Past Events


Nov. 26, 2018 7:30 pm
Great Room, Blanchard Hall

A concert of immersive electronic music and innovative moving image works, featuring Mount Holyoke College students, Assistant Professor of Music Thomas Ciufo, and guest artist Asha Tamirisa. A Q&A with the artists follows the concert. Free and open to the public.

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Artist Joan Jonas ’58 to Speak

Oct. 18, 2018 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Gamble Auditorium

Internationally-acclaimed artist Joan Jonas '58 will discuss her work in a free public lecture titled ”60 Years Later.”  Reception to follow.

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Soudhamini: “Ready Player One?: Preparing for the Virtual World"

Mar. 29, 2018 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Cleveland Hall L1

Please join us in welcoming filmmaker and writer Soudhamini for a free public lecture. Soudhamini is from Bangalore, India and is the Fulbright Nehru Research Fellow for Academic and Professional Excellence (2017-2018) from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.

Generous sponsors include the Amy M. Sacker Memorial Lectureship Fund, Weissman Center for Leadership, and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.

Lakshmi Padmanabhan: "Otherness Machines: Postcolonial Feminist Experiments with the Moving Image"

Feb. 15, 2018 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
220 Art Building

Digital Arts Spring Lecture Series

Key interventions in documentary film and photography have illustrated the complicity of the camera in projects of colonial capture, and the disciplinary function of the image. Please join us in welcoming Lakshmi Padmanabhan from Brown University as she discusses her ongoing research into the understudied archive of feminist documentary photography and experimental video that emerged in India in the 1980s, in a period of rapid political change. This talk chronicles their repurposing of visual technology toward experiments in postcolonial feminist aesthetics. 

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Hannah Goodwin: “Missing, Altered, Cloned, Fragmented: Spectral Bodies of Digitized Women”

Feb. 13, 2018 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
220 Art Building

Digital Arts Spring Lecture Series

From the spectacularly replicated clones in the recent television show "Orphan Black" to the hauntingly edited subject of artist Sarah Sweeney’s ongoing digital project “Reimaging Erica,” images of women’s bodies have become sites for exploring some of the fundamental properties of digital information. In this talk, Hannah Goodwin from Brown University examines how in each case, the fragmentation, alteration and deletion of the digitized female body, coupled with its unauthorized reproduction and uncanny persistence, evoke the paradoxically spectral yet hypervisible circulations of digital data.

Camilo Diaz Pinto: “Animexico: Japanese Animation’s Trajectory to and through Mexico City”

Feb. 7, 2018 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
220 Art Building

Digital Arts Spring Lecture Series

Please join us in welcoming our guest speaker Camilo Diaz Pino from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an excerpt of a larger project examining the role of Mexico City as a site of media importation and redistribution to the wider Latin American diaspora, Pino's talk focuses on the industrial and cultural impact of Japanese animation’s (anime) circulation through the region. It will focus in particular on fannish performances of anime textualities during the Chilean anti-neoliberal protests of 2011. During these demonstrations, students and allies would recreate scenes from the show Dragon Ball Z, (airdate 1997-9), using them to illustrate both the power of collective action in the face of privatization and debt culture. 

Kelsey Cameron: "Corporeal Networks: Digital Media's Marked Bodies"

Feb. 5, 2018 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
220 Art Building.

Digital Arts Spring Lecture Series

When digital technologies were new, they promised users freedom from race, gender, ability, and other markers of bodily difference. While we think about digital media in different terms today, we have not fully escaped this foundational imaginary. Using the police body camera as a case study, our guest speaker Kelsey Cameron from the University of Pittsburgh will unpack the legacy of digital disembodiment and uncovers the networks of human actors that disappear beneath it.

Wazhmah Osman: “Local Knowledge in the Global Village: Thinking through Media Studies, Digital Media, and Human Rights”

Jan. 29, 2018 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
220 Art Building

Digital Arts Spring Lecture Series

The field of media studies is a vast and unruly discipline comprised of multiple disciplines. In this talk, Wazhmah Osman from Temple University will outline the key branches of the field and its latest trends. Osman will advocate for the socio-political, economic, and cultural approaches that aim to have a holistic understanding of media technologies; while cautioning against the narrowly focused technologically deterministic approach. Subsequently, Osman will situate her own work, at the intersection of gender/ sexuality, race, class, and human rights, within media studies.