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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 7:54PM   |  Add a comment

Interview with Elvira Dyangani Ose, curator and art/architectural historian, in preparation for the upcoming FLEFF11 Checkpoints Panel entitled Activist Retooling, Fourfold, to be held on 12 April from 7-9PM in Business 104 on the Ithaca College Campus.

Interviewed by Claudia Costa Pederson; video edited by Nicholas Knouf.

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 4:43PM   |  3 comments

Week 7's student summary comes from Annie Bunyavadhana.

In Code is Speech: Legal Tinkering, Expertise, and Protest among Free and Open Source Software Developers, by Gabriella Coleman examines how Free and Open Source Software developers were able to use their techno-craft to defend against the legal efforts that try to constrain their autonomy.

Connecting code and...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 4:41PM   |  3 comments

Week 7 looked at the phenomenon of Wikileaks, and especially how it intersects with digital and physical borders on the so-called "immaterial" Internet.

Readings

Geert Lovink and Patrice Riemens, “<nettime&rt; Twelve Theses on Wikileaks by Geert Lovink & Patrice Riemens”, December 7, 2010,...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 4:39PM   |  11 comments

This week's student summary comes from Julian Weisner.

Since the assimilation of computers and machines into daily human life there have been questions about the benefits of these “advancements” Recently more than ever as a culture filled with technology I have seen and heard of many downsides to these “advancements”. Just as we have gained new materials and media for communication,...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 4:31PM   |  3 comments

Week 6 explored the poetic and the political in design, and especially how they interface with what can and cannot be done with technologies.

Readings

Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, Design Noir: The Secret Life of Electronic Objects (Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser, 2002), 57–73

Anthony Dunne, Hertzian Tales: Electronic Products, Aesthetic Experience,...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 6:28PM   |  Add a comment

The selected summary for Week 5 was written by Annie Bunyavadhana.

Annie Bunyavadhana

"Precarias a la Deriva: A Very Careful Strike" uses the theory of the derive to develop four hypotheses on the duty of care and the caring labor which is maintained mostly by women in a patriarchal and capitalist society. The first hypothesis states that sex, care and attention...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 6:25PM   |  1 comment

This week focused on issues of movement and possibility within the space of gender and the environment.

Readings

Amanda Schaffer, "Prescriptions for Health, the Environmental Kind - NYTimes.com", August 11, 2008, (accessed January 23, 2011).

Sabine Falk and Christoph Schäfer,

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 2:49PM   |  4 comments

This week's best summary is from Bri Padilla.

Bri Padilla:

According to Miriam Webster, there are ten potentially definitions for the noun "space." Interestingly enough, in addition to being a "three-dimensional expanse where matter exists," space is also defined as "freedom to assert identity."

The connection of space with identity is an intriguing one and one...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 2:43PM   |  2 comments

This week was all about mapping, and the ways in which maps create and reflect socio-political-aesthetic realities.

Readings:

Trevor Paglen, "Experimental Geography: From Cultural Production to the Production of Space - The Brooklyn...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 9:31PM   |  Add a comment

Week 2 involved exploring various types of so-called "immaterial" borders, especially as they intersect with physical ones. We looked at the US/Mexico border, and a series of online projects that examine through games and fiction; the Straits and Gibraltar, migrant labor, and attempts to setup non-state electronic networks across it; and borders of gender, and especially how that int...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 11:41PM   |  1 comment

For the first week we introduced the students to ideas of borders and checkpoints within and beyond their normal definitions. The following are the texts and projects we discussed.

Texts

Christiane Paul, Digital Art (Thames & Hudson, 2003), 204–211, "Tactical media, activism and hacktivism".

Critical Art Ensemble, The Electronic Disturbance...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 11:23PM   |  Add a comment

We are happy to announce the opening of the FLEFF Lab: Checkpoints Project class blog! We'll be posting about the goings on of the course, including a selection of student writings each week as we move through the syllabus. Here's the description of the course:

FLEFF LAB: Checkpoints Project explores the concept of checkpoints, the FLEFF 2011 festival programming stream,...

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