Monday, February 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Garnet Hertz, Canada Research Chair in Design and Media Arts, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Abstract: Hertz will give an introduction to his studio work that spans electronic art and industrial design, and provide a background in how humanities-based modes of critical inquiry – like the arts and ethics – can be directly applied to building more engaging object concepts and information technologies.

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

The School of Media Studies invites you to a double feature talk with Ben Vershbow, Director of Digital Library and Labs, New York Public Library and Dragan Espenschied, Digital Conservator, Media Artist, Home Computer Folk Musician.

Monday, March 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Jeanne Liotta, Artist and Filmmaker, University of Colorado Boulder Film Studies and the Bard MFA Program

Abstract: Last year I had the extraordinary opportunity to work on a special media project in collaboration with climate change scientists at NOAA. I am still processing the experience of this experimental think tank which raised questions about methods, materials, and outcomes, fueled in turns by enthusiasm and nihilism.

Monday, March 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Brian Larkin, Barnard College, Columbia University

Abstract: This paper examines the use of loudspeakers in Nigeria, particularly their implication in religious violence, to examine the technologizing of everyday life in Nigeria.  It draws on loudspeakers to show how the operation of technology forms a medial base that organizes urban experience.

Monday, March 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Joe Inzerillo, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, MLB (Major League Baseball) Advanced Media

Bio: Mr. Inzerillo oversees all aspects of technology for MLBAM, including the MLB.com portal and 30 team sites as well as dozens of sports and entertainment partners across the internet, mobile and interactive spaces.

Monday, March 30 at 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Laura Kurgan, Associate Professor of Architecture; Director, Spatial Information Design Lab; GSAPP Columbia University

Abstract: Laura Kurgan will present recent work from Spatial Information Design Lab.  SIDL is known for converting information that is otherwise dormant, invisible, or simply incomprehensible into images and arguments that provide grounds for research, discovery, and action.

Monday, April 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Chi-hui Yang, Film Curator

Abstract: In this session, Yang will discuss his work as a curator of film and video, in particular, what it means to curate and what the political and creative aspects of this act are. What kind of public interventions can be made in the presentation and contextualization of creative works? How are information and art assembled and organized to create new meanings? What is the function of a curator as an idea connector in today’s art and media economies, and how might one explore this practice?

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Melissa Gregg, Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation:

Abstract: The rise of personal productivity systems reflects the consumer-enterprise collision underway as work escapes the confines of place to be more flexible, pliant, and ambient.

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Stephanie Boluk, Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute

Abstract: This talk will describe the concept of metagaming and its relationship to emerging forms of financialization in and around videogames. Focusing specifically on the labor practices of Valve Corporation and its digital distribution marketplace Steam, I will discuss the experimental management structures of Valve, the architecture of its corporate headquarters, and the practices of players, modders, makers, and spectators who contribute to Steam’s digital economies.

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Artist, PhD Candidate and Lecturer, Forensic Audio Investigator

Co-Sponsored by the Vera List Center for Art & Politics

Abstract: Since 2010 Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Aural Contract has been dedicated to understanding the role of voice in law and the changing nature of testimony in the face of new regimes of border control, algorithmic technologies, medical sciences, and modes of surveillance.

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Jim Paradis, Robert M. Metcalfe Professor of Writing and Comparative Media Studies, MIT; Visiting Researcher, The New School

Abstract: I will offer a broad exploration of some cultural origins of modern surveillance practice as revealed in nineteenth-century urban fiction, journalism, media technologies, and monitorial agencies and institutions.  

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Nick Montfort, Associate Professor of Digital Media, MIT; Visiting Researcher and Part-Time Lecturer, The New School

Abstract: Programming is usually thought of in narrow, instrumental ways, as a means of producing commodities in the form of apps and websites. However, it is also used by many to inquire about important questions in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, and can be used to make arguments about and build consensus on the direction of one’s city and world.