----------empyre- soft-skinned space---------------------- Thanks, Garrett, Fédérique, Dorit, Luke, and Toby, for participating in last week’s discussion, which I hope will continue and intersect with this week’s discussion.
This week’s guests include Steve WetzeL (US), Mariana and Daniel O’Reilly (UK), Max Schleser (AU), Philip Cartelli (US/FR), Adam Fish (UK), and Rachel Johnson (US) . All have participated in the “Invisible Geographies” exhibition for the twentieth edition of FLEFF. Steve Wetzel’s _Aquarius the Waterman_ makes visible the geographies that humans negotiate through economic shifts in commodity markets for iron-ore within the environmental devastation of the Erzberg open-pit mine in Austria. With _NEO-LONDON_, The Unstitute (Marianna and Daniel O’Reilly) speculates on a possible future in which the city of London in the United Kingdom has collapsed. The project allows users to navigate an archive that maps according to psychological coordinates rather than physical ones, in order to locate causes for an increasingly probable future. Max Schleser’s _Viewfinders_ (with Gerda Cammaer and Phillip Rubery) is a platform that offers users the opportunity to compare their own views of the world with those of others by uploading a short tracking shot to a database where it will be edited together with tracking shots by others. In Philip Cartelli details in _Promenade_, the Mediterranean port of Marseille is being transformed from a racially/ethnically, religiously, and nationally diverse center of trade into a whitewashed tourist attraction. Nonetheless, traces of the past emerge. Adam Fish's _Points of Presence_ (with Bradley Garrett and Oliver Case) documents the invisible geographies of submarine and subterranean internet cables and the human labor that makes wireless function. In _Escaped Exotics Vol. 1_ Rachel Johnson investigates the Jequirity (Rosary Pea) as more than a mere invasive species from South Asia to south Florida in the United States. The plant’s poisonous seeds have been appropriated into the cultures of tropical areas around the globe. I look forward to hearing more about these projects from their makers, as well as their conceptions of an arts practice that moves between conventional categories, including documentary. Best, Dale Bios: Steve WetzeL (US) is an artist, video maker, and assistant professor in the film department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Over the past decade, Wetzel has produced many works of experimental non-fiction and anthromentary (a form that combines anthropology and documentary) video, which have been exhibited nationally and internationally. His arts practice emerges within the intersection of experimental film/video, observational documentary, and social constructions of reality. These themes can also be found in two small volumes of writings, _Occasional Performances and Wayward Writings_ (2010), and _[PAUSE]_ (2014), described as “an urgent and generous exegesis” and “a contemporary mix of aesthetic, personal, and moral imminence.” The Unstitute (UK) is Marianna and Daniel O’Reilly. Built in 2010 to challenge establishment values and explore the domain of art in the twenty-first century, The Unstitute not only presents projects produced in-house, but hosts virtual residencies, virtual curated exhibitions and monthly online screenings. The architecture of the website itself is a prime feature of the project, incorporating labyrinths amid derelict online spaces. Max Schleser is a filmmaker, who explores smartphones and mobile media for creative transformation and media production. His portfolio (http://www.schleser.nz/) includes various mobile, smartphone and pocket camera films, which have been screened at festivals, galleries, and museums internationally. He publishes on mobile and smartphone filmmaking, creative innovation, and collaborative filmmaking. He is also cofounder of the Mobile Innovation Network Australasia (MINA) and curates the annual International Mobile Innovation Screening. Philip Cartelli (US/FR) has made films and video works exhibited at the Locarno Festival (CH), the Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK), FID-Marseille (FR,) and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s non-fiction showcase Art of the Real (US), among others. He holds a Ph.D. in Media Anthropology with a secondary emphasis in Critical Media Practice from Harvard University, where he was a member of the Sensory Ethnography Lab. He also holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales. He currently teaches filmmaking at Wagner College in New York City, where he is also co-director of the Film and Media Studies program. Adam Fish (UK) is cultural anthropologist, video producer, and senior lecturer in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University. He employs ethnographic and creative methods to investigate how media technology and political power interconnect. Using theories from political economy and new materialism, he examines digital industries and digital activists. His book Technoliberalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) describes his ethnographic research on the politics of internet video in Hollywood and Silicon Valley. His co-authored book After the Internet (Polity, 2017) reimagines the internet from the perspective of grassroots activists and citizens on the margins of political and economic power. He is currently working on a book about hacktivist prosecution called Hacker States and a book and experimental video called System Earth Cable about “elemental media” — atmospheric and undersea information infrastructures in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Iceland, and Indonesia. Rachel Johnson (US) is a North American artist working regionally along the East Coast. Her media-specific videos and performances unveil the temporal nature of the human within the frameworks of biological desire that guide the evolution of our virtual/material landscapes and poetics. She traces her own origins to the humid subtropics of North Carolina and has no reaction to poison ivy, pollen, or mosquito bites. TO MAKE A POST TO THE SUBSCRIPTION LIST USE: <firstname.lastname@example.org> TO ACCESS ARCHIVES USE THIS URL: http://lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/pipermail/empyre/ TO ACCESS THE WEBSITE FROM THE CORNELL SERVER TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT EMPYRE GO TO: http://empyre.library.cornell.edu _______________________________________________ empyre forum email@example.com http://empyre.library.cornell.edu