First Wednesday Speaker Series: The Human Reflections Conversation

Alameda, CA

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The Human Reflections (HR) Conversation takes its inspiration from Marshall McLuhan’s writings (Understanding Media, The Mechanical Bride, The Global Village) and examines artifacts of the human mind and hand as found and used in the modern world for industrial design, architecture, clothing, pop culture, advertising, technology, transport, education and entertainment. Within these contexts, all things imagined and created by the human mind and hand are reflections of humans and can then be recycled back into the arena of human thought to be used as points or prompts to inspire and create talking points, blogs, criticism, meta-reflections, and behaviors.

The Human Reflections Lab is a multi-room interactive multi-media exhibit designed to illustrate a wide range of thematic Human Reflections while allowing visitor-participant interaction with the media and other visitor-participants to inspire, create and prompt visitor-participant responses to be recorded as print and media blogging. The visitor-participant recordings will then be repurposed back into the HR Lab for ongoing Human Reflective commentary and exhibition.

Mr. John Montoya is an educator and media producer. In addition to teaching at Argosy University SFBA, he currently teaches English and Civics in a high school special day class and is a Title 1 Consultant with the Los Angeles County Office of Education. John has produced documentary films that have been released theatrically and broadcast world-wide. Mr. Montoya has presented his documentary work in classes at the University of California, Berkeley, City University of New Jersey, New York University, and Stanford University. In addition his documentary work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, The Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art, The Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, and screened at Harvard and Cornell Universities as part of the United Nations Association Film Festival. John Montoya received his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminology from Fresno State University and his Master of Arts degree from the California State University at Bakersfield.