• October 15, 2018 5:30 pm
    Space and Spirit: Mapping the Geography of Hasidism, a Lecture by Marcin Wodzinski
    Hasidism began as a radical mystical movement whose rapid growth has puzzled scholars until this day. Recent research has used new tools including GIS to explore questions about the origins, spread, and post-Holocaust resurgance of this most important socio-religious movement in modern Judaism. Is it true that Hasidism dominated most of East European Jewry by...

  • September 27, 2018 3:15 pm
    A Talk on Digital Journalism by Emily Bell
    Emily Bell is founding director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and a leading thinker, commentator and strategist on digital journalism. Established in 2010, the Tow Center has rapidly built an international reputation for research into the intersection of technology and journalism. The majority of Bell’s professional career...

  • May 14, 2018 5:00 pm
    Spring 2018 Share Event
    Students from Experimental Humanities courses this spring semester share their work, which ranges across media forms, in a relaxed exhibition setting. Refreshments will be served; all are invited!

  • May 8, 2018 6:00 pm
    Creative Activism in the Post Factual Age – A Talk by The Yes Men
    For over two decades, The Yes Men have staged multifarious hoaxes and actions that have revealed the mechanisms of corporate and governmental power. They have impersonated corporate executives and created fake versions of news sources, like the New York Times, that present public statements and stories contrary to official ones, among other activities. Their stunts...

  • May 4, 2018 9:30 am
    Map as Method and Medium: A Teaching Workshop with Shannon Mattern
    Presenting the Spring 2018 Mellon Workshop Organized in coordination with the Spring 2018 Mellon Lecture (details here) Description The prevalence of smartphones, the rise of Google, and the widespread availability of open geographic data have made maps an everyday, everywhere medium. Within the academy, these same developments, compounded with greater access to digitized archival material,...

  • May 3, 2018 5:15 pm
    Ether/Ore: An Atlas of Urban Media, Mellon Lecture by Shannon Mattern
    Presenting the Spring 2018 Mellon Lecture Organized in coordination with the Spring 2018 Mellon Workshop (details here) Description Studded with sensors, optimized by algorithms, interfaced via dashboards and apps, cities are imagined as computers writ large, planned “from the Internet up.” Yet this new age of sentient urbanism — in which place-based intelligence is reduced...

  • April 16, 2018 5:30 pm
    Escaping from the Sunken Place: Innovation, Privacy, and Security in Our World with Roxann Stafford
    In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior delivered his “Beyond Vietnam” address, a discussion of global conflict, in which he clearly connected the consequences of a shift from a “thing-oriented society” to a “person-oriented society.” Fifty years later, Jordan Peele directed the film “Get Out,” a social horror commentary that probes both the deep history...

  • April 16, 2018 4:30 pm
    “From ‘We Are All Astronauts’ to ‘We Are All Aliens’: Contemporary Art and the Privatization of Space,” a Lecture by Eva Díaz
    To Buckminster Fuller the interdependence of human technologies and natural ecologies was exemplified in the notion of “Spaceship Earth,” and his metaphor subsequently became one the most powerful and enduring of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is also one of the most eccentric, conceiving of our planet as a monumental vehicle cum technologically reliant...

  • April 10, 2018 5:00 pm
    Of Animals and Seas: Yugoslav Geopolitics and Global Space during the Cold War with Tijana Vujosevic
    During the 1950s and the 1960s Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito occupied the High Seas for months, sailing with his fleet to Asian and African countries, which he tried to recruit for the Non-Aligned movement. As part of his diplomatic performance of maritime conquest and international mediation, Tito collected animals-as-souvenirs of embodied diplomacy, which were...

  • April 9, 2018 6:00 pm
    Post-Automation Poetics, a Lecture by Avery Slater
    The purpose of this talk is to think about the future of artificial intelligence with respect to literary form. One long-standing threshold of achievement pursued by computer scientists in the field of NLP (natural language processing) is the automatic generation of poetic texts comparable to human-generated poetry. Are we ready for the AI poet? This...

  • April 5, 2018 4:40 pm
    Robotic Racism: A Public Defender’s Perspective on Automated Decision-Making in the Criminal Justice System, a lecture by Cynthia H. Conti-Cook
    Governments have swiftly embraced automated decisions about policing and criminal justice despite very little evidence that these tools are fair or accurate. We will survey the various stakeholders investing in, using, and subject to these tools, as well as the types of decisions that are being automated, and examine how these tools are created. The...

  • April 3, 2018 4:45 pm
    Quality Control with Nader Vossoughian, New York Institute of Technology/Columbia University
    This presentation traces the function and usage of quality-control mechanisms in Nazi Germany’s construction industry between the years 1935 and 1945. The talk considers the significance of quality control to the policing, disciplining, and psychological control of forced laborers and slave laborers during World War II, while tracing its importance to the formation of construction...

  • March 29, 2018 6:30 pm
    Land Remarks: LETHA WILSON
    Letha Wilson is a mixed media artist who uses photographs and sculptural materials as a starting point for interpretation and confrontation. The ability for a photograph to transport the viewer is both called upon, and questioned; sculptural intervention attempts to compensate for the photograph’s failure to encompass the physical site it represents. Landscape photography as...

  • March 27, 2018 5:00 pm
    In Defense of Error and Spectacle: New Genealogies for Experimental Humanities, a Lecture by Mitsos Bilalis & Penelope Papailias
    When the humanities emerge as a field in early modernity, experimentation is a core practice. Could we possibly not describe Galileo as a ‘humanist’? Spinoza as a ‘scientist’? Disciplinary specialization and the ascendance of the historicist paradigm as a regime of truth, however, cut the humanities off from the tradition of experimentation and, by extension,...

