The fourth coast, revisited (article)

The author travelled for two and a half months by canoe and other modes of transport down the entire length of the Mississippi River with the Mississippi. An Anthropocene River project. Reflecting on this journey, this essay revisits Catherine Brown and William Morrish’s 1991 essay, The Fourth Coast: An Expedition on the Mississippi River, in

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Rupture of the Virtual

Book Release! Rupture of the Virtual is an examination of a concept of the material and the invaluable resources it offers for critical thinking today. In a multifaceted analysis, the book considers the theoretical reasons for the material’s exclusion from media theory and details the military origins of computing interface technologies, such as the Head-up

AN AESTHETICS OF DISPLACEMENT

(Written as an introduction to the Anthropocene Film Residency. Read more about the project on the Anthropocene Curriculum website.) 1 Looking down on St. Anthony Falls from the walls of the lock and dam infrastructure, one can marvel at this feat of technical engineering. The river runs over an artificial concrete platform creating the Falls.

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Nam June Paik book project (draft description)

Ai Weiwei, With Wind (2015) What are we to make of the Orientalist motifs in recent high profile global art? Among examples to list here are Zhang Xiaogang’s monochromatic family portraits seemingly set during the Cultural Revolution, Ai Weiwei’s paper dragon for Alcatraz, and Cai Guo-Qiang’s references to historical figures from first millenia China. These

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Culture’s exemption from free trade: A study of media’s autonomy in the World Trade Organization

Culture’s exemption from free trade: A study of media’s autonomy in the World Trade Organization

Infinity and spinning pinwheels of death

(Written about CAA’s project for Northern Lights AOV6.) Read the publication. The Center for Advanced Application’s (CAA) newest product, Infinity, makes visual reference to a class of animated icons that user interface developers refer to as activity progress indicators. These icons not only include the much maligned spinning wheel (suggested by Infinity), but also the

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Encounters with the Material: Krzysztof Wodiczko and site-specific media art

Forthcoming in Discourse. This article examines media practices that open encounters with the material as a critical intervention into the virtual condition.  It addresses Krzysztof Wodiczko’s site-specific large-scale image projections as an example of this type of media practice.  Wodiczko’s work has been characterized as “interrogative,” that is, critical of social and political problems associated

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Whither the Material in New Media Studies?

Read article in communication+1: special issue on new materialisms Title: Whither the Material in New Media Studies? Abstract: This article addresses how new media theory has been founded on an endemic exclusion and erasure of a concept of the material, because of the ascendancy of a concept of the virtual in theoretical and historical research

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