Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men
Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Men (with Mike Bonanno) is an activist who employs a unique method dubbed Identity Correction.
Armed with well-crafted parody websites, press releases on fake letterhead, and thrift store business suits, The Yes Men impersonate the rich and powerful of the world to reveal the ways in which multinational corporations and politicians abuse the environment and human rights.
With biting satire combined with an element of absurdity and social engineering, they hijack the media and expose corruption and abuses of power at high levels.
In their live presentations, the Yes Men share their techniques, methodology, and rebuttals as well as rare archival footage from their exploits.
Hannah Black is an artist and writer. Her work is assembled from pop music and auto/biographical fragments and draws on feminist, communist and black radical thought. Her videos have recently been shown at W139 (Amsterdam), Embassy (Edinburgh), 155 Freeman/Triple Canopy (NYC), MoMAW (Warsaw), and Sala Luis Miro Quesada Garland (Lima), and her writing has been published by magazines including Dazed Digital, The New Inquiry, and Art in America. She was a studio participant on the Whitney ISP 2013-14 and graduated from the MFA in Art Writing at Goldsmiths in 2013. She is an editor at The New Inquiry and currently lives in Berlin.
Zach Blas is an artist and writer whose work engages technology, queerness, and politics. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo.
Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally, most recently at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; the 2014 Museum of Arts and Design Biennial, New York; the 2014 Dakar Bienniale; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Queer/Art/Film LA; quartier21, MuseumsQuartier Wien; Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; transmediale, Berlin; and Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool. In 2013-14, he was a resident at Eyebeam in New York City, The White Building in London, and The Moving Museum in Istanbul.
Simone Browne is Associate Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches and researches surveillance studies, popular culture, digital media and black diaspora studies. She completed her Master’s degree and her PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her work has been published in International Feminist Journal of Politics, Critical Sociology, Cultural Studies and Citizenship Studies. Her book, Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness (forthcoming October 2015, Duke University Press), examines surveillance with a focus on transatlantic slavery, biometrics, airports, borders and creative texts.
Allison Burtch creates liberation technology. She is currently a resident at Eyebeam, the leading art and technology center in the United States, where she created a small ultrasonic hardware device that protects smart phone users from passive audio surveillance. She also teaches “Critical Theory of Technology: Politics, Utopia and Code” at the School for Poetic Computation and is a member of Deep Lab. Her recent work, the “log jammer,” creating a safe space in nature, was featured in Wired and many other publications. She’s collaborated on such projects as the Dumb Store – a mobile app store for dumbphones, co-organized Prism BreakUp at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center and the Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference at New York University, and was a lead researcher for Maya Lin’s online memorial What is Missing?. Previously, Allison was the editor of the Occupied Wall Street Journal, a six-edition print publication which was translated into six languages and distributed globally, and was a fellow at the Institute of Technology and Society in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Burtch has a master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Tyler Coburn is an artist and writer based in New York. Coburn’s writing has appeared in frieze, e-flux journal, Mousse, Art-Agenda and Rhizome, among others. His performances, sound works and installations have been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; South London Gallery; Kunstverein Munich; CCA Glasgow; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; LAXART, Los Angeles; and SculptureCenter, New York.
Lennard J. Davis is a Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and teaches in the English Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he had also served as the department’s Head. In addition, he is a Professor of Disability and Human Development in the School of Applied Health Sciences of the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a Professor of Medical Education in the College of Medicine. He is also the director of Project Biocultures, a think-tank devoted to issues around the intersection of culture, medicine, disability, biotechnology and the biosphere.
Dirty Looks is a roaming screening series, a salon of influences, an open platform for inquiry, discussion and debate.
Over the course of four years, Dirty Looks NYC has staged local screening initiatives at The Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, Participant Inc, White Columns, Artists Space and Judson Memorial Church, with a Roadshow touring the West Coast yearly. Dirty Looks: On Location, a month of queer interventions in New York City spaces, was founded in 2012, installing moving image work in significant queer spaces – both contemporary and shuttered – throughout the city. A biennial initiative, On Location will return in 2015.
Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), a group who developed virtual sit-in technologies in solidarity with the Zapatistas communities in Chiapas, Mexico, in 1998. His recent Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab project with Brett Stalbaum, Micha Cardenas, Amy Sara Carroll, and Elle Mehrmand, the Transborder Immigrant Tool (a GPS cell phone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/US border) was the winner of “Transnational Communities Award” (2008), an award funded by Cultural Contact, Endowment for Culture Mexico–US and handed out by the US Embassy in Mexico. TBT was funded by CALIT2 and the UCSD Center for the Humanities. The Transborder Immigrant Tool has been exhibited at the 2010 California Biennial (OCMA), Toronto Free Gallery, Canada (2011), The Van Abbemuseum, Netherlands (2013), ZKM, Germany (2013), as well as a number of other national and international venues. The project was also under investigation by the US Congress in 2009-2010 and was reviewed by Glenn Beck in 2010 as a gesture that potentially “dissolved” the U.S. border with its poetry. Dominguez is an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, in the Visual Arts Department, a Hellman Fellow, and Principal/Principle Investigator at CALIT2/QI.
DreamersAdrift is a multi-media project that started in 2010 by four undocumented college graduates. The goal of the project is to use various forms of creative expression–mainly performance, music, writing and visuals–as a vehicle to take back the undocumented narrative. DreamersAdrift has produced the acclaimed web series “Undocumented & Awkward” and “Osito.” Through their dark humor and lack of professional acting skills, they’ve tackled issues like queerness, mental health and immigration policy. Currently, DreamersAdrift is being led by the Berkeley-based creativity of Jesus Iñiguez and Julio Salgado when they find the time off their day jobs.