  • March 26, 2018 5:00 pm
    “Black Feminist Interventions in Children’s Fantasy: Recovered Histories, Literary Representation, and New Publishing Technologies,” with Zetta Elliot
    How do we move children’s fantasy beyond the racialized and imperialist norms of the genre? In this interactive presentation, author/educator Zetta Elliott will discuss “the trouble with magic.” After spending her childhood consuming British fantasy fiction, Elliott began to decolonize her imagination and has dedicated her writing life to reconstituting “Black magic” as a powerful...

  • March 13, 2018 5:00 pm
    Judaism and Hypertexts: Old Traditions and New Incarnations, a Lecture by Scott Kosofsky
    The term “hypertext” is defined as a text that references other texts in such a way as the reader can immediately access all of them through a computer display. It is often said that the inspiration for this idea came from Jorge Luis Borges’s story “The Garden of Forking Paths,” but Jews have been thinking and working along these lines for over two thousand...

  • March 12, 2018 5:00 pm
    Experimental: Language Writing, Two Whales, and a Dream of the Future, a Lecture by Natalia Cecire
    The standard line on “experimental” writing—sometimes called “innovative” writing—which we have inherited from the 1970s and 80s is that it “disrupts” linguistic norms and thus destabilizes a damaging political status quo. But what do we do when “innovation” and “disruption,” far from changing anything, self-evidently belong to the standard toolkit of neoliberal policy, as they...

  • March 5, 2018 4:45 pm
    Spun Dry: Mobility, Morbidity, and Jurisdiction in Northern Australia
    Daniel Fisher Associate Professor of Anthropology University of California, Berkeley This paper pursues an ethnographic account of intra-Indigenous relations and jurisdictional contest in urban northern Australia. Its narrative explores the relationship between Aboriginal community policing and emergent forms and figures of urban mobility and morbidity in Darwin, capital of Australia’s Northern Territory. While Darwin’s Indigenous...

  • February 26, 2018 7:00 pm
    Nature Real Talk: Rebecca Bray and Kati London
    Rebecca Bray and Kati London will talk about their collaborative and separate work as artists and technologists who have been working on interfaces between the human and non-human social worlds for the past decade, using data, humor, and strangeness to create surprising and revelatory interactions. In 2006, they, along with two other collaborators created Botanicalls,...

  • February 21, 2018 6:00 pm
    A Conversation with Chelsea Manning
    Moderated by Kevin Duong and Dean Rebecca Thomas As an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, Chelsea Manning disclosed classified documents to WikiLeaks that revealed human rights abuses and corruption connected to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in a military prison but released in 2017 after President Obama commuted her sentence....

  • February 15, 2018 7:00 pm
    The Mott Art Hearings, Les Levine
    A presentation by Les Levine, co-sponsored by Experimental Humanities, Film and Electronic Arts, and Studio Arts in conjunction with the exhibition of Levine’s historic video work on view in Film and Electronic Arts gallery, room 219. The Mott Art Hearings were first performed in 1971 and have been performed numerous times since. Les Levine has...

  • December 11, 2017 5:00 pm
    Fall 2017 Share Event
    Students from Experimental Humanities classes across several disciplines share their projects, research, and ideas from the semester.

  • December 11, 2017 3:00 pm
    Container-Warming Party
    Every semester we host a Share Event to showcase the work students have completed in their EH courses. This year we are combining this exciting event with a celebration of the opening of our new home in New Annandale House, the shipping container building recently installed at the intersection of Annandale Road and Woods Avenue. Also,...

  • December 7, 2017 5:00 pm
    The Amplitude of Violence, and Timbre of the Wound
    A lecture by Professor J. Martin Daughtry (NYU)   The sounds of armed combat—from the soft whispers of bullets displacing air downrange to the deafening cacophony of “Shock and Awe” operations—place intense demands on wartime listeners. Such sounds often appear to fuse with the aggressive acts that produce them, creating new sensory objects that are...

  • December 4, 2017 4:30 pm
    Build-Your-Skills Workshop: Augmented and Virtual Reality
    Don’t miss your chance to get some hands-on experience using a VIVE headset and a 360 camera. Location: The Center for Experimental Humanities (New Annandale House)

  • December 3, 2017 8:00 pm
    Frontier Crossings Exhibition
    In “Frontier Crossings,” artists explore their relationship with location and belonging and consider the multivalent effects of travel and displacement. Artists also take a critical approach toward the concept of borders, scrutinizing the way they serve to construct different categories of space and relationships among people. The exhibition features a group of artists consisting of...

  • December 1, 2017 8:00 pm
    Frontier Crossings Exhibition
    In “Frontier Crossings,” artists explore their relationship with location and belonging and consider the multivalent effects of travel and displacement. Artists also take a critical approach toward the concept of borders, scrutinizing the way they serve to construct different categories of space and relationships among people. The exhibition features a group of artists consisting of...

  • November 30, 2017 6:30 pm
    Shinjuku, Tokyo 1968: Media Panics, Nonconformists, and the Play of Politics
    A Lecture by William Marotti, Associate Professor of History, UCLA By 1968, the area around Tokyo’s massive Shinjuku Station had become a site for conflict over visions of the future. The Japanese government sold international investors on the city’s first designated skyscraper zone while moving millions of commuters—and millions of gallons of jet fuel for...

  • November 27, 2017 4:30 pm
    Desktop Publishing for Creating Posters and Presentations Workshop
    Desktop Publishing for Creating Posters and Presentations (Adobe Photoshop and InDesign ) with Anne Comer & Olive Werby Monday, November 27 @ 4:30 pm Location TBD

  • November 13, 2017 4:30 pm
    Video Recording and Editing Workshop
    Video Recording and Editing (iMovie and Adobe Premiere) with Noah Segal-Gould & Sophia Pappas Monday, November 13 @ 4:30 pm Location TBD

  • October 31, 2017 3:00 pm
    Mellon Workshop — The Future of Writing in the Digital Age: Postprint Productions and Asemic Writing.
    Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 3:00 pm, Henderson Annex 106 This workshop will explore the implications of the changed nature of alphabetic writing in digital technologies, where the surface inscription is generated through layers of software and hardware.   As printing technologies move into postprint, the fundamental nature of what constitutes “the text” transforms from human-only legibility to...

