Reality Would Have to Begin:

Speculative Computing and World-Making

The spread of immersive digital environments might have made the virtual more “real,” but at the same time, increased surveillance and endless analytics have optimized our world as computation. The 2015 – 2016 Five College Digital Humanities Speaker Series features scholars and artists whose work investigates the constantly shifting boundaries between physical and virtual space, and how such shifts impact how we engage our social, political, and bodily networks: how our worlds are made, and how we can make them differently.
Referring to the hyper-speculation of images, information, and space, documentary filmmaker and author Harun Farocki once declared that “reality would have to begin,” A year after his death, we ask, “Has reality begun? Or has it become something else?”

 

Find more via our hashtags #5CDH and #2Real2Begin.

 

FALL 2015

SPRING 2016

OCT 1: MIRIAM KOLAR

mellon postdoctoral fellow
@ five college digital humanities

#archaeology #sonic-architecture #performance

FEB 2016: BEN CHANG

assoc. professor in the department of the arts
@ rensselaer polytechnic institute

#virtual-environments #poetic-hacking
#installations

OCT 21:
BINYAVANGA WAINAINA

kenyan author, editor, and founder of
Kwani? digital initiative

#digital-africas #new-immersions #new-african-writing

MAR 2016:
JESSICA JOHNSON

asst. professor of history
@ michigan state

#digital-history #queering-slavery #digital-diasporas

NOV 5: NICK MONTFORT

assoc. prof. of digital media
@ mass. institute of technology

#poetry #translation #interactive-fiction

DEC 4: MICHA CÁRDENAS

asst. prof. of interdisc. arts & sciences
@ university of washington at bothel

#perfomance #affective-cyborg #transreal #digital-diasporas

 
 

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