Speaker profile: Kate O’Riordan at the Queer, feminist social media praxis workshop, Sussex, 17 May 2013

Middle1We are glad to announce that Dr Kate O’Riordan will be participating in the closing roundtable New technologies, radical art & feminism, of the workshop Queer feminist social media praxis (University of Sussex,  Friday 17th May).

Kate O’Riordan is Reader in Digital Media and Associate Professor of Art at the University of Sussex and the University of California Santa Cruz respectively. She is the author and editor of three books, most recently The Genome Incorporated: Constructing Biodigital Identity. Her interests and expertise range from gender, sexuality and digital culture to human cloning, genomics and other biodigital symptoms. She is currently engaged in work at the intersections of art, science and media about in-vitro meat, biosensors and smart grids and questions about sustaining knowledge in feminist art and activism.

She blogs about Biodigital Life here.


Lashings of Ginger Beer Time – Queer Feminist Burlesque Collective at the QueerFem Praxis workshop (Sussex, 17 May)

I’m glad to announce that the Queer Feminist burlesque collective Lashings of Ginger Beer Time will be giving a workshop which will include performance and discussion at the Queer Feminist Social Media praxis workshop, on 17 May 2013. Book your place now, as spaces are limited!

Lashings of Ginger Beer Time is a diverse group of activists, writers, and performers who combine intersectional feminist analysis with high-energy performance. While some of our acts critique the patriarchal world around us through a queer-feminist lens, others are drawn from our members’ experiences of other oppressions: disability, race, trans status, and immigrant status are just a few of these. In our most recent project, ‘Alternative Sex Education’, we developed a full-length show addressing rape culture, consent, sexual diversity, and the failings of the sex education we grew up with. Following the success of ‘Alt.Sex.Ed’ at the Edinburgh Fringe, we are currently fundraising to bring our latest political panto ‘Fanny Whittington’ to Edinburgh in 2013.

Seeing Red project at the Queer fem media praxis workshop (17 May, Sussex)

Seeing Red: Fur

I’m very happy that Anna and Johanna, the artists of the Seeing Red project, will be presenting their work at the Queer feminist social media praxis workshop (University of Sussex,  Friday 17th May). I find their images fascinating – unsettling, earthly and beautiful. And I’ve been following the blog from its very start – so I am very interested to hear them talk about the experience of maintaining a menstrual photography weblog.What they’ve prepared for the workshop sounds very intriguing:

Seeing Red is a fairly regular photography project and blog exploring menstruation. It deals with social norms, sexuality and art, and hopes to unify as well as disgust. For the workshop, we will initiate a conversation about realness and authenticity online, using our own work as a starting point. How does menstural activism translate into visual imagery, and how does it survive the squalor of the internet? For us, Seeing Red is about making visible the constant, but often hidden, experience of menstruation. It is recognising and reclaiming the visual strength and beauty in the accidental stain, the purposeful stain and the intimacy of blood.

Two interesting moments from this weekend – Alex interviewed by the The Visual Aids blog: ‘When ACT UP is remembered…other places, people, and forms of AIDS activism are disremembered’ and Sarah Shulman speaks at the Lesbian Lives conference.

Tonight Sarah will be answering questions at the screening of United in Anger: A History of ACT UP 6pm Dukes at Komedia, in Brighton. See http://www.facebook.com/events/147619178730187/

Speaker profile: Joanna Zylinska at the Queer feminist social media praxis workshop, Sussex, 17 May 2013

joanna_zylinska3_webWe’re happy to announce that Joanna Zylinska will be participating in the plenary session Radical art practices, feminism, new technologies and performance, of the workshop Queer feminist social media praxis (University of Sussex,  Friday 17th May).

Joanna Zylinska is Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. The author of four books – most recently, Life after New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process (with Sarah Kember; MIT Press, 2012) and Bioethics in the Age of New Media (MIT Press, 2009) – she is also a translator of Stanislaw Lem’s major philosophical treatise, Summa Technologiae (University of Minnesota’ Press, 2013). Together with Clare Birchall, Gary Hall and Open Humanities Press, she runs the JISC-funded project Living Books about Life, which publishes open access books at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences. Zylinska is one of the Editors of Culture Machine, an international open-access journal of culture and theory. She combines her philosophical writings with photographic art practice. Her current projects involve photographing media entanglements and serving as Artistic Director of Transitio_MX05 ‘Biomediations’, Festival of New Media Art and Video in Mexico City (September 2013). She is also working on critical vitalism, nonhuman photography and ‘a big theory of media’, while trying to outline a minimal ethics for the anthropocene.

