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Mark Shepard

Artist and Associate Professor, University at Buffalo, Departments of Architecture and Media Study in Buffalo

"Let's get personal."

In False Positive from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 15, artist, architect and educator Mark Shepard reminds us that it is not just the trust we place in network infrastructure but also our willingness to trade bits of personal data for access to online services that renders us vulnerable. Caught between the ruse and exploit, we find ourselves subject to ever more sophisticated forms of profiling, both online and off. Yet if algorithmically generated data-bodies are our future, they are also prone to error. Sherpard's project FALSE POSITIVE deploys text messaging, stealth infrastructure, street intervention, and data visualization to enact a surveillance conspiracy engaging the public in an intimate, techno-political conversation with the mobile technologies on which they depend.

 

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A Billion Messages for Good

BY GREG BAUGUES
@ TECHNOLOGY FOR SOCIAL GOOD ON APR 25, 2014

Faster communication has the ability to save lives. Hear Greg Baugues speak on Twilio.org, which was launched in September with the mission of sending "A Billion Messages for Good," in an effort to do just that. 

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I Create Data - Therefore I Am

BY LULÚ DE PANBEHCHI
@ VOL 9 ON AUG 16, 2014

With society's increasing awareness of our data footprints, and resulting paranoia, Lulú De Panbehchi is here to give us a little perspective. We can no longer help but to create data, so why not live our lives as we want?

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Theatre From...The Palm of Your Hand?

BY ANDREW ROBLYER
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 25, 2014

One theatre company's efforts to use the principles behind mobile and social media to engage a new generation of audience.

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Litany: An Aggregation of Everything

BY PAUL LLOYD SARGENT
@ VOL 14 ON NOV 17, 2015

Paul Lloyd Sargent
Artist & PhD Candidate, 
Department of Media Study, University at Buffalo, Erie Basin Meets Erie Basin: Artificial Corridors

Tracing environmental disaster, uneven development, and the externalities of global capital from the eastern shores of Lake Erie to the banks of Newtown Creek via the NYS Canal System, Paul Lloyd Sargent practices an embodied media archaeology atop piles of the debris of history.

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Reversal of Fortune

BY STEPHANIE ROTHENBERG
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 04, 2016

"In the project, Refersal of Fortune, a series of robotic living gardens, I use the plant to represent the complex relationship between human life and economic growth."

In Reversal of Fortune from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 15, interdisciplinary artist and educator Stephanie Rothenberg talks about her recent project "Reversal of Fortune," a series of robotic gardens that examine the intersection of social media, finance and philanthropy. In these gardens plants represent recipients of charitable acts and loan borrowers in economically challenged regions. Through this lens the complex relationship between human life and economic growth is made visible.

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Building Afrotopia

BY STACEY ROBINSON
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"The work becomes a conversation about class, race, gender and appropriation."

In Building Afrotopia from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, artist Stacey Robinson illustrates how speculating black futures became paramount in his artistic practice as a response to the global displacement of Black and Indigenous people. Robinson shares recent work, beginning with his current Pan-African flag series, representing nations where Black and Indigenous populations are controlled by extreme measures. Robinson then shares works from an in-progress book, 100 Afrofuturists Practitioners, depicting people building future spaces where Black peace exists using S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art(s), and Math). Lastly, Robinson presents works inspired by the past Black Renaissance speculative Black Futures, with Afrofuturist digital collages inspired by Romare Bearden, James Denmark, Manzel Bowman, and other past and contemporary mixed media collage artists. 

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Complicating Things: Experimenting with Authority

BY PAUL VANOUSE
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

“I’m a bio media artist. And what that means is I work self-reflexively, with the tools and technologies of the life sciences.” 

In Complicating Things: Experimenting with Authority from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, Professor of Art at the University at Buffalo, Paul Vanouse, provides an overview of his work as a bio media artist. As Director of the newly created Coalesce Center for Biological Art at the University at Buffalo, Vanouse works with artists and philosophers and people who wouldn’t normally have a direct connection to do create work in a life sciences laboratory, and is actively engaged with Coalesce’s artist residency program. Vanouse’s own work has recently focused on DNA fingerprinting, removing the inherent layers of authority from DNA with an interest in the very visual representation of DNA. His recent projects, Latent Figure Protocol and Ocular Revision use molecular biology techniques to challenge “genome-hype” and to confront issues surrounding DNA fingerprinting. 

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Sniff it all, Collect it all, Know it All

BY COLIN RAMSAY
@ VOL 8 ON FEB 07, 2017

The age of privacy is over, or is it? Colin Ramsay walks us through recent changes to UK surveillance law, musings on the Orwellian state, Snowden revelations, the mass harvesting of our personal data and asks what have we given up (and does it matter?) by embracing the convenience of digital apps & technologies.  

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How Social Media is Ruining Creativity

BY NIKKI DEBRANGO-JENSEN
@ VOL 3 ON MAR 09, 2017

Nikki DeBrango explores why social media can be toxic to artists and what we can do about it.