Lines and Nodes: Media, Infrastructure, and Aesthetics
Friday, September 19, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM (EDT)
September 19, 2014 | Symposium | New York University
September 19 – 21, 2014 | Screening Series [full schedule] | Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at 2nd St.
Tickets for film screenings are available for purchase at the Anthology Film Archives website
This symposium and screening series will bring together artists and scholars to examine the mediated and aesthetic dimensions of extraction and infrastructure. In the last decade, we have seen an explosion of artistic and scholarly interest in resource extraction, its cultural geographies, and the infrastructures that support it. We convene this event to interrogate the relationships between the representations of such dynamics and the larger forces that they condense: globalization, transmission, digitization, territorialization, labor migration, displacement, sustainability, security.
We aim to facilitate an idea-exchange between scholars and media artists whose practices critically assess the function, meaning and representation of lines, nodes and grids that undergird the energy, resource and information-dependent global economy, from oil pipelines to mining pits, and from undersea fiber optic cables to digital archives. What are the juridical, economic, bio-political and aesthetic dimensions of this accelerating age of extraction and consumption? How are these connections materialized in mediated works?
Scholars from a range of disciplines are invited, including: Media Studies, Architecture and Design and Geography. We also solicit media makers whose work operates in documentary, experimental and art contexts. The symposium’s keynote presenter will be Swiss filmmaker/researcher Ursula Biemann, who has for the past twenty years produced a respected body of essay films that interrogate global relations under the impact of the accelerated mobility of people, resources and information.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the New York University Arts Council, with additional support from the NYU Metropolitan Studies Program; the NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute; and the NYU Departments of English; Social and Cultural Analysis; and Media, Culture and Communication.
The Organizing Committee highly recommends viewing the Worlds of Matter exhibit at CUNY's James Gallery.
Friday, September 19, 2014 | Symposium Schedule
10:00 AM | Architectures of Energy
- “Angles of Incidence,” Finn Brunton,
- “Satellite Landscapes,” Jenny Odell
- “The Post-Oil Architectural Imaginary in the 1950s,” Daniel A. Barber
- “Who We Are and What We Do: Extractive Networks and the Politics of National Identity in Canada,” Darin Barney
- “‘You Get a Shining Screen’: Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Theaters as Resource Images,” Brian Murphy
11:30 AM | Visual Resources
- “Lateral Time,” James J. Hodge
- “Extraction Epistemologies and Petro-Infrastructures,” Brian R. Jacobson
- “Infrastructures of a Visualized Arctic,” Jesse C. Jackson, Tori Foster, Lindsay Bell, Tom Özden-Schilling
- “Media Tectonics,” Peter Bo Rappmund, Ryan Conrath
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM | Infrastructures of Labor
- Interstitial: “Hitting Walls (v.XXVIII): Infrastructure for Temporary Architecture,” Carlin Wing
- “The Work of Imaging and Images of Work,” Melissa K. Chalmers
- “Reinventing Food, Remixing Nature, and Recovering from Industrial Amnesia,” Leila Nadir & Cary Peppermint
- “International Bodies Do Decent Work,” Jen Hayashida & Benj Gerdes
- “The Internet Must Be Defended’: Data Centers and the Sovereignty of Data,” Tung-Hui Hu
3:30 PM | Materials as Media
- “Plastic: An Ethology of Oil,” Heather Davis
- “Altered Shorelines and ToxiCity,” Roderick Coover
- “Looking Up Close From a Birds Eye View,” Sarah J. Christman
- “Single Stream,” Pawel Wojtasik, Toby Lee, Ernst Karel
5:00 PM Coffee Break
5:30 PM | Keynote: Ursula Biemann
6:30 PM Reception
7:30 PM | Featured Screening of Ursula Biemann’s work at Anthology Film Archives