Jul 26th 2018
Blessing (working title) is an Augmented Reality application for smart phones… And who doesn’t need a blessing now and again? The application augments your camera feed with a virtual character who blesses you with gesture and audio-visual shower.
The application was inspired by the blessing of a Buddhist monk, it invokes a relationship with mother earth, but makes no other spiritual assumptions, and has no religious affiliation.
Blessing is showing at the Buffalo Infringement Festival
Jul 16th 2018
Josephine Anstey’s “Improvising Consciousness” selected for 2018 Opening Up Digital Fiction Shortlist – Open for Voting!
Professor Josephine Anstey’s project Improvising Consciousness has been shortlisted for the 2018 Opening Up Digital Fiction Writing Competition from Wonderbox Publishing and is now open for voting for the People’s Choice award!
The shortlist has been posted, and the voting is open until 30 July 2018 for the People’s Choice award for the 2018 Opening Up Digital Fiction Writing Competition. Go have a read of some great digital fiction, then let us know which one you think deserves the top spot.
Dec 12th 2016
( SEEING ) METHANE, a collaborative project by Media Study grad students Amirreza Azadeh, John-Patrick Ayson, Peter Johnson, Vivien Schütz, and Yanzi Wu, aims to raise awareness about an otherwise invisible, odorless greenhouse gas — methane — and to further understand one of the leading greenhouse gases which directly contributes to the ongoing global climate change.
Feb 8th 2016
MONDAY 2/22, CFA 278, 1-3 PM
As part of the Performance Research Workshop Spring line-up, please join Professor Josephine Anstey for a workshop on her lecture performance-in-progress, “Improvising Consciousness.” More info at IMPCON.ORG (more…)
Nov 12th 2015
Josephine Anstey presenting at Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts 2015, “After Biopolitics”
Professor Josephine Anstey will present as part of the Reconceptualizing Aesthetics, Improvising Consciousness panel at the 29th SLSA Conference 2015, “After Biopolitics”, hosted by Rice University, Houston TX, November 12-15, 2015.
For more information, see the conference site.
Oct 13th 2015
Josephine Anstey, Chair of DMS, performance piece ‘Improving Consciousness (IMPCON)’ will be part of the opening ceremony of this year’s Affect Theory Conference, AffectTheoryW/T/F (Wordings, Tensions, Futures), Oct 14 @8pm.
Apr 1st 2015
Josephine Anstey will perform Improvising Consciousness at the 2nd biennial Performance Philosophy conference at The University of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center Fri 10 – Sun 12 April 2015.
Feb 6th 2015
Josephine Anstey’s Improving Consciousness website has launched!
Oct 16th 2014
DMS Chair and Associate Professor, Joesphine Anstey will take part in this coming Wednesday’s Science & Art Cabaret at The Ninth Ward. The event is presented by Hallwalls and sponsored by the Techne institute.
Time: Wednesday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Venue: The Ninth Ward @ Babeville
Further information: http://www.hallwalls.org/visual/5552.html
Professor Anstey will present/perform her work: “Improvising Consciousness: The Past and Future of the Human Mind”
From Hallwalls’ event page:
“The Science & Art Cabaret is an ongoing collaborative program between Hallwalls, the University at Buffalo, and the Buffalo Museum of Science begun in October 2009. The cabaret attempts to bring forth intellectual and creative ideas centered around given themes, in a mash-up of ideas concocted to investigate the connections between these distinct fields of investigation. “
May 24th 2013
Professor Josephine Anstey presents Professor Jennifer Arnstay’s “IMPROVISING CONSCIOUSNESS” at Hallwalls
Sci-fi meets Cognitive Theory: Hallwalls Media Arts program presents performative lecture Wednesday, May 29th
“Do any of us really know our own minds? They’re so familiar yet so mysterious!
Experiments show our muscles start moving before the conscious mind gives a command to move!
My lecture will explain this and much much more!” – Prof. Jennifer Årnstay
On May 29 at 7:00 p.m., the Intermedia Performance Studio and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center will present IMPROVISING CONSCIOUSNESS, a performative lecture by Professor Årnstay, in Hallwalls’ basement cinema located at 341 Delaware Avenue, in downtown Buffalo, New York. The event will be free and is open to the public.
