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April 28, 2008

Catherine Richards

Ourr discussions about presence, sensing presence reminded me of the work of
Catherine Richards.

Some of her work focuses on the body and subtle fields of electromagnetic energy, including her explorations of unplugged in what she refers to as a "total immersion in a wireless circuit."

Artwork related to these explorations:

Curiosity Cabinet

Shroud Chrysalis

Shroud Chrysalis II

She discusses her work and relates some of her thinking about the the human body, media environments and technological fields in this excerpt:

"In the cyberspace of contemporary new technologies the theme of self-determination is being replayed in the image of the autonomous cyborg.

Much of this attempt to reconstruct self determination in new media environments focuses on the meeting of body and machine: a cyborg state of half metal and half flesh. In the main stream technological, scientific and pop narratives the cyborg simply appropriates more machine power for the autonomous self.

In contrast I see these electronic computer environments as irrevocably blurring the boundaries between body and machine and multiples of bodies and machines, thereby profoundly shifting any notion of the autonomous self. There are immense implications for our material bodies and our virtual, physic selves in these ambiguous environments. Not only do these states undermine our construction of autonomy but we have not developed any other notion of subjectivity to take its place.

Other works of mine explored this permeable boundary in new technological environments. These pieces used interactive computer technologies to hold up this slippage of the self as we have known it."

April 25, 2008

As We May Think

Originally published in 1945, Vannevar Bush's article, "As We May Think" is often referenced for it prescient suggestion that technological development previously focused on war machines could instead attend to making recorded human knowledge more broadly accessible.

You Are Cyborg

Related to Ceri's and Jane's presentations about cyborgs, this Wired article, Issue 5.02 | Feb 1997 authored by Hari Kunzru proposes that "for Donna Harawy, we are already assimilated."

You Are Cyborg

April 21, 2008

mid thesis exhibition installation

I would like to invite our class to my thesis exhibition installation and get feedback about what people


Cyborg PowerPoint & Readings

Per Diane's request, here is my presentation PowerPoint from a few weeks ago:
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As far as recommended readings, some of the most interesting sources I've found so far are...

  • The Cyborg Handbook. Chris Hables Gray, Ed., with Heidi J. Figueroa-Sarriera & Steven Mentor. New York: Routledge, 1995.
  • Haraway, Donna J. Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: the Reinvention of Nature. New York: Routledge, 1991.
  • Muri, Allison. The Enlightenment Cyborg: A History of Communications and Control in the Human Machine, 1660-1830. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007.
  • Rorvick, David, As Man Becomes Machine: The Evolution of the Cyborg. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1971
  • For machine/memory, check out...

  • Bush, Vannevar, “As We May Think,â€? in The New Media Reader, Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montfort, Eds. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2003.
  • Wiener, Norbert. “Men, Machines, and the World About,â€? in The New Media Reader, Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montfort, Eds. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2003.

  • April 14, 2008


    So this is after the fact, but for the sake of posterity, on Monday, April 7, Jane and I presented on cyborgs. I started things off with a brief discussion of what constitutes a cyborg and various authors' definitions thereof, followed by a bit of history of the term and a look at machines and memory. If you're interested in any of the sources I cited, or have any of your own to contribute, please comment away!

    April 12, 2008

    Presentation by Meng Tang

    I'd like to make a presentation on "Technology as an extension of ourselves". Your advice will be much appreciated. Thanks.

    April 10, 2008

    Eric Rodenbeck

    Monday evening April 14th we will meet at

    5:45 p.m. in 100 Rapson Hall

    to hear:

    Eric Rodenbeck

    founder and creative director, Stamen Design, San Francisco
    Visualizing Urban Data Streams

    cabspotting project

    Spring 2008 College of Design lecture

    April 7, 2008

    A Cyborg Manifesto

    In 1985, Donna Haraway wrote "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century,"

    This is currently included as a chapter of the book Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (New York; Routledge, 1991), pp.149-181.

    You can find the Cyborg Manifesto text here

    April 6, 2008

    Presentation and Critique

    At the moment, my hope is to present a project for feedback. I am tossing around the idea of this project taking the form of a workshop, which will lead to the creation of an artwork.

    April 4, 2008

    Artistic process

    My discussion will focus on Artistic Process. I will present readings to support the process along with an example for critique. I'll post more about the subject from now until my presentation on May 12th.

    Colloquium Guide

    During each of these seminar meetings, there will be two or three colloquium presentations.

    Based on our early discussions, possible modalities for the class include: readings, discussions, critiques, experiences and the exploratory.

    Art & Technology topics of interest mentioned by the group include:

    Artistic process
    Theoretical constructs
    Historical perspectives
    Artists’ voices
    Technology as an extension of ourselves
    Technology and the engagement of space
    Technology as magic
    The culture of the new
    The culture of hacking and re-purposing

    Choose the date for your colloquium topic.

    Make a blog entry with that date as the category.

    Describe your topic and modality of choice.

    Each colloquium will be an hour long, with two to three per evening.

    Each colloquium will include an approach to documentation on the blog best suited to the colloquia topic and modality that you have chosen.

    * April 7
    * April 14
    * April 21
    * April 28
    * May 5
    * May 12

    [ ] scapes, April 2 - 24, 2008

    Opening Reception is Friday April 4th, 6- 8:30 pm

    Christopher Baker is presenting Hello World as his thesis exhibition.

