Loss(y) Media and Finding Futures

Early pioneers of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) evidence a techno-optimism spirit that would carry much of digital culture through the new millennium. In the last two decades, however, that optimism has been dissipated by new winds bringing calls for critical reevaluation of the ubiquity of unchecked applications of digital technology. Interdisciplinary media art was a sometimes high visibility source of criticism questioning investments in techno-optimism and creative practice work critiquing and problematizing digital technology’s myriad social, environmental, or geopolitical implications. In a seminar, we revisit the techno-optimistic (and pessimistic) legacies of media arts to ask: in this period of much-needed critique, after a year of Zoom, has Media Art lost its capacity to engender wonder? The practice works and micro-residency presentations enact exciting possibilities to rethink loss(y) media through embodiment, soma, gesture, and other practices.

Transduction: Movement and Computing Energetics

The Transduction: Movement and Computing Energetics event features presentations and a seminar that consider how biological, physical, and symbolic flows of energy in interactive media systems offer insights into computation’s limits and possibilities. Part one: presentations will include introductions by select microresidents and creative practice works, followed by a q&a session. Part two: seminar makes ample space for discussion, debate, and collective inquiry. We invite participants to contribute to an open conversation inspired by topical readings and brief presentations.

Living Code & Sharing Abundance

The Living Code & Sharing Abundance event features introductions by select microresidents, presents creative practice works, and invites participation in a guest seminar considering the concept of mutual aid within movement and computing fields. This organizational theory recognizes the value and necessity of reciprocal exchange, community engagement, and transparency as foundational to success. Presenters share methodologies for distributed power structures, inclusive developments, ethical applications, and more in this two part online event (via zoom).


Some work yet-to-individuate may find a good fit as a micro residency. In micro-residency, an artist, researcher, or team proposes a research/creative question, vector, proposition, speculation, performance…(?). SloMoCommittee will help micro-residents to engage with and draw on the MOCO community in order to assemble the resources to incubate, iterate, and articulate these propositions.

Micro-residencies may be proposed for any amount of time, but your proposal will justify the duration by indicating how you intend to feed your work back into the MOCO community via SloMoCo. While many residency programs provide practitioners with the opportunity to work intensively, hermetically, and esoterically, consider how the durational aspirations of SloMoCo may afford other modes of working extensively, promiscuously, and exoterically.

SloMoCommittee will work with micro-residents to help assess how SloMoCo can provide support for the ongoing project. Potential examples of support include virtual events (WIP showing, workshops amplifying calls for collaborators, brokering proposals to institutional MOCO affiliates for local space use, possibly providing modest funds for production/research/development.)

Practice works + Paper presentations

SloMoCo invites proposals for practice works, a loose umbrella term that includes artistic-creative production and experimentation including but not limited to performances, installations, and workshops. In general, practice work submissions will be more fully composed than residency submissions.

SloMoCo is especially interested in highlighting interactive practice works. Over the last year, the art and performing arts worlds have modulated their practices with screen-based and networked modes of convention and convocation. How can somatically informed art-creation practices leverage telematics in ways which do not simply make up the zoom room as a black box? Without the control of the blackbox or gallery, how do immersive installation practices translate into people’s homes? What toolkits, techniques, and pedagogies are sufficient for exploring these new areas?

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