk last week! Here's Lars' abstract, belated...

Lars Jan, the artistic director of LA’s transmedia art lab Early Morning Opera (EMO) and Paul Abacus, the progressive thinker on national borders and the namesake of ABACUS — slated for 2012’s Sundance Film Festival — will be presenting their thoughts on presentations, the lingua franca of the world today. The pair will also discuss and share video excerpts from their diverse body of performance work, influenced by mega-church media design, aquariums, dance cinema, TED talks, suicide bombing and Japanese traditional puppetry.

EMO has recently received commissions from, and premiered new media-driven performance works at, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (Troy, NY) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC).