The Centre d’art et de diffusion Clark Montreal,Canada
Saturday April 14th, 2007 - 8 pm / Video
Samedi le 5 mai 2007 à 20 h
Espace d'exposition de la Bande Vidéo
Phyllis Baldino, Messieurs Delmotte,
Eric Duyckaerts, Manuelle Gauthier,
Mai Hofstad Gunnes, Halflifers,
Buster Keaton, Karin Kihlberg &
Reuben Henry, Mrzyk et Moriceau,
Erik Olofsen, Alix Pearlstein,
A video program by Patrice Duhamel
Comprised of two axes, one investigating science, and the
other fiction, the program Fuzzy Logic is steeped in idiocy.
What “idiot” is, in its fundamental sense, is untranslatable,
irreducible. As Jean-Yves Jouannais suggests in his book
L’idiotie (“Idiocy”), it will be a question here, of observing
how these video practices articulate
themselves as forms of life, art, politics and resistance.
These “deviant” practices exhaust us. They present
themselves as disqualified and limping, but nothing is
able to strip their passionate determination from them.
We like these practices because they reproduce not only
the sacrificial figure of the artist that society requires
to validate its laws of behavior, but also because
they depict the artist who, literally, blows it. We hate
these practices, or love to hate them, because they make
us laugh at what we do not ourselves do, while
making us forget that it is only art.
Posted by Torsten Zenas Burns at 7:08 AM
We live in a science fictional world. Every day another futuristic projection made in the past turns into the reality of the present. Science fiction and science fact have become all but indistinguishable. "Special effects" are no longer particularly special, and fictional worlds, hoaxes and alternate histories are sometimes more real than reality itself. Science fiction turns its readers into early adopters; it helps prepare us for the future however it unfolds. Science uses this imaginative resource to think beyond its paradigm boundaries.
TransFormations 3: Fiction Science examines how science and science fiction mutually inform one another and shape not only our sense of the future but also our understanding of the present.
Organized by Steve Anderson, Anne Balsamo, Anne Friedberg, Alice Gambrell, Perry Hoberman, Michael Naimark, Veronica Paredes, Douglas Thomas, Richard Weinberg and Holly Willis.
Saturday, March 3, 2007: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Norris Cinema Theatre (NCT), USC
11am-1pm Panel I: Science Fiction, Fiction Science
LARRY NIVEN, science fiction author (Ringworld)
TIM PRATT, fantasy and science fiction author (Little Gods)
NATHAN SCHURR, USC
1:30pm-2:00pm Live Video Chat with science fiction author RUDY RUCKER (Software, Wetware)
2:00pm-4:00pm Panel II: Hollywood Science, Special FX
SCOTT BUKATMAN, Stanford University (Terminal Identity, Matters of Gravity)
KEVIN MACK, visual effects supervisor (Fight Club, Ghost Rider)
ELIZABETH KESSLER, Stanford University
ARTHUR ELSENAAR & REMKO SCHA Morphology/FaceShift
and works by video artists TORSTEN ZENAS BURNS, ANTHONY DISCENZA, DARRIN MARTIN and HALFLIFERS
Sunday, March 4, 2007: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ground Zero Coffeehouse, USC, 615 Childs Way
Readings & Performance
1pm fantasy & science fiction author TIM PRATT
2pm science fiction author LARRY NIVEN
3pm TOWARDS A DIGITAL COMPUTER WITH A HUMAN FACE: a lecture by speech synthesis machine HUGE HARRY, with live demonstration of computer-controlled human facial expressions.
Posted by Torsten Zenas Burns at 9:55 AM