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HASTAC 2008: Talks and Demos (Session 2)

Software Studies Panel: "What is Software Studies?"

Jeremy Douglass, UC San Diego

Peter Lunenfeld, Art Center College of Design

Lev Manovich, UC San Diego

Nick Montfort, MIT

Noah Wardrip-Fruin, UC San Diego

Nick MontfortGoogle searches and Amazon recommendations, airline flightpaths and traffic lights, email and your phone: our culture runs on software.How does software shape the world? Following the first US-based Software Studies Workshop Google searches and Amazon recommendations, airline flightpaths and traffic lights, email and your phone: our culture runs on software.How does software shape the world? Following the first US-based Software Studies Workshop (May21-22, 2008 at CALIT2-San Diego), panel participants discussed what it means to study software cultures, the direction and goals of Software Studies as an emerging intellectual movement, and the intersections between Software Studies intersects and Digital Humanities.

 

Patrick Jagoda's live-blog of the panel

 

Demos

John Crawford, UC Irvine
"Dance-IT (Dance & Information Technology): A Networked Participatory Media Exhibit" (Repeat)

 

Byeong Sam Jeon, Electronic Artist
"Telematic Drum Circle" (Repeat)

 

HIPerWall Demo #2: "Viewfinder," presented by Erik Loyer, Digital Artist

Erik Loyer demonstrated "Viewfinder", a collaboration between USC's Interactive Media Division and the Institute for Creative Technologies which explores "how to seamlessly 'Flickrize' Google Earth." Under the direction of media artist Michael Naimark, the project team developed methods for users to quickly and easily situate their photographs as perfectly aligned overlays in a 3D-world model like Google Earth. By engaging a bit of human help, Viewfinder aims to make 3D geo-location of photos a straightforward, creatively driven activity. 
Erik Loyer's interactive artworks have been exhibited online and infestivals and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Prix Ars Electronica; and Transmediale. His website "The Lair of the Marrow Monkey" was one of the first to be added to the permanent collection of a major art museum, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. As Creative Director for Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular, an experimental online academic journal, Loyer has created numerous interactive essays in collaboration with leading humanities scholars including N. Katherine Hayles and David Theo Goldberg. He is the recipient of a Rockefeller Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship, and his works have been honored in the Webby Awards, the Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media, and the California Design Biennial.

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