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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

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October Lectures

Net Works, ed. xtine burrough

Net Works panel and book launch

Eyebeam, Thursday October 14th, 6-8pm

Eyebeam presents a panel discussion among authors in the edited volume, Net Works (Routledge), followed by a reception and book signing and launch party. Net Works offers an inside look into the process of successfully developing thoughtful, innovative digital media art. Panel participants include xtine burrough (editor of Net Works), Michael Mandiberg, Ethan Ham, and Robert Nideffer.

Publishing Disruptions at Mobility Shifts

New School, Friday October 14th, 1:30-3:30 pm

I will be talking about my work with FlossManuals.net booksprints in the context of new platforms and tools for publishing outside of traditional infrastructures and open formats and licenses. Participants are: Morgan Currie, Sam Gould, Amanda Hickman, Michael Mandiberg, and Simon Worthington. Full info here.

Learning in Public and the Knowledge Commons at Mobility Shifts

New School, Friday October 14th, 6:30-8:30 pm

I will be talking about the benefits and difficulties of teaching by writing Wikipedia, in the context of a panel on the opportunities and challenges of learning in the digital commons, where learners study open materials and contribute original work back as part of their learning experience. Participants are:
Matthew X. Curinga, Michael Mandiberg, Roddy Schrock, Ian Sullivan. Full info here.

CUNY Open Access panel

CUNY Graduate Center room 9204, Friday October 28th, 5-7pm

As a culmination of CUNY Open Access Week 2011, and in conjunction with the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, this panel will unravel issues surrounding creative commons practices and open access publishing. Our panelists will share their inspiration for becoming open access advocates. The panel will include: the Radical Teacher editorial collective, Matthew K. Gold, Michael Mandiberg, and Trebor Scholz. More info here.


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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:


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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.

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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)

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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 (http://oilstandard.org), ads with art (http://add-art.org), 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.

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Digital University conference at CUNY Grad Center

I am part of a group of CUNY faculty members, researchers and doctoral students affiliated with the CUNY Graduate Center’s Digital Media Studies Group, that has organized The Digital University, an all-day conference on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at the CUNY Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan.

Bringing together an invited group of media practitioners, academic publishers, digital content developers and academics, the conference is designed to assess the impact of digital media on academic work and academic policy and authority.

The schedule is here

Participants include:

Cheryl Ball – Illinois State University
Brett Bobley – NEH Office of Digital Humanities
Steve Duncombe – New York University
Kathleen Fitzpatrick – Pomona College
Eileen Gardiner – ACLS Humanities E-Book
Josh Greenberg – New York Public Library
David Greetham – CUNY Graduate Center
Ann Kirschner – Macaulay Honors College, CUNY
Clifford Lynch – Coalition for Networked Information
Ronald G. Musto – ACLS Humanities E-Book
Phil Pochoda – University of Michigan Press
Tom Scheinfeldt – George Mason/CHNM
Trebor Scholz – The New School
Bob Stein – The Institute for the Future of the Book
Siva Vaidyanathan – University of Virginia
John Willinsky – Stanford/Open Journal System

Conference Description

The conference is built around a series of workshops, roundtable discussions and panels, spread across the day, at which conference participants will discuss and debate a broad range of issues related to the main conference themes, including: the impact of digital technology on academic instruction and research; the transformative impact of digital media on traditional forms of publishing, including academic monographs, textbooks, and academic journals; tenure and promotion in an era of digital scholarship; and collaborative research relationships within and across academic institutions and national boundaries. Demonstrations of diverse digital media projects, developed by faculty and doctoral students, will be offered throughout the day.

The conference will culminate in the evening with a public keynote address by cultural historian and media scholar Siva Vaidhyanathan, associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia. Prof. Vaidhyanathan is the author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (2001) and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System (2004). We anticipate streaming the conference panels and keynote, both to preserve a record of the proceedings and also to make them accessible to those who are unable to attend in person.

The conference is designed to launch a dialogue about the radical changes made possible by digital media as they fundamentally reshape academic practice at all levels. We hope to explore multiple approaches to these major issues, mixing together academic skeptics and enthusiasts, media visionaries and naysayers, scholars from the global North and the global South, as well as digital and traditional publishers and content developers and providers.

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Mashups, Memes, and HOWTOs: New Forms of Online Video

I am chairing a panel this Wednesday at the CUNY Graduate Center

CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
March 17th 2010, Wednesday, 7:30pm, The Skylight Room (9100)

Online video has rapidly developed genres, conventions, and topics based around a quest for video views and internet fame. These attempts often revolve around themes and tactics as diverse as political humor, cute animals, the lulz, appropriation, instructional videos, and the ambiguous amalgam of the confessional documentary that turns out to, in fact, be short form fiction. This panel will bring together three scholar-practitioners to present and discuss specific examples of this work: Patrick Davison, Eyebeam, a not-for-profit art and technology center; Michael Mandiberg, Assistant Professor of Media Culture, College of Staten Island; and Marisa Olson, Assistant Professor of New Media, SUNY-Purchase.

Co-sponsored by the Digital Media Studies Group and the ITP doctoral certificate program

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Electrosmog workshop at Eyebeam

My online collaborators Mushon-Zer Aviv and Jonah Bossewitch and I are leading off a day of workshops on online collaboration. I love that Jonah and I will be meeting in person for the first time, and that Mushon will be joining us via Skype. How online-collaborative is that!

ElectroSmog SkillShare: Tools and Models for Online Collaboration

Saturday, March 20, 2010 | 10AM – 5PM

Free with RSVP

Limit of 30 participants (in New York).

This SkillShare was conceived as part of the ElectroSmog Festival, a new, three-day, international festival that will introduce and explore of concept of “Sustainable Immobility”: a critique of current systems of hyper mobility of people and products in travel and transport, and their ecological unsustainability.

10:30AM: Michael Mandiberg, Jonah Bossewitch, and Mushon Zer-Aviv (online) will present current models and challenges of online collaboration:

  • What is and is not collaboration? What are the advantages and disadvantages of different models?
  • Distributed Collaboration as promsing new model of group online development and collaboration
  • Online collaboration methods as a way to bridge cultural as well as geographic distance
  • Discussion of their work together in Berlin on Collaborative Futures

More here

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CAA Panel – New Media: The Culture of Dispersion

Talk at CAA: New Media: The Culture of Dispersion
Thursday, February 11, 8:00 PM–10:30 PM

CAA 2010

Thursday, February 11, 8:00 PM–10:30 PM

Grand EF, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chair: Patrick Lichty, Columbia College Chicago

Inferences to the Atomization of the Artistic System beyond Institutional Spaces
M. Elena U
beda, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Art in the Age of Dispersion: Snacks, Niche Culture, and the High End of the Long Tail
Patrick Lichty
, Columbia College Chicago

Giving Things Away Is Hard Work: Three Creative Commons Case Studies on DIY
Michael Mandiberg
, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Professional Surfers: Contemporary Internet Art and the Montage of Conspicuous Consumption
Marisa Olson
, Rhizome

Using Software (Art) to See the World
Warren Sack
, University of California, Santa Cruz

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