NOTE: This is a virtual talk; audience members are welcome to connect from their own device --or-- convene in Smith Warehouse @ 11:45am for lunch prior to lecture at noon. Dan McQuillan, Ph.D. Department of Computing Goldsmiths, University of London April 29, 2024 12:00pm - 1:30pm Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C104 Zoom link: In this talk I will discuss ideas from my book Resisting AI and how they're playing out in the era of generative AI. In the first half of the… read more about FHI & CMAC Virtual Talk: Resisting AI: An Anti-fascist Approach to Artificial Intelligence  »

NOTE: This is a virtual talk; audience members are welcome to connect from their own device --or-- convene in Smith Warehouse @ 11:45am for lunch prior to lecture at noon. Dr. M. Beatrice Fazi Reader in Digital Humanities in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities University of Sussex, U.K. Monday, April 8, 2024 12:00pm - 1:30pm Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C104 Zoom link: Much has been written about the generative potential of contemporary large language models and… read more about FHI & CMAC Virtual Talk: Synthesis in Generative AI »

Duke professor Hans Van Miegroet’s office in Smith Warehouse was seldom empty and rarely quiet. Van Miegroet considered it a gathering place. “He shared his space with his lab and encouraged students to collaborate there,” said Paul Jaskot, chair of Duke’s department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies (AAHVS). “They might be just doing email or engaged in their own research, but passing the door, you also saw the frequent conversations and dynamic interaction happening across the room.” Van Miegroet, a pioneering… read more about Art History Professor Hans Van Miegroet Dies »

Pinar Yoldas, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Visual Arts, University of California San Diego Thursday, February 29, 2024 4:15pm - 5:15pm Smith Warehouse, Rm A266, Bay 10 The term "synaptic" is fundamentally anchored in the field of neuroscience, where it delineates the junctures through which nerve impulses traverse from one neuron to another. This process is instrumental in constructing the intricate web of communications that form the basis of our cognitive functions, including thought, memory, and emotion. Within the… read more about Artist Talk: Synaptic Sculpture »

Desiree Foerster, PhD Assistant Professor for Media and Culture Studies Utrecht University Tuesday, May 2, 2023 3-4 PM Smith Warehouse, Bay 9, Room A290 Moving across aesthetic theory, embodiment, affect theory, new media, and experimental practices, Foerster’s research attends to questions of agency, subjectivation, and habits by examining how these highly charged positions are articulated and negotiated in aesthetic practices. In particular, she explores how art, design, and architecture use new technologies to enable… read more about ISS Lecture: Experiments with New Phenomenologies of Indeterminacy in Media Arts and Design »

The exhibit features the work of four of CMAC’s artist-researchers and doctoral students, Kate Alexandrite, Kelsey Brod, Hugo Idarraga Franco and Sang Chi Liu, as well as artistic collaborator Becky Alexander.   Open Gallery January 12th – 20th Rubenstein Arts Center, Rm 235 (2nd floor) Closing Reception January 19th, 5pm – 8pm, Rubenstein Arts Center, 1st floor read more about CMAC Art Exhibit: Playing at the Planck Length »

Lauren Lee McCarthy, Associate Professor of Design Media Arts, UCLA Friday, April 15, 2022  3:00PM - 4:15PM Virtual Event -- Registration: What Do You Want Me to Say? You can say turn off the lights. You can say wake me up at 7am. You can say talk to me. I am captivated by the ways we are taught to interact with algorithms, and how this shapes the way we interact with each… read more about CMAC Lecture: What Do you Want Me to Say? »

CMAC Speaker Series: Improvisational Infrastructures April 8, 2022 Lecture and panel   Lecture:  3pm – 4pm Denise Ferreira da Silva, Professor and Director of the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Panel:  4pm – 5pm Luciana Parisi, Professor of Literature, Duke University Joseph Winters, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and African and African American Studies, Duke University Denise… read more about CMAC Lecture: Denise Ferreira da Silva, PhD »

Alexander G. Weheliye, PhD Thursday, March 17th, 2022 4:30 – 6:00 PM Franklin Humanities Institute, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (Bay 4, C105) Good Days: R&B Music and Critical Fabulation in the Now As a genre with complex aesthetic and political parameters as well historical lineages and sedimentations, contemporary R&B sonically chronicles and theorizes the beautiful and communicative fluctuating contours of Black interior life,… read more about CMAC Lecture: R&B Music and Critical Fabulation in the Now »

Rubenstein Arts Center Gallery, Rm. 235 Artist Talk:  Feb. 24, 2022 @ 3pm, with respondents Brittany J. Green and Thea Ballard Opening Reception:  Feb. 25, 2022, 5pm - 8pm Latency is a term used in computing to describe the temporal delay between the transfer of data between sender and receiver. With ever advancing innovations in network speed, from fiber optic cables to 5G, the technological drive to minimize latency is palpable in our lives, shaping our experience of connectivity across society… read more about CMAC Student Exhibit: Latency »

