[spectre] iMappening – Annual Showcase for USC’s Media Arts and Practice PhD Program

micha cárdenas mmcarden at usc.edu
Sat May 5 03:01:51 CEST 2012

What: iMappening – Annual Showcase for USC’s Media Arts and Practice PhD

Keywords: Media Art, Design, Cinema, Installation, Gaming, Social Media,
USC, Los Angeles

When: Opening May 9th from 6-9pm, panels and exhibition May 10th, 2012,
from 10am-7pm

USC School of Cinematic Arts
Fox Stage 3, SCX-105
930 W. 34th St., SCA 110, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211

Contact: M. Cárdenas, mmcarden at usc.edu

  L. Fenton, lfenton1 at gmail.com


The Interdivisional Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) PhD program in the
School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California will be
holding their annual showcase event, iMappening 2012, on May 9th and 10th,
2012 from 10am-5pm. The event will take place at Fox Stage 3, SCX-105,  in
the School of Cinematic Arts, and will include exhibits and talks from the
artists, designers, and scholars of the iMAP program. This year, iMappening
will include a gallery exhibition with an opening reception and a series of
lectures with invited critics. “iMappening is open to the public in order
to bring awareness about the iMAP program and showcase the important
ongoing work being done in iMAP, a hybrid PhD program supported by all of
the branches of the School of Cinematic Arts,” said Andreas Kratky, Acting
Program Director for iMAP.


*Roseta Stones by VJ Um Amel*

“USC’s iMAP program is on the cutting edge of new media art and design
research and digital scholarship, one of only a handful of PhD programs
that combine digital theory and practice,” said Jeanne Jo, an iMAP Student
who will be finishing in 2014. Bringing together all the strengths of a
world class school of cinema with innovations in art, science and
technology, iMAP students work in emerging fields including critical
design, networked performance, serious games, social media analytics, data
visualization, wearable electronics, non-linear narrative cinema, immersive
cinema, digital media and learning and database documentary.


*MARRA by Jeanne Jo*

Projects to be featured at this year’s iMappening span a broad range of
practices. VJ Um Amel’s R-Shief project visualizes a massive database of
tweets of the arab intifadas. Lauren Fenton’s dissertation project
PolyAngylene is an interactive themed environment that employs expressive
physical computing devices and projection mapping as platforms for a
narrative about the future of urban space. Joshua McVeigh-Schultz’s project
experiments with audience-driven tele-spectacle. Micha Cárdenas’ Local
Autonomy Networks aims to create mesh networked wearable electronic
garments to prevent violence against women, LGBTQI people, people of color
and other groups who continue to survive violence on a daily basis. Diego
Costa’s Matricídio appropriates the theory-practice methodological ethos of
psychoanalysis (the après-coup, the slip of the tongue, the dreamwork) into
a queer cinematic language. Clea T. Waite’s ν descending is an homage to
Marcel Duchamp’s seminal work realized as a virtual, interactive,
cinema-painting in stereoscopic 3D. Rosemary Comella’s video, Garin Park,
explores how the use of image stabilization and image warping affects “the
trace of the real” often associated with documentary filmmaking.  Kristy
Kang’s project is an online cultural history exploring identity formation
and place making in the multi-ethnic community of Los Angeles’ Koreatown.
 Gabriel Peters-Lazaro will share video from the Junior AV Club, an ongoing
project exploring the use of digital media technologies as tools for early
childhood learning.


*PolyAngylene by Lauren Fenton*

Talks at iMappening will cover a broad range of interventions into the
intersections of critical theory and digital practices. The topics to be
covered include “Forget Theory: The Psychoanalytic As Queer Practice and
Creative Research” by Diego Costa, “Multimodal Survivals: Vernacular
Preservations and Media Design” by Veronica Paredes, “Experience Design and
the Practice of Themed Space” by Lauren Fenton, “Redesigning Civic Rituals:
social games and new models of participation” by Joshua McVeigh Shultz,
“Reality Ends Here: Transforming Community Through Pervasive Play” by Jeff
Watson, “The Seoul of Los Angeles: Contested Identities and
Transnationalism in Immigrant Space” by Kristy Kang and more.

 *Bullet Hell by Adam Liszkiewicz*

The exhibition opens on Wednesday, May 9th from 6-9pm. The public
exhibition will be open also on Thursday from 10am-7pm. Panels will take
place from 10am to 3:30pm, in the form of fifteen minute talks with a
question and answer session at the end.

For media inquiries and questions, contact M. Cárdenas at 619-847-4885,
mmcarden at usc.edu or L. Fenton 323-317-2355, lfenton1 at gmail.com.


*Local Autonomy Networks by Micha Cárdenas*


micha cárdenas
PhD Student, Media Arts and Practice, University of Southern California
Provost Fellow, University of Southern California

New Directions Scholar, USC Center for Feminist Research

MFA, Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego

Author, The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities,

blog: http://transreal.org
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