[Reader-list] [Announcements] TALK @ SARAI: Chris Csikszentmihaly, MIT Media Lab

Ranita Chatterjee ranita at sarai.net
Thu Jan 29 17:50:08 IST 2004

Dear Friends,

Sarai invites you to a talk under its Media Publics and Practices Seminar 
Series on 

by Chris Csikszentmihalyi, MIT Media Lab 

on Tuesday, February 3, 2004, 3:30 pm
at the Seminar Room, CSDS, 29 Rajpur Road, Delhi 54.

Contemporary technology design rests upon one of two major rationales: 
Productivity or Entertainment. In part because of a paucity of imagination, 
the restrictions of the market and the acquired interests of scientists and 
engineers, most of the spectrum of human experience is not addressed through 
technology. At the Computing Culture group, several projects are underway 
that seek to redress this problem by injecting both politics and poetry into 
software and hardware to create edgy, contentious technologies.

Chris Csikszentmihalyi is the Fukutake Assistant Professor of Media Arts and 
Sciences and directs the Computing Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab. He has 
worked in the intersection of new technologies, media, and the arts for ten 
years - lecturing, showing new media work, and presenting installations in 
both Europe and North America. Interested in cultural narratives, his work 
typically aims to create a new technology to embody a particular social 
agenda. His most recent piece, "Afghan Explorer," is a technology designed to 
defend the First Amendment by creating a tele-operated robot reporter that 
bypasses American military censorship. It recently won an AICA award for Best 
Web Art. His previous piece, "DJ I, Robot" won the Special Award for new 
media at the Split Film Festival, and was nominated for the "Best Artistic 
Software" award at Berlin's Transmediale. His "Natural Language Processor," 
was commissioned by the KIASMA Museum in Helsinki, Finland.


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