The first conference focusing on new-media art education, this intensive one-day event introduces a range of specific projects and reflections.

For full abstracts and biographies please see relevant section on this blog.

Elebash Recital Hall
Doors Open

Elebash Recital Hall

  • House Warming at the Graduate Center

with Steve Brier (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

  • Remarks on the CUNY Ph.D. in Media Studies

Rick Maxwell (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

  • Share, Share Widely: Introduction

Trebor Scholz (Institute for Distributed Creativity, SUNY at Buffalo)

Format: Presentations are 15 minute short summaries of in-depth audio presentations on the media blog, which can be podcast.             

11:35am - 12:05pm
Elebash Recital Hall

The Folly of the Technological Fix
Stanley Aronowitz (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Aronowitz will focus on the urgent need for critical theory of the media, treating it as a legitimate field for a wide variety of fields, e.g. humanities such as philosophy and literature, social studies such as sociology, anthropology, psychology and political science. We need more work on the political economy of the media, and dissemination of its results. In addition, media studies should be installed at every level of the curriculum including the Ph.D. programs.

McKenzie Wark (New School University)
Education as Institution vs Knowledge as Network Most interesting experiments in knowledge creation were at the same time experiments in alternative institutional models. This holds for Black Mountain College as much as for the Frankfurt School. These alternatives either fail (Black Mountain) or collapse back into the education institution (Frankfurt). Or both (Birmingham School). The question is whether, with new technologies, one can produce not so much a sustainable network outside the institution, as a sustainable relation between the education institution and knowledge networks. Intervening in the politics of knowledge calls for a rethinking of this relation, and not just in terms of technologies, but crucially in terms of the question of property. Intellectual property polarizes the whole field of knowledge, revealing the class relation that cuts across any and every other difference that structures it. In this presentation, I offer some modest proposals for a creative, constructivist politics of new media knowledge network practice, drawing in part on my book A Hacker Manifesto. It’s a proposal for moving beyond a rhetoric of resistance, to an affirmative conception of networks as indeed a kind of ‘work’.

  • Session 1:

Uses of social software in the classroom (wikis, and weblogs, voice over IP,, IM, and Flickr) and the battles over the wireless commons

12:10pm- 12:40pm
Elebash Recital Hall

Patrick Lichty (Intelligent Agent)
Lichty focuses on the production of collective knowledge building on the decentralization of culture, and creation of discursive spaces using technologies.

Brooke Singer (SUNY Purchase)
Presenting her course "Internet as Public Art" Singer will look at the teaching of emerging technologies such as wi-fi in the classroom and ask how history, theory and practice can be combined. With regard to student work she argues for a sense of experimentation and process rather than the keen pursuit of a finished product.

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  • Session 2:


12:50pm - 1:40pm
Elebash Recital Hall

Beatriz Da Costa (UC Irvine)
Academic Misbehaving The buzzword of "interdisciplinarity" has been circulating in the academic environment for a number of years. Many schools now proudly wave the flag of interdisciplinarity, and claim it as one of their strongest assets. But what happens when a program emerges in the context of the university that attempts to institutionalize an interdisciplinary approach at its very core, by combining divergent educational models from three different schools and fifteen different departments?

Tiffany Holmes (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Holmes will address the challenges of teaching programming in an art school and give the example of a particular class that she taught which introduced both, Macromedia software and the open source program Processing.

Natalie Jeremijenko (UC San Diego)
Jeremijenko will talk about the changing structures of participation in new-media art education. She will introduce SCAPE:  a Friendster/ Napster hybrid that facilitates file-sharing through social networks; and HowThingsAreMade: a wiki-based visual encyclopedia that documents labor conditions and manufacturing processes.

  • Session 3:

Collaborative Research

1:45pm - 2:15pm
Elebash Recital Hall

Mary Flanagan (Hunter College, CUNY)
Flangan will talk about her course "Communications and the City: Psychogeography and Locative Media" and will demonstrate the collaborative use of new media tools online and as part of field work.

Andrea Polli (Hunter College, CUNY)

Polli will introduce you to plans for an ambitious collaborative environment linking CUNY campuses for research, design, and the creation of multi-user networked spaces. These planned virtual collaborative spaces focus on real time graphical navigation, a persistent textual component, media such as video and sound, and interauthorship.  A variety of interfaces, including desktop, wireless laptop, handheld, wearable, and locative is planned.

Lunch Break

2:15pm- 3:20pm
Temporary gift economy zone, meet, eat, discuss, share.

  • Session 4:

Open Source Software, open access, open content, copyleft, technologies of sharing

3:20- 3:50pm
Elebash Recital Hall
Tenure in New Media
Jon Ippolito (Guggenheim Museum, University of Maine)/Joline Blais (University of Maine)

Ippolito and Blais problematize the value of current tenure evaluations with regard to new media art practices and invite participation in an open publishing/version tracking tool (in progress) called "TextPool."

Mark Tribe (Columbia University)
Tribe will introduce ideas behind his graduate seminar "Open Source Culture" that examines artistic practices of appropriation from 1913 to the present as they relate to intellectual property and technology.

