12 December / Symposium / This seminar seeks to go beyond narratives of everyday neoliberalization to explore the spirit of contemporary, data-powered capitalism. This symposium asks: What kinds of calculation practices have appeared in this moment—and which ones have become obsolete? What kinds of data-powered work cultures, consumption experiences, and production practices are in the making? How do data-oriented economies reconfigure everyday life? How do materials and material-specific expertise matter in data-powered capitalism?
Date TBA / Symposium / In this symposium, speakers will explore how the proliferation of new quantitative indicators meant to enact and assess these transformations have altered patterns of everyday life in so-called “resilient” communities. Treating resilience as a new kind of technocratic framing that portends limits to technocracy itself, speakers will also examine how the portraits of adaptation and adaptability brought into circulation by these programs have shaped experts’ relationships with the people they administer, as well as their understandings of their own roles in the world.
March 27-31, 2020 / Group Show / Join us for the Sawyer Seminar’s VR art group show curated by Bernadette Wegenstein (JHU Center for Advanced Media Studies). Featured artists are Lisa Bell Weisdorf, Haoran Chang, Tony Lugo from MICA’s Mount Royal School of Art. This group show is presented in collaboration with artist and curator Luca Buvoli.
1 April, 2020 / 7 PM / Screening and Artist Talk / Join us for a screening of Edoardo Kac’s “Inner Telescope” and a post-screening talk by the artist. “Inner Telescope” by Eduardo Kac is a space-poem freed from the constraints of gravity. It gives us a tool to rethink our relationship with the world and our position in the Universe. It was realized in orbit by French astronomer Thomas Pesquet, 400 km away from Earth on February 18, 2017.
9-10 April, 2020 / Organizer: Veena Das / TBA
Friday, 6 March / Symposium From web cameras, RFID transmitters, drones, satellites, and buoys, the world is increasingly seeded with powerful technologies that can record, process, transmit…… Read more “3/6/2020 Sense, Sentience, Sensors”