[NetBehaviour] COLLISION: science, technology and contemporary art.

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COLLISION: science, technology and contemporary art
MIT Visual Arts Program Lecture Series

http://collision.mit.edu/

April 6, 2009 at 7:00pm
'Brain, Body, Network'
Speakers:
Sebastian Seung, Amber Frid-Jimenez

MIT Visual Arts Program
Joan Jonas Preformance Hall, N51-337
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Map

Blog: collision.mit.edu
Phone: 001-617-253-5229
Contact:
vap at mit.edu

http://visualarts.mit.edu/

Collision is a cross-disciplinary lecture series that examines the 
intersection of research in science, technology and contemporary art. 
This event pairs current research from the MIT Visual Arts Program with 
cutting edge research in other disciplines including mobile 
communication design, renewable energy, and neuroscience. Brain, Body, 
Network is the fourth in a series of five events. The lecture series is 
directed by Ute Meta Bauer in collaboration with Amber Frid-Jimenez.

Brain, Body, Network: What is the connection between neural networks and 
networked culture? How does analyzing brain activity relate to designing 
platforms for distributed social action? What are the connections and 
dissonances between these two fields?

Speakers: Sebastian Seung is a Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences 
and a Professor of Physics at MIT. A revolution is happening in 
neuroanatomy (the study of the brain's structure). We can now generate 
images that reveal the full complexity of the brain's neural network 
using machines that slice brains into thin sections and microscopes that 
see at the nanoscale. Seung's lab develops artificial intelligence to 
analyze the images and extract 'connectomes'-maps of all connections 
between neurons in a brain. Amber Frid-Jimenez is an artist, 
technologist, and Visiting Lecturer at the MIT Visual Arts Program. 
Frid-Jimenez will address the dynamic between people and machines in 
distributed networks, including CLI-mate, a project in development with 
conceptual artist Mel Chin composed of a networked platform that aims to 
create an intense personal relationship between individuals and global 
climate change.

LECTURE SERIES SCHEDULE

02/23/09 - Energy, Community, Communication

Jegan Vincent de Paul is a second-year graduate student in the MIT 
Visual Arts Program. His Community Grid Project deals with global energy 
access. Wendy Jacob, an artist and research associate at the Center for 
Advanced Visual Studies, directs the Autism Studio, exploring perceptual 
features of the broad range of autistic experience. Jae Rhim Lee, 
Visiting Lecturer at the MIT Visual Arts Program, directs the MIT FEMA 
Trailer Project, applying environmental justice and permaculture 
principles to a trailer's conceptualization and re-design.

03/02/09 - Tracking Trash

How can pervasive technologies and contemporary art expose the 
challenges of waste management and sustainability? Armin Linke is a new 
affiliate of the MIT Visual Arts Program. He is a multi-media artist 
based in Milan and Berlin, working in video, photography, sound, 
interactive installation spaces and design, combining different mediums 
to blur the border between fiction and reality. Carlo Ratti is a 
designer, engineer and agit-prop proponent. He teaches at MIT, where he 
directs the SENSEable City Laboratory. He also practices architecture in 
Turin, Italy.

03/09/09 - Bio-Diversity

Ruta Remake is an interdisciplinary project that transforms the ruta 
plant into a cultural icon, signifying the changing role of women in 
Lithuanian culture. Bodega Algae LLC is a startup company that designs 
systems to produce biofuel from algae, phytoplankton that absorbs 
greenhouse gases as they grow. From algae to energy or ruta to remix, 
these projects challenge our traditional notions of biodiversity. 
Gediminas Urbonas is a newly-appointed Associate Professor in the MIT 
Visual Arts Program (see below). Joe Dahmen is an architect whose work 
engages resource and energy consumption in the design of space and the 
infrastructure that supports it. He is Chief Executive Officer of Bodega 
Algae LLC.

04/06/09 - Brain, Body, Network

Sebastian Seung is a Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and a 
Professor of Physics at MIT. We can now generate images that reveal the 
full complexity of the brain's neural network using machines that slice 
brains into thin sections and microscopes that see at the nanoscale. 
Seung's lab develops artificial intelligence that will analyze the 
images and extract 'connectomes'-maps of all connections between neurons 
in a brain. Amber Frid-Jimenez is an artist, technologist, and Visiting 
Lecturer at the MIT Visual Arts Program. Frid-Jimenez will address the 
dynamic between people and machines in distributed networks, including 
CLI-mate, a project in development with conceptual artist Mel Chin 
composed of a networked platform that aims to create an intense personal 
relationship between individuals and global climate change.

04/13/09 - On the WOW Pod: A Design for Extimacy and Fantasy-Fulfillment 
for the World of Warcraft Addict

Panel discussion about the inducement of pleasure, fantasy fulfillment, 
and the mediation of intimacy in a socially-networked gaming paradigm 
such as World of Warcraft (WOW). Co-sponsored by the MIT Museum, the MIT 
Visual Arts Program Collision Lecture Series, and the MIT Comparative 
Media Studies Program. Panelists include: Jean-Baptiste Labrune, 
Postdoctoral Associate at the Tangible Media Group, MIT Media Lab; 
Raimundas Malasauskas, Curator, Artists Space (NYC); Henry Jenkins, 
Co-Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program; Marisa Jahn, 
Artist in Residence, MIT Media Lab; Steve Shada, artist collaborator; 
Cati Vaucelle, HCI researcher, MIT Media Lab; and Laura Knott, 
Curatorial Associate, MIT Museum.

GEDIMINAS URBONAS JOINS FACULTY

The MIT Visual Arts Program is pleased to announce that Gediminas 
Urbonas has been appointed Associate Professor of Visual Arts. Gediminas 
and his partner Nomeda Urbonas have gained an international reputation 
for their socially interactive and interdisciplinary collaborative 
practice exploring the conflicts and contradictions posed by the 
economic, social and political conditions in the former Soviet 
countries. Combining the tools of new and traditional media, their work 
frequently involves collective activities such as workshops, lectures, 
debates, TV programs, Internet chat-rooms and public protests that stand 
at the intersection of art, technology and social criticism. The 
Lithuanian-born artist received his masters in visual arts from the 
Vilnius Art Academy in 1994.

ABOUT US

The MIT Visual Arts Program offers a two-year Masters of Science in 
Visual Studies (SMVisS). The program is focused on the development of 
artistic practices that challenge traditional genres and the limits of 
the gallery/museum context. The program is part of the Department of 
Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology





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