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October 19, 2006

RISD Digital+Media Lecture Series


Douglas Kahn + David Rokeby

Douglas Kahn :: 11.07.06 - Tuesday, 7:00 PM :: RISD Auditorium (North Main St.).

Douglas Kahn, Professor of Technocultural Studies at University of California at Davis, is author of Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (MIT Press) and, under a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship, is completing the book Sound No Sound, on the artistic trade between acoustics and electromagnetism. He will be a keynote speaker at Sonic Focus at Brown University, November 3-4.

Media Ventriloquy: Election Night Coverage: News editing is a crude form of ventriloquism. Throughout the 20th Century artists, musicians and media activists have taken editing news events and personalities into an art form. Present day media ventriloquists have grown increasingly sophisticated in how speak through representations of people who are still, ostensibly, alive through performed recordings and electoral performance, as crafted revenge for the way these selfsame people speak for others. This evening’s talk surveys the history before focusing on Bryan Boyce, Pauline Pantsdown and the speaker's own one-hit wonder.


David Rokeby :: 11.28.06 - Tuesday, 7:00 PM :: RISD Auditorium (North Main St.).

David Rokeby is a sound and video installation artist based in Toronto, Canada. He has been creating interactive installations since 1982. He has focussed on interactive pieces that directly engage the human body, or that involve artificial perception systems. His work has been performed / exhibited in shows across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia, including:

the Venice Biennale in 1986
Ars Electronica (Linz Austria) in 1991
the Mediale (Hamburg Germany) in 1993
the Kwangju Biennale (Korea) in 1995
the Biennale di Firenze (Florence, Italy) in 1996
Alien Intelligence (Kiasma, Helsinki) in 2000
The National Gallery of Canada in 2002
The Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002
Ars Electronica in 2002

Recent Awards include the first BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award for Interactive Art in 2000, a 2002 Governor General's award in Visual and Media Arts and the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Interactive Art 2002. He was awarded the first Petro-Canada Award for Media Arts in 1988, the Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for Interactive Art (Austria) in 1991 and 1997.

Posted by jo at October 19, 2006 12:06 PM