The Media Arts and Technology program (MAT) at UC Santa Barbara presents:

MAT 595M Seminar Series

Tomorrow, Monday at noon, we have:

Edward Shanken:
Visiting Associate Professor of Digital and Experimental Media Arts
(DXARTS) at University of Washington
Yolande Harris: Artist/researcher

Monday,  November 3, 2014, 12pm

Engineering Science Building, room 2001

Free to public. coffee will be served.

Abstract:
This talk will discuss systems theory and cybernetics with respect to
their impact on intellectual history, art history and theory, and
contemporary art and design practices. The talk will draw from and
introduce my forthcoming book, Systems, part of the Documents of
Contemporary Art series published by Whitechapel/MIT. Historian/theorist
Dr. Edward Shanken and artist/researcher Dr. Yolande Harris will share
complementary and contrasting perspectives on current experimental art
practices. Shanken?s talk will address collaborative practices at the
intersections of art, science, and technology, focusing on the potential
of transdisciplinary research to generate innovation and invention. Harris
will present a lecture/performance on sound and the environment, weaving
together examples of her artwork with her theories of techno-intuition and
sonic consciousness, in which expanded forms of awareness emerge through
technological media and critical listening techniques. The audiences will
have an opportunity to discuss these ideas with the speakers, generating
an interdisciplinary dialog between art, theory, and contemporary social
practices.

Bio:
Edward A. Shanken writes and teaches about the entwinement of art,
science, and technology with a focus on interdisciplinary practices
involving new media. He is Visiting Associate Professor of Digital and
Experimental Media Arts (DXARTS) at University of Washington and a member
of the Media Art History faculty at the Donau University in Krems,
Austria. Prior academic posts include Dorothy Kayser Hohenberg Chair of
Excellence in Art History at University of Memphis, Universitair Docent of
New Media at University of Amsterdam, Executive Director of the
Information Science + Information Studies program at Duke University, and
Professor of Art History and Media Theory at Savannah College of Art and
Design. Fellowships include National Endowment for the Arts, American
Council of Learned Societies, UCLA, University of Bremen, and Washington
University in St. Louis. Dr. Shanken earned a Ph.D. and MA in Art History
at Duke University, an MBA at Yale University, and a BA at Haverford
College. Recent and forthcoming publications include essays on art and
software, art historiography, land art, investigatory art, sound art and
ecology, and bridging the gap between new media and contemporary art. His
book, Inventing the Future: Art, Electricity, New Media was published in
Spanish in 2013 as Inventar el Futuro, with Portuguese and Chinese
translations forthcoming in paper and E-text. He edited and wrote the
introduction to a collection of essays by Roy Ascott, Telematic Embrace:
Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (University of
California Press, 2003). His critically praised survey, Art and Electronic
Media (Phaidon Press, 2009) has been expanded with an extensive,
multimedia Online Companion: www.artelectronicmedia.com.

Yolande Harris is an artist and scholar engaged with sound, its image and
its role in relating humans and their technologies to the environment. Her
artistic research projects consider techniques of navigation, sonification
of data, sound worlds outside the human hearing range, and underwater
bioacoustics. They take the form of audio-visual installations and
performances, instruments, walks, performative lectures and writings. She
weaves together her artwork with her theories of techno-intuition and
sonic consciousness, in which expanded forms of awareness emerge through
technological media and critical listening techniques.
website: http://artexetra.wordpress.com/
http://yolandeharris.net/

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar tomorrow!

Cheers,
J. Cecilia Wu

M595 Seminar Series – Sponsored by Media Arts & Technology
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detailed information and a list of speakers and talks.
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