Floating Points 2: Networked Art in Public Spaces
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Emerson College and New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA) announce a new speaker series that will explore ways that artists use wireless technologies to transform our interactions with one another and our urban and natural environments. This is the second (see Floating Points: Net Art Now) of a number of planned collaborations between NRPA and its world-renowned web site, Turbulence.org and Emerson College.

WHERE: Bill Bordy Theater, 216 Tremont Street, Boston; All @ 7:00 pm excepting 04.27.05 which is at 6:30 pm

ACCESS: Wheelchair accessible, free, and open to the public.

Floating Points 2: Networked Art in Public Spaces is funded by Emerson College and the LEF Foundation.

01.26.05 Anne Galloway [Listen]
02.23.05 Andy Deck and Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga
03.30.05 Pete Gomes, Jeff Knowlton/Naomi Spellman
04.27.05 Panel Discussion Julian Bleecker, Elizabeth Goodman, Greyworld, and Teri Rueb; Moderator: Anne Galloway

Anne Galloway

Anne Galloway is completing her PhD in sociology and cultural studies of technology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Researching mobile technologies, public spaces and play, the working title of her dissertation is "Urban Mobile, At Play in the Wireless City". In addition to theoretical work on mobility and urbanism, her current research includes five case studies of ubiquitous computing design for urban environments, and Galloway has presented her findings at prominent international conferences and workshops in technology, design, and sociology. Her publications include articles for academic journals and online magazines, and she regularly writes at www.purselipsquarejaw.org and www.spaceandculture.org. Galloway also teaches undergraduate courses in urban cultures and the sociology of science and technology, where she and her students play as much as possible.

Andy Deck

Andy Deck is a media artist specializing in Internet art. His work addresses the politics and aesthetics of collaboration, interactivity, software, and independent media. Deck started making what he has called "public art for the Internet" in 1994. Since then he has been at the forefront of aesthetic research into the creative possibilities of the Internet as a medium. In addition to being an image producer, he now acts as a collaborator, cyberspace architect, and programmer. His aesthetic program seeks a cultural break from the modernization of passive consumerism. Using the site ARTCONTEXT.NET, he combines code, text, and image, demonstrating new patterns of participation and control that distinguish online presence and representation from previous artistic practices.

Deck collaborates with the environmentalist arts organization Transnational Temps and with the Athens-based arts collective, Personal Cinema. In addition to numerous online exhibitions, his work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Barcelona), PS1-MoMA (NYC), Net_Condition (ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany), and the Moving Image Gallery (NYC). Further recognition and awards include mention at Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), a Webby Award nomination, Art Futura (Spain), and a VIDA LIFE 4.0 prize (Spain). Deck received his MFA in Computer Art at School of Visual Arts, NYC, and he completed post-graduate studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. He has taught at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Sarah Lawrence College, and New York University. Currently, he teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga

Ricardo Miranda Zuniga grew up between Nicaragua, and San Francisco. Although his formal education has been within the borders of the United States, his personal perspectives and ideology have been molded by a bicultural reality, consisting of such polar elements as Disneyland and the Nicaraguan Leftist Revolutionary movement. A bicultural upbringing tied to a multidisciplinary education has lead to work that attempts to cultivate interaction with the viewer and may include performance, sculpture, video and audio, the Internet or a combination of all. The principle behind the work is communication as a creative process.

Jeff Knowlton and Naomi Spellman

Jeff Knowlton has worked professionally as an artist, musician, lecturer, programmer, and museum preparator. His art has been included in AIM IV, Imagine 2001, and Siggraph 2000. He is a recipient of a New Forms Initiative Grant funded by the NEA and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2000, Jeff designed an interactive text environment for an international conference on aging sponsored by The Centre for Global Dialogue in Reuschlikon Switzerland. He has created interactive solutions for clients such as Mattel and Union Bank of California. avant guard jazz musician He currently teaches Interactive Narrative in the Interdisciplinary Computing Arts Program at the University of California, San Diego.

Naomi Spellman is a transmedia artist and educator. Her work includes networked art, video, interactive computer-based works, and graphic prints. Spellman has exhibited nationally and abroad, including ASCII Digital 2000, The Harvard Map Collection, and the DART IV Symposium on Digital Arts and Culture. She currently teaches a seminar on Mobile Wireless Applications, as well as Senior Thesis Project Development in the Interdisciplinary Computing Arts Program at the University of California, San Diego.

