lectures & events


FEATURED KEYNOTE // Louis Chude-Sokei: Electronic personhood and human futurity in that age of AI

September 27, 2023

Electronic personhood and human futurity are considered in relation to history and rapidly proliferating technological ecosystems. As it becomes increasingly clear that intelligent machines may soon outpace or at least calculate faster than human intelligence, and the list of nonliving entities with personhood grows, we must consider how humans will (re)define themselves, their institutions and agreements. Writer, scholar, and AI sound artist Louis Chude-Soke will share his thoughts on the topic. He will also share his artistic endeavors and collaborations including collaborations with choreographer Bill T. Jones, and Berlin electronic artist, Mouse on Mars with whom he has produced sound installations and the celebrated album Anarchic Artificial Intelligence (Thrill Jockey Records 2021). '



Conversation with Luis Chude-Sokei: Crystal Fleming as Moderator

September 27, 2023

Crystal Marie Fleming, Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, is a critical race sociologist, the author/editor of four books and an internationally recognized expert on racism and antiracism. Her work empowers people of all backgrounds to become change agents and dismantle white supremacy. Dr. Fleming’s passion for speaking truth to power and promoting social transformation infuses her scholarship, writing and pedagogy. She earned a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in Sociology from Harvard University and graduated with honors in Sociology and French from Wellesley College. Her research appears in leading journals such as Social Problems, The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Poetics, Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race and Mindfulness.is a critical race sociologist, the author/editor of four books and an internationally recognized expert on racism and antiracism. Her work empowers people of all backgrounds to become change agents and dismantle white supremacy. 

Ancestral Archives: Josie Williams and Daniella McPhatter

September 27, 2023

Cultivating new connections between revolutionary leaders of the past and a future generation of critical thinkers, Ancestral Archives brings historically significant Black leaders, who inspired artist Josie Williams, to present-day communities in the form of virtual poets and authors: Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, and Octavia Butler. This work explores how generative AI can be enriched with the connections, experience, and knowledge of the past. In doing so, it leverages the learning capabilities of deep neural networks with Black culture to create a thoughtful, one-of-a-kind physical and digital experience, showcasing the power of harnessing technology for positive human impact and building a better world.

Artist Talk: Glenn Cantave

April 11, 2023

Glenn Cantave is an activist, performance artist, and social entrepreneur. Past pieces include running the NYC Marathon in Chains, a slave auction pop/up AR exhibit and a 30 day water fast in Times Square for the duration of Black History Month 2020 calling for a more equitable blueprint of NYC. Glenn was recently named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for education entrepreneurs, he is also a Camelback Fellow, and Eyebeam Alum. His TED Talk on ‘How Augmented Reality is Changing Activism’ was featured on the homepage of TED.com in July 2019. He is also the Co-Founder of Kinfolk, a nonprofit that uses the arts and emerging technology to maximize the impact and accessibility of Black and Brown Narratives. Kinfolk was recently featured at the New York, New Publics Exhibit at the MoMA and recently won the Special Jury Prize at Tribeca Festival.

Artist Talk: Valencia James

April 11, 2023

Valencia James is a Barbadian freelance performer, maker and researcher interested in the intersection between dance, theatre, technology and activism. Valencia’s work explores remote interdisciplinary collaboration with creative technologists and how emerging technologies like machine learning and computer vision might enhance creativity in her contemporary dance practice and vice-versa. This research has resulted in collaboratively built, novel open-source software tools that push the boundaries of live performance. 

Artist Talk: Miljohn Ruperto

April 18, 2023

Miljohn Ruperto is a cross-disciplinary artist working across photography, cinema, performance, and digital animation. His work refers to historical and anecdotal occurrences, and speculates on the nature of assumed facts and the construction of truth. Often involving replicas, modified versions, and enactments, Ruperto takes cultural and historical references and untethers them from their original context to challenge our perception and generate something altogether new. Through a richness and diversity of lenses and preferencing the obscure, mysterious and the magical, his work challenges fixed conceptions of truth and history, and instead speaks of an indeterminacy and subjectivity of experience that renders truth and fiction near indistinguishable. 