  • October 30, 2017 7:00 pm
    Cognizing Media: Shifts, Ruptures, Transformations
    Lecture by N. Katherine Hayles, James D. Duke Professor of Literature (Duke University) Since Gutenberg, printing technologies changed only modestly through five centuries of print production.  However, starting in the mid-20th century, computational media began to be integrated with printing technologies with the invention of phototypesetters.   This initiated a new era of reading, writing, and...

  • October 16, 2017 4:30 pm
    Sound Recording and Editing Workshop
    Sound Recording and Editing (Audacity and Adobe Audition) with Anna Hallett & Alanna Rebbeck Monday, October 16 @ 4:30 pm Henderson Annex 106

  • October 5, 2017 5:30 pm
    New Media Poetics and the Politics of Childhood: Doing Media Ethnography in School
    A lecture by Prof. Tyler Bickford (University of Pittsburgh)  Presented by Bard Ehtnomusicology, The IDEA Fund, Experimental Humanities, and American Studies Date: Thursday, October 5 at 5:30 pm in RKC 103 Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork at an elementary school in New England, this talk explores the politics and poetics of children’s everyday performances of mass...

  • October 2, 2017 4:30 pm
    Storytelling and Image Annotation
    Storytelling and Image Annotation (StoryMapJS, ESRI Story Maps, Scalar, and Recogito) with Gretta Tritch Roman & Arti Tripathi Bring your own laptop or borrow one at the workshop Monday, October 2 @ 4:30 pm Henderson Annex 106

  • October 2, 2017 11:30 am
    Augmented and Virtual Reality Workshop
    Augmented and Virtual Reality (TiltBrush) with Alanna Rebbeck Monday, December 6 @ 4:30 pm Location TBD

  • September 26, 2017 5:00 pm
    Exploring Visual Effects & Post-Production with Ross Shain ’91
    Visual effects such as computer graphics, set extensions and digital makeup are integral to the process in almost all feature films and television projects. At the heart of most effects shots are the fundamental foundation areas: motion tracking, rotoscoping and keying. In this special talk, Bard film department alumus, Ross Shain ‘91 will talk about...

  • September 18, 2017 3:30 pm
    Introduction to Text Analysis with Programming Language R
    Mike Thicke, a philosopher of science and instructor with the Bard Prison Initiative, is offering a workshop to introduce one way to access and analyze texts using the statistical language R and the CrossRef database.

  • May 8, 2017 5:00 pm
    Spring 2017 Share Event
    Featuring student projects from Experimental Humanities courses and senior projects throughout the college! Presentations from class delegates begin at 5:30, followed by pizza and a science-fair style exhibition of the projects. All are invited to attend!!

  • April 23, 2017 3:00 pm
    Winter Session Student Team Presents at Historic Red Hook
      The winter session student team who created Hudson Valley Apples presents their project to the community. Join them for a tour of the interactive website they created over two weeks during the winter break and a discussion of the process of making it. The presentation is hosted by Historic Red Hook in the Elmendorph...

  • April 21, 2017 7:00 pm
    Screenings of The Brig by Jonas Mekas and Newsreel: Jonas in the Brig by Storm de Hirsch
    Both films are presented as a part of the exhibition, Whispers in the Grass: The Living Theatre and The Brig, curated by Anna Gallagher-Ross in her final project at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, opening April 9, 2017 at the Hessel Museum of Art. On a ship bound for Europe, with New York City...

  • April 20, 2017 6:00 pm
    Jordan Kraemer, “When Social Media Are the News”
    A Lecture by Jordan Kraemer Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wesleyan University A decade ago, social media—that is, social network sites like MySpace and Facebook—were taking off among teens and fan communities. News consumption in the US was shifting as well, as cable news outstripped network shows and print circulation declined. Only a few...

  • April 19, 2017 12:00 pm
    Practical Privacy
      A friendly, half-hour-ish overview of basic best practices online as part of the Teach-In. Three Sessions, for your convenience.   Tuesday, April 18 Library: Second Floor Computer Lab, 11:00 am Wednesday, April 19 Session 1: 106 Henderson Annex, noon Session 2: Faculty Dining Room, 5:45pm  

  • April 11, 2017 4:45 pm
    Screening Unbroken Glass by Dinesh Das Sabu
    A family tragedy. A filmmaker’s journey. Shattering the Silence. The screening of this film will be followed by a conversation with the director, Dinesh Das Sabu, in Preston 110. Twenty years after the death of his parents, Indian-American filmmaker Dinesh Sabu begins a journey to finally piece together their story. Uncovering a silenced family history of...

  • April 6, 2017 6:00 pm
    A Poetry Reading by Jared Stanley
    Jared Stanley is a poet, writer, teacher, and interdisciplinary artist. He has published three collections of poetry: Ears (Nightboat 2017), The Weeds (Salt 2012), and Book Made of Forest, which won Salt Publishing’s Crashaw Prize in 2008. Stanley’s poems “urge us,” Tim Z. Hernandez writes, “to reconsider our man-made constructs of flora/fauna/naturaleza, which is to say,...

  • April 4, 2017 5:00 pm
    Leah Gilliam, “The Artist’s World: Productive Play and Creative Work”
    Where should the artist work? Is there a role for the artist and creative play beyond academia, media/monetization, and the art world? Thanks to the mainstream popularity of design thinking, the working world has now widely embraced the need for and importance of designers on multidisciplinary teams. But what about the creatives whose contributions may...

