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STS Workshop on Gestural Media: Science, Technology & Responsivity with Natasha Myers & Sha Xin Wei

When Feb 23, 2010
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where 2203 Social Sciences & Humanities Building (Andrews Conference Room)
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Sha Xin Wei, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar • Stanford University
Canada Research Chair • Associate Professor
Design and Computation Arts • Concordia University
Director, Topological Media Lab • topologicalmedialab.net/
http://topologicalmedialab.net/xinwei
sha@encs.concordia.ca

Sha Xin Wei: I’m interested in the architecture of responsive media
spaces and the critical study of media arts and sciences. At the
intermediate scale, my work concerns the phenomenology of performance,
phenomenology of differential geometry, and the technologies of
performance. At the finest scale, my work is focused on constructing
pliant computational matter: topological media. To inform this work,
I'm studying issues related to gesture and performance, sensors and
active fabrics, temporal patterns, computer-mediated interaction,
geometric visualization and writing systems.

Natasha Myers, Asst Prof, York University
http://www.arts.yorku.ca/anth/nmyers/
http://openwetware.org/wiki/METALab

As an anthropologist working in the field of science and technology, I
examine the lively visual and performance cultures that thrive in
contemporary life science laboratories and classrooms. I conduct my
fieldwork among an interdisciplinary group of scientists who image,
model, and simulate subvisible molecular realms through
computer-intensive technologies. In many ways these scientific
researchers are aiming to elucidate the very material substructure of
living bodies. I want to understand how in making science, scientists
themselves get made. Curious about how laboratories operate as spaces
for producing scientists, I’m tracking how pedagogy and training shape
forms of knowing in the practical cultures of technoscience. This
research extends the current literature on pedagogy and visualization
in science by drawing on concerns raised in the feminist science
studies literature around modes of embodiment and the roles of affect
and performance in science.

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