BIO
Dale Hudson teaches film and new media studies at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). His research, teaching, and curating examine film and new media through transnational and postcolonial frameworks, bringing film and new media theory in dialogue with globalization, critical race, and animal studies.

He is co-author with Patricia R. Zimmermann (Ithaca College) of Thinking through Digital Media: Transnational Environments and Locative Places (forthcoming, April 2015), which examines more than 130 projects that think through digital media, migrating between documentary, experimental, narrative, animation, video game, and live performance across some of the most dynamic, innovative sites for digital media, including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Nigeria, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and the United States.

His other work appears in journal such as American Quarterly, Cinema Journal, French Cultural Studies, Journal of Film and Video, Screen, Studies in Documentary Film, and elsewhere, and his reviews in Afterimage, African Studies Review, and Jadaliyya.

He is a digital curator for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), where he has curated Distributed Microtopias in association with EngageMedia, Indonesia (2012) and Viral Dissonance (2014) with the assistance of Claudia Costa Peterson. With Sharon Lin Tay (Middlesex University, London), he co-curated Undisclosed Recipients (2007), ubuntu.kuqala (2008), sticky-content (2009), Map Open Space (2010), Digital Checkpoints (2011), and Trafficked Identities in association with the Global Alliance Against the Trafficking of Women, Thailand (2011).

He also programs films from the MENASA regions for the NYUAD Institute, advises on the NYUAD Library special collection of films from festivals in the Gulf, and serves on the pre-selection committee for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF).
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OPPORTUNITY

Call for submissions: Iterations as Habitats at FLEFF 2015


Deadline:
Fri May 01, 2015 23:35

Location:
Ithaca, New York
United States of America

The 18th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) will begin its yearlong exploration of the theme of Habitats with concerts, workshops, master classes, performances, and films. FLEFF invites submissions of digital media projects designed to run online or on mobile devices for its online exhibition “Iterations as Habitats” and prize of USD250.

We speak of habitats in terms of environments inhabited by human and nonhuman animals, plants, insects, minerals, fungi, bacteria; terrains, waters, and atmospheres, spanning the local, havens, dwellings, abodes, sites. While habitats often imply stability, sustenance, and a natural order, their dynamics are also understood in terms of conflicts and contradictions. As competing organisms and species vie for niches, a habitat’s appearance of coherence can be illusory, disguising violence.

Habitats move from environments to the planet, as climate change and species extinction are considered in terms of the Anthropocene; habitats move from physical to virtual places, as artificial intelligence is understood as an actant or agent.

In mathematics and computational sciences, “iterations” are repetitions of functions, statements, applications, software, or hardware that include minor mutations, thereby working successively and incrementally closer to solutions of problems. They can be recursive or fractal, self-similar or mirrored, not unlike patterns in nature. Simulations become environments for artificial life, much like physical environments for synthetic life. From the vantage of environmentalism, notions of improvement and progress, however, demand critical evaluation, particularly in terms of modelling for genetically modified organisms, neoliberal economic policies, and “democratic” elections; at the same time, such notions expand our understanding of life.

As habitats evolve from internal dynamics and external challenges, boundaries unhinge in constant flux. And how do we mark the borders of a habitat or habitus? Are cities habitats? Parks? Farms? Neighbourhoods? Skyscrapers? Museums? Universities? Shopping malls? War zones? Prisons? Databases? Server farms? Phone apps? Concert halls? Film festivals? Beyond the local and the global, how do we imagine habitats manifesting?

“Iterations as Habitats” seeks contributions that use digital media to investigate and expand habitat as a field of critical and imaginative inquiry. Please send link to submission with a brief bio of 75 words in an email to FLEFF Digital Curator Dale Hudson (New York University Abu Dhabi) and FLEFF Assistant Digital Curator Claudia Costa Pederson at fleff.digital.curators@gmail.com
no later than 01 May 2015. The exhibition will follow FLEFF 2015’s onsite festival, which runs 06–12 April 2015.


For additional information, visit FLEFF website: http://www.ithaca.edu/fleff/. To see last year’s online exhibition, “Viral Dissonance,” visit: http://www.ithaca.edu/fleff/viraldissonance/.

