April, 2014 discussion on -empyre- soft-skinned space:
"Critical Making in International Networks"
Moderated by Renate Ferro (US) and Timothy Murray (US) with invited guests
Denisa Kera (Singapore), Marcus Bastos (Brazil), Kevin Franklin (US), Daniel Herwitz (US) , Diana Taylor (US), Kevin Hamilton (US)
Daniel O'Donnell (Canada), Calin Man (Romania), Michael Simeone (US), Joyce Rudinsky (US) and Victoria Szabo (US).
Elizabeth Losh (US), Jentery Sayers (Canada), Nina Belojevic (Canada), Shaun Macpherson (Canada), Katielynn McQueston (Canada)
Fiona Barnett (US), Zac Zimmer (US), Viola Lasmana (US), Vivian Fritz (France)
empyre-soft-skinned space is a global community of new media artists, curators, theorists, producers, and others who participate in monthly thematic discussions via an e-mail listserv. As an alternative publishing platform, -empyre- is dedicated not only to the plurality of global perspectives reaching out beyond Australia and the Northern Hemisphere to Latin America and greater Asia but to nurturing international networks between practitioners, theorists, and educators in order to facilitate movement between the creative and research worlds in new media arts. Our aim for April is to provide a forum for considering how "making" informs and profits from international networks and collaborations. Our month-long discussion will parallel the HASTAC 2014 annual conference, Hemispheric Pathways: Critical Makers in International Networks, hosted by and held at the Ministry of Culture of Peru, in Lima, on April 24-27, 2014, http://hastac2014.org
We will collaborate discursively with our HASTAC peers and other featured guests to consider how broadly the dynamics of "making" impacts the practice and understanding of art, pedagogy, and community practice. How might the primacy of the "hands-on" and the "creative" lend emergent models for art, learning, and community participation? Of equal interest is the role of digital culture in relation to the internationality of networks, in terms of migrations, networking, and global cosmopolitanisms. Online networks have extended the range of cultural mobilities and with them the cast and reach of experience. To what extent might these new mobilities constitute emergent modes of making and/or be informed by localized practices of making? In addition to raising wide-ranging historical inquiries and broad conceptual and epistemological issues, discussants might ask whether the commonplace tropes of diaspora, hybridity, and migration suffice for understanding practices of international making and related patterns of social and cultural influences through travel, trade, education, and migration of peoples, goods, and ideas.
Renate Ferro (US) is a conceptual artist working in emerging technology and culture (renateferro.net). Most recently her work has been featured at The Freud Museum (London), The Dorksy Gallery (NY), The Hemispheric Institute and FOMMA (Mexico), The Janus Pannonius Muzeum (Hungary), and The Free University Berlin (Germany). Her work has been published in such journals as Diacritics, Theatre Journal, and Epoch. Co-Managing moderator of -empyre-, Ferro is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Cornell University teaching digital media and theory. She also directs the Tinker Factory (www.tinkerfactory.net
), a creative research lab for Research Design, Creativity, and Interdisciplinary Research.
Tim Murray (US) is Curator of the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Director of the Society for the Humanities and Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Cornell University.
Co-Managing Moderator of -empyre-, he sits on the Executive Committee of HASTAC. Author of Digital Baroque: New Media Art and Cinematic Folds (Minnesota 2008) and Zonas de Contacto: el arte en CD-ROM (Centro de la imagen, 1999), he is completing two books on Virtual Archives and Media Art in Asia, and editing volumes on Jean-Luc Nancy and Xu Bing.