Speaker profile: Prof Sally-Jane Norman (Queer feminist social media praxis workshop, Sussex, 17 May 2013)

Professor Sally-Jane Norman will be discussant in the plenary session Radical art practices, feminism, new technologies and performance, of the workshop Queer feminist social media praxis (University of Sussex,  Friday 17th May).

sjnkapiti2As Professor of Performance Technologies, Sally Jane develops cross-campus research, supervising PhDs with colleagues from humanities, arts and sciences, leading on “Sound Environments” (Music Masters), and contributing to Art History courses. Before coming to Sussex in 2010 to help shape the refurbished building that will house the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Sally Jane was founding director of Newcastle University’s interdisciplinary Culture Lab. Holder of a doctorat d’état (Paris III Theatre Institute, Sorbonne Nouvelle), she has long been engaged with theatre and performance theory and practice, including areas of motion capture, robotics, and responsive systems explored across European Framework projects. Ex artistic co-director of STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music, Amsterdam), and co-founder of Telefonica’s Vida Art and Artificial Life competition, her research approaches questions of liveness and live art via performance architectures and technologies. She contributed to the Architectural Theory Review issue on “Emergence” (2012), and with Bennett Hogg is co-editor of a Contemporary Music Review issue on “Resistant Materials” (2013).

Kira O’Reilly in the plenary discussion Radical art, feminism, new technologies and performance

Photo credit Debbie Kermode

photo by Debbie Kermode

It is great pleasure to announce that Kira O’Reilly will be participating in the closing plenary session Radical art practices, feminism, new technologies and performance, of the workshop Queer feminist social media praxis (University of Sussex,  Friday 17th May).

Kira O’Reilly is a UK based artist; her practice, both wilfully interdisciplinary and entirely undisciplined, stems from a visual art background; it employs performance, biotechnical practices and writing with which to consider speculative reconfigurations around The Body. Continue reading

Maria Chatzichristodoulou (a.k.a. Maria X) – plenary session Radical art practices, feminism, new technologies and performance

We are pleased that Maria Chatzichristodoulou (a.k.a. Maria X) will be participating in the  plenary session Radical art practices, feminism, new technologies and performance, which will close the workshop Queer feminist social media praxis (University of Sussex,  Friday 17th May). Maria is a cultural practitioner (curator, producer, performer and writer). She is Director of Postgraduate Studies and Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at the School of Arts and New Media, University of Hull.

In London, Maria has co-directed and co-convened the festival and symposium Intimacy: Across Digital and Visceral Performance (London, 2007), the symposium From Black Box to Second Life (Scarborough, 2009), and the conference Live Interfaces (Leeds, 2011). She is also co-convener of the Theatre and Performance Research Association working group on Performance and New Technologies. Maria is co-editor of the volumes Interfaces of Performance (Ashgate, 2009) and Intimacy Across Visceral and Digital Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). She has lectured and published widely, including invited lectures at Yale University, MIT Media Lab and Georgia Institute of Technology (USA).

Maria holds a PhD in Art and Computational Technologies from Goldsmiths Digital Studios, University of London. She has taught at the University of London colleges Goldsmiths, Birkbeck and Queen Mary, and Richmond the International American University. She also worked as a Community Officer at The Albany (South London). Maria was co-founder and co-director of the international media art festival Medi@terra and Fournos Centre for Digital Culture in Athens, Greece (1996-2002). She has performed with Diplous Eros Ensemble and director Syllas Tzoumerkas (Greece).

CFP Panel stream SCCS Global Feminisms

Invitation for PANELS on the theme of GLOBAL FEMINISMS, for the 2nd Annual IFjP Conference, (Im)possibly Queer International Feminisms.

Please submit complete panels, or individual proposals for papers to be considered for the panel stream GLOBAL FEMINISMS. Proposals that address some dimension of ‘the cultural’ within global feminisms will be particularly welcome.

Deadline: 31st January 2013

What is media praxis? Integrating theory, politics and practice

Alex Juhasz, the keynote speaker of the workshop Queer, Feminist and Social media praxis (University of Sussex, 17 May 2013) has an ongoing project called Media Praxis. The About page states:

MEDIA PRAXIS takes these truths as self-evident:

1. When used within a project of world or self-changing, media production benefits from conversation with media history and theory.

2. Theories of political media gain from a close interaction with media production.

3. The history, aesthetics and theories of media have been led by practices, analyses, and actions focused on social change; we have much to learn from this history.

For the site Alex Juhasz writes:

MEDIA PRAXIS theorizes and makes media towards stated projects of world and self-changing. This ongoing project, as old as cinema itself, links culture, theory, and politics, in the 20th century, through mediation technologies and indebted to Marxist theories. While I name this a radical web-site in that it directly refers to what Marx, in Theses on Feuerbach calls “revolutionary practice,” a project of interpreting and changing the world, this site is equally radical in that it presumes that we are all participants in making history. It asks you to both study and join the tradition of Media Praxis.

The site is organised around ten chronological histories of media praxis – where media is theorized, by someone who is making it, and as a vital component of political struggle. The site archives theoretical writing, video clips, and related web-based activity from ten periods in media history, commencing with the years surrounding the Russian revolution, then moving to the Popular Front in France, Germany and the US in the 1930s, to the beatniks and underground denizens of American bohemia in the New American Cinema of the 40s and 50s, and then to the cinema connected to the decolonization of the third world in the 60s, and in France and the UK in and after 1968, then to feminism and the black Atlantic of the 70s and 80s, AIDS and ethnographic film in the 1980s and 90s, and concluding with media organizing that occurs in and about cyberspace in our time.

For other explorations in media praxis see here and the Media Commons Digital scholarly project here.