Current Research

“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.”

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.

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.