Techne Institute Events
Friday, April 18, 2-3:30 pm, Clemens 436, UB North Campus
The Committee for Digital Scholarship and Culture invites you to join Worthy Martin, Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia, who will present a talk entitled “IATH: Nexus of Collaborative Scholarship.”
The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities was created in 1992 with the mission of transforming scholarship in the humanities. However, the transformation was conceptualized as being scholar-driven, namely, creating a context in which humanities faculty propose specific projects crucial to their scholarship and then join a team to collaborate in the design and creation of the scholarship they envision. To implement this mission a Fellowship program was established for UVa faculty, with external funding making similar collaborations with faculty beyond UVa. The topic areas covered by these collaborations range from architectural history to English literature; from American history to archaeology; from medieval manuscripts to endangered languages; from architectural soundscapes to collective biographies of women. Are there common threads in such diverse endeavors? Are there enabling conditions? Are there limiting factors? These aspects of digital humanities will be presented in the context of the rich history of scholarship at IATH, such as The Rossetti Archive, Leonardo’s Treatise on Painting, The Blake Archive and Soundscape Architecture.
Arts & Technology in and around the University at Buffalo
Julie Rozman Doing Things
Saturday, April 19, 7-10pm, Hi-Temp Fabrication, 79 Perry Street, Buffalo
Julie Rozman’s MFA thesis show, doing things, opens with a reception from 7 to 10 on Saturday, April 19. Show continues M-F 11a-4p through April 25th,
Monday, April 21, 1 pm, The Gender Institute (Commons 207), UB North Campus
LANDSCAPE ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES
Benyan Ransom of Civil Structural and Enviromental Engineering will give a talk titled, “Epistemological Pluralism of Degraded Landscapes: Using Native American Toponyms in Ecosystem Restoration”
PLASMA: Alessandra Renzi
Monday, April 21, 6:30 pm, Center for the Arts Screening Room (112), UB North Campus
DEPARTMENT OF MEDIA STUDY
Alessandra Renzi is assistant professor in Emergent Media for the Department of Art + Design and for the Program in Media and Screen Studies at Northeastern University. Her interdisciplinary work explores the linkages between media, art and activism through ethnographic studies and media art projects. Her interests have led her to be part of, and study, pirate television networks in Italy and to investigate the surveillance of social movements in Canada. Her book Infrastructure Critical: Sacrifice at Toronto’s G8/G20 Summit,co-authored with Greg Elmer, was published in 2012. As part of her past research on surveillance and dissent she co-produced the documentary Preempting Dissent: Policing the Crisis, a collaborative, open source project incorporating footage crowd-sourced through media activist networks. Alessandra’s community media art interventions interrogate and build upon the habits and practices that emerge in connection with social media technologies. She is the co-creator with Roberta Buiani of Activism beyond the Interface: The Sandbox Project, an artivist project located at the intersection between face-to-face and interface. This work has been featured internationally in venues like the Transmediale Festival in Berlin, the Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro in Sao Paulo and the Queens Museum of Art. Her current research and artivist work focus on the design and socio-cultural impact of participatory networks and social media platforms for collaboration.
Screening: The Missing Picture (2013)
Tuesday, April 22, 5pm, Center for the Arts Screening Room (112), UB North Campus
CENTER FOR GLOBAL MEDIA, ASIAN STUDIES, and HISTORY
Presented by The Center for Global Media, UB Asian Studies Program and Department of History. Introduction by Dr. Tanya Shilina-Conte, Department of Media Study and post-screening discussion led by Professor Liana Vardi, Department of History.
Synopsis “The missing picture: maybe it’s the images of genocide that don’t exist. Maybe they’re lost, maybe they’re buried somewhere, maybe someone hid them.” Rithy Panh
“The Missing Picture” is the first Cambodian film nominated for the Academy Award in the foreign film category (2014). It explores the childhood memories of director Rithy Panh who spent four years living in the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge era in Cambodia left more than 1.7 million people dead, from starvation, medical neglect, slave-like working conditions and execution. In a bold and imaginative leap, Rithy Panh’s personal story is pictured via carved clay figurines, overlaid by archival footage and narration.
Tommy Lee Jones’ The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Tuesday, April 22, 7pm, Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St
BUFFALO FILM SEMINAR SERIES
Each week Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson introduce a film, the film is screened, we take a brief break, and then have an open discussion with students in a University at Buffalo film class and anyone else who cares to join. http://csac.buffalo.edu/bfs.html
Wednesday, April 23, 6pm, 301 Crosby Hall, UB South Campus
ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING
Billie Faircloth, AIA, is the Research Director at KieranTimberlake, a prominent architecture firm established in 1984 and a leader in practice-based architectural research and innovative buildings. She leads a transdisciplinary group of professionals leveraging research, design, and problem-solving processes from fields as diverse as environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. She fosters collaboration between disciplines, trades, academies, and industries in order to define a relevant problem-solving boundary for the built environment. In her professional and academic research she conspires to pursue an answer to the question: “Why do we build the way that we do?”
Billie oversees the deep investigations that initiate and inform each project at KieranTimberlake. During design, she guides teams in questioning and answering through empirical experiments, prototypes, and custom analysis tools created by the research group. She participates in the development of technology to inform high-performance design, including Wireless Sensor Networks, Predictive Temperature Modeling Tools, and Tally™, an application for Revit that provides accurate life-cycle data and reporting tools to designers. She is leading the development of Ideal Choice Homes, an affordable, quick-to-build housing solution for India.
Billie currently lectures at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. Prior to joining KieranTimberlake, she was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she instructed research studios exploring applications for conventional and emerging material technologies and conducted seminars on emerging construction and fabrication technologies.
Science & Art Cabaret 13.0: DATA MINE, DATA YOURS
Wednesday, April 23, 7 pm, Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave
HALLWALLS CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER
“How do we cope with Big Data? How do we play with it? How do we make it beautiful?” says Will Kinney, Physics, “Come on April 23 and hear leading local thinkers grapple with the issues, and have fun along the way.”
Alex Derwick and Byron Rich, Alex Derwick and Byron Rich, UB visual studies instructors and techno-potentiality producers. Their presentation is titled, “Autonomous Player Simulation: Electronic Gaming With Physical Results.”
E. Bruce Pitman, dean of the UB College of Arts & Sciences and a mathematics professor. His presentation is titled, “Data Is Not Knowledge — But It Is Trouble.”
Sarah Bay-Cheng, director of the Techne Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies at UB, and a professor of theatre and dance. Her presentation is titled, “If Surveillance, Then Performance, or, All the World’s a Screen.”
John Massier, visual arts curator for Hallwalls. His presentation is titled, “Casual Data Mining in the Artwork of Jennifer Dalton.”
The medley of speakers provides a window into how the age of Big Data is altering society, “creating new art and performance, new science, new forms of political protest and new problems,” Kinney says.
Data Mine, Data Yours is the third event in the Science & Art Cabaret’s 2013-14 season. The series, organized by the UB College of Arts and Sciences, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and the Buffalo Museum of Science, brings artists and researchers together several times a year to discuss how a common theme relates to their work. Meant for a general audience, the talks are enlightening, exciting and fun.
Thursday, April 24, 5 pm, 640 Clemens, UB North Campus
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE: JUST THEORY
Rebecca Comay, Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, will give a talk entitled, “Paradoxes of Lament: Benjamin and Hamlet.”