The Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology 16th Biennial Symposium

Intersections

February 15 - 17, 2018

The Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College is pleased to present "Intersections: the 16th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology."

The aim of the symposium, now in its thirty-second year, is to create a forum for multidisciplinary dialogue at the intersection of arts, technology and contemporary culture. The symposium brings artists and researchers from a wide range of fields together to engage, interact and share ideas as they present new works, research and performances in a variety of formats. Featured events include a keynote address by Krzysztof Wodiczko, Featured exhibition by Natalie Bookchin, several commissioned multi-disciplinary works, panel discussions and paper presentations, workshops, gallery exhibitions, music concerts, installations, screenings, public interventions and live media performances. Newly commissioned works will be presented alongside selected works by symposium participants.

Krzysztof Wodiczko, keynote speaker at Symposium 2018
Photo credit: Rob Eckel
Keynote Address: Krzysztof Wodiczko

Wodiczko, an internationally renowned artist known for large-scale projections on monuments and institutional city facades that explore the relationships between communities, history, and public space, will deliver the keynote address.

Natalie Bookchin
Photo credit: Rob Eckel
Featured Exhibition: Natalie Bookchin

Bookchin internationally acclaimed artist whose work explores some of the far-reaching consequences of the digital on a range of spheres including aesthetics, labor, leisure, and political speech.

About the INTERSECTIONS theme

It is increasingly understood that our lives are pushed, pulled and interconnected by a range of intersections among multiple factors of identity and experience including: gender, culture, race, sexuality, and economic and technological contexts, among others. For the 16th Biennial Symposium on Arts & Technology, the theme INTERSECTIONS seeks to question categorizations, to experiment with new and emerging mediums while deferring to the original definition of Intersectionality, as coined by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in relation to the intersecting dynamics of race, class and power. The symposium will explore the infrastructures and imaginaries pushing and pulling our techno-culture into an ever more precarious relationship with the social and ecological fabric on which our intersectional beings are founded.

Thematic Threads

While we are open to any number of interpretations of this year's wide-ranging INTERSECTIONS them, we encourage and invite participating, theoreticians and researchers to relate their work to this theme through the guiding threads listed below:

Alternative futurisms: New narratives of the future being crafted and told in any medium, with an emphasis on alternatives to the story told by Silicon Valley, Wall Street and TED.

Experimental systems for awareness, equity and justice: Leveraging existing and emerging technological mediums, tools or systems for questioning power and / or promoting increased connection, awareness, equity and justice by activists and artists

Hybrid bodies: Bio-politics and borders, intersectional identities, chimeras, and cyborgs