Yale Lecture Series Will Feature Artists and Cutting-Edge Technology

A new lecture series at Yale this spring will feature artists who use virtual reality, interactive video and other cutting-edge technologies to comment on the role of technology in today's culture.

A new lecture series at Yale this spring will feature artists who use virtual reality, interactive video and other cutting-edge technologies to comment on the role of technology in today’s culture.

The series, called “…With Technological Means: Artists, Theorists and Curators Working in New Media,” is sponsored by the Digital Media Center for the Arts (DMCA), a state-of-the-art Yale facility that promotes interdisciplinary collaborations using digital media.

The first lecturer will be Natalie Jeremijenko, a visiting lecturer in engineering at Yale who has been described by The New York Times as “one of the most provocative artists of the decade” for her work in “tangible media.”

Her talk, “With Technological Means,” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, in Hastings Hall of the Art & Architecture Building, 180 York St. The lecture, like all the offerings in the series, is free and open to the public.

Jeremijenko is a design engineer who is interested in the sociotechnical aspects of product design – that is, in how product innovations are generated. At Yale, she has worked extensively to help build the engineering department’s design studio. Jeremijenko, who is pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Stanford University, has put her scientific skills to use in the creation of artistic projects that take such abstracts as “information” and give them physical form.

For instance, her project “Livewire” is a “3-D, real-time Internet traffic indicator” that offers viewers tangible proof of how many people are using the local area network. The installation consists of a wire that hangs from the ceiling and is programmed to move in response to the amount of data being exchanged across the local ethernet system: The busier the network, the more the wire wiggles.

Another project, “Trigger, the Loma Prieta Pony,” takes the concept of the bucking bronco “kiddy ride” to a new level: The ride on this machine replicates the ground motion of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake.

“A lot of my work is about the materiality of information,” says Jeremijenko, who recently won a Rockefeller Fellowship. “Information is understood to be immaterial – without physical substance. In my work, I look at ways that information and technology can be seen to be materially active, not just ‘out there’ in the tradition of cyberspace.”

Also speaking in the series …

The series “…With Technological Means” will also feature the following speakers. All the events will be held on Tuesdays at the time and location listed above:

March 30 – “Critical Vehicles” by Krysztof Wodiczko, who has employed a variety of interactive sculptural, design, photographic and video elements in his work, which addresses such issues as militarism, xenophobia, urban violence, domestic abuse and homelessness.

April 6 – “Unexpected Obstacles” by Perry Hoberman, an installation and performance artist who has been called one of the foremost media artists in the country for his work in virtual reality.

April 13 – “21st-Century Investing Strategies” by members of RTMark (or, more formally (TMark), a group that supports the “informative alteration of corporate products” by using public capital to support such projects as the Barbie Liberation Organization.

April 20 – “In the Ocean of Streams of Story” by Grahame Weinbren, a filmmaker who creates “interactive cinema” installations for museums, galleries and festivals around the world.

April 27 – “From Here On,” a panel discussion featuring curators, theorists and artists Neil Seiling, Tim Druckrey, Barbara London, Rachel Green and Aaron Betsky.

For further information about the series, contact natalie.jeremijenko@yale.edu or see www.yale.edu/dmca/.

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