Critical Making and New Media Art Spring 2022, CMAC/ISS/VMS 290-S Instructors: Rebecca Uliasz & Quran Karriem rebecca.uliasz@,  MW 12:00-1:15pm Smith Warehouse Bay 12, A228 Course Description: This is a course for critically engaging with technology through making and theory. Starting from Marshall McLuhan's seminal analysis of the ways media configure the human sensorium, we will build on sound and moving image to explore the ways computation today operates on levels… read more about New Undergrad Course for Spring 2022: Critical Making and New Media Art »

Sometimes the challenge isn’t finding your passion, but figuring out how to follow it. For first-year student Noelle Garrick, that challenge just got a little easier. In fall 2021, the Departments of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Computer Science introduced a new interdepartmental major in Computational Media. The major includes 14 courses — seven from Computer Science and seven from Visual and Media Studies. “We found that a lot of undergraduate students were already creating their own interdepartmental… read more about Art Meets Tech in New Major »

Beginning in Fall 2021, CMAC is offering a new Special Topics course:  Intro to Neuroscience, Physics of Perception and Interactive Computation via Art. The course, which is open to undergraduate and graduate students, will explore the intersection of art and science in fields such as neuroscience, computational neuroscience, and cybernetics. Students will have the opportunity design a work of art of their choice inspired by the science covered in the course.  This could be through drawing, painting,… read more about New CMAC Special Topics Course: Intro to Neuroscience, Physics of Perception and Interactive Computation via Art »

The Googlization Of Knowledge (ISS 112) has made the news!  Visit the Duke Chronicle to learn more about this course as well as eight other exciting courses offered throughout Duke. ISS 112 examines information from different angles within the context of social justice, open access to information, and how the Internet and Google affect our lives.  Ethical dilemmas related to social media and data privacy will also be integrated into the course, as well as exploring interesting aspects of the web such as memes and… read more about The Googlization Of Knowledge in Duke Chronicle »

Starting in Fall 2021 we will see an expansion of CMAC-related offerings at the undergraduate level: The new Interdepartmental Major and Minor in Computational Media will go live in Fall 2021. This program is co-hosted by the Departments of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Computer Science, and will include both theoretical and practical elements. We anticipate many of of the students who would have proposed a Program II or student-initiated IDM in related topics will find a home in these new… read more about Undergraduate Offerings in CMAC »

Eight Duke University faculty groups shared updates on the work supported by their 2019 Intellectual Community Planning Grants (ICPG). Although many groups’ plans were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, they logged a number of accomplishments and intend to further their collaborations. Big Data and Social Interactions Jillian Grennan (lead), Chris Bail, Ines Black, Ofer Eldar, Sarah Gaither, Sharique Hasan, Rachel Kranton, David Robinson The group held a kick-off event featuring Amir Goldberg of… read more about From Marine Medicine to the Economics of Education, Faculty Build New Collaborations »

CMAC PhD Candidate Özgün Eylül İşcen's chapter '"Once Upon a Time in Anagolia": The Enfolding-Unfolding Aesthetics of Confronting the Past in Turkey." Published in Animals, Plants, and Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film now available from Routledge. read more about CMAC PhD Candidate Özgün Eylül İşcen Published »

Edited by Kathy A. Perkins, Sandra L. Richards, Renée Alexander Craft, Thomas F. DeFrantz The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance is an outstanding collection of specially written essays that charts the emergence, development, and diversity of African American Theatre and Performance—from the nineteenth-century African Grove Theatre to Afrofuturism. Alongside chapters from scholars are contributions from theatre makers, including producers, theatre managers,… read more about The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance »

Providing a venue for the scholarly study of gaming, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences recently refurbished a classroom in the Link to create a new Game Lab. Link Classroom 6 is now decked out with popular gaming consoles — from Microsoft Xbox to Sony PlayStation to Nintendo Switch — as well as a growing collection of board and card games, and several high-end computers and monitors to give those using the facility an immersive gaming experience. But this experience is designed to go far beyond simply playing games.… read more about Let the Games Begin: Trinity Opens Lab to Study Game Development & Culture »

Duke University has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for our Summer 2018 Institute for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities, HT-256969 Virtual and Augmented Reality for the Digital Humanities Institute (V/AR-DHI). PI: VIctoria Szabo, Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Information Science + Studies Co-PI: Philip Stern, History July 23-August 3, 2018 Duke University V/AR-DHI consists of a two-week summer institute for up to 12… read more about Institute for Virtual and Augmented Reality for the Digital Humanities »

How is humanities and social science knowledge impacted by the introduction of three-dimensional visualization technologies? While 3D visualization may seem far removed from the everyday work of scholars in the social sciences and humanities, it has great potential to change how we conduct and communicate our work. [...] Click here for full article:… read more about Knowledge in 3D: How 3D data visualization is reshaping our world »

Rebecca Uliasz on Audio-visual Art, Artificial Intelligence and Community Interview - May 2018 I first met Rebecca in 2016 when I took a flash course she led on creating sound reactive visuals at New York University's tech camp in the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). Rebecca (known to most as Becca) (...) Click here for full article: read more about Rebecca Uliasz on Audio-visual Art, Artificial Intelligence and Community »