Symposium on Philip K. Dick
April 28, 2016. I gave a talk on ekphrasis in the work of Philip K. Dick and William Gibson for the "Philip K. Dick in the OC: Virtually Real, Really Virtual" symposium connected with the 2016 Acacia Conference.
April 16, 2016. I'm an invited speaker for the 2016 #UNIT Festival in Berlin, which ofers "a platform for queer and straight techies as well as people who love technology to connect." My talk is at 17:00 local time in the Kate Craig-Wood Tent; I'll be appearing by video with live chat by Skype afterwards.
Symposium on Persuasion
May 4, 2016. I gave a talk on the idea of "unpersuaded" as a useful philosophical standpoint for the keynote symposium "Persuasion" at UC Irvine.
The Land Mark Show
Photographic panoramas from my "Western Waters" series were included in the exhibition "The Land Mark Show" at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Oct. 9 through Dec. 27, 2015.
Art+Feminism Editathon @ UC Irvine
We're holding an Art+Feminism editathon in honor of Women's History Month at UC Irvine on Sunday, March 6, 2016, 2-6 pm. All are welcome.
UC Irvine #1
September 2015. I'm proud to say that UC Irvine is #1 on the New York Times's 2015 College Access Index, a measure of how economically diverse the students are the country's top colleges and universities. (Indeed, 6 of the top 7 spots are occupied by UC campuses.)
Saturday, June 20, 2015, 12-5 pm, and Sat. Sept. 26, 12-4 pm. I will be taking part in two more Wikipedia editathon at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry. The focus for the first is on international women in the arts, and I will lead a tutorial on translating between different-language versions of Wikipedia at 12:30. The focus for the second is on adding images to Wikimedia Commons. They're free and open to the public, and new editors are welcome. Assistance with Wikipedia editing will be available throughout the sessions. Space is limited so please RSVP to: email@example.com. Directions to the ICI.
Video: New School Panel on Wikipedia and Feminism
April 9, 2015. Here is a link to the video from the recent panel on Wikipedia and feminism at the New School organized by Anne Balsamo. I'm the last speaker, beginning about 49 minutes in.
April 2015. Welcome to my redesigned website. My last site was not optimized for mobile devices, and this one is. We're all spending a lot more time staring at those tiny screens, and I wanted to make the experience as eye-friendly as possible. At a small screen size, this multi-column design degrades gracefully to a single column and the main navigation menu gets compressed into a dropdown.
New School Panel on Wikipedia and Feminism
April 1, 2015, 7 pm. I'm taking part in a panel on Wikipedia and feminism at the New School organized by Anne Balsamo. The topic is systemic gaps in participation in editing Wikipedia, where the editor base is currently 87% male. Other panelists include Marcea Decker and Dorothy Howard, with Veronica Paredes as our moderator. Location is Wollman Hall, Room B500, 65 W. 11th St., New York. Free to all.
Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon @ UCI
March 7, 2015. UC Irvine is hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon in honor of Women's History Month, at the Ayala Science Library. For more information, see this page. I won't be there myself (see below) but wanted to spread the word.
Interview in Videofocus
March 2015. My 2010 project Hangmen Also Die is featured in the current issue of Videofocus along with an interview.
Vermont Studio Center
March 2015. I spent the month of March on a residency at the Vermont Studio Center with a terrific group of other artists and writers.
In a Mere Full of Rime: Cache box
February 2015. This is a pic of the cache box I created for the Institute of Cultural Inquiry's collaborative installation-laboratory, shown at the finissage event of Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. The boxes were there for the show's artists in residence to use when in need of inspiration, supplies, or just in a moment of sheer desperation. For more about this show, see my prior posts.
Vermont Studio Center
March 2015. I'll be spending the month of March on a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Looking forward to both the work and getting to meet other artists and writers.
In a Mere Full of Rime: Finissage
Feb. 15, 2015. The finissage of the Institute of Cultural Inquiry's collaborative installation-laboratory happened yesterday. I took part in a taped conversation about the show with ICI director Lise Patt.
In a Mere Full of Rime
Jan. 15, 2015. A collaborative installation-laboratory organized by the Institute of Cultural Inquiry opens Thursday, Jan. 15 and runs through Feb. 13, 2015, at Crossroads School's Sam Francis Gallery in west LA. The brainchild of ICI Associates Lise Patt and Christel Dillbohner, it will explore the limits and potentialities of photography, using among other things rarely seen and enormously enlarged images from the doomed Andrée polar expedition of 1896. For more information, please visit this page. I'm taking part in a way I'll disclose later on.
January 2015. The deadline for applications ot UC Irvine's MFA program in Art is coming right up on the 15th. Here is our full call for entries. We fund our students very competitively.
In memoriam: Adrianne Wadewitz
April 10, 2014. Just learned that the terrific young scholar and Wikipedia mentor Adrianne Wadewitz has died as the result of a climbing accident. There is a nice tribute to her on the HASTAC website; I'm not the only one who valued her intellect, enthusiasm, and leadership and felt much the richer for having known her.
June 14, 2014. President Obama will be the speaker for UC Irvine's undergraduate commencement ceremonies this year as the university celebrates its 50th anniversary. Half our students are first-generation college graduates.
The Performance of Authenticity in the Arts
Wed., Mar. 19, 2014, 12 pm. I'm taking part in a monthlong series of talks arranged by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Orange County on the meaning of the real and the authentic in the arts. I'll be talking about the book I'm writing on fictive art. Other speakers in the series include Edward Cella, Julia Lupton, Ted Wells, and Ian Monroe.
Shulamit Gallery panel
Thurs., Mar. 6, 2014. Join me for a panel discussion of video artist Jonas Becker's exhibition entitled "Zol Zayn / What If" at Shulamit Gallery in Santa Monica. Shown here is a still from Becker's video installation The Pile.
