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Posted by Patricia Zimmermann at 12:39PM   |  3 comments
New Media artist Paul Vanouse, featured guest at Spatialized Mobilities International Workshop

FLEFF international advisory board member, curator and speaker Tim Murray is organizing an international workshop this weekend at Cornell University.

It's not to be missed--cutting edge thinkers and practitioners exploring networks, mobilizations, and spatialization in a series of mind-stretching and utterly engaging workshops and forums. Featured FLEFF installation artist and friend of FLEFF Renate Ferro is on the THINKING NETWORKED PRACTICE panel at the end.

Stay tuned for my reports from the front of digital thinking this weekend---I'll be doing live blogging from inside the workshop. Hope some FLEFFers can join me there...




In conjunction with the annual research, "Networks/Mobilities," the
Society for the Humanities at Cornell University will be host to an
international workshop on "Spatialized Networks and Artistic
Mobilizations."  Organized by Timothy Murray, Director of the Society
for the Humanities, the Workshop gathers together international
figures in the practice and theory of spatial networks and artistic
mobility. This is the first of a series of 2009-10 public events on
"Networks/Mobilities," that will foster discussion of the flows of
peoples, materials, images, and ideas across physical and virtual
boundaries.  The Workshop opens, Friday, October, 23, at 1:45 in the
A. D. White House.

Friday, October 23, features plenary presentations by architects
Teddy Cruz and Keller Easterling who have fostered international
reflection on the role of spatial networks, capital systems, and
migration patterns in contemporary globalization.  Teddy Cruz,
speaking at 2pm, teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at the
University of San Diego where he mixes practice and teaching on
housing design for immigrants in a matrix of communal spaces with
foci on suburban San Diego and Hudson, New York.   Keller Easterling,
speaking at 3pm, teaches in the Architecture Department at Yale
University and is Senior Scholar in Residence at the Society for the
Humanities.  Her research project, "ExtraStateCraft: Hidden
Organisations, Spatial Contagions and Activism," investigates shared
protocols, managerial subroutines and financial instruments as they
produce and program physical space in the global market.  At 4:30,
Easterling and Cruz will be joined in conversation with Dagmar
Richter, Chair of the Department of Architecture.

Saturday October, 24, will feature a 9:15 panel with the Cornell
graduate student HASTAC Fellows, and presentations at 10:00 by
Machiko Kusahara, Department of Media Art, Waseda University, Japan;
11:15 Kevin Hamilton, Department of New Media, University of
Illinois; 1:45 Geert Lovink, Department of New Media, University of
Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 2:45 Paul Vanouse, Department of Art,
University of Buffalo; and a 4:00 panel on Thinking Networked
Practice with Timothy Murray, Maria Fernandez, Timothy Campbell,
Renate Ferro, and Prita Meier, all participants in the Society for
the Humanities Fellows Seminar.

For further information, please contact Mary Ahl (
or Timothy Murray (


Society for the Humanities

Spatialized Networks and Artistic Mobilizations:

A Critical Workshop on Thought and Practice.

October 23-24

A .D. White House

Friday, October 23

1:45  Introduction
Tim Murray, Director, Society for the Humanities

Convener, Milton Curry, Department of Architecture
Teddy Cruz, Department of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego
"Adaptive Architecture"

Convener, Mary Jacobus, Society for the Humanities /CRASSH, Cambridge
Keller Easterling, Society for the Humanities / Department of
Architecture, Yale

Conversation: Dagmar Richter, Chair, Department of Architecture
withTeddy Cruz and Keller Easterling

6:00  Public Reception

Saturday, October 24

9:15  HASTAC Networked
Richard Guy, History of Architecture; Claudia Costa Pederson, History
of Art; Seth Perlow, English; Ryan Platt, Theatre Arts

Convener, Brett de Bary, Department of Asian Studies & Comparative Literature
Machiko Kusahara, Department of Media Art, Waseda University, Japan
" Vanishing Borders - Media Art, Design, and Popular Culture in Japan"

Convener, Kevin Ernste, Department of Art
Kevin Hamilton, Department of New Media, University of Illinois
"From Legs to Fingers: Relational Mobilities at the Interface"

Convener, Phoebe Sengers, Faculty of Information Science and
Department of Science and Technology Studies
Geert Lovink, Department of New Media, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
"Network Cultures"

Convener, Stephanie Owens, Department of Art
Paul Vanouse, Department of Art, University of Buffalo
"Active Stimulation Feedback Platform"

4:00   Thinking Networked Practice: A Discussion
Panelists: Timothy Murray (Chair), Timothy Campbell, Maria Fernandez,
Renate Ferro, Prita Meier



I found Mr. Lovink's lecture insightful, with regards to the trends in Net2.0 and the shift towards realtime interactive culture, as well as the inherent dangers of oppression and intrusion that the new web presents. The possibility of a controlled, nationalized, sectarianized web is frightening, going against all conceived notions of the liberalizing nature of the internet, and the globalization it's supposed to look like. Of course, considering that the web community already organizes itself into subcultures, languages, seems the development of more formalized barriers does not seem like a huge leap in logic.

I thought that the panel on Saturday afternoon (10/24), "Thinking Networked Practice: A Discussion," was fascinating. I really enjoyed how the panelists incorporated their opinions of one another's ideas about networking and art into their own speeches; I also appreciated the fact that in spite of the formal arrangement of the discussion, the audience was still encouraged to voice their ideas and interact with the members of the panel. Listening to the four artists exchange their views on the program's various topics was not only informative in allowing greater insight into the minds of the speakers, but was also incredibly enlightening in challenging my own perceptions of networking and its increased incorporation into art today.

I attended the architecture lectures about the conflicts of the border area between San Diego and Latin America. It is a great contrast of poverty and wealth. The land use and housing are big issues in these places. The waste from North to South becomes the resource of building materials. The unique layering housing made by garage doors is very striking. As a City Planning majored student, I take this issue as a problem of unequal social distribution. As the lecturer said, the re-define density, redefine ownership, re-define hosing and re-define practice can assist the dwellers who live there, the cooperation of architects and planner is also essential to this project.

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