April 2007 on -empyre- soft-skinned space: TechnoPanic: Terrors and Technologies


with Horit Herman-Peled (IS), Brooke Singer (US), Paul Vanouse (US), and Sean Cubit (AU)

moderated by Renate Ferro (US) and Tim Murray (US)

From surveillance and mobile technologies to fears and public panic, the ambivalent attraction to technologies of terror shifts registers between post-cold war and post 9-11 sensibilities, whether from international or cross-generational zones of engagement. We will discuss how panic, paranoia, critical resistance to, and appropriation of technologies of terror are mediated by the threat and fear of violence in the interlinked networks of mobile media, domestic space, and the public sphere.

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Guest biographies:

Horit Herman-Peled (IS) is a media artist, theorist, and feminist activist in Tel Aviv, who teaches art and digital culture at the Art Institute, Oranim College, Israel. http://www.horit.com/

Brook Singer (US) is a Brooklyn-based digital media artist and arts organizer. A member of Preemptive Media, her most recent collaborations, both as an artist and curator, utilize wireless (Wi-Fi, mobile phone cameras, RFID) as tools for initiating discussion and positive system failures. She is Assistant Professor of New Media at SUNY Purchase. http://www.bsing.net/blog/

Paul Vanouse (US) makes data collection devices that include polling and categorization (for interactive cinema), genetic experiments that undermine scientific constructions of identity, and temporary organizations that performatively critique institutionalization and corporatization. He teaches in the Art Dept. at the University of Buffalo (SUNY). http://visualstudies.buffalo.edu/people/vanouse/

Sean Cubitt (AU) teaches media and communications at the University of Melbourne. Among his numerous books on cinema and new media are EcoMedia, The Cinema Effect, and Digital Aesthetics. Sean has curated numerous exhibitions and is Editor in Chief of the Leonardo Book Series for MIT Press.


Renate Ferro (US) conceptual artist, visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Cornell University http://www.people.cornell.edu/pages/rtf9/ and Timothy Murray (US), Curator, the Rose Golden Archive of New Media Art (http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu) and Acting Director of the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

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Timothy Murray
Acting Director of The Society for the Humanities
Professsor of Comparative Literature and English
Director of Graduate Studies in Film and Video Studies
Curator, The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell Library
A. D. White House
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853