SYMPOSIUM: Material Desire in the Digital Age

Daïchi Saïto, Engram of Returning

This symposium intends to probe more closely into how the complex processes of current modes of cultural production and reception involve the immediate and deep pasts. Technological obsolescence, the physical archive, and the contemporary artist’s reengagement with pre-digital technologies are a few of the topics that will be explored during four panel sessions, featuring contemporary artists, whose new work exploits older or analog technologies, and theorists, curators, archivists, and academics whose scholarship considers the role of the analog in the twenty-first century.

September 7-8, 2017

MFA/EDA Carpentry Shop
1509 Campus Drive
Duke University
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Thursday, September 7
 
3:30-5:30 PM
Panel: Image Machines
    Josh Gibson, Duke University, Moderator
    Tom Whiteside, Durham Cinematheque
    Rick Prelinger, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Tom Rankin, Duke University

6:00-8:00 PM
Kick-off Reception & Screening of FILMISTORY 3.2
Tom Whiteside & Durham Cinematheque at Full Frame (multi-projector 16mm program)

Friday, September 8

10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Panel: (Re)Invention in Motion
    Raquel Salvatella de Prada, Duke University, Moderator
    Eric Dyer, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Megan Prelinger, Author, Cultural Historian, and Archivist
    William Seaman, Duke University

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Eric Dyer, Shabamanetica #1 and #2, detail, 2017, steel, walnut, UV ink on aluminum, 98" x 90" x 48" (each).

 
1:30-3:30 PM
Panel: Material Research & Haptic Media
    Pedro Lasch, Duke University, Moderator
    Kim Knowles, Aberystwyth University, Wales
    Paula Gaetano Adi, Rhode Island School of Design
    Shambhavi Kaul, Duke University

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Paula Gaetano Adi, in collaboration with Gustavo Crembil, Mestizo Robotics, 2016, spherical robots (43″ diam. each) constructed in wood and fired clay, with an internal robotic pendulum system.
 
3:30-5:30 PM
Panel: The Poetics and Politics of Media Archeology
    Mark Hansen, Duke University, Moderator
    James Hodge, Northwestern University
    Zoe Beloff, Queens College, NY
    Mark Hansen, Duke University, Closing Remarks

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Zoe Beloff, The Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff, 2011, gallery installation that includes film, video, photographs, drawings and objects both new and archival. Cinematographer: Eric Muzzy. Cast: Kate Valk.
 
Co-sponsored by the Humanities Futures initiative @ the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Dept. of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, and the Masters in Fine Arts in Experimental & Documentary Arts.

(featured image, Daïchi Saïto, Engram of Returning, 2015, 35mm film.)