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EVENT

Viral Dissonance at FLEFF 2014


Dates:
Sun Jun 15, 2014 00:00 - Wed Apr 01, 2015

Location:
Ithaca, New York
United States of America

FLEFF is pleased to announce its 9th exhibition of digital media: Viral Dissonance.

Brannon Dorsey’s Zetamaze was selected for the jury prize; Robert Spahr’s Data Loss Cruft (Corruption), for special mention. Other artists featured in the exhibition include Mez Breeze and Andy Campbell; Ben Grosser; Markus Keim and Beate Hecher; Hye Young Kim and Tohm Judson; Brenda Longfellow, Glen Richards, and Helios Design Labs; and Miyö Van Stenis.

Viral Dissonance is available on the FLEFF website and is curated by Dale Hudson of New York University Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates/United States) with Claudia Costa Pederson of Ithaca College and Wichita State University (United States) and was juried by Eduardo Cachucho (Belgium/South Africa) and Babak Fakhamzadeh (Uganda/Netherlands).

In its 17th annual edition, FLEFF (Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival) situates sustainability and environmentalism within global conversations that embrace political, economic, social, and cultural issues, including labor, health, immigration, intellectual property, trade, and war. Issues related to women’s rights, indigenous rights, human rights, animal rights, and environmental rights are investigated in FLEFF programming that includes concerts, workshops, master classes, performances, and films.

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OPPORTUNITY

Opportunity to contribute feedback on forthcoming book: Thinking through Digital Media


Deadline:
Fri Mar 07, 2014 00:00

Location:
New York
United States of America

Thinking through Digital Media: Transnational Environments and Locative Places
Patricia R. Zimmermann (Ithaca College) and Dale Hudson (NYU Abu Dhabi)

Thinking through Digital Media charts the intersections between histories and theories for conventional forms of documentary and experimental practices developed from analogue media and one for current digital forms, particularly ones that run across distributed networks like the Internet or partly transcend screens altogether as locative media. New media domains for documentary and experimental practice are increasingly based on explorations of code and user interface, interrogations and applications of archives and databases, automated recombinatory techniques, and provocative performance.

See complete proposal as part of Palgrave’s experiment in open peer review and add your comments and suggestions, including ones for works of new media art, locative and tactical media.

http://palgraveopenreview.com/works/culture-media/zimmerman-hudson/

PALGRAVE MACMILLAN LAUNCHES OPEN PEER REVIEW TRIAL FOR BOOK PROPOSALS

27 January 2014 – An open and transparent peer review trial for academic books in the humanities and social sciences has been launched today by Palgrave Macmillan.

The trial, which is live at www.palgraveopenreview.com, will run for six weeks and is the first open peer review trial for book proposals. Academics from all disciplines, in all locations and at all stages in their career are encouraged to take part.

Open peer review can refer to any model, which increases transparency in the peer review process. We’ve placed selected book proposals and associated sample chapters on this publicly-accessible website and are inviting comment from anyone who feels they can contribute to the development of these works.

We see this trial as an opportunity to learn about what sort of feedback is possible and useful in this context and to contribute to the academic community’s understanding of open peer review.


OPPORTUNITY

Call for submissions: Viral Dissonance at FLEFF 2014


Deadline:
Wed Jan 15, 2014 23:59

Location:
Ithaca, New York
United States of America

The 17th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) will begin its yearlong exploration of “Dissonance” with concerts, workshops, master classes, performances, and films. FLEFF invites submissions of new media art, tactical media, radical cartography, computer games, and locative media for the online exhibition “Viral Dissonance” and prize of USD250.

“Going viral” is often equated with viral videos. It is associated with internet memes: ideas replicate themselves and spread, jumping between social networks. Viruses themselves often frighten for their unpredictable movements. They travel quickly against dominant flows and often defy attempts at isolation and containment. Epidemics viruses like SARS, H1N1, and MERS emerge at the intersections between human and nonhuman, casting chickens, pigs, camels, and bats as “natural” transmitters. They also emerge at the intersections of science and superstition. Computer viruses spread through self-replicating malware programs, disabling proper functionality—or even shutting it down through “worms” like Code Red, Nimda, and ILOVEYOU.