    Since the Nash Gallery is not open on Monday evenings we will not have a chance to visit his completed work during our seminar meeting. Visit the exhibition before its closing date, April 24th. The Nash Gallery hours are:

    * Sunday & Monday: Closed
    * Tuesday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


    Cybernetics Serendipity, 1968


    Press Release for the exhibit curated by Jasia Reichardt at the ICA (Institute for Contempoary Art) London August 2nd to October 20th, 1968:


    The seminar meets weekly, on Monday evenings, 6 - 9 pm,
    beginning January 28th and concluding May 12th

    Exceptions: the planned faculty retreat on February 4th and
    participation in Spark Festival events in lieu of the seminar on February 26th

    The seminar meets in Regis W123.

    Professor Diane Willow is available by appointment and welcomes the opportunity to talk
    about your interests, concerns, suggestions, etc.

    Her office is Regis W205.

    Best means of contacting her is via email
    or mobile # 617-899-6159.


    The 8600 Art & Technology seminar is conceived as a node for synthesis. It brings together the area seminar that traditionally gathers graduate students concentrating in a specific media with in the Department of Art as well as an expanded group of students who share an interest in Art & Technology. As such it is structured to be more colloquial in nature, rather than a directed seminar, with all participants contributing to the presentation of related theory and practice. It also offers a conceptual space and evolving community space for each participant to synthesize her/his relationship to technology personally and within their work as artists, art historians, critics and theorists.

    This topic was selected to coincide with Spring 2008 events such as Wonder Women :: Art & Technology 1968 – 2008, the exhibitions “culturing nature :: culturing technology� in the Nash gallery and “culturing technology� in the Quarter Gallery as well as the Spark Festival activities. The process is dialogic, with catalysts that include readings, critiques, shared participation in related events, guests speakers, impromptu happenings, etc.

    The seminar does not culminate in a final project. It is intended to be a context that enables each participant to define a focus that offers the greatest promise for the integration of otherwise disparate research and artistic inquiry. Over the course of the last six weeks of the semester, each participant will select the focus for a colloquia that they will introduce to the group.



    Edward A. Shanken

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    April 2, 2008

    Art in the Information Age: Technology and Conceptual Art

    Author: Edward A. Shanken

    Published in the Journal LEONARDO, Vol. 35,

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    Diane Mullin

    Diane Mullin, Associate Curator at the Weisman Art Museum, will be our special guest this evening.

    She will be joining us for the two student-led colloquia of the evening and she will also introduce her work related to artist Lee Bul.

    The following articles provide an introduction to some of Le Bul's work.

    In his article issued in 2002 in Art and America, Frank Hoffman describes Lee Bul's work in the exhibition in this way, " cyborgs and karaoke: a traveling exhibition now at the New Museum in New York, highlights the recent karaoke-based work of a Korean artist known for her high-tech feminism and "global" fusions of culture."

    Cyborgs and Silicon, relays a discussion with Korean artist Lee Bul and Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist about her exhibitin at MOMA.

    Frances Dyson

    And Then It Was Now

    Frances Dyson (Ph.D.) was a CR+D researcher in residence in 2004. She primarily focused her work on the 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering fonds and the collection of documents published by Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.). In this publication, Dyson analyzes the discourse on art and technology and the social utopias surrounding E.A.T. projects between 1966 and 1972. Ms. Dyson also examines the aspect of sound in the performances of John Cage, Alex Hay and David Tudor during 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, held in 1966.

    The publication is divided into four main chapters: 1) Enduring Rhetorics; 2) 9 Evenings; 3) Art and Technology; 4) The Pavilion. To allow associations to be freely made among the themes and issues discussed in each chapter, the texts are presented in a nonlinear sequence. Click on the thumbnails to access each of these chapters. To navigate within a chapter, use the [Next page] and [Previous page] arrows that appear on top of each block of text. However, the site map lists the chapter contents for readers wishing to take a more familiar approach to the material:

    E.A.T. - Experiments in Art and Technology


    Experiments in Art and Technology

    The Daniel Langlois Foundation 's Centre for Research and Documentation holds an Archive of published documents.

    Collection of Documents Published by E.A.T.
    This collection features over 500 documents that explore the activities of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) from 1965 to 1981. Included are reports, project descriptions, technical drawings, correspondence, invitations, exhibition catalogues, periodicals, reprints of articles, and photocopies of press clippings.

    Founded in 1966 by Billy KlĂĽver, Fred Waldhauer, Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman, E.A.T. was a non-profit group active primarily from the 1960s to the 1980s. Its aim: to mobilize the arts, industry and science around projects that involved participants from each field. E.A.T. promoted interdisciplinary collaborations through a program pairing artists and engineers. It also encouraged research into new means of expression at the crossroads of art and such emerging technologies as computer-generated images and sounds, video, synthetic materials and robotics. To complement these projects combining the talents of artists and engineers, E.A.T. organized educational activities to acquaint the public with telecommunication technologies like telewriting and satellite transmission. Other projects emulating international aid programs were devised to give developing countries access to community media. As of the mid-1970s, E.A.T. began opening chapters in the United States, Canada and Japan.

    This collection, which Billy KlĂĽver put together in 1981 to preserve E.A.T.'s heritage, is part of a limited edition of similar documentation collections accessible to researchers in documentation centres and specialized libraries in the United States, Canada and Australia. The E.A.T. archives are kept at the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, California). (1)

    Vincent Bonin © 2002 FDL

    (1) To browse through the inventory of E.A.T. archives, see "Inventory of the Experiments in Art and Technology Records, 1966-1993" , The Getty, Los Angeles, Getty Research Institute, 1996, (accessed April 23, 2002): http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/special_collections/eat.html