Artist Talk: Dorothy Santos

March 28, 2023

Dorothy R. Santos, Ph.D. (she/they) is a Filipino American storyteller, poet, artist, and scholar. She earned her Ph.D. in Film and Digital Media with a designated emphasis in Computational Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Everett Program for Technology and Social Change in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Artist Talk: Agnieszka Kurant

February 7, 2023

Born in Poland and based in New York City, Kurant probes the “unknown unknowns” of knowledge and the speculations and exploits of capitalism by integrating elements of science and philosophy, and analyzing certain phenomena—collective intelligence, emergence, virtual capital, immaterial and digital labor, evolution of memes, civilizations and social movements, artificial societies, energy circuits, and the editing process—as political acts. She explores the hybrid and shifting status of objects in relation to value, aura, authorship, production, and circulation. Many of her works emulate nature and behave like living organisms, self-organized complex systems, or bachelor machines.

Lecture: Dr. Jennifer Rhee

September 29, 2022

In her research Rhee analyzes artificial intelligence and robotics technologies in relation to race, gender, and labor. More specifically, she examines the different visions of humanness that shape AI technologies and bring these technologies into conversation with theorizations of AI in speculative fiction and art. Her scholarship and teaching are in the areas of speculative fiction studies, literature and science, feminist science and technology studies, critical AI studies, and ecocritical media studies. 

Artist Talk: Mother Cyborg

September 14, 2022

Mother Cyborg grows out of more than twenty years as a musician, technologist, community organizer and educator. I am motivated by a vision of the future where the greatest possibilities for collective liberation, art and technology merge. I develop music, art, and educational tools to reveal the complexities that occur where technology intersects with social spaces, economies, and relationships.

Artist Talk: Johann Diedrick

October 19, 2022

Johann Diedrick is an artist, engineer, and musician that makes installations, performances, and sculptures for encountering the world through our ears. He surfaces vibratory histories of past interactions inscribed in material and embedded in space, peeling back sonic layers to reveal hidden memories and untold stories. He shares his tools and techniques through listening tours, workshops, and open-source hardware/software. He is the founder of A Quiet Life, a sonic engineering and research studio that designs and builds audio-related software and hardware products for revealing new sonic possibilities off the grid. 

Artist Talk: Marisa Moran Jahn

November 8, 2022

An artist, filmmaker, and transmedia producer of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent, Marisa Morán Jahn’s work redistributes power, “exemplifying the possibilities of art as social practice” (ArtForum). Codesigned with youth, new immigrants, and working families, Jahn’s civic-scale projects have engaged millions both on the street and at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the United Nations, Tribeca Film Festival, and Obama’s White House. She has received grants and awards from National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Creative Capital, Open Society, Tribeca Film Institute, Anonymous Was A Woman, and more.

Artist Talk: Moreshin Allahyari

September 7, 2022

Morehshin Allahyari (Persian: موره شین اللهیاری‎), is a NY based Iranian-Kurdish artist using 3D simulation, video, sculpture, and digital fabrication as tools to re-figure myth and history. Through archival practices and storytelling, her work weaves together complex counternarratives in opposition to the lasting influence of Western technological colonialism in the context of MENA (Middle East and North Africa). 

Artist Talk: Tega Brain

April 26, 2022

Tega Brain is an Australian-born artist and environmental engineer exploring issues of ecology, data, automation, and infrastructure. She has created digital networks that are controlled by environmental phenomena, schemes for obfuscating personal data, and a wildly popular, online smell-based dating service. Through these provisional systems she investigates how technologies orchestrate and reorchestrate agency.