During the past few years, grassroots forms of dissonance have erupted everyday from Egypt and Syria to Spain, Greece, the United States, and Brazil. People have gathered in the streets and in squares to demand to be heard and to be seen. They refuse to be silenced or erased. News media have occasionally offered them time and space to make their voices heard and faces visible. People have also mobilized digital technologies like SMS and social networking, working around and within the control of state and corporate control. They have spoken against data mining of citizens and against the financialization and militarization of everyday life for millions, but they have also spoken against corporate cooption of dissonance as Twitter or Facebook revolutions.

Dissonance emerges as clash, tension, disharmony, and disequilibrium to make visible and audible an ever-expanding multiplicity of clashes, tensions, disharmonies, and disequilibriums have become so integral to everyday life that they can easily pass unmarked and seem unremarkable. Dissonance thrives on contradictions, moving restlessly towards irresolution. It calls out imbalance. Neither noise, nor cacophony, dissonance pairs together the incompatible with results that surprise, offend, invite, disturb, and excite, spurring action and creativity. Dissonance sparks and ignites.

Viral Dissonance seeks projects that run online or on mobile devices, ones that provoke and educate to expand dissonance virally as knowledge producing and agentive. Please send submissions with a brief bio (75 words) in an email to FLEFF Digital Curator Dale Hudson of New York University Abu Dhabi (UAE/USA) at fleff.digital.curators@gmail.com no later than 15 January 2014.

Claudia Costa Pederson of Ithaca College (USA) serves as FLEFF Assistant Curator for New Media on this project, which will be juried by Eduardo Cachucho (Belgium/South Africa) and Babak Fakhamzadeh (Uganda/Netherlands). The exhibition is scheduled to go live in March 2014. For additional information about FLEFF, including past exhibitions Digital Checkpoints, Trafficked Identities, and last year’s Distributed Microtopias, please visit http://www.ithaca.edu/fleff/.

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OPPORTUNITY

Call for submissions: Distributed Microtopias


Deadline:
Wed Aug 15, 2012 00:00

Location:
Ithaca, New York
United States of America

The 15th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) began its yearlong exploration of Microtopias with concerts, workshops, master classes, performances, and films during the spring. The exploration continues this fall with a juried competition and online exhibition.

FLEFF invites submissions of new media art, tactical media, radical cartography, computer games, locative media, and interactive video for Distributed Microtopias, a juried competition and online exhibition for which one prize of USD250 will be awarded.


Micro means small, utopia identifies imagined, cooperative systems of harmony.

Microtopias ask us to imagine the world otherwise, without constraints and limitations, to improve the immediate environment. Microtopias congregate people, ideas, and practices on a local, sustainable, decentralized scale. Microtopias catalyzes social interaction, collective participation, and changes in the landscape. Microtopias transform the world by making policed boundaries more permeable.

If utopia resides nowhere, microtopias emerge everywhere. If utopia suggests perfection, microtopia defines adaptation. If utopia is remote, microtopia mesmerizes. Utopias never change; microtopias never stay the same. Tactical, temporary, disruptive, distilled, microtopias show us how to inhabit the world in a better way. Ephemeral and transitory openings, microtopias map the realm of the possible, an invitation to live in a shared world. Rather than a grand narrative and a large scale, microtopias propose temporary, dynamic, shared worlds, a field of forces shaped on a sustainable scale.

Distributed Microtopias seeks projects that run across distributed networks like the Internet to provoke and educate from remote locations on a sustainable scale, that expand knowledge rather than contain it, and that invite participation and exploration, and that unhinge familiar habits of thinking to envision new possibilities for historical and cultural clarity.

Enrico Aditjondro of EngageMedia (Indonesia) will serve as the juror for the competition with FLEFF Digital Curator Dale Hudson of New York University Abu Dhabi (UAE/USA).

Please send submissions with a brief bio in an email to distributed.microtopias@gmail.com no later than 15 August 2012. The exhibition is scheduled to go live in September 2012.

For additional information about FLEFF, including last year’s Digital Checkpoints and Trafficked Identities online exhibitions, please visit festival web site.

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