Performed by Josephine Anstey, Associate Professor and chair of UB’s Department of Media Study, the lecture is given by Jennifer Årnstay, Professor of Material and Analogical Eco-Cognition visiting from an “unspecified time and place.” According to the artist, the performative lecture will addresses questions of situated consciousness, and pre- & post- human identity. With conscious paradox, the lecture uses dramatic story-telling to make an argument that language and narrative distort and limit our cognitive capacities. Far out? Indeed. Professor Årnstay says:
Do you ever feel you can’t put the true richness of your thoughts into words? Do you ever wake up and find the solution to a nagging problem is suddenly in your head? What is really going on in our minds: hiding in there behind language? My lecture will explain!
The lecture critiques existing theories that equate human intelligence with language, men, and rationality and instead focuses on analogical- and visually-based cognitive processes. As Professor Årnstay puts it, “Our minds have never been exclusively in our heads, have they? But the worlds inside our minds are as extensive, multiple and varied as the environments that engender them. Come and explore them with me.”
An experimental work of intermedia performance IMPROVISING CONSCIOUSNESS is the latest in a series of events that have included a variety of activities, often participatory, including:
* workshopping of alter-egos;
* improvisation in a multiple personality melodrama;
* an interactive visual short story;
* play sessions with a mixed-reality alien intelligence;
* a physical game dealing with pre-historic cognition.
The IMPROVISING CONSCIOUSNESS performative lecture and participatory activities have evolved iteratively in a production/performance cycle. The core of the project is this performative lecture that purports to be a scholarly account of human cognition from 2.5M BCE to 3,000 CE. An IMPROVISING CONSCIOUSNESS cognitive exercise will be part of Cleveland’s Performance Art Festival curated in “ENACT” an online exhibition that will accompany “Present and Accounted,” the festival’s 25th anniversary, and will also be presented at the Creativity and Cognition Conference in Sydney in June 2013.
May 3rd 2013
The past, present, and future of the Department of Media Study is on display at the Tempus Fugit gallery show. Featuring work from past and current DMS professors and students, Tempus Fugit includes work from Tony Conrad, Kathy High, Josephine Anstey, Liz Lessner, Matt McCormick, Laura Curry, Carl Lee, and many more. Opening tonight (May 3) at 7pm at Hi-Temp Fabrication (79 Perry Street, Buffalo) and runs through May 15. Check out the great write up from Art Voice!!!
Jul 24th 2012
IMPROVISING CONSCIOUSNESS MEDICINE SHOW
* REAL LIVE ALIEN
Professor Jennifer Årnstay explores the history of human and animal consciousness, introducing diverse and radical theories of mind through the ages. Aided by a real alien intelligence and autonomous robots, Årnstay challenges the audience to uncover the secret future of their own minds.
Performance Times and Places:
July 27 and 28 at 6-7:30 pm
Manny Fried Theatre, 255 Great Arrow Ave, 3rd Floor
July 29, 5:45-7:15pm and Aug 1, 5-6:30
Burning Books, 420 Connecticut Street
Supported by Digital Humanities Initiative & Department of Media Study, University at Buffalo and
Dept. of Computer Science, Canisius College
ImpCon Team: Josephine Anstey, Deb Burhans, Neil Coletta, Courtney Hatten, Dave Pape, Devin Wilson
Jan 4th 2012
Let us (temporarily) steal your mind! Explore cognition through time!
Improvising Consciousness – Performative Lectures & Interactive Workshops presented by The Intermedia Performance Studio
Performative Lectures: Friday Jan 6 & 13 at 7:00 pm
Interactive Workshops: Saturday Jan 7 & 14, 10 am-1 pm & 2 pm-5 pm; Sunday Jan 8 & 15, 12 pm-3 pm
Improvising Consciousness is a performative lecture and interactive workshop that explores cognition as historically contingent. The lecture introduces different theories of mind including: Julian Jaynes’ radical hypothesis that that the minds of pre-historic humans were configured bicamerally with a god-side and a man-side and that early humans literally heard voices of gods in their heads; Stone and Chase’s provocative insinuation that the contemporary mind grounds out in multiple personality; Baron-Cohen’s stark theory that autism is an extreme of the male mind and that autistics lack a theory of mind. The exercises in the interactive workshop temporarily steal the participants’ minds and support phenomenological experience of alternative mind configurations.
