|February 4, 2014
Ricardo Dominguez (UCSD)
Ricardo Dominguez, Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at UC San Diego, is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), a group who developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico.
Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab's recent project with Brett Stabaum, Micha Cardenas, Amy Sara Carroll, Elle Mehrman, *Transborder Immigrant Tool* (a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S border was the winner of “Transnational Communities Award” (2008), this award was funded by *Cultural Contact*, Endowment for Culture Mexico-U.S. and handed out by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.. *Transborder Immigrant Tool* was exhibited at 2010 California Biennial (OCMA) and a number of other global exhibitions. The project was also under investigation by members of the U.S. Congress in 2009/10, and was reviewed by Glenn Beck in 2010 as a gesture that potentially “dissolved” the U.S. border with its poetry.
|February 11, 2014
Ramesh Srinivasan (UCLA)
“Global Media and Power”
Ramesh Srinivasan, Associate Professor at UCLA in Design and Media/Information Studies, studies and participates in projects focused on how new media technologies impact political revolutions, economic development and poverty reduction, and the future of cultural heritage.
|March 4, 2014
Perry Bard is an artist who has exhibited video and installations internationally. Some of the site-specific public video installations she has created are for the Staten Island Ferry Terminal Building in New York and for Market Square in Middlesbrough UK. Her work is featured in Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age by Margot Lovejoy, and has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, Lapiz, Springerin, and The New Art Examiner.
|March 11, 2014
Siva Vaidhyanathan (University of Virginia)
Siva Vaidhyanathan is a cultural historian and media scholar, and is currently the Robertson Professor in Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He is a frequent contributor on media and cultural issues in various periodicals including the Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Times Magazine, The Nation, and Salon.com, and he maintains a blog, www.googlizationofeverything.com. He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, to MSNBC.COM, and other media.
|March 25, 2014
Exene Cervenka is a singer, artist and poet whose work traverses virtually every aspect of those disciplines. She is best known for her work as singer for the legendary punk band X, one of the leaders of the late-'70s/early-'80s California punk explosion. She has also issued solo albums, launched several side bands, and penned books. Exene's political commentary, art, and music videos can be experienced at her you tube channel, "Christine Cervenka".
|April 1, 2014
Tattoo legend Freddy Negrete is known as one of the fathers of the Chicano style black and gray fineline tattooing. A Southern California resident, Freddy got into tattooing at an early age. He designed the tattoos for the movies Blade (1998) and Bound by Honor (1993) and has been consulted on a number of projects about tattoo culture.
|April 8, 2014
Rheim Alkadhi: “Picture elements from subjects recently alive”
Rheim Alkadhi is an artist who operates in narrative and visual fields via digital ephemera, social intervention, and by investigating the quality of solid matter. She grew up as a dual citizen of Iraq and the United States. She is currently based in the Arab region.
|April 15, 2014
Beth Coleman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Beth Coleman is Assistant Professor of Writing and New Media in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and Comparative Media Studies and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is faculty director of the C3 game culture and mobile media initiative. Her fields of research interest include new media, contemporary aesthetics, electronic music, critical theory and literature, and race theory. Under the name M. Singe, she co-founded the SoundLab Cultural Alchemy project, established in 1995. Her book, Hello Avatar: From Virtual Worlds to X-Reality (MIT Press, 2010), is on virtual world design and the impact of networked identity.
|April 22, 2014
Petra Kuppers (University of Michigan)
Compton Foundation Visiting Fellow
Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and Professor of English, Women’s Studies, Art and Design and Theatre at the University of Michigan, and she also teaches on the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. Her books include Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge (Routledge, 2003), The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performance and Contemporary Art (Minnesota, 2007) and Community Performance: An Introduction (Routledge, 2007). Her most recent book, Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (Palgrave, 2011), which explores arts-based research methods, won the Biennial Sally Banes Prize by the American Society for Theatre Research. She leads The Olimpias, a performance research collective (www.olimpias.org).