Pete Gomes

Pete Gomes is a freelance Director and digital film lecturer at the Architectural Association, London. He held a Gulbenkian New Technologies Research Post at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London from 1996-98, where he formulated ideas and strategies that helped establish the ICA New Media Centre. Gomes was a supporter and consistent presence within the now 'legendary London net lounge' Backspace. He has collaborated on numerous digital film, art, and technology projects across the UK and Europe many of which fuse elements of new technologies and film; while rooted in the language of film, celluloid, and experimental cinema, Gomes operates within the landscape of the internet, wireless technologies, databases, computer editing, portable computers and GPS.

Recent works include "TG 030303," a 60 minute video installation of a performance by Throbbing Gristle; "[h]Interland," a new dance film commission for Shobana Jeyasingh which was shot in India and premiered in London as part of Dance Umbrella 2002; and a collaboration with Michael Nyman stemming from a film he made for painter Anthoni Malinowski. His films have been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Vienna; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Leeds; International Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona; Gallery Entropia, Poland; and the Kiev International Media Festival, amongst many other venues.

Julian Bleecker

Julian Bleecker has been involved in technology design for over 15 years, creating mobile, wireless, and networked-based applications across a diversity of project idioms including entertainment, art-technology, brand marketing, university research and development, interactive advertising and museum exhibition. His expertise is technology implementation, innovation and concept development. Bleecker is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California's Interactive Media Division and Critical Theory departments, where he participates in a research group at the Annenberg Center's Institute for Media Literacy exploring the future of mobile technology applications. He has a Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Board at the University of California Santa Cruz, a Masters of Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

Elizabeth Goodman

Elizabeth Goodman's design, writing, and research focuses on critical thinking and creative exploration at the intersections of new digital technologies, social life and urban spaces. Her work has been shown at Paris' la Cite des sciences et de l'industrie, as well as at a number of international conferences such as CHI 2003, DIS 2004 and Ubicomp 2004. She is currently a visiting lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her recent projects include: digital street game-mobile gaming on street corners (with Michele Chang); Jabberwocky a familiar stranger exploration--Comfort, and Play in Public Spaces (with Eric Paulos); and the sensing beds- slow technology for beds (with Marion Misilim)

Greyworld (Andrew Shoben)

Greyworld is a group of London-based artists who create urban work. Their work finds expression through the mediums of installation. Sculpture and multiples. Founded by Andrew Shoben in 1993, Greyworld does interactive urban art for "the people who buy cans of beans," not for the elite; and their installations involve the public as much as possible. Their most recent work, Bins and Benches, involves six or seven park benches installed at various locations in a park in Cambridge, England, and close by, the same number of bins positioned to collect rubbish. But this street furniture is very different. Each bench and bin is able to roam freely in the space, interacting with the other species that inhabit their world. "In many ways Greyworld represents the shape of things to come. The hybrid mix of artist, designer, urban planner and musician, producing works that create new spaces for play, fun and contemplation - making manifest things which previously might only have been allowed space in the far corners of our imaginations." (Clive Gilman)

Andrew Shoben is a former lecturer at the Royal College of Art, and is a visiting Professor to several Universities in the UK and the US. He is a Research Fellow at Goldsmiths University. Since 1999, he has been aspecial advisor to the Arts Council of England (LAB) and has recently been nominated for a NESTA fellowship. Andrew regularly gives guest lectures around the world, including the Kitchen, New York, The Design Indaba, Cape Town and GrafikEurope - Barcelona. This year he will speak at conferences in Malaysia, Los Angeles and Shanghai.

Teri Rueb

Teri Rueb's large-scale responsive spaces and location-aware installations explore issues of architecture and urbanism, landscape and the body, and sonic and acoustic space. Works include The Choreography of Everyday Movement (2001) in which she collaborated with dancers in reflecting on the ways in which political and technological control systems shape the built environment and influence our everyday movement through it. Rueb exhibits and lectures widely in international venues. She is Assistant Professor of Digital Media (Graduate department) at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

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