Program for Critical Making Event Dec 1

Digging Deep: Ecosystems, Institutions
and Processes for Critical Making
December 1, 2015. CUNY Graduate Center

Session 1, 12:30-2:30 pm
Designing Institutions of Critical Thinking and Material Making

General introduction
Patrik Svensson and others

Important issues and challenges (based on participant input)

Four introductions/statements
Anne Balsamo, New School
Matt Ratto, University of Toronto
Natalie Jeremijenko, New York University
Allison Burtch, researcher, artist and activist, NYC

Three distinguished commentators/perspective-givers
Cathy Davidson, CUNY Graduate Center
Shannon Mattern, New School
Jentery Sayers, University of Victoria

Open discussion (at least 45 minutes)

Session 2, 3-5:30 pm
Getting Beyond the Material-Conceptual to Include the Critical


Pair Presentations

Thomas Augst on NewYorkScapes
Anne Burdick on Micro Mega Meta

Dennis Tenen on Rapid Prototyping of Speculative Thought
Pelle Snickars on Spotify Teardown

Roopika Risam on Intersectionality as Making
Sara Hendren on Slope: Intercept

Patrik Svensson and Erica-Robles Anderson on From Napkin to Infrastructure
Maria Sachiko Cecire on Experimental Humanities

Danielle Carr and Daniel West on States of Monstrosity
Matt Ratto on the Critical-ness of Making

Lev Manovich on Critical Making in Digital Art Programs
Matt Gold on Building Commons

Open discussion

Towards a charter?

Moving Forward

List of invited participants

Allison Burtch, Researcher, artist, activist

Anne Balsamo, Dean of School of Media Studies and Professor of Media Studies, New School

Anne Burdick, Chair, Media Design Practices MFA at Art Center College of Design

Cathy Davidson, Distinguished Professor and Director of The Futures Initiative, City University New York

Daniel West, Graduate Student, Anthropology, Columbia University

Danielle Carr, Graduate Student, Anthropology, Columbia University

Dennis Tenen, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Erica Robles-Anderson, Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

Jentery Sayers, Assistant Professor of English, University of Victoria

Lev Manovich, Professor of Computer Science, The Graduate Center, City University New York

Maria Sachiko Cecire, Assistant Professor of Literature, Bard College, Director of Experimental Humanities

Matt Gold, Professor of English and Digital Humanities at the Graduate Center, City University New York

Matt Ratto, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Director of the Critical Making Lab

Natalie Jeremijenko, Associate Professor of Art and Art Education, New York University, artist

Pelle Snickars, Professor of Media Studies and Digital Humanities, Umeå University

Roopika Risam, Assistant Professor of English and Secondary English Education, Salem State University

Sara Hendren, Assistant Professor of Design, Olin College, artist

Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor, New School

Thomas Augst, Associate Professor of English, New York University

This page will be updated in case there are any late changes to the program.

The event is supported by Umeå University (through Patrik Svensson’s Chair), the Advanced Research Collaboratory, the Graduate Center, City University New York and The GC Digital Initiatives, CUNY.

More information here. Twitter hashtag #critmaking.

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