Future Bodies Symposium
Sep 30 – Oct 2, 2022
Friday, September 30, 5PM
Laura Splan - Cryptic Lineages: Convergence of Physical and Virtual Worlds in the Expanded Biotechnological Landscape
Sue Huang and Jonah King - Honey Fungus: Extended Ecological Bodies in Virtual Reality
Rachel Lin Weaver - Animacy
Thomas James Tucker - Celestial Garden
Sarah Nelson Wright & Edrex Fontanilla - Embodied Landscapes: Hidden Vistas + Tomorrow’s Sea - VRProjects
The next New Media Caucus Symposium will take place from September 30th-October 2nd 2022 at Virginia Tech and will focus on the theme of "Future Bodies."
The New Media Caucus (NMC) is an international non-profit association formed to promote the development and understanding of new media art. We represent and serve: artists, designers, practitioners, historians, theorists, educators, students, and scholars. Recognizing new media art to be inherently interdisciplinary, multimodal, and evolving, we support and advance a wide range of inquiry to catalyze further evolution of the field. The NMC is committed to extending and sustaining the diversity of our community, board, and membership, to promote an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. We prioritize inclusion as an ongoing collaborative process of growth that we continually address, both within the Caucus and in our field.
Future Bodies will present a constellation of new interdisciplinary research and practice in new media that considers the role of bodies, broadly conceived, in our collective future. As both material and metaphorical entities, bodies are at once subject to historical context and act as agents in forging new horizons of experience. Future Bodies will convene conversations around a set of interrelated questions about how bodies shape and intersect with art, technology, data, ecology, and history. We invite participants to explore how specific bodies, as sites of tension and contestation, are rendered, identified, and understood, and in turn, how they enable us to imagine and instantiate new futures inside and outside of established systems.
The symposium will be co-hosted by the School of Visual Arts, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, and the Moss Arts Center.
The Future Bodies symposium will take place from September 30th-October 2nd 2022 at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Symposium events will take place at the Moss Arts Center, the Armory, Henderson Hall, and the Creativity and Innovation District Live Learn Community building, and the Lyric Theater.
The keynote address will be on September 30th at 10am EST at the Lyric Theater in downtown Blacksburg. It will also be live-streamed.
Schedule of the symposium
Photo Credit: Joyce Yu-Jean Lee