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Monday Night Seminar: Open Cities
Mon, 14 November 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
With Josh Akers, Geography and Urban & Regional Studies;
Mita Williams, University of Windsor Information Services
Janine Marchessault, York University, Cinema and Media Studies
Patricio Davila, designer, artist, researcher and educator
Moderator: Michael Darroch
In collaboration with IN/TERMINUS Creative Research Collective, University of Windsor.
Joshua Akers is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. His work examines the intersection of power, policy and property in urban environments. Akers’ most recent work is on the rise of land speculation and its role in accelerating cycles dispossession and displacement following the 2008 financial crisis. This includespropertypraxis.org, an online geovisualization tool for community groups working against property speculation. Past work focused on responses to crisis in Detroit, Buffalo and New Orleans.
Mita Williams is a librarian at the Leddy Library at University of Windsor. She has research interests in libraries as public space, collaborative software, and games and learning. She sits on the Board of the Directors of Hackforge, a community-minded hackerspace located in Windsor where she is the lead of two of its special interest groups: Open Data Windsor Essex and Maptime Windsor. She blogs about library things at Librarian of Things and blogs about other things at The Magnetic North.
Janine Marchessault is Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at York University, where she held the Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media and Globalization (2003-2013). She was the co-founder of Future Cinema Lab and the inaugural Director of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology Research. She was awarded a prestigious Trudeau Fellowship (2012) to pursue her groundbreaking curatorial and public art research around the problem of sustainable development. She has (co)curated numerous large-scale public art exhibitions in Toronto and beyond—Being on Time (2001), The Leona Drive Project (2009), Museum for the End of the World (2012) and Land|Slide, Possible Futures (2013) which are all site specific exhibitions.
Patricio Davila is a designer, artist, researcher and educator. He has taught at OCAD University (Faculty of Design) and is a member of the OCADU Mobile Media Lab. He completed a doctoral degree in the Joint York-Ryerson program in Communication and Culture with a focus on Critical Approaches to Design and Data Visualization. He has been involved in a variety of projects that incorporate design research, interactive and time-based media, has exhibited nationally and internationally, and is the recipient of numerous Toronto and Ontario Arts Council grants.
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The McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology, Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto, is pleased to announce a Fall 2016/Winter 2017 rollout of events. Weekly sessions carry on the “Monday Night Seminar” tradition of McLuhan, where open, frank and sometimes explosive exchange takes place in the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court.
A roster of programs for Fall 2016/Winter 2017 brings together an eclectic mix of innovators and thinkers from the university and the larger global village. This program of events is designed to challenge notions, provoke thought and help us imagine our collective future.
The new shape of things: Big Data, Big Stories
Our theme last year was “City as Classroom” where we sought insight and experience that the city has to offer to inform and stimulate. This year we go beyond the city in exploring the extent to which McLuhan’s adage that “the medium is the message” applies to the underlying influences of our data surround and in particular “big data” that shape and influence how we see, act and grow.
We seek explore data both literally and metaphorically from a variety of perspectives of science, the arts, business, industry and academe.
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McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
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