"Non-Western Media Genealogies:
A Substantial Motion Research Network Workshop
with Laura U. Marks and Kalpana Subramanian"

Time: 4:00pm to 7:45 pm on 20 th February 2019
Venue: Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center, 617 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203

In this workshop eight media artists/scholars in dialogue with Substantial Motion Research Network members will explore alternative genealogies of contemporary media art, re-imagining its roots and connections with non-Western philosophies and practices. There will be a brief introduction to SMRN and the workshop by Laura Marks and Kalpana Subramanian. The participants will share their work in ten minute presentations which will be followed by feedback sessions of twenty minutes each. There will be two guest presentations by Chris Lee and Jodi Lynn Maracle. Through this workshop we also seek to engage the Buffalo arts and media community with the art practices and research focus of SMRN. All are welcome to attend!

Sponsors: Department of Media Study, PLASMA, DMS Graduate Students Association
Acknowledgements: Humanities Institute, Department of English, Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center. Special thanks to Dr. Tanya Shilina-Conte and Dr. Elizabeth Otto for their support.

Presentations by

Strata of Memory: An Encounter With the Analog Signal Decay and the Digital Mortality

Off-the-Path: Unfolding Urban Imaginaries through Xerography

The Politics and Aesthetics of Technological Appropriation

(De)-Constructing Identity: Surface and Form

The Banality of Excel

Ever Tradish: On Haudenosaunee Media, Language and the Tradition of Modernity

Cosmopolitan Chronologies: Building Calendars for WorldJournal

Representation and Agency of Postcolonial Bodies in Indonesia

Organized and curated by Kalpana Subramanian


Laura U. Marks works on media art and philosophy with an intercultural focus. Her most recent books are Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (MIT, 2015) and Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (MIT, 2010). Marks programs experimental media art for venues around the world. With Dr. Azadeh Emadi (University of Glasgow) she is a founding member of the Substantial Motion Research network. Dr. Marks is Grant Strate Professor in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

Substantial Motion is an international research network founded by Azadeh Emadi and Laura U. Marks for scholars and practitioners interested in cross-cultural exploration of digital media and philosophy. We come together around shared interests in media archaeology, the migration of Islamic aesthetics, international contemporary art, media theory, and connections between Islamic and Western philosophy. The Substantial Motion Research Network will be a site for online publications, symposia and exhibitions, as well as a place of international collaboration. [Read more at: https://substantialmotion.org]

Kalpana Subramanian is an artist-filmmaker and researcher interested in transcultural approaches to the study of experimental film and media. She is presently a Ph.D.candidate in the Department of Media Study at University at Buffalo and a member of the Substantial Motion Research Network. She was a Fulbright Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015-16 and a UK Environmental Film Fellow in 2006. Her work has been screened internationally and has received various honors. Her recent films include the series Light Mediated: Eyes on Brakhage (2016) and Tattva (2018).

Chris Lee is a graphic designer and educator based Buffalo, NY, and Toronto, ON. He is a graduate of OCADU (Toronto) and the Sandberg Instituut (Amsterdam), and has worked for The Walrus Magazine, Metahaven and Bruce Mau Design. He was also the designer and an editorial board member of the journal Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy. Clients, have included C magazine, Art Museum, Grunt Gallery, the Aga Khan Museum, The New York Times, and Casco Art Institute, among others. Chris’ research explores graphic design’s entanglement with power, standards, and legitimacy. He has contributed projects and writing to Decolonising Design, the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Graphic, Volume, and Counter Signals and has lectured and given workshops in the USA, Canada, Scotland, The Netherlands and Croatia. Chris is an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo SUNY. He is a graphic design research fellow of Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam (2017/18). He is currently co-guest-editing issue 141 of C magazine on the them of “Graphic Design.”