  • March 31, 2017 9:00 am
    Global | Local: Experiments in the Arts and Humanities Conference
    This 2-day conference will explore the relationships between technology and human experience as they play out across local and global contexts. Segments of each day will be organized around topics like human rights and viral activism, games and gaming, public engagement with scholarly research, the senses (touch, sound, vision) in digital society, and novel approaches...

  • March 30, 2017 6:00 pm
    What’s Next? Experimental Humanities After Graduation
    So you’ve explored exciting interdisciplinary topics and courses in the Experimental Humanities in your time at Bard, what might you do with that experience after you graduate? Come talk about pursuing careers at the intersection of technology, media, and the humanities after college with people who have done it. Featuring:  Professor Kimon Keramidas and Matthew Dischner from...

  • March 2, 2017 6:00 am
    Community-Sourcing Local History with Digital History Lab
    Digital History Lab Coordinator, Gretta Tritch Roman, and Lab Assistant, Arti Tripathi, present to the Red Hook, Tivoli, and Rhinebeck community a new tool created in the lab for community sourcing location data on an historic map made by Alexander Thompson in 1798. To view the project, visit: https://projects.eh.bard.edu/thompson/

  • December 5, 2016 12:30 pm
    Fall Share Event
    Students from Experimental Humanities classes across several disciplines share their projects, research, and ideas from the semester.  

  • November 30, 2016 6:00 pm
    MoMA DaTA: A Critical Potluck
    The Museum of Modern Art in New York has just released an amazing set of data pertaining to its exhibition history, beginning with the institution’s founding in 1929 and spanning up until the epochal year of 1989. The question that presents itself to us now is how to use it. What questions should we ask of this...

  • November 16, 2016 6:00 pm
    Practical Everyday Counter-Surveillance
    An Ad-Hoc Impromptu Workshop and Discussion on Tactics and Strategies…(Because life comes at you fast) Join Ryan Sablosky, Experimental Humanities Developer, for a workshop and discussion. Learn about hands-on tactics and strategies relevant to online privacy and mitigating the potential threats of mass surveillance. Topics will include: How to think about and recognize systems of...

  • November 14, 2016 6:00 pm
    Fall Mellon Lecture: Jill Magid, Locating Loopholes: Exploring Rules of Engagement
    American artist Jill Magid’s work is deeply ingrained in her lived experience, exploring and blurring the boundaries between art and life. Through her performance-based practice, Magid has initiated intimate relations with a number of organizations and structures of authority. She explores the emotional, philosophical and legal tensions between the individual and ‘protective’ institutions, such as...

  • November 14, 2016 2:00 pm
    Fall Mellon Workshop: Jill Magid, Evolutions of a Project: Workshopping Formal and Conceptual Development
    In this Experimental Humanities Mellon workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work with artist Jill Magid to map out how some of her boundary-pushing projects have evolved, and to reflect on their own practices as scholars and artists.  This two-hour workshop is stipended for Bard College faculty and staff and will include some advance...

  • November 12, 2016 8:30 am
    NYC Dreamlands Shuttle to the Whitney Museum
    Students are invited to join Experimental Humanities for a day trip to the Whitney Museum of American Art to visit the recently-opened exhibition Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016. The exhibition “focuses on the ways in which artists have dismantled and reassembled the conventions of cinema—screen, projection, darkness—to create new experiences of the moving image.”...

  • September 26, 2016 6:00 pm
    Lawrence Bogad: TACTICAL PERFORMANCE, The Theory and Practice of Serious Play
    In this talk, Bogad explores the history, ethics, aesthetics, and practical concerns of tactical performance and creative activism. The powerful sociodramas created by the American Civil Rights Movement and the American Indian Movement create a framework for the talk, followed by other major groundbreaking groups such as the Yippies, the Wobblies and ACT-UP.  The talk then examines...

  • September 26, 2016 5:00 pm
    The Archive of the Archive: An Ontology of Indigenous Sound Recordings
    Aaron A. Fox, Columbia University Venue: 102 Olin In this paper I examine the documentary trail of legal agreements, memoranda, correspondence, and contracts that mark the history of the “Laura Boulton Collection’s” acquisition by Columbia University as intellectual property, and the subsequent distribution and management of the associated rights by Columbia, Indiana University, and the...

  • September 20, 2016
    Spectatorship in an Age of Surveillance
    From September 20 to 23, Bard College will host a series of events on the theme of spectatorship in an age of surveillance. Artist Trevor Paglen will give a public artist talk on the evening of Tuesday, September 20. This will be followed by a two-day public symposium on the evening of Thursday, September 22...

  • September 15, 2016 5:00 pm
    Privacy Performed at Scale – A Critical Potluck
    5PM, 106 Henderson You wear a Fitbit during your jog in the morning, swipe your grocery loyalty card when you checkout in the evening, and share your contacts when you play Candy Crush at night. This “Internet of Things” offers automation, customization, and convenience and, in turn, demands access. The daily choices to allow access...

  • February 12, 2016 10:00 am
    Visualizing Complex Data: Palladio Workshop by Miriam Posner
    Learn how to use Palladio to visualize complex data! Palladio is the latest tool created by a group at Stanford that allows researchers to visualize complex datasets. What does that mean? Mapping! Change over time! All visualized! Check out the little JPG below. Our spring Mellon Lecturer, Miriam Posner will be leading the workshop. Workshop participants will...

