FLEFF 2014: Dissonant Environments Panel Wed April 2


Contributed by Patricia Zimmermann

17th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival presents

Dissonant Environments 
a informal and interactive panel featuring new media artists Leila Christine Nadir and Cary Peppermint from EcoArtTech and NPR Journalist Jonathan Miller 

Moderated by Tom Shevory, FLEFF and Politics

Wed April 2
Hill 104
7 p.m.


Jonathan Miller has been executive director of Homelands Productions since 2006. As a freelance journalist, he has reported from Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and the USA for NPR, BBC, CBC, Marketplace, The World, PBS NewsHour, Monitor Radio, VOA, Radio Netherlands, and Radio Deutsche Welle, and has written for the New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Parents, American Way, Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. He was also a correspondent for Video News International. For 13 years he lived and worked in the Philippines and Peru.

Leila Christine Nadir is an Afghan-American artist, critic, scholar, memoirist, and co-founder of the art/theory EcoArtTech collaborative, which recently completed a commission for the Whitney Museum of American Art. She earned her PhD in literature from Columbia University in 2009 and was Andrew Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at Wellesley College in 2010-2011. In addition to publishing scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals about art, literature, new media culture, and the environment (Leonardo, Antennae, Cather Studies, and Utopian Studies), she is a regular contributor to Hyperallergic and has published reviews with Rhizome, Furtherfield, Ecoartspace, and soon American Scientist. She currently teaches in the Sustainability and Digital Media Studies programs of the University of Rochester.

Cary Peppermint's work explores the convergence of ecological, cultural, and digital networks, through a post-disciplinary practice with strong ties to internet and performance art. His works are in the permanent collections of the Walker Art Center, Rhizome.org at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, Computer Fine Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Since co-founding ecoarttech with Leila Nadir in 2005, Cary's art has turned toward the imagination of the environment as a convergent network of biological, cultural, and digital spaces. Selected ecoarttech works include "Eclipse,” commissioned by Turbulence.org; "Untitled Landscape #5,” a commission for the Whitney Museum of American Art; and "Center for Wildness and the Everyday,” a series of digital media works and performances about water scarcity commissioned by the University of North Texas. ecoarttech's honors include a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts artist fellowship and teaching appointments at Banff New Media Institute and Anderson Arts Ranch.


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