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"New Media and the Middle East" on -empyre-

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Timothy Murray <[log in to unmask]>

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Timothy Murray <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 8 Feb 2011 00:20:43 -0500

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>  >February 2011 on -empyre- soft_skinned space
>>
>>"New Media and the Middle East"
>>
>>Moderated by Renate Ferro (US) and Tim Murray
>>(US) with Mirene Arsanios (Lebanon), Eliot Bates
>>(US), Isak Berbic (UAE), Tarek Elhaik  (US),
>>Mayssa Fattouh (Qatar), Shuruq Harb (Palestine),
>>Horit Herman Peled (IS), Laura U. Marks (Cn),
>>Kevin and Jennifer McCoy (US/UAE), Nat Müller
>>(Netherlands), Larissa Sansour (UK).
>
>http://empyre.library.cornell.edu/
>
>This month's geopolitical focus on new media and
>the Middle East will provide a framework for
>engaging in a wide-range of interdisciplinary
>approaches to new media art and theory.
>Featured guests will introduce their practices
>across a range of media and cultural traditions,
>from video, interactive, and relational media to
>photography, sound, and gaming.  Equally
>important will be curatorial and social
>initiatives.    In so doing they will engage in a
>discussion of how  the cultural, political, and
>theoretical specificities of the Middle East
>contribute to and impact artistic practice?  What
>role does technology play in artistic and
>curatorial practice, and how do Middle Eastern
>histories, customs, and politics inform this
>contribution?  Is there a way that new
>technologies and their artistic expression
>enhance reflection on geopolitical considerations
>important to the region and its reception?  Or
>might new technology itself exemplify the
>paradoxes or tensions that in themselves have
>informed the artistic and curatorial practices of
>our guests.  And, flowing from January's
>discussion, how might the list's discussion of
>the Netopticon dialogue with artistic and
>curatorial practices in the Middle East?  Are
>there ways that flows between artistic and
>geopolitical  borders contribute to political and
>conceptual thinking about the "Middle" as it
>informs both "East" and "West"?
>
>=================================================================
>Moderated by:
>Renate Ferro (US) is a conceptual and new media
>artist working in emerging technology,
>participatory installation, and digital culture.
>She is the Co-Managing Moderator of  -empyre- and
>the art/imaging editor of the journal diacritics
>published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.
>She teaches in the College of Architecture, Art,
>and Planning at Cornell University.  She has
>recently staged participatory exhibitions and
>installations  in Berlin, Chiapas, Mexico, and
>Pécs, Hungary.  She directed an intervention in
>October for -empyre- at the Making Sense
>Colloquium at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and
>teaches new media and conceptual art at Cornell
>University.
>
>Tim Murray (US) is the Curator of the Rose
>Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell
>University and Co-Managing Moderator of
>-empyre-.  He is Director of the Society for the
>Humanities and Professor Comparative Literature
>and English at Cornell.  He sits on the Steering
>Committee of HASTAC and is the author of numerous
>books and articles on new media, film and video,
>contemporary art, performance, and theory,
>including Digital Baroque: New Media Art and
>Cinematic Folds.
>
>Featured Guests:
>
>Mirene Arsanios (Lebanon)  is curator, critic,
>and co-founder of 98weeks Project Space and
>artist organization in Beirut.  She studied art
>history in Rome and received her Masters in
>Contemporary Art from Goldsmiths College, London.
>She previously worked as a researcher at Ashkal
>Alwan and as an Assistant Curator at MACRO,
>Museum of Contemporary Art Rome. She now teaches
>at the American University of Beirut.
>
>Eliot Bates (US) is an ethnomusicologist
>specializing in digital audio recording cultures
>and the production of contemporary music in
>Istanbul, Turkey.   He is a Society for the
>Humanities ACLS Fellow in Music at Cornell
>University.  He has published, Music in Turkey:
>Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Oxford)
>and co=founded the dancecult.net collaborative
>bibliography project and the open source journal,
>Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music
>Culture.
>
>Isak Berbic (UAE) is an artist, writer and
>lecturer born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, at that
>time called Yugoslavia. In 1992 as Yugoslavia
>dissolved and Bosnia was under attack, he and his
>family became refugees, moving from Croatia,
>through the Czech Republic to a refugee camp in
>Denmark, and lastly to the United States.  In
>2007 he moved to the Middle East; United Arab
>Emirates, where he currently teaches media at the
>College of Fine Arts and Design, University of
>Sharjah. He is a continuing contributor to
>numerous projects and publications on
>contemporary art. His research deals with
>histories, politics, tragedy, memory, humor,
>exile, and the limits of representation.
>
>Tarek Elhaik (US) is an anthropologist, film
>curator, and Assistant Professor of Cinema
>Studies at San Francisco State University. He situates his conceptual,
>sensorial and ethnographic investigations of Modernity at the frontier
>of anthropology, trans-cultural cinema, contemporary media arts and
>curatorial work. He is particularly interested in the intersection between
