Fall 2011 Lecture series

Zones of Emergency

The Zones of Emergency: Artistic Interventions – Creative Responses to Conflict & Crisis Fall 2011 lecture series investigates initiatives and modes of intervention in contested spaces, zones of conflict, or areas affected by environmental disasters. The intention is to explore whether artistic interventions can transform, disrupt or subvert current environmental, urban, political and social conditions in critical ways. A crucial question is how can such interventions propose ideas, while at the same time respecting the local history and culture.

The Fall 2011 lecture series is directed by Ute Meta Bauer and is part of the courses 4.365/4.366 Zones of Emergency: Artistic Intervention – Creative Responses to Conflict and Crisis, (instructors Ute Meta Bauer/Jegan Vincent de Paul), 4.330/331 Intro to Networked Cultures & Participatory Media (instructor Gediminas Urbonas), and 4.360/4.361 Performance Workshop (instructor Joan Jonas).

Events are free and open to the public. Lectures in Bartos Theater, Building E15 (Wiesner Building), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Mass. Mondays, 7-9PM.

Speakers include:

  • September 26 – Tess thackara, Director, Survival International (USA)
  • October 3 – Jack Persekian, curator (Jerusalem)
  • October 17 – Joichi Ito, director, MIT Media Lab (USA)
  • October 31 – Lucy Walker, filmmaker (UK)
  • November 07 – Stella Mcgregor, Director, Urbano Project (USA)
  • November 14 – James Wescoat, Aga Khan professor, Shun Kanda, Senior Lecturer; both of MIT (USA)
  • November 21 – Amar Kanwar, filmmaker & artist (India)