ATEC Assistant Professor Wendy Sung gave two talks based on excerpts based on her forthcoming article in Social Text (June 2021). Her first talk, “The Carceral Techno-Imaginary: Between Technological Seeing and Punishment in Black Mirror’s ‘White Bear’" was hosted by the Department of Film and Media Studies Colloquium and sponsored by The Carsey-Wolf Center at UC Santa Barbara in December. The second, “In the Wake of Visual Failure: Black Mirror, Sandra Bland, and Tweeting an Anticipatory Non-Spectatorship,” was part of the Performing Resistance Speaker Series hosted by the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA in January.
ATEC Professor xtine burrough, Owen Gallagher, and Eduardo Navas are pleased to announce a special edition edited for Media-N: The Journal of the New Media Caucus: Forking Paths in New Media Art Practices: Investigating Remix. This issue includes case studies written by artists, contributions from art historians and media studies scholars, and experimental writings by new media artists. Download Vol. 17 No. 1 (2021) in this open access journal here: https://iopn.library.illinois.edu/journals/median/index
ATEC lab LabSynthE presented One Breath Poem: Message for a Revolution at the annual College Art Association conference on Saturday, February 13th. In this workshop, hosted by the group Services for Artists and presented by the Museum of Art and Design, participants write and record their own one breath poems on LabSynthE's hotline for poetic expression. Workshop presenters include xtine burrough and Sabrina Starnaman with ATEC PhD students Letícia Ferreira, Fiona Haborak, and Cynthia O'Neill. Sean Landers led this project's telematic design and development; and A&H faculty Nomi Stone developed workshop content.
ATEC Assistant Professor Juan Llamas-Rodriguez published The Sewer Transnationalists, a critical board game and essay, in the "Making Games for and about Social Justice" issue of OneShot: A Journal of Critical Games & Play. The Sewer Transnationalists is a cooperative game about the challenges of repairing sewer infrastructure at a highly securitized border. Dr. Llamas-Rodriguez developed the ideas for this game while attending the "Patching Default Settings: Radical Feminist Gameplay" workshop series organized by The Studio for Mediating Play.
ATEC Undergraduate Student Bryce Nottingham won the Student Travel Award at the SWPACA Conference where he presented his paper titled "Jack Stauber's OPAL: A Critique on the Effects of Commercialism Through the Pursuit of the American Dream" at the Animation Studies section of the Conference. His paper—selected, presented, and awarded at the conference—was developed at the "Animation: Origins and Techniques" course taught by Dr. Christine Veras and inspired by a module from the "Technoculture" class taught by Dean Anne Balsamo.
ATEC Associate Professor Dean Terry and UTD Alumni and collaborator Hilly Holsonback were recognized by writer and critic Frank Garrett. He listed their piece “Cold Spring Pandemic Dream, with Bird” among his top live streaming works in the nation and said, “This live video performance on Instagram captured the surreal and uneasy mood of the early days of the pandemic.”
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