  • February 11, 2016 5:00 pm
    Head-and-Shoulder-Hunting in the Americas: Walter Freeman and the Visual Culture of Lobotomy
    An Experimental Humanities Mellon-Supported Lecture co-sponsored by STS, Historical Studies, and American Studies Between 1936 and 1967, Walter Freeman, a prominent neurologist, lobotomized as many as 3,500 Americans. Freeman was also an obsessive photographer, taking patients’ photographs before their operations and tracking them down years — even decades — later. In this presentation, Miriam Posner details...

  • December 9, 2015 4:30 pm
    EH Fall 2015 Share Event
    Students from EH classes across many disciplines–from “Introduction to Media” to “Small Screens” to “Mass Culture of Postwar Japan”–will share their projects, research and ideas from the semester.

  • December 1, 2015 5:00 pm
    Mining your Search Results
    In this workshop, participants will create network graphs of their JSTOR search results. We will build on a Python template to write a program that produces a network graph representing the co-occurring results across a series of search queries. These two types of computational methods will provide a new perspective on the manner in which search has become imbricated in our research practices and how new models of interdisciplinarity reflect the influence of search.

  • November 17, 2015 5:00 pm
    Scraping the New York Times
    As part of the Search and Surveillance Workshop Series, we will learn how to use Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for web scraping. Our test case will be the New York Times API, which provides access to large amounts of article data with a single query. After retrieving data concerning topics that interest the participants, we will learn how to manage that data and perform basic text analysis tasks so that we can ask questions like, how has the language surrounding a given topic (say, climate change or marriage equality) changed over time? How does language differ across related but distinctive topics? What is the relationship between article frequency and search frequency concerning a topic over time?

  • October 30, 2015 10:00 am
    From the Pictorial to the Plan: Building Geographies for Landscape Photographs
    In this workshop, attendees have the opportunity to practice a technique that Nicholas Bauch calls “photographic georeferencing.” This process results in cartographic representations of the territories captured by landscape photographs. Nicholas Bauch then explains how he has found this process useful in building spatially-narrated cultural geographies.

  • October 29, 2015 5:00 pm
    Enchanting the Desert: Visualizing the Production of Space at the Grand Canyon
    Nicholas Bauch is Geographer-in-Residence at the Spatial History Project at Stanford University. He is a cultural geographer whose work brings digital techniques to bear on the art of landscape interpretation. He is author of A Geography of Digestion (forthcoming, University of California Press), and Enchanting the Desert (forthcoming, Stanford University Press). A recent experimental project is a kinetic sculpture he built called The Irreproducibility Machine. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • October 20, 2015 5:00 pm
    Search and Surveillance with Python
    As part of our workshop series "Search and Surveillance," this workshop will lead participants through the process of setting up a programming environment suited for research projects that combine technical and critical material. We will install the Anaconda distribution of Python and Jupyter notebooks, which allow users to switch easily between text, code, and visualization in a dynamic interface. We will conclude the workshop by testing out this environment with data from Google Correlate, which provides information on search terms that tend to co-occur over time.

  • October 7, 2015 12:00 pm
    Twitter and Blogs in the Classroom
    Learn how to incorporate Twitter and blogs into your classroom with Digital Projects Coordinator, Heidi Knoblauch.

  • October 6, 2015 5:30 pm
    Sufism.com: Virtual Expressions of American Islam
    Robert Rozehnal Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Global Islamic Studies, Lehigh University   Within the ‘spiritual marketplace’ of American religious life, Cyberspace offers tech-savvy Muslims an alternative platform for narratives, networking and ritual experience.  Since the adoption of the printing press, Sufis have demonstrated a remarkable ability to adopt and adapt to...

  • May 13, 2015 5:00 pm
    Experimental Humanities Share Event / Spring 2015
    Students from Experimental Humanities classes across the college–ranging from "Media and Metropolis in Modern Japan" to "Art and the Internet"--will share their work in the form of presentations and exhibitions. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served!

  • April 30, 2015 4:45 pm
    Choreographic Abstractions for Design-by-Humans of Heterogeneous Autonomous Behaviors
    Amy LaViers, Assistant Professor in Systems and Information Engineering, University of Virginia answers questions such as, "How do you get a robot to do the disco? Or perform a cheerleading routine?"

  • April 22, 2015 8:00 pm
    Chornobyl Songs Project
    The Chornobyl nuclear disaster of April 26, 1986, forced hundreds of thousands of people, including those in the rural, musically rich Kyivan Polissia region, to leave their homes and villages. Separated from their homeland and cultural context, communities were broken apart and centuries-old musical traditions were largely lost. This spring, Smithsonian Folkways will release Ensemble Hilka’s Chornobyl...

  • April 18, 2015 1:00 pm
    “Warning: Infected inside, do not enter”: Zombies, the Liberal Arts, and the Digital Age
    Mark Sample, Associate Professor of Digital Studies, Davidson College

  • April 9, 2015 6:00 pm
    Open Sounds, Hidden Spaces: Listening, Wandering, and Spatial Formation in Sufi Iran
    Seema Golestaneh, Postdoctoral Fellow, Connecticut College As the Iranian authorities continue to frown upon public gatherings, Sufi Orders have sought alternative methods of convening while still complying with city regulations.  One informal Sufi group in the city of Isfahan does so by meeting in private homes and rotating locations each week. Rather than circulate the...

  • April 3, 2015 1:30 pm
    Speed Listening by Blind Readers and the History of Audio Time-Stretching
    Talking Books for blind readers spurred the commercialization of mainstream audiobooks after World War II, but the two formats soon diverged in terms of reading strategies. In her talk, Mara Mills will discuss the cultural imperative for aural speed reading that drove early time-stretching innovations in the magnetic tape era, allowing playback rate to be...

  • March 23, 2015 4:45 pm
    Remediation in La Vie Sur Terre and Moolaade
    Marissa Moorman, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Indiana

  • March 12, 2015 6:00 pm
    Carolee Schneemann ’59: Experimental Lecture
    Carolee Schneemann ’59, multidisciplinary artist and Bard alumna, transformed the definition of art, especially discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender. The history of her work is characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, the body of the artist in dynamic relationship with the social body.

