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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 11:08AM

By way of introduction, my name is Nick Knouf, and along with Claudia Pederson, we are serving as assistants to the co-directors of FLEFF this year. But additionally, we are also co-teaching a course called FLEFF Lab: Checkpoints Project; following that link will go to the course blog, where you can see all of the goings on in the class.

As part of the class this year we're going to be hosting a panel during FLEFF entitled "Activist Retooling, Fourfold". This panel will feature four different artists/curators working in new media and activism: Dreamaddictive, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Monica Haller, and Sarah Wylie. Moderated by myself and Professor of the History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell María Fernández, the panel will take place on the Tuesday of the FLEFF festival, 12 April 2011, from 7-9PM on the Ithaca campus:

Panelists will discuss ongoing projects touching on a range of issues and strategies relevant to current forms of media activism. Topics include the development of opensource and specialized tools as a means to channel scientific and private knowledge to the cultural and social domain; the move toward creating provisional and limited range broadcast technologies and the choice to focus on the immediate as ways to drive transnational outlooks; the prescience of formative personal experiences for the furthering of generative political processes; and the challenges in using digital tools to hold authoritarian structures accountable. These questions among others will be raised in the presentations and the follow-up moderated discussion.

Here's some more information about the presenters:

DreamAddictive is a collaborative project between Carmen González and Leslie García in 2003, in Tijuana, México. Their work explores technical skills coming from the field of applied sciences, like physical computing, visual programming, hardware production, articulated through art and design, to create responsive environments and situations that play with the limits between the oneiric and the virtual. DreamAddictive is a member of the Upgrade International network working under the Open Source philosophy, as a way of sustaining and distributing the knowledge produced from research in working with multiple means including the distribution and promotion of electronic culture, organizing meetings to show projects and live acts, and teaching workshops and qualification courses, in collaboration with different universities and institutions. Their work has been shown in diverse contexts: virtual happenings through the Internet; festivals; solo and group exhibitions, as well as live acts and audiovisual improvisations. DreamAddictive is the recipient of the grant PECDA “Creadores con trayectoria”,and the grant Fonca “Jóvenes creadores,” 2009-2010.

Elvira Dyangani Ose (1974, Spain / Equatorial Guinea) is an Art and Architecture historian, and Curator of Contemporary Art, currently pursuing a PhD at Cornell University, New York. Her academic and curatorial research focus on Contemporary African Art and Culture. As an independent curator, she has developed different interdisciplinary projects, focusing on the recovery of collective memory, intervention in public space and urban ethnography. Her most significant projects are: Olvida Quién Soy/Erase Me from Who I am, Africalls?, Nontsikelelo Veleko/Welcome to Paradise, and Carrie Mae Weems: Social Studies. She has worked as a curator in several institutions in Spain. She was general curator of Arte inVisible, AECID in 2009 and 2010.

Monica Haller works on long-term collaborations with individuals and small groups, often using photography, video and writing. Her artistic practice is rooted in social justice concerns and attempts to mobilize information by amplifying the materials and technologies that her collaborators have turned to along the way. Drawing from the experiences of the individuals and communities with whom she works, Monica reactivates their personal histories, and in so doing, hopes to provoke critical dialogue around them and their larger social contexts. Monica has a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies, an MFA in Visual Studies and has received fellowships from foundations including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation and the Jerome Foundation.

Sara Wylie is an ABD student in MIT’s Science, Technology and Society (STS) Program. She is finishing up her dissertation “Corporate Bodies and Chemical Bonds: an STS analysis of the American Natural Gas Industry”. Her dissertation research involved developing web-based tools to help communities and experts across the country study and hold extractive industries accountable for their social and environmental impacts. This project called ExtrAct was developed in collaboration with artist and technologist Chris Csikszentmihalyi, in MIT’s Center for Future Civic Media. She seeks to develop new modes of studying and intervening in large-scale social issues such endocrine disrupting chemicals and corporate accountability through a fusion of social scientific, scientific and art/design practices. She continues to investigate those interests through her interdisciplinary classes: Becoming Animal, Technical and Environmental: A practical course in disruptive Art and Design and Art Lab: Artistic investigation of the biological sciences.

We'll be posting more information about the presenters in the coming weeks, including short interviews. We're excited to be presenting this panel and encourage all of you to attend!

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