Sarah Kember – Life After New Media | Gordon Savicic – constraint city

Sarah Kember, (Goldsmiths, London, UK: http://www.gold.ac.uk/media-communications/staff/kember/) gave a talk at McGill on January 27, based on a chapter from an upcoming book with Joanna Zylinska, Life After New Media. She talked about ambient intelligence, critiques of technoscience studies, smart homes, agency, relationality, and “becoming data”, among other topics. Here’s a link to an issue of Culture Machine she and Zylinska edited last year, on creative media:

http://www.culturemachine.net/index.php/cm/article/view/382/403

Her talk made me think of an artist whose work I’d just heard about. Gordon Savicic created a straitjacket that was responsive to the density of wifi signals: “constraint city”. By walking around a city towards or away from a more dense wifi area, you could “map” the density of invisible wireless radio signals right on the wearer’s body. As the density increased, the corseting tightened the jacket for the wearer:

http://pain.yugo.at/  and http://www.yugo.at/equilibre/?p=44  and

http://www.yugo.at/processing/index.php?what=constraint

He’s also involved in the Web 2.0 suicide machine (how to eliminate your online presence): http://suicidemachine.org/

About M.E. Luka

Mary Elizabeth (“ME”) Luka is a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar, HASTAC Scholar, and doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Joint Program in Communication at Concordia University, where she’s probing the meaning and potential of “creative citizenship,” including the work of artists and creative producers in daily life. Her scholarly research and teaching interests focus on production practices and creativity in cultural media production and more generally the creative and cultural industries, and the intriguing dynamics—and networks—generated at the intersection of the arts, broadcasting and digital production. Currently, Luka is teaching a graduate course in media, culture & society at Mount Saint Vincent University. In addition, ME is an award-winning producer and director for television and digital media as well as an experienced consultant in art, culture and media. She is an active leadership volunteer, including as Vice-Chair of Arts Nova Scotia, the new funding body for many artists and arts organizations in the province. For fun, she likes - umm - art, culture, and media, as well as travel, friends and family. @meluka01 | http://moreartculturemediaplease.com
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