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Posted on 2017/10/18 by

“World’s Greatest Dad”: The Ideological Work of the Richler Room Ephemera

In “Teaching Collections Management Anthropologically,” Cara Krmpotich details the iterative, multi-stage creation of a teaching collection for use by her Collections Management class at the University of Toronto. After briefly outlining the pedagogical importance of students’ embodied interactions with objects of material culture, Krmpotich discusses her initial challenge of not having a dedicated collection associated Read More

Posted on 2017/10/12 by

“Our writing tools are also working on our thoughts”: On Kittler, Nietzsche, and Richler’s Facit TP1

Wanda Strauven, in “Media Archaeology: Where Film History, Media Art, and New Media (Can) Meet,” stresses media archaeology’s debt to Foucault’s own archaeological work: “One could say that media archaeology starts where Foucault’s analyses end” (68). However, immediately following this remark, she cites Kittler’s incisive critique of Foucauldian archaeological methodology, an insight that proves central Read More

Posted on 2015/12/13 by

“It’s all about building trust”: An interview with Joanna Berzowska of XS Labs

Joanna Berzowska founded XS Labs in 2002 at Concordia, where they focus on “the development and design of electronic textiles, responsive clothing, wearable technologies, reactive materials, and squishy interfaces.” Previous to XS Labs, Berzowska studied and worked at the MIT Media Lab, and she co-founded International Fashion Machines with Maggie Orth. She holds a BA Read More

Posted on 2015/12/09 by

The Media Lab as Space for “Play and Process”: An Interview with TML’s Navid Navab

The point is to build environments that are “not complicated but rich.” At the TML, we live with our designs, within our responsive environment. Interview with Navid Navab Associate Director in Responsive Media, Topological Media Lab Research-Associate, Matralab Multidisciplinary Composer The Topological Media Lab (TML) is a large, open space with polished concrete floors and a Read More

Posted on 2015/12/07 by

Navigating Interdisciplinary Digital Media Labs: An Interview with Erica Lehrer, Director of CEREV

By Sabah Haider In this interview for the graduate seminar HUMA 888: Mess and Method [Fall 2015, “What is a Media Lab?” edition], Sabah Haider, PhD Student at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University interviews Dr. Erica Lehrer, Director of CEREV and Associate Professor, History and Sociology and Anthropology Read More

Posted on 2014/10/12 by

BFC – BigFriedChicken’s Cook and Sort machine

BFC – BigFriedChicken’s Cook and Sort machine How does the BFC Vanilla edition sort cooked chicken, feathers, and eggs into specific chests? An industrial cooking and sorting machine. This device is the soul of the BFC and automates the process of collecting, cooking, sorting and finally storing cooked chicken, feathers, eggs and any anomalies (ie: Read More

Posted on 2013/07/20 by

The ‘Pataque(e)rical Imperative

How do deviations from the norm provide an important foundation for radical invention and improvisation in contemporary poetry? Acclaimed poet and scholar Charles Bernstein makes a strong case for the importance of the exception. Bernstein’s talk explores how the process of swerving away from expected trajectories is necessary for radical improvisation and the invention of Read More

Posted on 2013/06/26 by

Plucking Fluxes

Plucking Fluxes: Media Archaeology to the Metal Matthew Kirschenbaum This talk adopts a media archaeological framework for considering the floppy disks (the ubiquitous remnant of the first great home computer age) and their virtual simulacra, the disk image. The conceit of an “image” confers a complex epistemological status, bearing the inheritance of centuries of Western Read More

Posted on 2013/06/18 by

Between Blankness & Illegibility

Lisa Gitelman and Craig Dworkin in dialogue Moderated by Darren Wershler Concordia University, 20 January 2013 Recorded and transcribed by Michael Nardone Darren Wershler: Thank you. Welcome to the Concordia Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture’s panel on the materiality of paper in print. Gerald Graff has remarked that given that intellectual history Read More