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Conference Schedule

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Saturday, April 8



Conference Check-In and Information - Shriver Multi-purpose Room Lobby



Breakfast and Keynote: Mary Flanagan [details]
Breakfast begins at 7:00. Speaker will begin at 8:00.

Mary Flanagan will present works in which the creation of software bridges commonly held notions about art, education, and social action. Central to the discussion will be the role of code in a range of pieces. She will present some of her computer based artworks as well as activist design projects. As many questions arise at this intersection as are answered, promising an opportunity for lively debate. How does the act of writing code also create a world view? Does activism equate to being able to program? Do digital artworks truely challenge the role of the art object? What are ways in which conscientious designers and artists can engage with the deeper levels of ideology inherent in code culture?

Mary Flanagan holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. She is an internationally exhibiting artist with work shown at the Whitney Museum, the Moving Image Centre in Auckland, Artist's Space, A.I.R. Gallery, the New York Hall of Science, and the Guggenheim Museum among other international venues; her creative writing work has appeared in _3rd Bed_ and _How2_. In addition to digital art and text, she produces nonfiction academic studies focusing on games, digital art, and cyberculture. Her two most recent publications are the co-edited volume of fiction and theory, _reload: rethinking women and cyberculture_ (MIT Press 2002) and the co-authored book _Similitudini. Simboli. Simulacri_ (SIMilarities, Symbols, Simulacra) in Italian. (Unicopli, 2003). Her recent essay is a blend of critical and experimental writing entitled "Reskinning the Everyday," and will be published in 2006 with MIT Press in _reskin_. Flanagan is currently Associate Professor of software art and culture at Hunter College, New York.




Workshop Session 6 (Concurrent Presentations)


Academic & Game Code Presentations & Discussions

Peter Hriso, "Building Group Dynamics Outside the Classroom " &
Rudy McDaniel/Natalie Underberg, "eXeMbeLishment: Using the eXtensible Markup Language as a Tool for Storytelling Researchers"

Semiotic Code Presentations & Discussions

Brian Landry/Mark Guzdial, "Learning from Human Support: Informing the Design of Personal Digital Story-Authoring Tools"  &
Alison Colman, "Town as Topocosm: Using Locative Media and Digital Imagery to Translate Physical into Epistemological Space"


Code as Art: Mary Flanagan/Casey Reas/Ira Greenberg/ moderated by P. Michael Zender

Can computer code be a primary expressive medium, or is it simply an applied form of mathematics–a medium of production and analysis. Is there a materiality to code, a symbolic evocation that transcends literal meaning. How does coding style figure into the meaning of software? Is there an aesthetic value to coding style, independent of code execution? Should algorithmic efficiency be the dominate organizing force in coding? Is coding ultimately a legacy, even romantic, approach to writing software–to eventually be automated by the computer? These and similarly challenging questions will be discussed by our panel of leading code artists. Audience participation will be encouraged, and we look forward to a very lively debate.

Gallery Talk

Adam Brown





Workshop Session 7 (Concurrent Presentations)



Image Code Presentations & Discussions

Michael Bowdidge, "Non-Topographical Mappings of Resonant Spaces Using Digital Photography- A Case Study" &
Seth Ellis, "The Alchemical Body: Descriptions of the Body as the Body"

Art & Semiotic Code Presentations & Discussions

Elizabeth Coulter-Smith, "Mapping the Frame: Locative Media and Interactive Art Environments "
H. Lewis Ulman, "Will the Real Edition Please Stand Out? Negotiating Multiple Semiotic Codes in Digital Editions of Manuscript Texts"

Academic Code Presentations & Discussions

Cher Cornett/Peter Hriso, "Developing a Digital Media Curriculum at a Regional University"
Kim Grable, "Disruptive Creativity in the Graphic Design Classroom"

Gallery Talk

Kami-Kaze (Paper Breezes)
Traditional Japanese Paper (washi) in a Digital Work-flow

Paul Kohl
Professor, Department of Information Technology
Kawasaki University
Kurashiki, Japan


Conference Close


Format for all Discussion Sessions: Papers are presented for 20 minutes each, there there will be a moderated discussion for the next 35 minutes. Each session will have an appointed discussion leader in addition to the presenters.