Current Research

Karppi is at work on a book-length manuscript tentatively titled as Disconnect: Platform Politics of Facebook User Engagement. This book looks at the limits of user participation as a practical and theoretical problem in social media. The book argues that disconnection as a framework of research offers a novel viewpoint on social media, and has the potential to challenge our prevailing conceptions of these sites. With case-based examples embracing disconnection in theory and in practice the book points out, that our multiple engagements with social media sites are complex, affective, and can be designed, manipulated and monetized. Prospective research projects include a critical history of automation in the making, and defining affective capitalism in relation to digital media. These projects are interconnected.

“Sarah Elder’s current film project, Surviving Arctic Climate Change, looks at the consequences of global warming on the small Yup’ik Eskimo village of Emmonak, Alaska on the coast of the Bering Sea. She is also completing, “Remains to Be Seen” a new film on Buffalo artist Charles Clough and the 1974 founders of Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center. She continues to work on archiving and digitally mastering her Alaska Native Film Series.”

Teri Rueb’s recent research projects involve public sound walks investigating landscape, environment and mobile networks. Recent works include “Other Order” at the Arnold Arboretum/Harvard University and “A Field Guide for the New Millennium” in Buffalo. She is currently working on a commission from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to create a sound walk for the Fens in Boston (collaboration with Ernst Karel).  Past works include collaborative projects Grimpant in Montpellier, France (2013) and No Places With Names (2012) in Santa Fe. Recent publications include “Restless: Locative Media as Generative Displacement“ published in Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press, January 2016).

AirKami and WaterBank launched in Indonesia in 2014. Airkami delivers biosensor based pathogen analysis data while WaterBank creates a public water well and water sharing system that makes clean water available to Terban residents.

AirKami is featured in the MIT Press book: “Quantified, Biosensing in Everyday Life”, ed. Dawn Nafus, 2016. The Terban district where WaterBank is set has been awarded the ‘Healthy City’ award by the Indonesian government in 2016. With a government grant in hand, we are now working on an expansion to WaterBank as well as a master plan for new interventions in Terban !

New Projects:
Robots For Last Days.
This project looks at the landscape of robot systems as they accompany humans at the end of life. This is the first comprehensive overview of text materials on the topic of lethal robots and end of life care:

Watson gets Personal.
Large-scale machine learning systems generate new relationships and confusing similarities when confronted with unexpected materials. First presented at xCoAx 2016.

Paige Sarlin Paige Sarlin’s current focus is in theorizing the interview in a book-length manuscript Interview-Work: The Genealogy of a Media Form. “Although the interview is a ubiquitous technology of knowledge production, it has rarely been treated critically as a media form in itself.” Her research interests also include theorizing and documenting collectivity; and the extension of documentary practices and media into a range of different contexts. In MAY 13/14 she was an invited lecturer, curator and discussant at the Cinema Project, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Images Festival, Toronto, and the International Flaherty Film Seminar, Hamilton, NY.

Dave Pape

Dave Pape works in the creation of interactive virtual environments, as well as the development of tools for computer art and performance. His recent collaboration with dance group BCIJPG allowed projected dancers to scale and fall from one of the Grain Silos at the 2014 City of Night multi-disciplinary arts event at Silo City, Buffalo. Dave is a founding and continuing organizer of the Buffalo Infringement Festival eleven days of non-profit-driven, non-hierarchical grassroots, eclectic, independent, experimental, and controversial art in all forms, which happens yearly at the end of July. Dave has research interests in media commons, game studies and is a wikimedia editor. Dave is part of the Intermedia Performance Studio Research Group in DMS.

Tony Conrad is currently focusing on sound, music composition and improvised music performance. In the last year he performed solo or in collaboration at the Issue Project Room, NYC; London Contemporary Music Festival, the send+receive: a festival of sound, Winnipeg, SPOR festival for Contemporary Music and Sound Art, Denmark. In the coming year you can catch him at the Vienna Kunsthalle and at group shows in Spain and London. He is currently editing a collection of his essays for upcoming publication.

Loss Pequeño Glazier

During the last year, Loss performed/read “The Not-Moth” at E-Poetry @ the Bowery, Bowery Poetry + Arts, New York; and exhibited “La Cuchufleta”, at the Wechselstrom Gallery, Vienna; and “Bromeliacees a face blanche sur 20 hectares”, at Labo BnF, BnF | François-Mitterand, Paris.

In addition to his creative work, Loss is director of the Electronic Poetry Center and organizes yearly E-Poetry events.

Upcoming events include: EPC@20 : Twentieth Anniversary Celebration of Electronic Poetry Center September 11-12, 2014 in Buffalo; E-Poetry Intensive (possible venue for 2015 Florence, Geneva, Rome, or Barcelona); and the E-Poetry Festival , in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Josephine Anstey’s current project is a performance lecture, Improvising Consciousness, a spoof lecture of the History and Future of Human Consciousness; and cognitive exercises that accompany the lecture. Summer 2014, she performed the lecture at the CogNovo Research Seminars, U. of Plymouth and at the Science Fiction Research Association Conference. One of the exercises, The Bicameral Emulation Exercise is part of Enart:Art in the Mind, online exhibit. The lecture (as a series of videos) and cognitive exercises are forthcoming on the web.

In Fall 2014 Mark Shepard will be lecturing at the Bauhaus_Universitat, Weimar, although he will still be one of the directors of the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies (CAST) at UB. CAST is devoted to work on the evolving and growing implications of new technologies within the built environment: social, political, ecological, and material. In March 2014 Mark Shepard’s “Beyond the Smart City: Everyday Entanglements of Technology and Urban Life”, was published in Harvard Design Magazine. The title reveals his research interests as does his media work Sentient City Survival Kit which consists of a collection of artifacts for survival in the near-future sentient city.