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Art, Tech & Culture

Daemons Tools Art Tech

Art, Tech & Culture
19 Nov, 2018

Daemons Tools Art Tech

with Marisa Morán Jahn
Artist, Cambridge, MA

Sponsored by Berkeley Arts + Design as part of Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA.

A “daemon” for ancient Greeks referred to a divinity or being betwixt and between humans and the supernatural, an inner spirit or inspiring force. Today, “daemon” commonly refers to a discrete background process that handles requests for services such as print spooling and file transfers, and is dormant when not required.

A tool is a device or implement used to carry out a specific function. To “tool” something is to customize it for a particular use.

In her talk, Jahn weaves together her interest in creative technology as myth-making and co-designing with and for historically under-served communities (specifically low-wage workers, immigrants, youth, and women). She draws from her background as an artist working across media — sculpture, film, journalism, interactive media, performance, photography — to probe questions such as, “Why are agonistic approaches to technology essential in building tolerance?” “How can we shift frameworks in order to best understand how people are actually using creative technology?” “How can creative technology be used in movement building?”

About Marisa Morán Jahn

An artist of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent,Marisa Morán Jahn founded Studio REV-, a non-profit organization whose public art and creative media impacts the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, women, and youth. Key projects include El Bibliobandido (a masked, story-eating bandit who terrorizes little kids to offer him stories they’ve written), Video Slink Uganda (experimental films slipped or “slinked” into Uganda’s bootleg cinemas), and Contratados (a Yelp! for migrant workers). As an artist in residence with the National Domestic Workers Alliance since 2012, Jahn co-created various projects that amplify the voices of America’s fastest growing workforce, caregivers: two mobile studios (NannyVan, CareForce One), an app for domestic workers that CNN named as “one of 5 apps to change the world,” and CareForce One Travelogues a Sundance-supported docuseries for PBS/ITVS co-produced with Oscar and Emmy-winning filmmaker Yael Melamede. Jahn’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, BBC, Univision, and described by ArtForum as “exemplifying the possibilities of art as social practice.” Her work has been awarded grants from Creative Capital, Rockefeller Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, MAP Fund, NEA, Anonymous Was a Woman; and showcased at The White House in D.C., Museum of Modern Art, New Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, and more. Jahn has taught k-12 youth since 1999 and is currently a Lecturer in MIT’s Department of Art, Culture, and Technology, her own alma mater. Find out more information here: @marisa_jahn, marisajahn.com, studiorev.org, careforce.co.

About the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium

Founded in 1997, the ATC series is an internationally respected forum for creative ideas. The ATC series, free of charge and open to the public, is coordinated by the Berkeley Center for New Media and has presented over 170 leading artists, writers, and critical thinkers who question assumptions and push boundaries at the forefront of art, technology, and culture including: Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Sophie Calle, Bruno Latour, Maya Lin, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Miranda July, Billy Kluver, David Byrne, Gary Hill, and Charles Ray.

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019: Fact & Fiction

What do we make now of this classic opposition? For centuries, artists and critics have placed pressure on both of these terms, often asking us to question how to separate truth from lies, the real from the artificial, and fact from fiction. Addressing a range of political contexts and utilizing an array of creative forms, speakers in this series offer new approaches to these age-old questions.

The Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium is presented in conjunction with Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA.

Monday Evenings, 6:30-8:00pm
Osher Theater, BAMPFA, Berkeley, CA
http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/visit/getting-here
Seating free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted

2018

09/10 Roxane Gay: With One N
Roxane Gay, Author, Indiana
Registration required via Eventbrite.

10/08 The Networked Avant-Garde
Kelani Nichole, Director The Current, New York
In partnership with the Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series

10/15 Image and Amnesia
Kerry Tribe, Artist, LA, CA
In partnership with the Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series

10/29 The Good Anthropocene: Terraforming Earth
Kim Stanley Robinson, Author, Davis, CA
In partnership with the Department of Architecture's Studio One

11/19 Daemons Tools Art Tech
Marisa Morán Jahn, Artist, Cambridge, MA

2019

02/11 News of the Future and the Future of News
Kevin Delaney, Editor, Quartz
In partnership with the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

02/25 In and out of the Body and into the Machine
Chico Macmurtrie, Artist, New York

03/04 A Conversation with Nnedi Okorafor
Nnedi Okorafor, Artist, Olympia Fields, IL
In partnership with the Department of Architecture's Studio One,
the Department of African American Studies,
and the Department of English

03/18 On Digital Colonialism and 'Other' Futures
Morehshin Allahyari, Artist, New York
In partnership with the Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series
and the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation
and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies
and Stanford University

04/29 Places in Space
Adam Savage, Mythbusters, SF
In partnership with the Department of Architecture's Studio One

For updated information, maps, please see:

http://atc.berkeley.edu/

Contact: info.bcnm [​at​] berkeley.edu, 510-495-3505

ATC Director: Ken Goldberg
BCNM Director: Nicholas de Monchaux
Arts + Design Director: Shannon Jackson
BCNM Liaisons: Lara Wolfe, Laurie Macfee

ATC Home Page (list of speakers, directions, mailing list):

http://atc.berkeley.edu

ATC Highlight Video from F10-S11 Season (2 mins)
http://j.mp/atc-highlights-hd

ATC Audio-Video Archive on Brewster Kahle's Internet Archive:
http://tinyurl.com/atc-internet-archive

ATC on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/cal-atc

ATC on Twitter:
https://www.twitter.com/cal_atc

Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA is organized and sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Arts + Design Initiative. The series is co curated by Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium at the Berkeley Center for New Media; Department of Art Practice; Graduate School of Journalism; Townsend Center for the Humanities; The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, and in collaboration with the Headlands Center for the Arts; Fort Mason Center/COAL + ICE; CIEE; Art21; and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The 2018-19 series of Arts + Design Mondays is made possible thanks to a generous donation from Jacqueline Jackson and other supporters of Berkeley Arts + Design.

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