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  • Feb 4th 2011


    The Geography Colloquium Series, Spring 2011 presents:

    Strange Knowledge – Notes on Media Arts Research on Environmental Conditions
    Presented by Marc Böhlen

    When: Friday, February 4, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
    Where: 145H Wilkeson Quad (Reception to follow in the Hallway outside of Wilkeson 108)

    The first Department of Geography Colloquium of the Spring 2011 semester will be Friday, February 4, 2011 at 3:15pm in Wilkeson 145H (the GIAL lecture room) with a reception to follow in the hallway outside of Wilkeson 108. Please join us!

    Abstract: Media Arts have a history of engaging knowledge from other disciplines. The results that emerge from such engagements can take on odd yet at times revealing forms. In this presentation, Böhlen will discuss examples of media arts that query landscapes and the environment to generate discourses that expert groups (such as environmental scientists) do not readily generate. Böhlen will also discuss how such works can contribute to new research agendas, originating in the arts and feeding back into other disciplines.

    Artist-engineer Marc Böhlen designs information processing systems that critically reflect on information as a cultural value. His projects derive qualitative potential from the realm of quantitative information and query the relationship between people and machinery in fundamental ways. Böhlen is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department
    of Media Study at the University at Buffalo where he directs the PuCoMe (Public Computational Media) Lab. Recent art work has been shown at the Ars Electronica Festival (Linz, Austria, 2010). Recent publications include Ambient Intelligence in the City (Springer, Berlin, 2009) and Future Data Culture (Thresholds No38, MIT, 2011).

    For more info on the Colloquium Series, contact Jared Aldstadt at:

    This Event is Co-Sponsored by the Undergraduate Geography Student Association (UGSA) & Geography Graduate Student Association (GGSA).

    “Strange Knowledge – Notes on Media Arts Research on Environmental Conditions”

    Marc Böhlen

    Associate Professor,
    UB Department of Media Study

    Friday, February 4, 2011

    3:15 pm

    145H Wilkeson Quad

  • Sep 13th 2010


    Monday, September 13th, 5:00pm, CFA 246
    Tom Bittner, Departments of Philosophy and Geography
    University at Buffalo

    An Introduction to Formal and Applied Ontology

    This event is open to all interested students and faculty.

    The talk gives a brief overview of formal and applied ontology from the perspective of philosophy and the perspective of the computer and information sciences. As examples, Bittner will use the ontology of geographic space, geographic objects, and the geography of the human body.

    About the Speaker

    Thomas Bittner is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo. At the same time he is Research Scientist at the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and the National Center of Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA).

    Dr. Bittner received his Ph.D. from the Technical University Vienna and has been a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University and at Queen’s University (Canada). Before joining the SUNY Buffalo he was a senior researcher at the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science (IFOMIS) at Saarland University in Germany.  Dr. Bittner’s area of specialization is formal ontology and its applications in bio-informatics, geography, and geographic information science. His current research focuses on formal theories of vagueness and the application of formal ontology, symbolic logic, and qualitative representation and reasoning techniques to represent canonical biomedical structures in biomedical ontologies.

    For more information, please visit

  • May 24th 2010

    JESSICA THOMPSON at Banff New Media Institute Co-production Residency


    DMS MFA candidate Jessica Thompson has been selected to participate in the Banff Centre’s New Media Institute (BNMI) Co-production Residency: Almost Perfect. Congratulations!

  • Apr 19th 2010

    FLUXXLAB: Final Food & Emerging Media Speaker Series


    Please join us for the final talk of the FEM Speaker Series!

    Tuesday, 20 April at 5:30 in 301 Crosby Hall (South Campus)

    Fluxxlab is a design firm founded by architects Jennifer Broutin and Carmen Trudell. Their work is focused on sustainable practice and innovative energy solutions that engage people through architecture. Both Jennifer and Carmen graduated from Columbia University’s Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design program, where they began research and collaboration. Broutin teaches at New York City College of Technology. Trudell teaches at Columbia University and at New York City College of Technology.


    Hope to see you there.

  • Mar 29th 2010

    Food & Emerging Media Speaker Series continues April 1st

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    The Food and Emerging Media Speaker Series is picking back up with a talk by Eyebeam Executive Director Amanda McDonald Crowley on THURSDAY, APRIL 1st at 7 pm at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The talk is free and open to the public – please help spread the word!!! Crowley’s talk is entitled:


    Amanda will speak about Eyebeam’s Food and Technology Research Group, an initiative for media artists, cooks, environmentalists and food activists to embrace technological innovation and environmental, sustainable and regenerative concerns consistent with green and open source ventures and sustainability.

    Hope to see you all there! See the full schedule here.

    Amanda McDonald Crowley is Executive Director at Eyebeam in New York. She is a cultural worker, curator and facilitator who specialises in creating new media and contemporary art events and programs that encourage cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and exchange. Amanda was executive producer for ISEA2004, the International Symposium for Electronic Arts 2004, held in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland, and on a cruiser ferry in the Baltic sea. She was Associate Director, Adelaide Festival 2002 cont’d…

  • Mar 5th 2010

    STEFANI BARDIN featured in UB Reporter

    stefani ub report pic

    DMS instructor Stefani Bardin is featured in the UB Reporter discussing her food-related media projects and the Food and Emerging Media Speaker Series she curated this semester.

    “Food is the new black,” says adjunct media study instructor Stefani Bardin. And she should know. With national movements focusing on local food, slow food, organic food and non-genetically modified food under way, Bardin is attempting to further the public dialogue with food as the primary subject of her artwork and curriculum. [go to the full article…]