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micha cárdenas on Fri, 4 Nov 2011 05:27:33 +0100 (CET)


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<nettime-ann> b.a.n.g. lab at ASA Elle Mehrmand, Micha Cárdenas and Ricardo Dominguez Presenting at American Studies Association


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Plenary: Reimagining Democracy through Art
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American Studies Association Annual Meeting
Schedule Information:
Scheduled Time: Sat, Oct 22 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm  Building/Room: Hilton Baltimore, Holiday Ballroom 4
Title Displayed in Event Calendar: Plenary: Reimagining Democracy through Art
Session Participants:
ChairWendy Chun (Brown University (RI)) 
PanelistRicardo Dominguez (University of California, San Diego (CA)) 
PanelistNatalie Jeremijenko (New York University (NY)) 
PanelistChris Csikszentmihályi (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)) 
PanelistKara Keeling (University of Southern California (CA)) 
Abstract:
Reimagining Democracy Through Art




Queer Viral Aesthetics: Control and Resistance
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Scheduled Time: Sat, Oct 22 - 12:00pm - 1:45pm  Building/Room: Hilton Baltimore, Holiday Ballroom 4
Title Displayed in Event Calendar: Queer Viral Aesthetics: Control and Resistance
Session Participants:
ChairZachary M. Blas (Duke University (NC)) 
PanelistMicha Cárdenas (University of California, San Diego (CA)) 
PanelistElle Mehrmand (University of California, San Diego (CA)) 
PanelistZachary M. Blas (Duke University (NC)) 
Abstract:
The intensification and proliferation of global connectivity has opened digital networked culture to universal contagion. Indeed, it has been argued we now live in a viral ecology under the sign of viral capitalism. As viralities spread into various realms of culture, new media artists explore the viral as that which has the ability to control and restrict as well as distribute and liberate.

While Alex Galloway and Eugene Thacker have argued that we should not look to viruses for forms of radical politics, our current viral ecology has opened up new tactics of resistance for various artists, activists, and cultural producers. In this panel, we will focus on queer new media art and philosophy that uses and intervenes into the viral to form a radical politics of revolt and utopia. The viral will be engaged with technically, philosophically, artistically, biologically, and affectively. We aim to explore and reconfigure viral discourses that have marginalized and controlled queer populations by deterritorializing the viral, unleashing a multiplicity of possibilities for the viral as an allusive, volatile potential that can be experimented with to create new queer politics and worlds.

Blas, Cárdenas, Mehrmand, and Skanse will give an artistic, theoretically focused, performative group lecture. They will build from Cárdenas and Mehrmand’s current collaboration virus.cirus and Blas' Queer Technologies project. virus.circus is an episodic series of performances using wearable electronics and live audio to bridge virtual and physical spaces that explores queer futures of latex sexuality amidst a speculative world of virus hysteria and DIY medicine. Blas’ ongoing Queer Technologies attempts to formulate a viral aesthetics based on a replicating difference of never-being-the-sameness against capital’s own modulating structure. 

Our performative group lecture will focus on generating a queer viral aesthetics, locating this between modulations of control and resistance.



Everyday Media and Practices of Popular Power
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Scheduled Time: Sun, Oct 23 - 8:00am - 9:45am  Building/Room: Hilton Baltimore, Holiday Ballroom 4
Title Displayed in Event Calendar: Everyday Media and Practices of Popular Power
Session Participants:
ChairRicardo Dominguez (University of California, San Diego (CA)) 
From Third Cinema to National Video: Visual Technologies and United Farm Worker World-Building
Curtis Marez (University of California, San Diego (CA))
"Tu Voz TV": Mexican Migrants, Self-Representation and Documentary Video
Rebecca Schreiber (University of New Mexico (NM))
Translocal Media Mobilization in the Asemblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca - Los Angeles
Sasha Costanza-Chock (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA))
CommentRicardo Dominguez (University of California, San Diego (CA)) 
Abstract:
This panel focuses on the use of media technology by working class people of color and indigenous groups from the 1970s to the present. Analyzing a variety of media, panelists consider the relationships among technology, social movements, and access to political and social power for poor and marginalized people in contexts of globalization.

Curtis Marez’s paper “From Third Cinema to National Video: Visual Technologies and United Farm Worker World-Building” analyzes the contradiction between anti-imperialism and cold war nationalism in the history of UFW media technology. In particular Marez examines the UFW documentary film Fighting for Our Lives (FFOL, 1974), which visually linked the California fields to scenes of imperial violence in Asia, Latin America, and the U.S. south. He also analyzes the UFW’s pioneering political use of home video during the 1980s, through which the organization attempted to build a national audience by framing pesticide harms in U.S. nationalist terms and by turning César Chavez into a nationalist icon. Whereas Marez argues that FFOL connected the union to anti-imperial struggles, he also contends that the UFW’s video projects in the 1980s implicitly appealed to U.S. nationalism at a moment of resurgent U.S. imperialism in Latin America.

In “’Tu Voz TV’: Mexican Migrants, Self-Representation and Documentary Video,” Rebecca Schreiber examines the use of the documentary form in videos produced by young Mexican migrants involved in Media Arts Center San Diego’s Teen Producers Program, which were included in “Tu Voz TV” (Your Voice TV), a series broadcast on local and national cable stations. Through working within and beyond conventions of traditional social documentary filmmaking, this group of young mediamakers constructed videos that intervened in contexts characterized by unevenly distributed relations of power, where they are positioned as “illegal” or illegitimate residents. This paper contributes to an understanding of the choice of documentary modes in the self-representation of Mexican migrants in the post 9/11 era, and asks questions about the ways in which media technology matters or can disrupt certain dominant cultural logics and politics of representation.

Sasha Costanza-Chock will present “Translocal Media Mobilization in the Asemblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca - Los Angeles (APPO-LA),” which explores social movement media practices in translocal flows between Oaxaca and Los Angeles, and finds that the repertoire of digital contention is not limited to online space, but includes the spreadability of media elements between digital distribution channels as well as into offline spaces. While digital literacies make possible new practices of richly mediated translocal mobilization, previous media practices provide an important foundation. Everyday practices of media use by Oaxacan migrant indigenous communities served as important precursors for effective movement use of new digital media during key moments of mobilization. This case indicates that social movements are best able to use digital media when the base of the movement formation is already familiar with the tools and practices of network culture. Within APPO-LA, everyday practices of video sharing by indigenous migrant workers laid the groundwork for transmedia mobilization.


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micha cárdenas
PhD Student, Media Arts and Practice, University of Southern California
Provost Fellow, University of Southern California

Co-Author, Trans Desire / Affective Cyborgs, Atropos Press, http://is.gd/daO00

HASTAC Scholar, http://hastac.org

blog: http://transreal.org






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micha cárdenas
PhD Student, Media Arts and Practice, University of Southern California
Provost Fellow, University of Southern California

Co-Author, Trans Desire / Affective Cyborgs, Atropos Press, http://is.gd/daO00

HASTAC Scholar, http://hastac.org

blog: http://transreal.org



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