What are the digital research practices and protocols emerging from Indigenous, Black, anti-racist trans- feminist and queer science, technology, health, media and cultural studies? The conditions of compelled consent by which the cultural works of minoritized people are ‘captured’ online (through Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, etc.) seem to complement long-standing colonial academic research conventions of shifty/dodgy consent in capturing minoritized people’s images, stories, cultural works and knowledges. In such a context, what kinds of strategies, attention and care-fullness do we need to cultivate as custodians of images and stories in our research, and in digital (research) culture broadly? How are researchers in these fields redefining practices and processes of consent in a digital cultural context?
Join us for Hot Line, Cold Call with Yuri Furuhata, Mél Hogan, and Chris Russill. Our three speakers will try and cool us down with their hot take on Environmental Media. We'll be talking about sweaty Zuckerberg, smart air-conditioning, site-specific weather control, and the geopolitics of planetary imaging.
MONDAY NIGHT SEMINAR: CALL FORWARD
December 2, 6:00-8:00 PM A night with guest Skawennati. Registration and event details coming soon.
Communism or Neofeudalism?
On a rapidly warming planet, we see the super-rich seizing and hoarding ever more common resources and products of common labor. Is this capitalism on steroids or might this be something worse than capitalism? This talk presents "neofeudalism" as a name for tendencies in the present. It also draws out counter-tendencies that, when politically activated, could direct us to a better, communist, future.
This talk will draw a line between Mommy’s Basement to Outer Space and offer a feminist alternative to the technological escapism that pervades our present moment, justly termed the Age of You. The lone male in Mommy’s Basement, equipped with technological portals to more habitable worlds, is by now a common cultural trope. But the cliché goes beyond the wounded masculinity that festers in the extreme right wings of the political spectrum. Mommy’s Basement contains a motley crew of men who temporarily descend and retreat from social life, including the hikikomori (Japan), alt-right hate mongers, internet trolls, the new precariat, internet addicts, gamers, enterprising tech-bros, and (maybe) a few geniuses hard at work. But as this talk will argue, Mommy’s Basement isn’t a futile space: it is a powerful media lab, where unjust ideas about gender and social difference become part of the logic of new technological designs.