Fall 2011,Conference

Saturday 12/10/2011

McKenzie Wark

Critical Information Conference 2011

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents Critical Information: Mapping the Intersection of Art and Technology, an interdisciplinary graduate student conference examining the contemporary dialogue between art, media and technology. Sponsored by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department at SVA, the Critical Information graduate conference provides a critical forum for current scholarship exploring the juncture of media, theory, criticism, and the visual arts. McKenzie Wark, Associate Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts, will deliver the keynote address entitled Spectacles of Disintegration.

Wark has written extensively on media theory, critical theory and new media. His books include Virtual Geography: Living With Global Media Events (Indiana University Press, 1994), The Hacker Manifesto (Harvard University Press, 2004), Gamer Theory (Harvard University Press, 2007), and The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International (Verso, 2011).

The conference’s international roster of participants represents a wide cross-section of disciplines, ranging from visual and cultural studies to interactive media arts; criticism to curatorial practice; and performance art to art history. Participants will present papers and projects on the following panels: Art, Technology and Identity; Information ArtDigital CostsSite and Subjectivity; Future of Signs; Visualizing the Invisible: The Art of Sound; and Mediated Memory. More information on the panels and papers, as well as the full schedule of events can be found at www.criticalinformationsva.com/schedule-2.


Graduate Student Organizing Committee 
Alex Allenchey
Kareem Estefan
Noah Dillon
Margaret Graham
Diana Seo Hyung Lee
Lee Ann Norman
Collin Sundt

Faculty Advisor
Russet Lederman

MFA Art Criticism & Writing Chair
David Levi Strauss

MFA Art Criticism & Writing Administrator
Annette Wehrhahn