Presenting at Eyebeam Artists in Conversation

February 2015

eyebeam_conversations

Artists In Conversation

Featuring Eyebeam Artists and Technologists

Saturday 21 February, 2015

12:00PM – 7:00PM

Please note this talk will take place in DUMBO, Brooklyn at Gallery 216, 111 Front Street

As part of the 2015 Annual Showcase, join participating Eyebeam artists for a full day of invigorating inquiry into critical approaches to emerging technologies and their creative usage. Topics will include: Wearable Tech Against Stop-and-Frisk, Discomfortability in Public Work, Online Presentations of Fictional Facts, and Architecture as Technology.

12:00PM – 12:45PM

Hoodies

Eyebeam Student Resident Iltimas Doha will join Joanne McNeil in conversation about his project “Hoodie”. Combined with stealth technology, this piece of clothing can be used as a protective tool against law enforcement harassment. As a victim of the NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic, Doha wants to empower other young potential targets of police harassment using technology.

1:00PM – 2:00PM

Discomfortability

Eyebeam Fellow Nancy Nowacek and Todd Shalom from Elastic City invite, battle and tame discomfort in their public, participatory work. As their work can potentially unsettle one’s emotional (and sometimes physical) state, it is often met with resistance or skepticism. Join Nowacek and Shalom in a talk about navigating these choppy waters. On stage will be two chairs, a microphone and nothing to hide behind.

2:00PM – 3:00PM

When the Fake Becomes Real

The internet is full of impostors, unreliable narrators, replicas, spoofers, parodies, and stories that present fiction as fact. Some things that started as fiction become fact, and this also happens in reverse. In conversation, current and former residents Joanne McNeil and Lauren McCarthy will discuss their work and give examples of the murky space between real and fake.

3:30PM – 4:30PM

Architecture as Technology

Eva Franch i Gilabert, Executive Director of and Chief Curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture, will join Eyebeam Fellow Torkwase Dyson in an inquiry into usage of architecture as a form of technology. Dyson explores architecture as a device to extrapolate ideas of human geography and in conversation, they will explore conceptual and formal architectural ideas as a means to develop iterations of space and place that impact the physiological makeup of the body.

5:00PM – 6:00PM

Playing For Laughs

How does comedy manifest itself in games? From having players do ridiculous things, to making ‘em laugh, to writing inside jokes – a panel of game designers will discuss how humor is incorporated into their games. Featuring Kaho Abe, Jane Friedhoff, and Eyebeam Residents Chloe Varelidi and Atul Varma.

6:00PM – 7:00PM

Everyday Strategies for Time Travel

There were some great things about the internet in 1970, 1992, 2000, and 2007. While nostalgia for a Web That Was is often misleading and misguided, alumni Ingrid Burrington and Steve Lambert will highlight some forgotten traits that can make our increasingly machine-readable, as-a-serviced now into a more human-inhabitable future. Burrington and Lambert will cover different approaches to stepping out of timestamps and constructing if not the web we once had, then at least the web we might want.

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This Week: Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence

February 2015

Steve Lambert, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence: 2/15-2/19

“The In-Residence Program at Unit One is a series of visiting guests who have a diverse range of professions and interests. Many guests have chosen paths that are unusual, and they are passionate about their work and lives, as well as fun, interesting people. Guests live in Allen Hall for 1-2 weeks, interacting with residents in a variety of non-academic programs, workshops, and informal discussions.”

More info

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Speaking at Fordham Urban Law Journal Symposium

February 2015

I’m giving the closing remarks at this Law symposium.

Fordham Urban Law Journal Symposium, Vol. XLII

Law, Urban Space, and The Future of Artistic Expression

Thursday, February 26, 2015
9 a.m.—5 p.m.

The symposium will examine legal issues surrounding street art, such as intellectual property and private and public spaces. It will also explore different perspectives of urban artistic expression, including large scale metropolitan art, the role of street art in shaping and changing communities, and the role of performance art generally in an urban space.

Fordham Law School
Skadden Conference Center
Costantino Room (Second Floor)
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

Conference is co-sponsored by: Urban Law Center, Urban Studies Program at Fordham University, and Fordham Art Law Society

The program is free and open to the public. For more information or questions, please contact: symposium@urbanlawjournal.com

law.fordham.edu/ULJsymposium15

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Video: Lecture at Grand Valley State University

November 2014

This is the talk I gave at Grand Valley State University. During the Q&A I was first told I was a finalist for Art Prize, so that’s why none of the issues around the funding and giving away the prize are mentioned.

This is what I was thinking about and talking about in September 2014. Topics covered include:

  • Growing up in San Mateo, CA
  • Liberal Education
  • What art is for
  • Jesus of Nazareth vs. Jesus the King
  • Monet’s Haystacks
  • Futurist Theory
  • Some work I made
  • The problem with awe and wonder
  • The problem with explicit persuasion
  • Power

And there are jokes.