All meetings are in collaboration with the Subversive Theater Collective and will take place at the Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Avenue, Buffalo, New York
Admission is FREE and open to the public!
Event Website: http://ips.buffalo.edu/?p=255
Apr 28th 2011
The University at Buffalo’s Department of Media Study proudly presents a collection of student games created during the Spring semester of this year under the guidance of Josephine Anstey and Luke Noonan. This year students in the Virtual Worlds class are showcasing their video games. People will get the chance to meet the designers and play the games.
This event coincides with the department’s Student show, which provides free food and sustenance to those in attendance.
Come play some games and have a little fun with us!
For more information on the featured games, descriptions, and screenshots please visit:
To check out on Facebook:
Sep 23rd 2010
A curatorial collaboration of twelve regional museums and galleries, Beyond/In Western New York 2010: Alternating Currents is a contemporary, multi-venue arts exhibition. It will present the work of outstanding artists from Western New York and Southern Ontario, Northeastern Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania and for the first time, feature the work of artists from outside the region, blurring the local with the global and challenging the assumptions of what these distinctions mean today, when all artists are both.
Beyond/In kicks off this evening, Thursday, September 23, 2010 with a high-wire walk at the Liberty Building by reknown French tight-rope walker, Didier Pasquette.
Featuring the participation of many artists affiliated with the Department of Media Study including: Josephine Anstey, Jordan Dalton, Elyse Harzynski, Barbara Lattanzi, Carl Lee, Luke Noonan, Dave Pape, Cayden Mak, Brian Milbrand, Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, Anna Scime, Mark Shepard, Jessica Thompson, members of virocode and more.
Aug 3rd 2010
Jul 28th 2010
The 2010 Buffalo Infringement Festival
Thursday, July 22 — Sunday, August 1
Featuring Media Study students and faculty. Over 700 performances! Over 350 plays, bands, art installations, films, parties, etcetera! Over 50 venues (and non-venues) in and around the Allentown neighborhood of Buffalo, NY!
Media Study folks include: Intermedia Performance Studio, Jordan Dalton, Ron Douglas, Ekrem Serdar, Liz Chow, Josh Parkins, Michael Beitz, Masha Sha, Anna Scime, Neil Terry, Joshua Strauss and Lulldozer.
The official schedule is online! See the schedule page for the complete list of shows, including updates to the printed program in the July 22 ArtVOice.
Art Under the Radar
Every summer, the streets of Buffalo come alive with scores of events by local and visiting theatre and dance companies, puppeteers, media artists, poets, comics, musicians, cabaret acts, digital designers, and miscellaneous insurrectionists. The annual Buffalo Infringement Festival provides artists and audiences of all backgrounds the chance to come together, take chances, push boundaries, and explore uncharted territory because exciting art can happen anywhere, anytime, without a blockbuster budget. (Or any budget at all, for that matter.)
Oct 8th 2009
The 4th Biennial &Now Festival of Innovative Writing & the Literary Arts will be held in Buffalo, NY from October 14-17, 2009.
The &Now Festival explores intersections between creative and critical praxes, examines innovative and experimental acts of writing, and advances a serious inquiry into theories of language.
Panel: “POETICS ACROSS MEDIA”
featuring Media Study students Anna Scime (poetics of moving images) and Adam Liszkiewicz (poetics of video games) and Media Study faculty Josephine Anstey (virtual reality and stream of consciousness), and Loss Pequeño Glazier (language arts practice).
“Poetics Across Media” proposes to examine innovative incursions of the poetic into and across media. Through analyses of digital/poetry, film, video games, and virtual reality, this panel hopes to expand and better delineate the potentials of contemporary literature.
Moderator/co-moderator: Loss Pequeño Glazier/Adam Liszkiewicz.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009,
8:00-8:50 pm, Hallwalls Cinema (340 Delaware Ave, Buffalo).