The Wheres and Whens of Networks

Keynote by Michelle M. Wright

Her research focuses on literary, cultural, philosophical, and political discourses on Blackness and Black identity in the Anglophone, Francophone, and Germanophone African Diaspora, from the 18th to 21st centuries.

Physics of Blackness: Beyond the Middle Passage Epistemology (UMN Press, 2015) uses theories of time from lay discourses in theoretical physics, philosophy, history, and literature to show how theorizations of Blackness become more accurate and inclusive when we move from understanding Blackness as a "what" to a "when" and a "where".

Ronald J. Deibert, "The Geopolitics of Cyberspace"

Public Guest Lecture: Ronald J. Deibert presents "The Geopolitics of Cyberspace". Dr. Deibert is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Deibert's lecture will consider the global control of information and how state and non-state actors are contesting the newly evolving terrain of global digital-electronic-telecommunications. Presented by the McMaster Centre for Scholarship in the Public Interest (

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Net Neutrality

"Cable companies are trying to create an unequal playing field for internet speeds, but they're doing it so boringly that most news outlets aren't covering it."


"Facebook's global expansion has been linked to political turmoil overseas, so maybe their ads should focus less on how they "connect the world" and more on why connecting people isn't always the best idea."

Net Neutrality II

"Equal access to online information is once again under serious threat. John Oliver encourages internet commenters to voice their displeasure to the FCC by visiting and clicking "express" to file your comment."

Government Surveillance including Edward Snowden Interview

A New Dark Age

James Bridle

Turbulence, Big Data, AI, Fake News, and Peak Knowledge James Bridle is a British writer and artist living in Greece. His work explores the impact of technology on society, law, geography, politics, and culture. His Drone Shadow installations have appeared on city streets worldwide, he has mapped deportation centres with CGI, designed new kinds of citizenship based on online behaviour. and used neural networks and satellite images to predict election results. A New Dark Age is an exploration of what we can no longer know about the world, and what we can do about it.

Mimi Onuoha at Eyeo 2017
How We Became Machine Readable |

"What if the structure of information reveals more than the information itself? What if the most crucial aspect of a dataset is the moment before it becomes one? This talk is about the messy spaces between categorization and collection, as explored through a series of projects that aim to reveal the ways in which we are being and have always been abstracted, represented, classified, and forgotten."

We Are Legion The Story of Hactivists

Life after privacy

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

We live in public

Josh Harris

On the 40th anniversary of the Internet, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC tells the story of the effect the web is having on our society as seen through the eyes of "the greatest Internet pioneer you've never heard of", visionary Josh Harris. Award-winning director, Ondi Timoner ("DIG!"), documented his tumultuous life for more than a decade, to create a riveting, cautionary tale of what to expect as the virtual world inevitably takes control of our lives. Josh Harris, often called the "Warhol of the Web" through the infamous boom of the 1990's, founded, the first Internet television network and created his vision of the future, an underground bunker in NYC where 100 people lived together on camera for 30 days over the millennium. He proved how in the not-so-distant future of life online, we will willingly trade our privacy for the connection and recognition we all deeply desire...


A TV executive looking for programming for his network becomes obsessed with an underground show devoted to snuff films. As he searches for the people responsible for the telecasts, his obsession with this dark material threatens his own sanity.

An Avatar is born


"Skawennati (Skawennati Tricia Fragnito) is a Mohawk multimedia artist, best known for her online works as well as Machinima that explore contemporary Indigenous cultures, and what indigenous life might look like in futures inspired by science fiction. She is Co-Director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research network of artists and academics who investigate and create Indigenous virtual environments"



Thinking in and Out of the Network

The Architecture of Democracy

Where do we go from here. 99% Invisible Episode on Public Bathrooms

Rachel Whiteread in Conversation with Ann Gallagher (Tate)

Pier Vittorio Aureli. Less is Enough

Public Art Lab : Urban Media Beyond Adversting

Salon at Art Basel; Performance in Public Space

Dan Roosegaurd

Sherry Dobbin Public Art in Times Square

Ellie Irons - Problem Plants


Monuments, Movement, and the Photography of Jeff Thomas
Mikinaak Migwans and Maria Hupfield

Steven Lambert - Big Ideas in Art and Culture

City Everywhere Liam Young at MUTEK

Technology and Public Art with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer |

A New Civics for Smart Cities - Anthony Townsend - Research Director, Insititute for the Future

Daily Tous Les Jours - Public Art, Joy and Participation.

Richard Sennett The Open City

Teddy Cruz "Where Is Our Collective Imagination?"

What Can You Do With The "Smart" City? With Shannon Mattern

Future Cities Forum , Presented by Artengine and Impact Hub Ottawa in partnership with the National Capital Commission Urbanism Lab, A trio of keynotes kicked-off the Future Cities Forum including science-fiction writer and futurist Madeline Ashby, urban designer Ken Greenberg, and professor Tracey Lauriault, a researcher who specializes in big data and the city.,,

Airports are not on the outskirts; they are a core node in the urban fabric of the network society. Even as moonbase-like microcosms of the cities they serve, airports are more than mere appendages; they are laboratories of global social flows: charter cities with fully itinerant populations. - - - - - Benjamin H. Bratton is sociological, media, and design theorist. He is Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California, San Diego (

Contemporary Art and Performance in Public Spaces
Three innovative curators who have created change-making arts programming for public spaces in cities across the US talk about their vision to boost audience engagement and the practical implications of contemporary arts production in high-volume public spaces. Moderated by Jonathon Glus, Director of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the panelists are: Marc Pally, Independent Curator, Los Angeles; Susanne Theis, Program Director, Discovery Green Urban Park; and Karen Farber, Executive Director, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.

Philip Beesley. Design methods for Public Space. 2018
Philip Beesley, Professor of Philosophy at The European Graduate School / EGS. Saas-Fee, Switzerland. June 24th, 2018. Public open lecture for the students of the Division of Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought.

What are smart cities anyways? Where are they? For whom are they intended? By whom were they developed? Adam Greenfield challenges the popular concept of "smart cities", warning against the danger it posses of strictly central planning. While smart cities are often designed to be about consumption, convenience, and security but Adams think that such a state will exist only for few, for the rest it will be a permanent state of exception. He argues that as a discourse, smart cities have nothing to do with cities, treating our urban environments as a market commodity. He believes that in setting out to design the technologized cities of the 21st century, wherever the public generates data, it also has meaningful access to and ownership of that data. Adams' lecture offers food for thought for all of us who never got to consider the possible negative sides of smart cities and how they could come to consider democracy as a disruption of the functional city.

Rem Koolhaas - Junkspace

Ingrid Burrington

"I think about my work more in relationship to landscape and cosmology than I do to computers and information technologies. The construction of what gets called "the environment" is basically an epic large scale work of deeply problematic and sometimes incoherent performative installation art, and the ways that people manipulate or transform ecologies and nonhuman living things–either in abstractions like maps or in physic

In and Out of the Network