Two Educational Educational Outliers discussions at CAA conference

I’ve organized two colloquia about if, when, and how education becomes art practice. New nontraditional learning scenarios are emerging in many academic disciplines, especially in the arts, but somehow the proposition that education could be a medium for art-making provokes strong reactions. This colloquium invites several artists who are protagonists in educational experiments to explore and question the implications of education as an art practice.

Both events are free and open to the public.
If you’re not a part of CAA, you can still attend these discussions.

Image from It’s not just black and white by Gregory Sale, 2011. Photo by Jason Dillon.

DIY Educational Experiments: Artist-Run Education or Education as Art?
Thursday, February 12th at 2:30 PM
New York Hilton (1335 Ave of the Americas), Concourse G
Kianga Ford & Shane Aslan Selzer, Pablo Helguera, Liz Linden & Jennifer Kennedy, Benj Gerdes

Friday, February 13th at 6:30 PM
Center for the Humanities (365 Fifth Ave), Martin E. Segal Theatre
BFAMFAPhD, Beverly Naidus, Gregory Sale, Hallie Scott, Joanna Spitzner

Creative Appropriation at MoMA

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I was invited to lead an artist run class at MoMA on Saturday, November 22nd. I will be walking through an artists’ perspective on appropriation art. We’ll visit a couple of favorites from the permanent collection, stop in on the Sturtevant: Double Trouble exhibition. I’ll give a talk about digital appropriation, including some of my work like the Tiananmen Square Paintings and and then I will challenge the group to make their own works with a series of propositions and provocations. By the end of the session, participants will have made their own digital readymades and appropriations. I hope they have fun, but I also hope they learn just how hard it is to make a meaningfully good copy.  If you want to join me, you can register online through MoMA’s website. Check out my post on MoMA’s blog for more on my thoughts on appropriation in the context of my own work.

Digital Publishing Today panel at CUNY Grad Center

Collaborative Futures, 2nd Edition
Panel: Ashley Dawson, Matthew K. Gold, Michael Mandiberg, Tavia Nyong’o

What are the radical possibilities of open access publishing? This panel will bring together a number of scholars who have published online recently to consider how university presses are either facilitating or impeding efforts by academics to explore new forms of cultural production and media activism unleashed by movements such as Occupy Wall Street. Join us to explore these questions and to develop new strategies and models for contemporary academic publication.

Mon Nov 26, 6:30pm | The Skylight Room (9100) at CUNY Graduate Center

Co-sponsored by The Digital Studies/Digital Humanities Seminar

The Social Media Reader is in reprints

The Social Media Reader in the wildThe Social Media Reader is being well received, and displayed prominently. It sold through the first print run in 4 months, and and was out of print for a few weeks(!) but is now available again.

The book launches went very well, with great presentations at MoMA/PS1 from Patrick Davison and Brad Troemel (Brad made a video of his talk) and at Powerhouse Arena with David Horvitz and Ceci Moss.

NYU Press did an interview with me about the book, which is posted in several video files on their Vimeo.

Also, it is up on Project Muse. So you can download full text PDFs if you have the proper University affiliation (ironically, CUNY doesn’t cut it, so I don’t have access.)

The Social Media Reader book launch events

For those of you in the New York area, please join me at MoMA PS1 and Powerhouse Arena for book launch events:


Sunday, March 18, 2PM

22-25 Jackson Ave.

Long Island City, NY 11101

I will be joined by Memefactory’s Patrick Davison and artist Brad Troemel to discuss social media art and a theory of Internet memes from Hamster Dance to Advice Dog. For more info, please see the event page on the MoMA PS1 site.

Powerhouse Arena

April 2nd, 7PM

37 Main Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

I will be joined by Ceci Moss and David Horvitz to discuss social media and its relationship to art on and off the web, articulating a theory of post-internet art, and creating and replicating a few memes in the process. So many memes!

October Lectures

October Lectures

The CUNY Open Access panel will unravel issues surrounding creative commons practices and open access publishing.

Jay Rosen and C.W. Anderson in Dialogue at the Graduate Center

Wednesday March 23rd, 6:30PM
CUNY Graduate Center Room C198
365 5th Ave

The Digital Studies Seminar at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Center for the Humanities will be hosting a dialogue between journalism scholars Jay Rosen and C.W. Anderson entitled “The People Formerly Known as the Audience: Five Years Later.” The conversation will focus on how the changes in media audiences articulated in Rosen’s influential post “The People Formerly Known as the Audience” have further transformed over the last five years.

Participants: Jay Rosen, Associate Professor NYU, C.W. Anderson, Assistant Professor College of Staten Island/CUNY
Moderator: Michael Mandiberg, Assistant Professor College of Staten Island/CUNY, member of the Digital Studies Group

Recommended Readings:

  1. Jay Rosen, “The People Formerly Known as the Audience
  2. The press release summary of “New Voices: What Works” (Reading the report itself is encouraged, but not required)

Digital Studies Group on the Academic.Commons:

Community of Scholars Spring Lecture at CCNY

OMG - LOL Studio Visit Install

On Thursday, March 17th I will be giving a lecture in the the City College of New York Art Department’s inaugural Community of Scholars Spring Lecture Series. The six-part series brings leading contemporary artists to City College to speak about their work within various interdisciplinary frameworks. Its goal is to introduce the college community and the public to the wide range of current artistic practices. Other speakers in the series include Abelardo Morell, a Cuban-born photographer, scholar and Guggenheim fellow and community artist Pepon Osorio.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, February 17 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 252, Compton-Goethals Hall, on the CCNY campus, 160 Convent Avenue, New York.

Speaking on Panel at Brooklyn College

I am speaking on a CUNY Open Access Week panel on Open Access in the Arts, which includes lecture/presentations by Doug Geers, Nina Paley, and myself. There will be a full screening of Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues to follow panel presentation.

My talk is entitled “Giving Things Away is Hard Work,” and covers my experience creating art & design work with Creative Commons licenses. The talk focuses on the specific strategies I have employed for enabling collaboration when working with non-code based work. If you can’t make it, an earlier (less complete) version of this talk is here.

Wednesday, October 20, 6-9pm @ the Brooklyn College Library, Woody Tanger Auditorium (Directions / Campus Map)

Workshop at 01SJ Biennial

01SJ Biennial 2010 Logo

I will be giving a Greasemonkey and Firefox Plugin workshop at the 2010 01SJ Biennial, Build Your Own World. There are still a couple of spots in the workshop, but you need to register here.

This workshop is part of the 01SJ Eyebeam Roadshow.

The workshop runs three days, from September 17-19: Friday, 9/17/10, 5:30-7pm and Saturday, 9/18/10 – Sunday, 9/19/10, 3:30-5pm

This workshop will teach you how to do things to web pages after they load. For example replacing dollars with barrels of oil (, ads with art (, or, say, every mention of Eddie Van Halen with a picture of him flying through the air. Prerequisites: Javascript or other scripting or programming language experience.