"A Book by Any Other Name"
Feb. 10-April 30, 2014. The Institute of Cultural Inquiry is presenting a curated display of handmade artist's books, books about books, and book sculptures from the Institute’s archives. Celebrating the convergence of books with other artforms, the exhibition includes work by the Museum of Forgery. Visit the ICI website for open hours or to make an appointment to see the exhibit.
Wikipedia editathon at the ICI
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, 12-5 pm. I'll be overseeing a Wikipedia editathon at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry. It's open to all, and especially to those new to editing Wikipedia. We plan to focus on artists, scholars, and other visualists who have contributed to the artist book form — we'll have a list, but feel free to bring your own ideas to work on. Perks include access to the ICI's 3,000+ volume reference library, technical assistance and handouts, and light snacks. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, but those who don’t have a computer can use one of the ICI's. Come for an hour or the whole afternoon. The ICI is at 1512 S. Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Feb. 13, 2014. I'm giving a pechakucha-style brief talk at UCLA on recent and current research projects with a sci-tech angle. It will be in the ARTSCI Presentation Room in the CNSI building at 7 pm. Directions.
L.A. Art Book Fair update
Jan. 31–Feb. 2, 2014. I wanted to share this pic of just a few of the books that ICI Press brought to the L.A. Art Book Fair. It was great fun, though I was hoarse from the two days of talking..
Reading Frankenstein publication
Fall 2013. The latest issue of Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology has just been released. It's their sci-fi issue, and it includes excerpts from the script for my Reading Frankenstein performance project from 2003, with an introduction co-written by me and my collaborator on Reading Frankenstein, Annie Loui. Lots of pix and some video too.
I've put up a few more pictures from the "Far-Flung" performances (courtesy of Lee Day), with some information about the show for anyone who missed it. More to come!
L.A. Art Book Fair
Jan. 31–Feb. 2, 2014. I'll be taking part in the L.A. Art Book Fair this year with the Institute of Cultural Inquiry. It's a great event regardless of whether you're into zines or limited editions. Look us up at our booth at the Geffen Contemporary, where we'll have a big selection of ICI Press books and other publications.
Through Jan. 31, 2014. A reminder that the Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles, has a special exhibition in its library entitled "Geuen Hors". It pays tribute to the many forms of ‘horses’ that have surfaced at the ICI over the last twenty years. A project by the Museum of Forgery is included in the display. Visit the ICI website for open hours or to make an appointment to see the exhibit.
A Meditation on Plagues
Dec. 2013-Jan. 2014. Some of my students are having an exhibition of their artist's books in UC Irvine's Langson Library. The students’ challenge was to create a small book in the chapbook tradition as a personal meditation on the subject of plagues. More about their very diverse projects can be found here. The exhibit runs through Jan. 31, 2014.
Graduate application season
Fall 2013. We are now accepting online applications to our M.F.A. graduate program at UC Irvine. We are a small, highly competitive program best suited for students pursuing intensive research-based practices that would benefit from the myriad of collaborative interdisciplinary opportunities offered by our tier-one research institution. We encourage prospective students interested in Electronic Art and Design to visit our campus to learn more about the EAD area and the UC Irvine Art Department before the Jan. 15, 2014 deadline for applications. More information here and here and here.
Far-Flung has opened!
Our first performance last night went smoothly and was wild fun. Only 3 more performances of this extravaganza!
Oct. 11 and 12 @ 8 pm and Oct. 12 @ 2 pm in the Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) at UC Irvine. Tickets can be bought at the door. Possibly your one chance ever to see me perform in clownface.
Far-Flung follows function
Oct. 10, 11, 12 @ 8 pm and Oct. 12 @ 2 pm in the Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) at UC Irvine. Work is ramping up on the new performance project I'm doing this fall in collaboration with Ursula Endlicher, Far-Flung follows function. It's a pretty wild theatrical exploration in which the performance space turns into a crashing computer whose population of finders, daemons, mice, and the like struggle to avert catastrophe. Welcome to the commedia of the motherboard. Get your tickets here, or check out our website for more information.
Sept. 30, 2013 - Jan. 31, 2014. The Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles, has a special exhibition in its library entitled "Geuen Hors". It pays tribute to the many forms of ‘horses’ that have surfaced at the ICI over the last twenty years. A project by the Museum of Forgery is included in the display. Visit the ICI website for open hours or to make an appointment to see the exhibit.
Beatriz da Costa Memorial
Sept. 15, 2013, @ 1 pm. The Laguna Art Museum is hosting an informal memorial for my former colleague, the artist Beatriz da Costa, with a panel featuring Donna Haraway, Catherine Lord, and Alex Juhasz. Before or after the memorial, you can see some of Beatriz's last projects at the museum in an exhibition entitled ex•pose. The exhibition closes Sept. 29.
Spring Student Showings
June 6, 2013, 6-9 pm. The Art Department at UC Irvine is hosting an evening of end-of-quarter project showings of many different kinds. The students in my Programming for Artists and Foundations of Media Design classes are taking part, with installations in two spaces. The interactive projects (programmed in Max/MSP/Jitter) are on the 2nd floor of the ACT Building in a show entitled "Interactive Space to the Max", while the media design projects (artists' boxes) are on the 3rd floor in a show entitled "Six Sides". Open to the public for this one night only.
Feminist Infrastructures and Cultures
April 18-20, 2013. Just got back from this terrific conference organized by FemTechNet at UCSD. I gave a talk on the work of Beatriz da Costa, titled "Less Dismal Science." It was hard to be cooped up all day inside in La Jolla, but the wide-ranging talks made it all worthwhile. Here's the conference program.