  • February 26, 2015 5:00 pm
    Experiments in Sonic Ethnography
    Ernst Karel (Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab)

  • February 10, 2015 5:00 pm
    A Love Letter to the City
    Since 2004, Steve Powers has executed large-scale, public mural projects in Coney Island, Dublin, Belfast, Philadelphia, Syracuse, Downtown Brooklyn, and Johannesburg.

  • February 5, 2015 5:00 pm
    As Long As There’s Breath
    Stephanie Spray, Sensory Ethnography Laboratory, Anthropology Department at Harvard University
    Part of the Sound & Affect screenings, talks, and performances

    An intimate video work depicting a Nepali family’s struggles for cohesion, despite everyday travails and the absence of a beloved son.

  • December 10, 2014 5:00 pm
    Experimental Humanities Share Event / Fall 2014
    Students from Experimental Humanities classes across the college--ranging from Virtual Environments to The Woman as Cyborg--will share their work in the form of presentations and exhibitions. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served!

  • December 2, 2014 6:00 pm
    Agnes Kamara-Umunna: “Straight from the Heart”
    Straight from the Heart Straight (SFTH) was a radio call-in program in Liberia started by Kamara-Umunna in 2004, with funding from the United Nations Mission in Liberia. It allowed Liberians to phone in live and share their stories from the second civil war (1999-2002.)  Former soldiers, many of whom were child soldiers at the time...

  • November 17, 2014 5:00 pm
    Exploring Visual Effects and Post-Production Techniques
    Ross Shain '91, Imagineer Systems

    Motion tracking and rotoscoping are the foundation tools of visual effects and many areas of film and video post-production. Bard film department alumus, Ross Shain '91 will talk about visual effect problem solving and demonstrate the Academy Award winning software he helped design, mocha Pro.

  • November 12, 2014 5:00 pm
    Instruments of Lament: Communication without Words in the New Orleans Jazz Funeral
    Matt Sakakeeny, Assistant Professor of Music, Tulane University

  • November 10, 2014 7:00 pm
    Through the Flower x L E A H C O X
    Productive Failure in Exploration

  • November 10, 2014 6:00 pm
    Neo Muyanga: A Study in Sound and Image
    Followed by a conversation with literary scholar Sarah Nuttall

  • November 6, 2014 5:00 pm
    Rediscovering the Humanities: Humanities Advocacy in the Digital Age
    The Fall Experimental Humanities Mellon Lecture
    Dr. Alan Liu, Professor, Department of English, UC Santa Barbara

  • October 30, 2014 5:30 pm
    The Thousand and One Futures
    Postwar Systems Theory, Cybernetic Gurus, and Postmodern Stories of the Worlds to Come
    R. John Williams, Yale University

  • October 27, 2014 5:00 pm
    Silence, Taboo, and Everyday Practices of Revolution: What Sovereignty Feels Like
    Deborah A. Thomas, Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania

  • October 10, 2014 10:15 am
    Visiting Artist: Matthew Mazzotta
    The Architecture of Social Space; Opening Spaces of Critique Within the Places We Live

  • October 9, 2014 6:00 pm
    Whitehead’s Process, Music’s Reality: Sound and Affect after the Ontological Turn
    Ryan Dohoney, Assistant Professor of Musicology, Northwestern University

  • September 30, 2014 5:00 pm
    Celebrity Rapture, Selfie Love, Parody after Identity
    Jesse Shipley, Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Haverford College

  • April 28, 2014 6:00 pm
    Alien Therapy: Nordic Larp in A Contemporary Art Context
    Experimental Humanities Program and Art History Program present Johanna Koljonen & Bjarke Pedersen   Nordic Larp is a progressive variant of live role-playing practice that originated in the Nordic countries but today influences game design and performance across the globe. Nordic larpers build detailed, alternative worlds and simulate fictional societies in a wide range of genres, often...

  • April 21, 2014 5:00 pm
    Denouement: Speculating Upon the “Endeles Knot” of Sir Gawain
    Medieval Studies Program, Experimental Humanities Program, and Division of Languages and Literature present Arthur Bahr, Associate Professor of Literature, MIT   In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the hero’s chivalric virtue is initially symbolized by the pentangle that he bears on his shield, which the poet calls an “endless knot” because of its geometric perfection...

  • April 3, 2014 5:00 pm
    A Cultural History of Data Visualization; or, The Long Arc of Visual Display
    Lauren Klein, Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology   We live in what’s been called the “golden age” of data visualization, and yet, the graphical display of quantitative information has a long history, one that dates to the Enlightenment and arguably before. This talk will...

  • March 12, 2014 5:00 pm
    Triple Canopy IRL: A Conversation with Molly Kleiman and Peter J. Russo
    Triple Canopy editors Molly Kleiman and Peter J. Russo will present the magazine’s new publishing platform and discuss the work of composing and contextualizing Web-based artistic, literary, and critical projects. The new platform aims to articulate and enrich the relationships between writing code and reading prose, between digital interfaces and printed pages, between social media...

  • March 3, 2014 5:00 pm
    Africa Is a Country and Shifting Digital Landscapes in Media of Africa
    A talk by Sean Jacobs, Assistant Professor of International Affairs, The New School Sean Jacobs is a founding member of blog Africa Is a Country, which is a widely-used news source and which also offers commentary on political and social affairs related to the continent of Africa and its global representation. Jacobs, who was born in...

