News and Events
  • May 1st 2018

    Liz Lessner, MFA ’16, awarded Fulbright Research Scholarship to Brazil

    Congratulations to Liz Lessner, MFA '16, on being the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research in Brazil! About her proposed research, Liz writes:

    I'll be going to Brazil to research Lygia Clark’s writings, process, and works at her archives in Rio de Janeiro. This research will inform subsequent experimentation and collaboration at the CrossLab Research Group and the Lab for Innovation and Prototyping at the University of Fortaleza in Ceará and the Department of Expressions and Languages at the Federal University of Rio De Janeiro. Building on Clark’s ideas about performance, social relationships, and sensory experience, my work with Dr. Clarissa Ribeiro at the University of Fortaleza and Dr. Fernando Salis at the Federal University of Rio De Janeiro will involve prototyping interactive objects and collaborating with students, artists, and technologists to investigate how these objects affect sensory perception and the ways in which these objects can be used in performance, health related activities, and in creating experiences that reframe our understanding of how we interact with one another.
    For more info about Liz and her work, visit her website:

  • Apr 26th 2018

    PLASMA presents: LYNNE SACHS- Monday April 30, 6:30 PM, CFA 112

    The Department of Media Study’s PLASMA series presents: LYNNE SACHS, screening her latest film The Washing Society followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

    The Washing Society:


    When you drop off a bag of dirty laundry, who’s doing the washing and folding?  THE WASHING SOCIETY brings us into New York City laundromats and the experiences of the people who work there. Collaborating together for the first time, filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker observe the disappearing public space of the neighborhood laundromat and the continual, intimate labor that happens there.  With a title inspired by the 1881 organization of (more…)

  • Apr 25th 2018

    DMS PhD Student Azalia Muchransyah’s Film Screened at Perry Poster Day 2018

    Azalia Muchransyah, a DMS Ph.D. student, is going to screen her new film titled “HIV/AIDS: Not A Death Sentence”  at Perry Poster Day 2018.
    This year, J. Warren Perry Poster Day will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Harriman Hall, room 105, University at Buffalo South Campus.
  • Apr 24th 2018

    PLASMA series presents Curtis Marez, Monday, April 23rd , CFA112, 6:30pm

    Monday, April 23rd , CFA112, 6:30pm

    University at Buffalo

    The Department of Media Study’s 

    PLASMA series presents: CURTIS MAREZ -“Of Walls and Robots: The History of Farm Fascism and the Way We Live Now”

    About the speaker:

    Curtis Marez is a Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego, Curtis Marez is the author of Drug Wars: The Political Economy of Narcotics (Minnesota, 2004) and Farm Worker Futurism: Speculative Technologies of Resistance (Minnesota, 2016).  He is also Past President of the American Studies Association; former editor of American Quarterly; and current editor, with Lisa Duggan, of the American Studies Now: Histories of the Present book series from the University of California Press. Marez is currently completing a third book, University Babylon: How Hollywood Helps Make Student Bodies of Color.

  • Apr 20th 2018

    Tony Tuesday 4: New York Underground at Hallwalls, April 24

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    Tony Tuesday 4: New York Underground
    Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.
    $8 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 members

    Curated & Introduced by Laura McGough, Ph.D ’18

    This selection of films — which will be projected on 16mm film — showcases Tony Conrad’s early work within New York City’s underground film scene during the 1960s. Conrad’s earliest foray into experimental filmmaking found him creating the soundtrack for Jack Smith’s early short film Scotch Tape (1959–1962) and Smith’s later classic feature Flaming Creatures (1963). Conrad made his own first film, The Flicker in 1966, and Eye of Count Flickerstein the following year (1967) — a harbinger of video to come? — while continuing to contribute soundtrack work to films by Jack Smith, Ron Rice, Piero Heliczer, and others during this era. (more…)

  • Apr 19th 2018

    Shh… Sounds of Silent sounding Spaces – MFA Grad Show: Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Presenting work from:
    Jess Printup Another Week Shot To Hell, 15 minute looped audio, 2018
    Yuxin Zhao The Shape of Water, 5 min, 2018
    Nida Ali Mediate, 2018
    Lee Terwilliger Visual Stimulation, 3 min 34 sec, 2018
    Annette Daniels Taylor My Name is Shanequa, 2:18 min live audio performance, 2018
    My Neighborhood, 20 minute cinematic performance, 2018

    Can’t wait to see you there!

  • Apr 18th 2018

    Media Study’s 2018 Annual Student Show: Call for Submissions!


    The DMS Show is an annual event for undergrad and graduate students from UB’s Department of Media Study to showcase their work from the school year. Selected works are displayed in various locations in the Department of Media Study in the Center for the Arts, and selected films play in CFA 112.

    Selected participants will receive audience and faculty favorite awards in each category.
    The committee is dedicated to making this year’s show better than ever!!

    Submit your FILMS, GAMES, INSTALLATIONS, VIDEO ART, WEB-BASED PROJECTS, INTERACTIVE WORKS by April 30th, 2018 for a chance to compete in the May 14th DMS show this year.

    Who can submit? What can be submitted?
    Media Study students (majors/minors, graduates of all degrees) or anyone who has taken a DMS class from the 2017-18 school year with projects that fit into the above categories.

    How to submit:
    Submission forms available via the link below. Fill out the form and follow directions to submit your piece.


  • Apr 13th 2018

    PhD Student Azalia Muchransyah’s Poster Presentation at 2018 GSE Symposium

    Azalia Muchransyah, a DMS Ph.D. student, is going to present her poster titled “AIDS Media: An HIV Edutainment Design for Prison Populations”  at the 2018 GSE Symposium.

    “Education in Action: Critical Thinking, Praxis, Possibilities”

    Thursday, April 19, 2018
    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

    For more details, check out the Symposium publication link here and information page here.

  • Apr 11th 2018

    PLASMA series presents Dana Cloud, Monday, April 16th , CFA112, 6:30pm

    Monday April 16th, 6:30 PM, CFA 112

    University at Buffalo

    The Department of Media Study’s

    PLASMA series presents: DANA CLOUD

    Reality Bites: Rhetoric and the Circulation of Truth Claims in U.S. Political Culture


  • Apr 5th 2018

    Laura Kraning Solo Screening and Jury Member in Athens Intl Film & Video Festival

    Professor Laura Kraning will be a special guest at the upcoming Athens International Film and Video Festival, April 9-15, 2018 where she will be a member of the film festival jury and also present a solo screening of her work on Saturday April 14, 2018. (more…)