PANEL DISCUSSIONS

(Morning and Afternoon) 


10:00am-11:30am (Lecture Room)

Diagnosing the Divide: Electronic Art, Between Mainstream and Marginal  
Chairs: Lara Kohl (Artist, Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute) and Tina Rivers (Art Historian, Department of Art History at Pratt Institute) 
Panelists:  Jennifer and Kevin McCoy (New York Based Artists), Megan Heuer, (New York Based Art Critic), Laura Blereau, (Director of Bitforms Gallery)

As a strategy for opening up new avenues of reflection, this panel will be framed by a consideration of new media’s alternate histories. Rather than accept the extant narratives of new media’s emergence, which have contributed to the current ghettoization of certain practices, we can identify nodes of activity that rewrite the present as well as the past. Instead of working to overcome the “digital divide,” perhaps we might imagine a perspective from which the divide never existed, and use that knowledge to generate new pathways into the future. 

11:30am-1:00pm (Lecture Room) 
Augmented Reality 
Chair: Meredith Drum
(Artist, Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute)  
Panelists: 
Mark Skwarek (Manifest AR and Professor of Integrated Digital Media at NYU-Poly) Teri Rueb (Professor of Media Studies at SUNY Buffalo), John Craig Freeman (Manifest AR and Professor of New Media at Emerson College), Sarah Drury (Professor in New Media at Temple University) 

As the capacity of handheld devices has increased, and new augmented reality software has made production more accessible, there has been a corresponding surge of AR projects produced by artists concerned with place and situation. In what ways can these projects refocus attention in virtual and actual public spaces, and provide platforms for expanded public discourse? How do these artists produce within the boundaries of mobile AR, navigating common limitations (small screens, jumpy GPS, device dependency narrowing audience), to create meaningful experiences? This panel starts with the premise that artist-produced AR has the potential to significantly alter our relationship to cultural, political and social phenomena and to other bodies—humans, animals, plants, built structures, landforms and visible and invisible machines. Four artists producing critical place-based AR—Teri Rueb, Sarah Drury, John Craig Freeman and Phoenix Toews—will discuss their concepts, processes and choices with the audience and moderator Meredith Drum.

2:00pm-3:30pm (Lecture Room) 
Be We Political? Digital Art Responding to Contemporary Politics 
Chair:
 Nicholas O’Brien (Artist, Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute) 
Panelists: Karen Archey
(Art Critic and Curator), Lance Wakeling (Artist), Andrew Norm Wilson (Artist) 
 
In the midst of NSA leaks, the Chelsea Manning sentencing, and the aftermath of the Arab Spring(s) how does contemporary art situate itself as a responsive engine for unpacking our current political climate? Panelists will discuss the ways in which they employ online and digital tools to discuss the ways in which information is trafficked, stored, controlled, and monitored. By doing so, the panel will explore the ways in which exposing these systems can provide contemporary artists an avenue to create unconventional political gestures. 
 
3:30pm-5:00pm (Lecture Room) 
Tennyson on the Tweetdeck: The Future of Authorship in the Metaverse 
Chair:
 Carla Gannis (Artist, Assistant Chair of Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute) 
Panelists: Alexandra Chasin
(Author, Professor of Literary Studies at The New School), Jonathan Minard (Documentarian & Creative Intermediary, Eyebeam fellow), Stephanie Rothenberg (Artist, Professor of Visual Studies, University at Buffalo), Elisa Kreisinger (Video Artist: Pop Culture Pirate) 
 
In her 1998 book Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace, Janet Murray asserted that the computer was capable of providing a platform for expressive narrative form, not unlike printing technologies that facilitated the novel and film technologies that enabled movie making. This panel will provide a panoply of perspectives on creative forms that are emanating from expanded aesthetic, conceptual, and technological nodes within and across literary and media arts genres.