  • February 18, 2014 5:00 pm
    Experimental Humanities Information Session
    In this info session, two students in the Experimental Humanities concentration will share their experiences in the department from a uniquely student-based perspective. They will share WHAT they do, HOW they do it, and WHY they do it. A brief, informative presentation by Max Wortman ’16, and Anna Wheeler ’16, will be followed by a...

  • February 17, 2014 5:00 pm
    Music, Sound and Affect in Japan’s Antinuclear Movement
    David Novak  Associate Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara This talk considers the recent mix of “sound demos,” art installations and antinuclear music festivals in contexts of political protest in Japan since the tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi on March 11, 2011. I focus on a performance festival called...

  • February 11, 2014 5:00 pm
    Computational Reading of Classical Arabic Sources: The Case of Biographical Collections
    Maxim Romanov Postdoctoral Associate at the Department of Classics & Perseus Project at Tufts University Over the past decade a great number of classical Arabic sources became available as fully searchable texts. The volume of existing digital libraries now exceeds 800 mln. words. Although this makes traditional research more efficient, the volume of this corpus...

  • February 4, 2014 5:00 pm
    The Difference and Media Project’s Spring Semester Reception
    The entire Bard community is invited to The Difference and Media Project for our start-of-the-semester reception. Food will be served and Dr. Annie Seaton and the DMP fellows will be there to talk about the exciting projects and events The Difference and Media Project has planned for the spring semester. Please come and find out...

  • December 12, 2013 5:00 pm
    Experimental Humanities Share Event
    Students from Experimental Humanities courses this fall semester share their work, which ranges across media forms, in a relaxed exhibition setting. Refreshments will be served; all are invited!

  • December 10, 2013 6:00 pm
    Hour of Code Why Computer Science?
    Why Computer Science? Top 5 Reasons to Take Computer Science: 5. Without computer science…not much works 4. There will always be jobs for coders 3. Solving problems is never boring 2. Creating technology is lucrative 1. Make.Really.Cool.Things Workshops are at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. December 10-14 Participate in workshops during CSED Week for a...

  • November 11, 2013 5:00 pm
    Privacy and Freedom of Information in the Age of Digital Journalism
    A Panel with Azmat Khan, Noorain Khan, and Nabiha Syed This dynamic panel of journalists and lawyers includes reporter and senior digital producer Azmat Khan (Al Jazeera America, formerly at Frontline), attorney/blogger Noorain Khan (Jezebel/Gawker Media), and attorney/writer Nabiha Syed (NYTimes, Slate, DroneU).

  • November 7, 2013 5:00 pm
    Bard Underground: A New Approach to Campus Architecture
    Adam Kalkin and Matthew Quilty Architect Adam Kalkin and his business partner Matthew Quilty discuss their work designing and building sustainable architecture, including the new Alden Trust Digital Media Lab to be built at Bard in 2014. Their talk will discuss their methods, philosophy, previous projects, and reveal preliminary designs for the Digital Media Lab,...

  • October 31, 2013 5:00 pm
    In the Name of the Bara: Internet Circulation, Queer Identity, and Gay Manga Subcultures
    A Presentation by Anne Ishii The Internet has been a key force in the circulation of queer and underground manga (comics) beyond Japan. But, as information technologies have evolved over the past decades, so have the politics and practices of queer identity-making. This talk will examine the roles of online communication in changing genres and...

  • October 24, 2013 5:00 pm
    Digital Faulkner
    Julie Beth Napolin Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts This talk addresses the speculative territory of digital cartography as it is remapping our literary encounters. Julie Beth Napolin describes how the UVa “Digital Yoknapatawpha” project is addressing the theoretical and practical challenges of transforming Faulkner’s ambiguous...

  • October 19, 2013 1:00 pm
    Drone Flight at Bard
    Tushevs Aerials Fly a Drone at Bard Drone hobbyists and artists Georgi and Nina Tushev fly their drone around Bard at Blithewood. goo.gl/88Xw3s

  • October 16, 2013 5:00 pm
    Rethinking the Human Condition in a Hyperconnected Era
    Lecture by Nicole Dewandre The digital transition brings us to a point where it is critical to unveil the shortcomings of the excessive centrality of the notions of control and transparency  in knowledge and in action. Omniscience and omnipotence, if pushed too far, crowd out any sense of freedom, purpose and meaning, even if it...

  • October 7, 2013 5:00 pm
    Let’s Get Ratchet: Theorizing Digital Black Feminisms
    Talk by Brittney Cooper Brittney Cooper is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, and co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective. Her research interests include using Black feminist thought to understand contemporary articulations of Black womanhood, and she has published in both academic journals and major media outlets on...

  • September 26, 2013 5:00 pm
    How to Compare One Million Images? Visualizing Patterns in User-Generated Content, Art, Games, Comics, Cinema, Web, and Print
    Lev Manovich Professor at The Graduate Center, CUNYand a Director of the Software Studies Initiative at CUNY and California Institute for Telecommunication and Information (Calit2) How do we navigate massive visual collections of user-generated content consisting of billions of images?  What new theoretical concepts do we need to deal with the scale of born-digital culture? How do we...

  • April 15, 2013 5:00 pm
    Surveillance to Infraveillance Emergent Forms of Monitoring, Reciprocity, and the Digital Twin
    A companion to the exhibition Terms & Conditions of Use, part of the collective thesis exhibitions of CCS Bard’s class of 2013, Less Like An Object More Like The Weather, this lecture will propose a new term for understanding how forms of surveillance have adapted to the interactive space of the internet. Discussion/Q&A will follow....

  • April 12, 2013 9:00 am
    Thinking the City: Literature, Theory, Visual Arts
    A Cross-Disciplinary Workshop for Students and Faculty This day-long workshop brings together Bard faculty and students to explore a range of questions on teaching and learning about cities in an academic context. We will ask: How do the reading of texts, the building of cultural monuments, and the creation of artistic works transform our understandings...

