Technology and Art with Colleen Ludwig and Timothy Noble • Sunday, March 9th, 2pm, Burchfield Penney, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
BURCHFIELD PENNEY ART CENTER
Artists are always influenced by the opportunities that surround them. They settle in communities with affordable studios, they source materials that are accessible and develop new ways to convey meaning through the tools that exist. Colleen Ludwig, the artist who developed the installation Shiver and Timothy Noble who created The Semi-Automatic Chalkboard have both integrated cutting-edge technology to broaden our relationships to concepts. Ludwig, through the use of processors, pumps and sensors enhances our understanding of how we are connected to the world around us. Noble assess labor, the making process and how there is a convergence between the technology of industry and what we make.
These artists along with Burchfield Penney Art Center curators Scott Propeack and Tullis Johnson will discuss how their art and that of others is tracking ever changing with opportunities that arise. Specifically, the impact of technology and tools previously only available to the wealthiest of industrialists.
PLASMA PRESENTS: Tony Cokes • Monday, March 10, 6:30 pm, Center for the Arts Screening Room, UB North Campus
DEPARTMENT OF MEDIA STUDY
Tony Cokes works in video and multi-media installation. Juxtaposing re-edited broadcast and archival footage with quotations in the form of texts and voiceovers, Cokes’s experimental documentaries explore the ideological implications of media representation and rhetoric. His work foregrounds theoretical questions of racial and sexual difference, enunciation, and history. http://www.vdb.org/artists/tony-cokes
Matthew Gold • Tuesday, March 11th, 3:30pm, Clemens 306, UB North Campus
DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP AND CULTURES
Matthew Gold will be presenting at 3:30 on March 11th in Clemens 306. The title of his presentation is “Approaching the Digital Humanities: Practices, Texts, Communities.” He is an associate professor of English and Digital Humanities at CUNY and is co-director of the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative. He will be discussing his work in the digital humanities as well as providing some insight into the current directions of digital humanities research and professional opportunities. Professor Gold’s background is in 19th-century American literature, and he has done DH work on Walt Whitman, among other things. His presentation will be useful for any students who have questions about the growing role of digital humanities in the academy.
BABEL: Susan Lori-Parks • Tuesday, March 11th, 8pm, Kleinhans Music Hall, 71 Symphony Circle, Buffalo
JUST BUFFALO LITERARY CENTER
Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most exciting and acclaimed playwrights in American drama today. She is the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for the Broadway hit Topdog/Underdog and is a MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient. Her work is the subject of the PBS film The Topdog Diaries and her project 365Days/365Plays was produced in over 700 theaters worldwide, creating one of the largest grassroots collaborations in theater history. Other plays include The Book Of Grace; In the Blood (2000 Pulitzer Prize finalist); Venus (1996 OBIE Award); Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (1990 OBIE Award for Best New American Play); and The America Play. Recent projects include her adaptation of the classic opera Porgy and Bess which earned her a Tony Award and her experimental solo show, Watch Me Work. Parks teaches at NYU and is at work on her second novel. Her BABEL appearance—combining high-energy performance with storytelling and humor—is not to be missed.
pincushioned • Wednesday, March 12th, 7:30pm, Black Box Theater, Center for the Arts, UB North Campus
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
The Hiller Computer Music Studios of the Department of Music presents the interactive media duo pincushioned in the Center for the Arts’ Black Box Theater on March 12 at 7:30 pm. (admission free), featuring original works along with pieces by Robert Esler, Glenn Hackbarth, Casey Daniel Lentz, Cort Lippe, and John Luther Adams. . pincushioned is a live interactive media duo from Phoenix, Arizona featuring Barry Moon and Doug Nottingham. Since 2007 the group has been seeking to reexamine multimedia by artfully combining emerging and anachronistic technologies to create improvised performances with non-linear sound and visuals. The group frequently appears in festival, gallery and concert settings, often incorporating site-specific elements and trans-media arts collaborations. pincushioned is on a national tour this spring, featuring performances and congruent master-class presentations, as well guest lecture/demonstrations and collaborative performances at more than 25 host institutions and venues. Additional information and work samples are available at pincushioned.net.
John Cassavetes’ Killing of a Chinese Bookie • Tuesday, March 11th, 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
upcoming Techne events
Civil Wars Conference • Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29
Techne is pleased to co-sponsor with UB’s Humanities Insititute the “Civil Wars: Narrating Horror & Hope” Conference on March 28-29. The conference will bring together prominent scholars from across the humanities, including historians, anthropologists and artists, to examine civil conflicts in many times and places. ubcivilwars.wordpress.com
Big Art Group Residency • March 31 through April 14
Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson of Big Art Group will be Techne artists in residence, working with UB faculty and students to create new work in Buffalo.
Performing Economies • Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6
Performing Economies seeks to investigate the renewed interest in alternative economic models that has emerged in response to the devastating effects of the global economic downturn. Juxtaposing concerns for financial viability with the value of cultural activity and the necessity for environmental sustainability, Performing Economies will focus on the performative, social, and political dimensions of urban revitalization initiatives. In addition, we will examine how these increasingly visible systems of exchange build on earlier forms of barter, local currency, worker cooperatives, and mutual aid. This colloquium will highlight a range of projects and practices that re-evaluate older strategies of urban development and survival and suggest progressive and radical approaches to supporting the lives of individuals and communities.
From April 4-6, 2014, these circuits of exchange will be activated through discussions, performances, bus tours, shared meals, and improvisation. Conceived of as a colloquium rather than a conference, our hope is that new networks and partnerships will be cultivated through the intersection of the city’s social fabric and contributions from regional and international scholars, artists, and activists. Participants include Silvia Federici, Mary Mattingly, Renee Ridgway, and Andrew Herscher. Disorientalism and Larry Bogad will perform. performingeconomies.org