>the history of clinical concepts, political culture, curatorial
>practice, and new media practices in both Latin America and the Middle
>East.
>
>Mayssa Fattouh (Qatar) is an independent curator
>and cultural practitioner born in Beirut and
>currently based in Doha Qatar. Fattouh has been
>developing her practice between Beirut, Dubai and
>Bahrain where she worked as Curatorial and
>Program Manager at Al Riwaq Gallery. Her latest
>ongoing project
><http://receptiveground.blogspot.com/>Receptive
>Ground, is a web based archive platform
>addressing subjects of art and culture in the
>Middle East and the Arab Gulf. Fattouh is
>currently pursuing her Master's of Arts in
>Communication at The European Graduate School in
>Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
>
>Shuruq Harb (Palestine) is an artist based in
>Ramallah, Palestine. Working with text and
>photography, her artistic practice deals with
>issues around writing, language and image.  Harb
>has worked on several online projects such Across
>Borders in 2005/2006, and is currently developing
>online photography courses for  Birzeit
>University 's Virtual Gallery. She is the
>co-founder of ArtTerritories, an online platform
>for critical exchange on matters of art and
>visual culture in the Middle East and the Arab
>World.
>
>Horit Herman Peled (Israel) is an artist, peace
>activist, and theorist.  She resides in Tel Aviv
>and teaches new media and theory at the Art
>Institute, Oranim College, Israel.
>Horit Herman Peled is an artist, peace activist
>and theorist. Resides in Tel Aviv and teaches new
>media and theory at the Art Institute, Oranim
>College, Israel. Most recent publication: "Post
>Post Zionism: Confronting the Demise of the
>Two-State Solution," New Left Review, 67,
>January-February 2011 (co-authored with Yoav
>Peled).
>
>Laura U. Marks (Canada) is the Dena Wosk
>University Professor of Art and Culture Studies
>at Simon Fraser University.  A scholar, theorist,
>and curator of independent and experimental media
>arts, she is the author of The Skin of the Film:
>Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses
>(Duke University Press, 2000),Touch: Sensuous
>Theory and Multisensory  Media (Minnesota
>University Press, 2002).  Several years of
>research in Islamic art history and philosophy
>gave rise to her new book Enfoldment and
>Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art
>(MIT Press, 2010). She has curated programs of
>experimental media for venues around the world.
>Her current research interests are the media arts
>of the Arab and Muslim world, intercultural
>perspectives on new media art, and philosophical
>approaches to materiality and information culture.
>
>Kevin and Jennifer McCoy (US/UAE) are a Brooklyn,
>New York couple who make art together, and are
>now located in Abu Dhabi while Kevin launches the
>art program at the Persian Gulf campus of New
>York University.  Their current exhibition at
>Postmasters in New York, "Abu Dhabi is Love
>Forever" explores their experiences in the media
>rich environment of the UAE.  They work with
>interactive media, film, performance and
>installation to explore personal experience in
>relation to new technology, the mass media, and
>global commerce.  They often re-examine classic
>genres and works of cinema, science fiction or
>television narrative, creating sculptural
>objects, net art, robotic movies or live
>performance.
>
>Nat Müller (Netherlands) is an independent
>curator and critic based in Rotterdam. She has
>held positions as staff curator at V2_, Institute
>for Unstable Media (Rotterdam) and De Balie,
>Centre for Culture and Politics (Amsterdam). Her
>main interests include: the intersections of
>aesthetics, media and politics; (new) media and
>art in the Middle East. She has published
>articles in off- and online media. Her  projects
>include Xeno_Sonic: a series of experimental
>sound performances from the Middle East
>(Amsterdam, 2005), the workshop 'Between a Rock
>and a Hard Place? Negotiating Artistic Practice,
>Audiences, Representation and Collaboration
>within Local and International Frameworks'
>(Amman, 2007).  She was the first
>curator-in-residence at the Townhouse Gallery in
>Cairo (2008-2009), and serves as an advisor on
>Euro-Med collaboration to the ECF and the
>European Commission.
>
>Larissa Sansour (UK) was born in Jerusalem and
>lives in London after studying  Fine Art in
>Copenhagen, London, and New York.  Her work is
>immersed in the current political dialogue and
>utilizes video art, photography, experimental
>documentary, the book form and the internet.  By
>approximating the nature, reality, and complexity
>of life in Palestine and the Middle East to
>visual forms normally associated with television
>and televised pastime, her schemes clash with the
>gravity expected from works commenting on the
>region.  She has participated in the Busan
>Biennial in Korea, the Third Guangzhou Triennial,
>Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, PhotoCairo4,
>Dubai International Film Festival, Istanbul
>Biennial and Liverpool Biennial.
>--
>Renate Ferro and Tim Murray
>Managing Co-Moderators, -empyre- a soft-skinned-space
>Department of Art/ Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art
>Cornell University
>_______________________________________________
Timothy Murray
Director, Society for the Humanities
http://www.arts.cornell.edu/sochum/
Curator, The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell Library
http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
A. D. White House
27 East Avenue
Cornell University
>Ithaca, New York 14853


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