Program Schedule

Saturday, February 29th

10:15am – 10:45am
[Special Event]

Estimated Duration: 30mins
Location: MADD Center Entrance

2:15pm – 3:15pm
[Special Event]

Estimated Duration: 60mins
Location: JCL 390

Event Description: People’s ability to envision the future tends to fall between two unhealthy and unconstructive extremes. On one side, there are those who are blindly optimistic about technology. This attitude is sometimes termed “technosolutionism”, the naïve idea that every problem can be solved with technology. At the other extreme are those so critical of technology that they adopt an unrealistic Luddite attitude, avoiding technology altogether; or they assume that a dystopian future is inevitable and, as a result, become passive. Critical optimism navigates between these two extremes, encouraging an earnest hopefulness that also incorporates a healthy dose of criticality. What futures are possible, which are probable, and, most importantly, which might be preferred?

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Sunday, March 1st

2:30pm – 3:30pm
[Special Event]

Estimated Duration: 60 mins
Location: John Crerar Library 390

Event Description:
Feelings, emotions, affects – where do these states begin and end, how do they relate us to others? Desiree Foerster will talk about immersive artworks that enable us to become sensitive for the phases that lead up to subjective experience and take a critical look at works that assert to create empathy for (human/more-than-human) others. What does it mean to become sensitive for the contexts that shape subjectivity? To attune to the relational dimension of life?

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5:30pm – 6:30pm
[Special Event]

Estimated Duration: 60 mins
Location: Weston Game Lab Studio

Tea time is an open forum and venting opportunity to discuss grievances and concerns about phenomena in the new media and art/tech community. We invite artists, thinkers, and researchers to evaluate ways of collaborating to provide greater visibility to the margins of our community. Questions that might be addressed include: What are the leverages (the means of production, sources of organization, shared mindset) with which we navigate institutions of tech power and art world privilege (or vice versa)? How does the increasingly institutionalized identity of artists affect the choices in our practice? How do we define “new media”? What media are new enough? 

Join us for this open discussion on the current state of the new media art scene. Together, we’ll break down a collective of digital art frustrations ranging from its marketable eye candy trends to its value paradox.

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6:45pm – 7:45pm
[Special Event]

Estimated Duration: 60 mins