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October 25, 2006

Thinking the Surface


A Workshop on Screens, Mobilities, Environments in the Global Age

Thinking the Surface: A Workshop on Screens, Mobilities, Environments in the Global Age :: Cornell University, Oct. 27-28, 2006 :: Convened by Timothy Murray, Mohsen Mostafavi, María Fernández for The Rose Goldsen Lecture Series, College of Arts and Sciences/ The Dean's Lecture Series, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.

How might the surface and its extension in mobility contribute to the evolving contexts of global networks, political frontiers, architectonic environments, cinematic visions, and lived subjectivities? In relation to both the cinematic screen and the architectural façade, the surface is both a philosophical construct and an environmental event that challenges its subordination in the binaries depth/surface, structure/appearance, mind/body, nation/frontier. Participants will discuss international developments in art, politics, architecture, philosophy, and new media that expand the energetic event and promising agency of the surface in the global age.

Schedule of Events, free and open to the public:

Friday, October 27, 2006

Opening Sessions: Guerlac Room, A. D. White House

2:00 Introduction by Mohsen Mostafavi and Timothy Murray

2:10-3:00 Cinematic Surfacings

Timothy Murray, Department of Comparative Literature
"Poiesis and the Surface of New Media"
Lauren Beeley, Department of Romance Studies
"Surreal Surfaces: Thinking Cinema through Artaud"
Katherine Groo, Department of Comparative Literature
"Rereading Josephine Baker and the Surface of Ethnographic Film"

3-4:15 Technological Complicities: Chair: Phoebe Sengers, Depts. of Science & Technology Studies, Information Science.

Park Doing, Department of Science and Technology Studies
"Laying on of the Laboratory Hands: Surfaces, Knowledge, Labor"
Natalie Jeremijenko, Department of Art, UC San Diego; NYU Distinguished Global Visiting Professor
"Interfacing human and nonhuman; re: imagining the interplay; re: calculating the interaction"

Plenary Lecture
4:30 Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall :: Chair: Brett de Bary, The Society for the Humanities.

Brian Massumi, Department of Communication, University of Montreal
"The Body Transspatial: On the Art of the Event"

Saturday, October 28, 2006:
Guerlac Room, A. D. White House

9:30 Coffee and Bagels

10-12 Architectural Surfaces: Chair: Buzz Spector, Department of Art

Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
"Structuring the Surface"
Paul Andersen and David Salomon, Department of Architecture
"The New Architecture of Patterns"

12-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 The Personal and The Political in Art:Chair: Renate Ferro, Department of Art

Horit Herman-Peled, Media Artist, Tel Aviv
"Witnessing in elusive surfaces"
Brooke Singer, Preemptive Media Collective; Dept. of Art SUNY Purchase
"Upside-down and inside-out: A Reorientation Guide to Emerging and Mobile Technologies"

3:15:4:45 Responsive Architecture: Chair: Timothy Campbell, Department of Romance Studies.

Branden Hookway, Department of Architecture
"Cockpit Console Cubicle"
Marc Böhlen, Media Studies (SUNY Buffalo)
"Preliminary Notes on a House for the Computer for the 21st Century"

5:00-5:45 Rethinking the Surface: Workshop Roundtable: Moderators: María Fernández and Timothy Murray

Sponsors: The Rose Goldsen Lecture Series (College of Arts and Sciences),
College of Art, Architecture, and Planning, Comparative Literature Theory Project, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, The Society for the Humanities

Timothy Murray
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
Director of Graduate Studies in Comparative Literature
Director of Graduate Studies in Film and Video
Curator, The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell Library
Co-Curator, CTHEORY Multimedia: http://ctheorymultimedia.cornell.edu
285 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853
office: 607-255-4012
e-mail: tcm1[at]cornell.edu

Posted by jo at October 25, 2006 10:09 AM