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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Garnet Hertz, Canada Research Chair in Design and Media Arts in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media (Emily Carr University of Art and Design).

“Rethinking Technology: Art and Design”

Garnet Hertz gives an introduction to his studio work that spans electronic art and industrial design, and provides a background in how humanities-based modes of critical inquiry—-like the arts and ethics—-can be directly applied to building more engaging objects, concepts, and information technologies. Through this work, Hertz aims to put aside traditional engineering goals of efficiency, speed, or usability in favour of complex cultural, social, and human-oriented values. The end result are objects that not only challenge our assumptions around technology but are also culturally relevant, socially engaged, and interesting.

Dr. Garnet Hertz is Canada Research Chair in Design and Media Arts and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr. His art and research explore themes of DIY culture and interdisciplinary art / design practices. He has shown his work at several notable international venues in thirteen countries, including SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, and DEAF. He was awarded the 2008 Oscar Signorini Award in robotic art. Hertz is founder of Dorkbot SoCal, a monthly Los Angeles-based lecture series on DIY culture, electronic art, and design. He has worked at Art Center College of Design and University of California Irvine. His research is widely cited in academic publications, and popular press on his work has been disseminated through 25 countries, including The New York Times, Wired, The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, NBC, CBS, TV Tokyo, and CNN Headline News.

  • Time: 2:30 pm
  • Location: Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture (PACTAC), Technology Enterprise Facility (TEF) Room 170
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015

    Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor in the Department of American Culture and the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor).

    “The Digital Afterlife of This Bridge Called My Back: Woman of Color Theory and Activism on Social Media”

    Writing by foundational woman of color feminists has found new life on Tumblr. This paper analyzes the platform’s possibilities and constraints for insurgent critique.

    Lisa Nakamura is co-facilitator of the FemTechNet Project, a network of educators, activists, librarians, and researchers interested in digital feminist pedagogy, and is Coordinator of Digital Studies at the University of Michigan. Her recent books include Race After the Internet (Routledge, 2011) and Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet (University of Minnesota, 2007). She has been writing about digital media since 1994.

  • Time: 2:30 pm
  • Location: Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture (PACTAC), Technology Enterprise Facility (TEF) Room 170
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Frances Dyson, Emeritus Professor of Cinema and Technocultural Studies (UC Davis) and Visiting Professorial Fellow at the National Institute for Experimental Arts (University of New South Wales)

    “Disaffective Voices and Posthuman Subjects”

    The tone of the voice impinges upon, and renegotiates, one of the central themes of posthumanism—one that we see constantly worked over in science, art, and culture: namely, the possibility of machine subjectivity. In areas such as affective computing, for instance, the codification of vocal tone is considered integral to the success of human-computer conversations. However, to the extent that tone and the affect it transmits can be quantified, it can also be simulated, and in this sense, the voice in human-machine conversation becomes disaffected. In this seminar, I will focus on the moment of interaction, and disaffection, between human and agent—a moment that encapsulates many of the issues surrounding posthumanism today.

    Frances Dyson is the author of The Tone of Our Times: Sound, Sense, Economy, and Ecology (MIT Press, forthcoming October 2014) and Sounding New Media: Immersion and Embodiment in the Arts and Culture (University of California Press, 2009).

  • Time: 12:00–1:00 pm
  • Location: Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture (PACTAC), Technology Enterprise Facility (TEF) Room 170
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Nikolas Kompridis, Director, Institute for Social Justice and Research Professor in Philosophy and Political Thought, Australian Catholic University

    “The Question of Agency: Human, Non-Human, Post-Human”

  • Time: 12:00–1:00 pm
  • Location: Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture (PACTAC), Technology Enterprise Facility (TEF) Room 170
  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    Colin Bennett, Department of Political Science (University of Victoria)

    “Voter Surveillance, Big Data, and Micro-Targeting: How do political parties capture personal data and what do they do with it?”

  • Time: 12:30–2:00 pm
  • Location: Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture (PACTAC), Technology Enterprise Facility (TEF) Room 170





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