  • Session 5:

Creation of meaningful connections between art, theory, technology, and History; Vocational training versus solid critical education (e.g. Media histories)

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Elebash Recital Hall
The Seminar-Studio Tug of War: Fusing Theory and Praxis in New Media Education

Chris Salter (Concordia University, Montreal)
Inhabiting concepts, crisis in creative uses of technology, rampant professionalization of tool-based learning, artists as theorists

Neighborhood Narratives
Hana Iverson (Temple University)
"The Neighborhood Narratives" curriculum explores the social and cultural impacts of the convergence of place and mobile technologies.

  • Session 6:

Edblogging, Blogsperiments

4:30 pm - 5:15pm
Elebash Recital Hall
The Ideal Curriculum “Small Pieces, Loosely Joined”
Colleen Macklin (Parsons School of Design)

Macklin seeks to integrate distributed and cooperative learning, blogs, open source, networks, exploratory research and collaboration to provide new keys to the education of design-technologists in the face of the exponential growth and complexity of the field.

Stephanie Rothenberg (SUNY at Buffalo)/Pattie Belle Hastings (Quinnipiac University)
Rothenberg and Hastings will engage with issues around the use of weblogs in teaching, and research.

Thomas Slomka (SUNY at Buffalo)
Slomka will introduce "Commenter," a tool for reflective video annotation.

  • Session 7:

Shaping of core curriculum and educational initiatives without fear of experiments and failure

5 pm - 5:45pm
Elebash Recital Hall

Liz Slagus (Eyebeam)
Slagus will introduce "Circuit," an upcoming program at Eyebeam that exposes graduate students' work for an intense 3 day period allowing for feedback from curators, critics and theorists.

Douglas Repetto (Columbia University)
Dorkbot is an initiative that was founded in 2000 by "people who are doing strange things with electricity."  It since spread to more than 30 cities worldwide. Repetto will address possible reasons for this accidental success.

Daniel Perlin (Interactive Telecommunications Program)
Between private and 'public' models of educational new-media art programs Perlin will compare successes and failures of the Interactive Telecommunications Program, MIT Dublin, and the Interaction Design Institute IVREA. He will argue for a socially situated critical new media art program that navigates in between the nebulous worlds of science and art.

  • Breakout Sessions

All rooms are located on the 8th floor (ID needed)

Moderator: Alison Colman (Ohio University)
Room 8301
Focus on Intersection of Art/Theory/Emerging Media

Moderator: Ben Chang (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Room 8304
Focus on VR in Education

Moderator: Marty Lucas (Hunter College, CUNY)
Room 8400
Focus on Distributed Learning Projects

Moderator: Ricardo Miranda Zuniga (The College of New Jersey)
Room 8402
Focus on Programming in New Media Education

  • Finale

All meet in Elebash Recital Hall
Moderators report from their groups and

Tim Druckrey and Trebor Scholz will respond and open
the discussion.

  • After-Party

Relax, and chat with beer and snacks

9:00pm The Thing at Postmasters Gallery
459 W. 19th St (between 9th and 10th Ave)
New York, NY 10011

Share, Share Widely Website Listen to in-depth audio and video presentations on the conference media blog.

The mailing list of the Institute for Distributed Creativity offers interviews and discussion with a wide range of international new media educators. A new media education network will be formed as result of this event. Mediablog with audio presentations by: Amy Alexander (UC San Diego), Saul Albert (University of Openess), Richard Barbrook (Westminster University, London), Joline Blais (University of Maine), jonCates (The School of the Art Institute Chicago), Susan Collins (Slade School of Art), Alison Colman (Ohio University), Eugene I. Dairianathan (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Kenneth Fields (Peking University, China) Brian Goldfarb (UC San Diego), Elizabeth Goodman (San Francisco Art Institute), Alex Halavais (SUNY at Buffalo), Jon Ippolito (University of Maine/Guggenheim Museum), Jeff Knowlton (UC San Diego), Paul Benedict Lincoln (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Geert Lovink (Hogeschool van Amsterdam/ University of Amsterdam), Nathan Martin (Carnegie Mellon University), Kevin McCauley (City Varsity, University of Cape Town/University of Stellenbosch, South Africa), Casey Reas/ Ben Fry, Joel Slayton (San Jose State University), Shawn Rider (SUNY at Buffalo), Ricardo Rosas (Autolabs, Sao Paolo), Liz Slagus (Eyebeam), Paul Vanouse (SUNY at Buffalo) Interviews Leading Up To Conference (as part of WebCamTalk 1.0): Megan Boler (University of Toronto), Joline Blais (University of Maine), Axel Bruns (Queensland University of Technology), Lily Diaz (University of Art and Design, Helsinki), Elizabeth Goodman (San Francisco Art Institute), William Grishold (UC San Diego), Lisa Gye (Swinburne University), John Hopkins (, Jon Ippolito (Guggenheim Museum, University of Maine), Adriene Jenik (UC San Diego), Molly Krause (Harvard University), Patrick Lichty (Intelligent Agent Magazine), Wolfgang Münch (LASALLE_SIA, Singapore), Anna Munster (University of New South Wales, Sydney), Eduardo Navas (UC San Diego), Randall Packer (American University, Washington), Simon Penny (UC Irvine), Warren Sack (UC Santa Cruz), Christoph Spehr (Berlin), Ricardo Miranda Zuniga (The College of New Jersey)

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