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Digital Arts and Humanities

Conveners: Tara McPherson, Tavia Nyong'o, Lorie Novak, Deb Levine, Micha Cardenas

This teach-in will examine the intersections of humanities scholarship and art practice at the frontiers of the digital, touching upon new publication platforms, archival projects, and visual/performance practices.

Biographies

Tara McPherson teaches courses in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She authored the award-winning Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South (2003). Her new media research focuses on issues of convergence, gender, race, and representation, as well as upon the development of new tools and paradigms for digital publishing. She is the Founding Editor of Vectors and a Co-editor of the International Journal of Learning and Media.

Tavia Nyong’o is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at New York University, where he writes, researches and teaches critical black studies, queer studies, cultural theory, and cultural history. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory, won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance studies.

Lorie Novak is an artist and Professor of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Associate Faculty at the Hemispheric Institute. Her photographs, installations, and internet projects have been in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally. Recent projects have been published in the book Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis and in e-misférica.

Debra Levine is an assistant professor of Theatre at NYU Abu Dhabi. She is in the process of migrating her dissertation, Demonstrating ACT UP: The Ethics, Politics and Performances of Affinity, to the digital authoring platform, scalar. For her Fall 2012 class, Machine Dreams, her students have created a scalar book of keywords and critical essays.

Micha Cárdenas is an artist/theorist who works in social practice, wearable electronics and intersectional analysis. She is a PhD student in Media Arts and Practice at University of Southern California and a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. Her book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities was published in 2012.

Background Information
  • Encuentro Location (São Paulo): USP - Facultade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo
  • Date: January 16, 2013