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Ralf Homan

Cdc_homannThe Walter Klingenbeck Lecture
by Prof. Ralf Homann
(director, Experimental Radio Program at Bauhaus University, Weimar)

Oct 19
3:30 - 5 pm
Department of Media Study

The Bauhaus in Weimar is the first university in Germany that founded a Faculty of Media. A chair for Experimental Radio was established in 1999 and is the only one in Germany teaching radio in the context of the fine arts. This artistic practice is understood as an open field which supports interdisciplinary approaches, in the range from aesthetic operations, new technological developments and political activism.

Walter Klingenbeck was a 17 year old (Catholic) boy who founded an illegal radio station called 'Radio Rotterdam' in Munich during WWII. This radio station did never broadcast, but it did create a resistance group. Klingenbeck was discovered by the Gestapo and killed.

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Warren Sack

Cdc_sackAgonistics: A Language Game

Join us for an evening with software designer and media theorist Warren Sack.

>Thursday, October 14, 7pm

601 West 26th Street
New York, New York 10001
Tel: 212-937 0443
Email: [email protected]

(organized by the Institute for Distributed Creativity in collaboration with The Thing, NYC)

Agonistics: A Language Game

The images and actions used as metaphors by Chantal Mouffe and other theorists of "agonistic democracy" can be instantiated as interactive, graphical objects and dynamics. This "literal" instantiation will then be a computer game that can played by posting messages to a public, online discussion forum. I am currently in the middle of implementing the game and would like to present what I have and get comments, critical feedback, and suggestions from those who come to the talk. The proposal for the game can be found here

bio: Warren Sack is a software designer and media theorist whose work explores theories and designs for online public space and public discussion. Before joining the faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Film & Digital Media Department, Warren was an assistant professor at UC Berkeley, a research scientist at the MIT Media Laboratory, and a research collaborator in the Interrogative Design Group at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. He earned a B.A. from Yale College and an S.M. and Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory.

He was recently awarded a 2004 Rhizome Net Art Commission by Rhizome.org at the New Museum and (with Sawad Brooks) a 2002 Emerging Artists/Emerging Medium 3: Net-Art Commission awarded by the Walker Art Center and the Jerome Foundation. He is a visiting scholar at Columbia University for the fall of 2004.

More information about his current work can be found at this website: http://people.ucsc.edu/~wsack    

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