Dr. Ayana Dozier

April 25 ,2022

Ayanna Dozier (PhD) is a Brooklyn-based artist-writer. Her art practice centers film (both motion picture and still), performance, and installation work with a specific concentration on surrealist, conceptual, and feminist practices. She is the author of Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope (2020). Her films have been screened at the selected festivals; Open City Docs (2020), BlackStar (2021), Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (2021), Prismatic Ground (2022) and Aesthetic Film Festival where she was the recipient of Best Experimental in 2020 for her film Softer.

1st Annual FHS Open House

April 25 ,2022


Artist Talk: Jeremy Dennis

April 18, 2022

Jeremy Dennis (b. 1990) is a contemporary fine art photographer, an enrolled Tribal Member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation in Southampton, NY, and lead artist and founder of the non-profit Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, Inc. on the Shinnecock Reservation. In his work, he explores Indigenous identity, culture, and assimilation. Jeremy was among ten recipients of a 2016 Dreamstarter Grant from the national non-profit organization Running Strong for American Indian Youth. He was awarded $10,000 to pursue his project, On This Site – Indigenous Long Island, which uses photography and an interactive online map to showcase culturally significant Native American sites on Long Island, a topic of special meaning for Jeremy, who was raised on the Shinnecock Nation Reservation. He also created a book and exhibition from this project. In 2020, Jeremy received Dreamstarter GOLD, which includes an additional $50,000.00 in support from Running Strong for American Indian Youth. Most recently, Jeremy received the Artist to Artist Fellowship from the Art Matter Foundation.

Artist Talk: Peter Burr

April 4, 2022

Peter Burr is an artist from Brooklyn, NY. His practice often engages with tools of the video game industry in the form of immersive cinematic artworks. These pieces have been presented internationally by various institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, The Barbican Centre, Documenta 14, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Previously Burr worked under the alias Hooliganship and founded the video label Cartune Xprez through which he produced hundreds of live multimedia exhibitions and touring programs showcasing a multi-generational group of artists at the forefront of experimental animation. His practice has been recognized through grants and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Creative Capital Grant, and a Sundance New Frontier Fellowship.

Lecture: Elizabeth Chodos

March 28, 2022

Elizabeth Chodos is the director of the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art at Carnegie Mellon. She joined the university in fall 2017 from Ox-Bow, school of art and artists’ residency (Saugatuck, Michigan), where she most recently served as executive and creative director. To date, Chodos has focused her career on promoting the work of contemporary artists through residencies, higher education, exhibitions and public programming, and she hopes to continue that at Miller ICA.

Artist Talk: Mia Brownell

February 22, 2022

Mia Brownell is a New York and Connecticut based artist whose paintings use the illusionistic conventions of traditional food still-life painting, simultaneously referencing 17th century Dutch realism and the coiling configurations of scientific molecular imaging. The culture, science, and environmental issues surrounding the global industrial food complex often inspire Brownell’s sci-fi still life paintings. 

Artist Talk: Maria Hupfield

February 14, 2022

Maria Hupfield is an artist and transdisciplinary maker working with Industrial felt at the intersection of performance art, design and sculpture; an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Performance and Digital Arts, and Canadian Research Chair in Transdisciplinary Indigenous Arts, Director / Lead Artist of the Indigenous Creation Studio, Department of Visual Studies / English and Drama, at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Artist Talk: Coleman Collins

February 7, 2022

Coleman Collins is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and researcher who explores the ways that gradual, iterative processes can have outsized effects over time. His work often identifies migration patterns, technological developments, and relationships of debt and obligation as the modes through which these processes are enacted. 

Artist Talk: LaJune McMillian

October 13, 2021

LaJuné is a Multidisciplinary Artist, and Educator creating art that integrates performance, extended reality, and physical computing to question our current forms of communication. They are passionate about discovering, learning, manifesting, and stewarding spaces for liberated Black Realities and the Black Imagination. LaJune believes in making by diving into, navigating, critiquing, and breaking systems and technologies that uphold systemic injustices to decommodify our bodies, undo our indoctrination, and make room for different ways of being.