Jodi Lynn Maracle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She is a Kanien'keha:ka mother, artist, scholar, and currently a PhD student at the University at Buffalo's American Studies Department where she also received her MA. Her work centres the creative resistance and decolonial practices of Hauedenosaunee queer and non-binary people and Haudenosaunee women in the forms of material production, birth practices, language resurgence and place making. As an artist, Jodi has shown her work throughout Dish with One Spoon Territory working primarily in textile and earth based installations rooted in a Haudenosaunee material language in their traditional and reimagined forms. Of her accomplishments she is most proud to her son speak his Mohawk language on the daily.

Leonardo Aranda is an electronic artist and director of Medialabmx (Medialabmx.org), an organization focused on research on the links between art, technology and politics. His work focuses mainly on the use of new media and its possible intersections with politics, participation and citizenship. He has exhibited in different spaces in Mexico such as the
National Center for the Arts or the Alameda Art Laboratory; and abroad in group exhibitions and festivals in countries such as Russia, Austria, the United States, Spain, Canada and Brazil. He recently formed part of Interactivos 17 at Medialab-Prado, Madrid, as well as Radical Networks in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently doing a PhD in Media Study at SUNY Buffalo.

Mani Mehrvarz is a media artist and filmmaker. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo. His areas of research interest and art practice include database and archive, media archaeology, nostalgia, post-history, and cultural techniques. Since 2013, Mehrvarz has worked on several media projects with a focus on the unstable processes of analog and digital technologies of recording memory in the context of post-Kittlerian media studies. His media installations and documentary films have received recognition around the world and have been exhibited and screened in solo and group exhibitions and festivals.

Maryam Muliaee is a media artist-researcher, and a PhD candidate in Media Study, a practiced-based program at SUNY, Buffalo. Her current work/research focuses on media archaeology, materiality, failure, and the notion of place, ranging from video/sound installations to projection art and urban soundwalk. Her doctoral dissertation involves the triad of media archaeology, archiveology and urarchaeology where urban imaginaries and new variations of city/place in art practice are able to disrupt and change our understanding and experience of urban geographies. Maryam’s works have been exhibited and screened around the world since 2007.

Nida Ali is an Architecture and Fine Arts (digital media production) Masters student at the University of Buffalo. Her thesis explores relationships between immaterial projected architectural forms and material body: object and viewer, through the phenomenon of optical and haptic visuality, and how this relationship produces an implied space, raising questions concerning race and gender.

James Pollard is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Media Study. His Masters education was in humanities teaching and he has worked in primary and secondary schools, as well as in virtual after-school environments. He is interested speculative media geographies, planning, and cartography. He is currently undertaking a new project, WorldJournal, a database and simulation tool for mapping and developing imaginary worlds.

Azalia Muchransyah is pursuing a Ph.D. in Media Study at University at Buffalo (SUNY). She is the recipient of DIKTI-Funded Fulbright Ph.D. Scholarship 2017. In 2013, she joined a team of researchers to study HIV Care Continuation for Prisoners in Indonesia and has co-written two internationally published journal articles. Her area of interest is advocacy media, specifically AIDS Media in Indonesia. Prior to her Fulbright award, she was the Deputy Head of Film Program at Bina Nusantara University International, Jakarta, Indonesia. Her short films include: Halal (2017), HIV/AIDS: Not A Death Sentence (2018),
Blue Film (2018), and Tamu (2018).
Representation and Agency of Postcolonial Bodies in Indonesia
In this presentation, I explore the genealogy of Indonesian Cinema from the perspective of post-colonialism.
Extracting Said's Orientalism and Foucault's concepts of malleable bodies, power/knowledge relation, and bio-politics, I analyze that Indonesian films are products of two-way transnational appropriations between
the colonial powers of the West, and the propaganda of regimes that ruled at various times in Indonesian history.
In this context, the most affected ones are those within the intersection of non-binary genders, the incarcerated,
and the HIV-infected bodies. These are going to be the subjects of my film project in which I aim to provide a platform for the agency and representation over their own bodies through gazes as well as embodied, tactile visuality.

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