Loss(y) Media and Finding Futures

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.

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