  • April 8, 2013 5:00 pm
    Doomed by Hope: Theater in Beirut, Damascus, and Cairo Today
    Eyad Houssami Founding Director of Masrah Ensemble In a world of screens and speeds so great, theaters are padlocked and threatened with demolition. Live public dialogue, as a literary and artistic practice, remains a luxury – if not an impossible cultural phenomenon – in the Arab Middle East. Decades of invasion, occupation, and internecine conflict...

  • March 7, 2013 5:00 pm
    ‘You Didn’t Build That,’ or What We Talk About When We Talk About Digital Humanities
        Matthew Fisher Assistant Professor of English, UCLA “You Didn’t Build That” considers the Digital Humanities as an inevitable and also an already essential part of literary criticism and research as it is conducted today. Offering at once an historical and a methodological introduction to certain trends in DH scholarship, this talk will look at...

  • March 4, 2013 5:00 pm
    Cognitive Science of Poetry and Perception
    Lecture by Pireeni Sundaralingam Award-winning poet and cognitive scientist Pireeni Sundaralingam will present a concise lecture, Cognitive Science of Poetry and Perception, followed by a reception and open discussion regarding the challenge of writer’s block, the publication of her most recent anthology, Indivisible, her experience as an exiled Sri Lankan writer, and the state of poetry...

  • December 6, 2012 7:00 pm
    The Silent History
    Please join the Written Arts program and the Experimental Humanities concentration for a reading of THE SILENT HISTORY “A groundbreaking novel, written and designed specially for iPad and iPhone, that uses serialization, exploration, and collaboration to tell the story of a generation of unusual children — born without the ability to create or comprehend language,...

  • December 3, 2012 5:00 pm
    Close Reading Media Series: Infographics
    Session with Professor O’Hara, Computer Science In these six short Monday sessions, Bard faculty explain how to close read different media. Useful for courses across the college, as well as for a more critical approach to the media you encounter every day. All sessions are on Mondays at 5:00 pm in Olin 102. September 24th...

  • November 27, 2012 6:00 pm
    Hello Hi There
    Hello Hi There By Annie Dorsen Tickets: $20; $5 Bard community Discussion after the 6 pm performance with Annie Dorsen and Maria Sachiko Cecire, coordinator of the Bard Experimental Humanities Program and assistant professor of literature Hello Hi There uses the famous television debate between the philosopher Michel Foucault and linguist/activist Noam Chomsky from the seventies as...

  • November 19, 2012 5:00 pm
    Close Reading Media Series: Performance
    Session with Visiting Artist: Annie Dorsen, Theatre and Performance In these six short Monday sessions, Bard faculty explain how to close read different media. Useful for courses across the college, as well as for a more critical approach to the media you encounter every day. All sessions are on Mondays at 5:00 pm in Olin...

  • November 12, 2012 5:00 pm
    Close Reading Media Series: Sound
    Session with Professor Kunreuther, Anthropology In these six short Monday sessions, Bard faculty explain how to close read different media. Useful for courses across the college, as well as for a more critical approach to the media you encounter every day. All sessions are on Mondays at 5:00 pm in Olin 102. September 24th Writing;...

  • October 22, 2012 5:00 pm
    Close Reading Media Series: Motion Picture
    Session with Professor Goss, Film & Electronic Arts In these six short Monday sessions, Bard faculty explain how to close read different media. Useful for courses across the college, as well as for a more critical approach to the media you encounter every day. All sessions are on Mondays at 5:00 pm in Olin 102....

  • October 20, 2012 10:30 am
    Bard Tech Meetup
    Students studying the liberal arts and sciences need lucrative, creative career opportunities. The tech industry needs a more diverse, creative work force. Bard can help. The BARD TECH MEETUP will serve as a networking event for faculty, alumni/ae and current students, and provide our students with a glimpse of future career paths. The first meetup will take...

  • October 18, 2012 9:00 am
    Methods and Models: Experimental Education
    Bard College is home to a variety of academic models that implicitly question the boundaries and purposes of liberal arts education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many of its programs take an active role in redefining their object of study. But these programs, including Human Rights, Literature and the new Experimental Humanities concentration, rarely...

  • October 16, 2012 5:00 pm
    Experimental Philosophy: A Multimedia Introduction
    A multimedia introduction to Experimental Philosophy: Joshua Knobe (Yale University) presents three videos about his work created in collaboration with Ben Coonley (Bard College) Experimental philosophy is a new field that lies at the intersection of philosophy and psychology. Experimental philosophers aim to make progress on some of the most traditional questions of philosophy, but...

  • October 2, 2012 5:00 pm
    Between God and Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change

  • October 1, 2012 5:00 pm
    Close Reading Media Series: Image
    Session with Professor Keenan, Human Rights In these six short Monday sessions, Bard faculty explain how to close read different media. Useful for courses across the college, as well as for a more critical approach to the media you encounter every day. September 24th Writing; October 1st Image; October 22nd Motion Picture; November 11th Sound;...

  • September 24, 2012 5:00 pm
    Close Reading Media Series: Writing
    Session with Professor Cecire, Literature In these six short Monday sessions, Bard faculty explain how to close read different media. Useful for courses across the college, as well as for a more critical approach to the media you encounter every day. September 24th Writing; October 1st Image; October 22nd Motion Picture; November 11th Sound; November...

  • September 13, 2012 6:00 pm
    False Peach
    False Peach Work-in-progress presentation Tickets: Free and open to the public Acclaimed director Annie Dorsen (Passing Strange on Broadway) and performer Scott Shepherd (of the Wooster Group) are collaborating with an international team of designers and computer programmers to create False Peach, an increasingly elaborate dialogue between man and computer based on Hamlet. Annie, Scott, and their collaborators will...