Alexander R. Galloway is a writer and computer programer working on issues in philosophy, technology, and theories of mediation. He is author of several books on digital media and critical theory, mostly recently “The Interface Effect” (Polity, 2012) and “Laruelle: Against the Digital” (Minnesota 2014). “Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation,” a collaboration with Eugene Thacker and McKenzie Wark was published in 2013 by Chicago.
Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, and professor based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She makes material and digital artworks, writes, and lectures on adaptive and assistive technologies, prosthetics, inclusive design, accessible architecture, and related ideas. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is held in the permanent collection at MOMA (NYC), and her writing and design work have appeared in the Boston Globe, The Atlantic Tech, FastCo Design, and on National Public Radio (US), among others. She teaches socially-engaged design practices, adaptive + assistive technologies, and disability studies for engineers-in-training in her role as assistant professor at Olin College. She writes and edits Abler, a syndicated column sometimes also on Gizmodo.
Sarah Kember is a writer and academic. She is Professor of New Technologies of Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work incorporates new media, photography and feminist cultural approaches to science and technology. Publications include a novel and a short story The Optical Effects of Lightning (Wild Wolf Publishing, 2011) and ‘The Mysterious Case of Mr Charles D. Levy’ (Ether Books, 2010). Experimental work includes an edited open access electronic book entitled Astrobiology and the Search for Life on Mars (Open Humanities Press, 2011) and ‘Media, Mars and Metamorphosis’ (Culture Machine, Vol. 11). Her latest monograph, with Joanna Zylinska, is Life After New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process (The MIT Press, 2012). She co-edits the journals of photographies and Feminist Theory. Previous publications include: Virtual Anxiety. Photography, New Technologies and Subjectivity (Manchester University Press, 1998); Cyberfeminism and Artificial Life (Routledge, 2003) and the co-edited volume Inventive Life. Towards the New Vitalism (Sage, 2006). Current research includes a feminist critique of smart media (iMedia. The gendering of objects, environments and smart materials, Palgrave, forthcoming) and an affiliated novel, provisionally entitled A Day In The Life Of Janet Smart. With Janis Jefferies, Sarah Kember is co-PI of an RCUK funded project on digital publishing, part of CREATe (Centre for Creativity, Copyright, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology). Kember is in the process of setting up The Goldsmiths Press – a digital first University Press – and at weekends she does kung fu (recently awarded her blue belt).
Rahul Mukherjee is the Dick Wolf Assistant Professor of Television and New Media Studies in English and Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his doctoral studies in Film and Media Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, with graduate emphases in ‘Technology and Society’ and ‘Global Studies’. His academic preoccupations often meander into imaginings about media’s role with(in) alternative futures for/of politics and technology. He has been a fellow at the Center for the Humanities, Utrecht University and a pre-doctoral fellow of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UCSB. Drawing on the conceptual lenses of cultural studies, media theory, and science studies, he has written on database management systems, advertising cultures of mobile telephony, Bollywood thrillers, development discourses, and translocal documentaries. He has been part of two collaborative projects related to mobile media practices: one concerned with the circulation of locally produced music videos in parts of India and the other exploring ICT usage in Zambia. Rahul’s work has appeared in New Media & Society, BioScope, Studies in South Asian Film & Media, Sarai Reader and Media Fields Journal. Rahul received the Nicholas C. Mullins award from the Society for Social Studies of Science in 2014. He is working towards theorizing the materiality of technoscience publics by studying mediations of environmental debates related to media infrastructures and nuclear energy.
Ian Alan Paul
Ian Alan Paul is a transdisciplinary artist/theorist currently living between San Francisco, Barcelona, and Cairo. He is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is part of the faculty at the American University in Cairo. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, Jadaliyya, Art Info, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, Art Threat, and C Magazine, and has been exhibited in universities and galleries around the world. He can be found on twitter @ianalanpaul.
Lisa Parks, Ph.D. is Professor and former Department Chair of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara, where she is currently the Director of the Center for Information Technology and Society. Parks has conducted research on uses of media and information technologies in different national contexts. Her work is highly interdisciplinary and engages with fields such as geography, international relations, communication, and art. Parks is the author of Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual (Duke UP, 2005), Vertical Mediation and the War on Terror (forthcoming), and Mixed Signals: Media Infrastructures and Cultural Geographies (in progress). She is co-editor of: Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures (U of Illinois, 2015), Down to Earth: Satellite Technologies, Industries and Cultures (Rutgers UP, 2012), Undead TV (Duke UP, 2007) and Planet TV: A Global Television Reader (NYU, 2003). Parks has held visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin, McGill University, University of Southern California, and the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She has delivered invited lectures in more than twenty-five countries and is currently a PI on major research grants from the National Science Foundation and the US State Department.
Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who, for the past fifteen years, has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories.
His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, a science-fiction feature set on the U.S./Mexico border, won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, was screened as part of ‘New Directors / New Films’ at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center, and had a commercial release in the U.S, France, Japan, and other countries around the world.
Alex is a Sundance Fellow, Rockefeller Fellow, USA Artist Fellow, Creative Capital grantee and was named one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Directors to Watch.”
Lance Wahlert, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy and Program Director of the Master of Bioethics (MBE) in the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Wahlert is also Core Research and Teaching Faculty Member in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Penn. He serves as the Director of the Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity, which has demarcated a sub-field within bioethics that focuses on the intersection of LGBTQ issues and medical ethics.
McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory, 50 Years of Recuperation of the Situationist International and The Beach Beneath the Street, among other books. He teaches at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City.
Guobin Yang is an Associate Professor of Communication and Sociology at the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also a faculty member of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China and Center for East Asian Studies. His research areas cover digital media, political communication, global communication, social movements, cultural sociology, and the sociology of China.