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Art & Technology Lecture: Chris Csikszentmihalyi -- NYC

"Edgy Product: Art, Technology and Activism"

a lecture by new media artist and MIT professor Chris Csikszentmihalyi.

Co-sponsors: The Digital Media Center and the Computer Music Center

Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Neiman Gallery, 310 Dodge Hall
Columbia University

Chris Csikszentmihalyi is the Fukutake Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and directs the Computing Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab, a group that creates unique media technologies for cultural applications. For the past 10 years, he has lectured and shown new media work in both Europe and North America. Interested in cultural narratives, Csikszentmihalyi's work typically creates a new technology to embody a particular social agenda. For instance, his most recent piece, "Afghan Explorer," is a tele-operated robot reporter. His "Natural Language Processor," was commissioned by the KIASMA Museum in Helsinki, Finland.


Artists have always experimented with emerging technologies, but in recent decades, as personal computers and the Internet have gained increasing importance in our lives, the field of Art & Technology has emerged as a dynamic and historically significant domain of artistic practice.

This spring, the Digital Media Center at the School of the Arts and the Computer Music Center are working together to organize a series of Art & Technology Lectures. We have invited five leading new media artists and theorists to Columbia to address key issues related to the intersection of emerging technologies and contemporary art. Such issues include cyberculture, telepresence, sampling, algorithmic art and hacktivism. All events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming lectures: Wednesday, March 24, 2004–Paul Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid; Thursday, April 8, 2004–Manuel Delanda; Wednesday, May 12, 2004–Ricardo Rodriguez

For more information, please contact art-tech-lecture@music.columbia.edu; call 212-854-2875; or see http://www.columbia.edu/cu/arts/dmc/docs/lectureseries.html.

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