Technology

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    "Visualizing Cell Behavior in 3D: A Tour of Biology Research Praxis" by Tim Fessenden

    “Visualizing Cell Behavior in 3D: a tour of biology research praxis” 

    Tim Fessenden

    Cells serve as unending sources of biological knowledge for the scientific community, but their behaviors remain poorly understood in many contexts. This is especially so for tissues – collectives of cells – which undergo movement and deformations during normal physiological processes as well as in disease states, such as cancer. To investigate both collective and individual cell motility behaviors, my doctoral work requires imaging cell collectives over long timescales. As such, my work relies heavily on my ability to faithfully produce and interpret images of cell collectives in 3D. This talk will first introduce the technical methodology that I use, and then will explore how acquired images are processed and interpreted to support knowledge claims about motile cell behaviors. Through this tour of data acquisition and interpretation, I aim to provide examples of the formation of a working object of scientific knowledge and the world in which it is found. I focus on the emergence of this world and its inhabitants through different spatial scales, as a collaboration among humans, non-humans, and technology.

    Categories: 
    • Debating Visual Knowledge
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    "Instant Interferences" by Jeffrey Curran and Jocelyn Monahan

    “Instant Interferences”

    Jeffrey Curran and Jocelyn Monahan

    Google has recently built a number of new data centers around the United States. These structures are often discussed in terms of shifts from industrial to post-industrial labor, job loss/creation, gentrification, and other human factors. However, the topographies of these towns also change, in order to accommodate such structures. This project will use instant photography to convey the changes this transition has on the landscapes themselves, focusing specifically on the newly constructed data center located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and the 2014 harvest season. Over these months, I will document new roads, subdivisions, and shopping structures, as well as capture instances of farmland before it disappears. These will then be combined with field recordings and audio from low-frequency antennas taken in the same locations to create a new visual and aural picture of a rural town in transition.

    Categories: 
    • Debating Visual Knowledge
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    "Post-studio Sublime: Southern California Art and Technology after Earthrise" by Ginger Elliott Smith

    “Post-studio Sublime: Southern California Art and Technology after Earthrise
    Ginger Elliott Smith

    In December 1968, the Apollo 8 crew became the first humans to complete a lunar orbit. During that momentous voyage, William Anders captured the iconic photograph, Earthrise (fig. 1), which significantly expanded visual knowledge of the expanse, scale, and sublimity of outer space. The Last Whole Earth Catalog opined, “Earthrise established our planetary facthood and beauty and rareness [. . .] and began to bend human consciousness.”[1] Culled from “Chapter 4” of my dissertation, this paper positions Earthrise as a vector for post-studio art/technology practices in Southern California after 1968.

    My dissertation, “Practicing Big Science: Art, Technology, and Institutions in 1960s and 1970s Southern California,” examines the ways in which high-technology growth in Los Angeles during the postwar years spurred many artists to experiment directly with industrial processes and innovative materials. In the studio, artists independently researched, appropriated, and became self-taught experts on discrete technologies. Beyond the studio their methods operated more divergently by applying physical (e.g., industrial lighting schematics) and/or theoretical (e.g., neurophenomenology) technologies to art. This paper connects the paradigmatic shifts that 3 instigated with a contemporaneous program launched at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The initiative, “Art and Technology,” paired each artist with prominent technology corporations during the late 1960s, culminating with an exhibition and catalog in 1971. I treat the collaborative experiments conducted by physiological psychologist Dr. Edward Wortz and artists Robert Irwin and James Turrell at Garrett Corporation as exemplars of the post-studio paradigm. My analysis attends to the necessary movements enacted by viewers and the ways in which these psychological environments relied on Ganzfeld and anechoic research conducted by NASA, Garrett, and others, in preparation for human space exploration. I term this embodied experience “mobile opticality”—the metacognitive awareness of vision or “seeing yourself seeing.”

    [1] The Last Whole Earth Catalog (Menlo Park, CA: Whole Earth Catalog, 1971).

    Categories: 
    • Debating Visual Knowledge