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Media History from the Margins

Retreats are one of my favourite ways “to conference” for both the intellectual work that can be done in this format, and the personal relationships that are inevitably formed after spending a week (or sometimes more!) together.  I was lucky enough to participate this August in the Media History from the Margins summer seminar in Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland, which was a definite success on both accounts. As the call originally stated: The summer seminar aims to rethink media history from the margins and to place at the center of our attention neglected, alternative, or censured media texts, uses, and technologies. By shifting the discussion from hegemonic actors, dominant institutions, and successful mass media to the fringes of media history, it pursues the double objective of rewriting media history into media histories, and of opening a space to rethink historiographical practices and methods. The writing of marginal histories is inseparable from a reflection on the modes of operation and politics of historical writing: bringing together established and emerging scholars, the seminar investigates what has been …

Spring conferences on recognition

I recently presented some early work thinking working towards a political philosophy of media art that pivots around the technologies, the practices, and the concept of recognition. First at SCMS in March 2018 I gave a talked called “Facial Recognition in Art and Storytelling” as a part of a panel I chaired called “Recognizing Bodies.” Then in May 2018 I participated in a great conference in Copenhagen called EVA Politics of the Machines – Art and After. My talk was called “Emotional Reactions, Empathetic Interactions: A Talk on the Concept of Recognition.”

Porting Media II

Looking forward to presenting at Porting Media II, happening in Montreal October 12-14. I immediately loved the whole concept for this conference when I saw the call: Porting Media is a conference and workshop that draws on the nuances of the word “port” to investigate the transportation, translation, and reconfiguration of media within particular sites. Porting is a concept and metaphor useful for rethinking discussions of circulation and infrastructure; media transposition (or transmedia); game and cell phone cultures of portability; media archaeological approaches to portable technologies of transmission and telecommunication; and the porting of paradigms of analysis across different geographies and institutions. Thus, porting draws together multiple phenomena that participants will investigate together, in a manner that cuts across these multiple sites of inquiry. My paper is called “Import/Export: Tracking Authenticities in Motion.” I’ll be trying on some new ideas as part of ongoing work on authentication devices.

Spring conferences

I recently presented some early work on my authentication devices research, first at SCMS then at CCA. Below a bit of detail from both. Article version in the works. SCMS March 2017 –  “Security Matters and Devices: Towards an Archaeology of Irreproducible Media” This paper uses and questions the rhetoric of security to propose that systems of legitimation and control demand a continuous supply of black box technologies designed to be secretive, opaque, and extremely difficult to copy. Vigilance over amateur access, technical disclosure, and reproducibility become politicized matters of “national security,” requiring an alternate media history that hinges on a notion of irreproducibility. Excerpt: …The ongoing need to complexify security devices to stay ahead of the copy-er has resulted in a particular alterna-tale within the story of media technologies that is driven not by ambitions of mass production or consumption, by ever-expanding accessibilities and usabilities, but rather by the controlled management and administration of legitimacy. Security devices are not just used by states, but by industries for objects of all kinds: credit cards, circuit …

Launch of Land|Slide: Possible Futures catalogue

Edited by: Janine Marchessault, Chloë Brushwood Rose, Jennifer Foster, and Aleksandra Kaminska We’re thrilled to be launching the catalogue of the Land|Slide: Possible Futures exhibition, which took place at the Markham Museum and Heritage Village in Markham, Ontario in 2013. The catalogue includes essays by each of the editors as well as by Shelley Hornstein, Julie Nagam and Yan Wu. Making up the bulk of the book is full-colour documentation of the over 30+ artist projects, including statements by all the artists: Iain Baxter& | Andrew Bieler and Heather Rigby | Blue Republic | Angel Chen | Aron Louis Cohen | Dave Colangelo and Patricio Davila | Christine Davis | Department of Unusual Certainties | Duke and Battersby | Caitlin Fisher, Tony Vieira, and Tristan Prescott | Ken Gregory | David Han | Frank Havermans | Philip Hoffman | Mark-David Hosale | Terrance Houle | Maria Hupfield | Adrian Blackwell and Jane Hutton | Ali Kazimi | David Kidman | L+ | Deirdre Logue | Glynis Logue | Marman and Borins | Allyson Mitchell | …