Watch it here:

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SUNY Purchase Faculty Colloquium

December 2013

On October 30, 2013 Professor Stephen Flusburg and I presented at the [SUNY Purchase](http://www.purchase.edu) faculty colloquium. Flusburg is a cognitive psychologist and I knew I would be presenting after him, so I tried to build on some of those ideas. If you’re up for it, you can rewind back to see his presentation.

Stephen Flusberg, Assistant Professor of Psychology “Thinking about Thinking about Thinking”

Steve Lambert, Assistant Professor of New Media “Creative Disruption for the Common Good”

I start at about 41 minutes in.

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Keynote at HOMEWORK II: LONG FORMS / SHORT UTOPIAS Conference November 8-10, 2013

November 2013

Announcing HOMEWORK II: LONG FORMS / SHORT UTOPIAS Conference November 8-10, 2013 : Broken City Lab

I’ll be giving a keynote at the Broken City Festival this weekend. Here’s some info from their site:

We’re very pleased to announce Homework II: Long Forms / Short Utopias, a three-day conference and collaboratively-written publication that will aim to unfold the ways in which we construct, articulate, and practice ideas of micro-utopias, pop-up ideals, collaboration, and long-term social engagement in Ontario, across Canada, and abroad.

The conference will build on our previous conference, Homework: Infrastructures & Collaboration in Social Practices, in bringing together multidisciplinary artists and creative practitioners enacting and articulating the complexities of working in practices driven by curiosities about utopian collaboration, community, infrastructures, locality, and long-form social practice. With support from the Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Trillium Foundation, we’re looking to build an event that can frame a discussion on socially-engaged practices that span disciplines, with a particular focus on emerging practitioners.

Homework II will run November 8-10, 2013 in Windsor, Ontario at Art Gallery of Windsor and CIVIC Space.

Our featured keynote speakers this year will be Jeanne van Heeswijk (Rotterdam), Darren O’Donnell (Toronto), and Steve Lambert (New York). In addition to our keynotes, we’ve also invited a series of curatorial partners to develop panels that tackle the conference themes. And, to top it all off, everyone who attends will be co-authors of a book that captures the ideas and conversations from this year’s conference through a series of interviews with presenters, attendees, and organizers alongside collected materials from our 2011 conference.

For more information, please email homework@brokencitylab.org

via Announcing HOMEWORK II: LONG FORMS / SHORT UTOPIAS Conference November 8-10, 2013 : Broken City Lab.

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Speaking: Social Design Public Action Symposium – Vienna

August 2013

I’ll be speaking at the Social Design Public Action Symposium this fall.

Social Design Public Action
International Symposium
26-27 September 2013
University of Applied Arts Vienna

Download the program.

Social Design Public Action Symposium

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MIT Civic Media Lunch: Steve Lambert

May 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab, E15-344

“Lambert has spent years researching, developing, and testing the “art of activism” – applying an artistic aesthetic tactically, strategically, and organizationally. He’ll share some of what he’s learned from history, cognitive psychology, marketing, and sociology to better understand audiences and make more effective activism.”

RSVP here

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Experiments in Extra-Institutional Education

April 2013

I’ll be representing the Center for Artistic Activism at this roundtable on alternative education programs on Thursday.

What are the theoretical and political repercussions of education outside of a traditional classroom? Whether spurred on by a tidal wave of student debt, changes in technology, or new and nontraditional learning scenarios emerging from various academic disciplines, DIY education is on the rise. This workshop and roundtable brings together artists, educators, and researchers to present case studies of important experiments in this area to explore the future of creative learning outside of the conventional classroom, moving beyond questions of whether these alternative spaces can produce meaningful learning.

Mary Walling Blackburn, Anhoek School; Jen Messier and Jonathan Soma, Brooklyn Brainery; Ajay Singh Chaudhary and Abby Kluchin, Brooklyn Institute for Social Research; Haley Mellin, Bruce High Quality Foundation University; Mark Allen, Machine Project; J. Morgan Puett, Mildred’s Lane; Michael Mandiberg, New York Arts Practicum; Jon Santiago, NYC Resistor; Yukiko Hanawa and Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo, Occupy University; Steve Lambert, School for Creative Activism;Nova Benway & Taeyoon Choi, The Public School; Katherine Carl and Srdjan Jovanović Weiss, School of Missing Studies; Carla Herrera-Prats, SOMA Summer; Caroline Woolard, TradeSchool.coop. Moderated by Michael Mandiberg, College of Staten Island, CUNY.

The James Gallery Room 9206
April 11th 2013
6:30pm

Center for the Humanities
The Graduate Center
City University of New York

More information

Cosponsored by Graduate Center Digital Initiatives and JustPublics@365.

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Creative Time #GillickDecodes Twitter Panel

February 2013

I participated in this “twitter panel” for Creative Time about Nato Thompson and Liam Gillick’s discussion for Creative Time Reports. The whole discussion was archived via Storify and you can read through the embedded page here: Read on…

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