SYMPOSIUM March 10, 2018

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The Material Codes project and the Textiles and Materiality Research Cluster co-host a one day symposium at the Milieux Institute to facilitate international and intergenerational conversations around contemporary textile practices in the digital information age. In particular, the ways in which the materiality of digital technologies are interpreted and translated by artists who mine, question and transform diverse data sources through expanded textile approaches.

The “material turn” broadly references a global philosophical and material culture impetus to readdress the dominance of language over objects. Artists and students will present their research and creative responses to questions of digital futures, surveillance, cultural translations, social data mining, and materializing invisible systems. 
The objective of the symposium is to involve participants in an interdisciplinary event to share knowledge and build research and collaboration opportunities around materiality and the digital.


Schedule of Events:
  • 9:15–9:45am Registration, Coffee

  • 9:45–10:00am Welcome: Kelly Thompson

  • 10:00–10:30am Keynote: Janis Jefferies

  • 10:30–12:00pm Session 1:
    Sophia Borowska, Pippin Barr, Shelley Socolofsky,
    Surabhi Ghosh and Suzanne Kite; moderated by Sarah Amarica


  • 12:00–1:00pm Lunch on your own

  • 1:00–2:30pm Research Demonstrations:
    The Textiles and Materiality research cluster,
    Indigenous Futures Cluster (Suzanne Kite, Skawennati, Dayna Danger),
    Studio subTela, The Speculative Life BioLab, and a display of Fibres
    and Material Practices undergraduate work.


  • 2:30–4:00pm Session 2:
    Laura Splan, Barbara Todd, Robin Kang, Skawennati
    and Ryth Kesselring; moderated by Barbara Layne


  • 4:00–4:30pm Coffee break

  • 4:30-5:30pm Small Group Discussions:
    facilitated by Sophia Borowska, MJ Daines, WhiteFeather Hunter, Alice Jarry,
    Janis Jefferies, Sarah Nance and Etta Sandry


  • 5:30–6:00pm Plenary: Kathleen Vaughan

  • 6:00–8:30pm Closing Reception



The symposium is preceded by a Visiting Artist talk by Chicago based artist, Ellen Rothenberg on Wednesday, March 7th at 5:30pm (EV 11.725), and the opening of The Material Turn exhibition at the FOFA Gallery on Thursday, March 8th at 5pm.

Installation - Climate Data Labyrinth - Kelly Thompson's project in EV Black Box – EV S3-845

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