DAC Digest Oct. 24-Nov. 3

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Thursday, October 24 – Sunday, November 3




Language for Life – Guest Speaker Michael Bearden

2 pm – 3 pm, Curtin Hall, Room 175

Michael Bearden, President of ISI Language Solutions, will give an inspiring overview of the language industry from the perspective of a Language Service Company. Come away with new ideas of how you can leverage your passion and skills into one of the fastest-growing industries in the world.


Media Studies Symposium: Mucking up the Archives: Orphans, Amateurs, and Film Preservation 

4 pm – 6 pm, Curtin Hall, Room 118

Please join the Media Studies Research Group for an afternoon symposium on the orphan film movement and amateur film preservation! The two-hour event will feature two exciting talks by distinguished scholars and archivists Dan Streible and Kim Tomadjoglou.



Divining the Past

12 pm – 1 pm, Garland Hall, Room 104

Join a talk by Brigid E. Vance, Assistant Professor in the History Department at Lawrence University. In this talk, Professor Vance asks what happens to dreams after they are dreamed? How was such knowledge about dreams disseminated in China? What was the value of earlier knowledge about dreams in the Ming dynasty? This talk traces the legacy and cultural import of dreams and dream divination from the Song (960-1279) through the Ming (1368-1644) dynasties by examining a dream encyclopedia. Free and open to the public. This talk will feature a pre-circulated paper for discussion. Please RSVP to quinna@uwm.edu.


Brazilian Digital Media Studies: Two Talks

3:30 pm – 5 pm, Curtin Hall, Room 118

Please join C21 as visiting media scholars from Brazil present their research on digital media technologies. This event will consist of two short talks and a Q&A.



Movement on Movement

7:30 pm, Mitchell Hall (Studio 254)

In Movement on Movement, Noé Soulier analyzes and describes different ways to conceive movements that aim to offer multiple ways to experience the body. By analyzing them, Soulier proposes different ways of focusing one’s attention on a given movement. Words and gestures interact with each other creating correspondences, frictions, and gaps. Using gestures from William Forsythe’s Improvisation Technologies as source material, Soulier investigates the ways in which we talk about movement and the ways in which movement generates discourse. This evening will also display Noé Soulier’s film, Écriture sur Écriture, part of the Portraits collection of the Nouvelle Cinémathèque de la Danse.



Directions in DH: Queer Zine Archive Project

3:30 pm – 5 pm, DH Lab, Golda Meir Library, 2nd Floor East Wing

Milo Miller (L&S), Joyce M. Latham (SOIS), and Sarah Cooke (SOIS/WGS) will present the process, procedures, and preliminary findings behind their 2019 RACAS grant: “How we say who we are: the language of identity in the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP).” The initiative draws on the community archive, housed here in Milwaukee, comprised of zines created by members of the international queer community. The team will discuss the technical infrastructure, digitization process, term analysis, and theoretical impacts of the project at both the community and scholarly levels.


The Return of La Argentina

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Mitchell Hall (Studio 254)

With The Return of La Argentina, Trajal Harrell’s work ventures into a new realm of performance. Drawing upon memory and invention, this performance invites the audience into a fictional archiving of butoh co-founder Kazuo Ohno’s signature work, Admiring La Argentina, as directed by another founder of butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata. Here, Harrell fictitiously remembers stories and accounts for, forgets, registers, memorializes, ritualizes, and gives home to Ohno’s work. This work seeks to envisage Admiring La Argentina by abstracting aspects, with a similar verve, to that of Ohno and Hijikata giving to La Argentina. Thus, results in the stage name of famous Spanish dancer, Antonia Merce.


Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Kee-Ho Yuen

7:30 pm – 9 pm, Arts Center Lecture Hall

Kee-ho Yuen received a bachelor’s degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1983 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in metalsmithing and jewelry from the University of Iowa in 1989. He is currently a professor and head of the University of Iowa’s jewelry and metal arts program. Kee-ho looks at his work as an evolving collage of both the philosophy and the sensibility of the East and West. His work is an aesthetic investigation as well as a quest to whimsically comment on human emotions and interactions. Kee-ho employs an eclectic use of contemporary and traditional technologies and materials, ranging from advanced 3-D computer modeling to traditional fabrications and enameling.



Social Good Morning: Deanna Singh

9 am – 10:30 am, LEC Atrium

Deana Singh, Chief Change Agent and Founder of Flying Elephant, has spent almost 20 years researching, designing, and building asset-based solutions to complex social challenges. Deana is a professor, social entrepreneur, birth Douala, businesswoman, author, and TEDx speaker. She was also named in the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of the community’s most influential 40 under 40 leaders and the 8 Under 40 to Watch for the University of Wisconsin School of Business. Deana is also the recipient of the United Way’s Philanthropic Five Award, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Leadership Development Hero Award and was a White House Fellowship Regional Finalist.


 Jairus Grove: Savage Ecology: War and Geopolitics at the End of the World 

3:30 pm – 5 pm, Curtin Hall 175

Jairus Grove contends that we live in a world made by war. In Savage Ecology he offers an ecological theory of geopolitics that argues that contemporary global crises are better understood when considered within the larger history of international politics. Infusing international relations with the theoretical interventions of fields ranging from new materialism to political theory, Grove shows how political violence is the principal force behind climate change, mass extinction, slavery, genocide, extractive capitalism, and other catastrophes. Grove analyzes a variety of subjects—from improvised explosive devices and drones to artificial intelligence and brain science—to outline how geopolitics is the violent pursuit of a way of living that comes at the expense of others. Pointing out that much of the damage being done to the earth and its inhabitants stems from colonialism, Grove suggests that the Anthropocene may be better described by the term Eurocene. The key to changing the planet’s trajectory, Grove proposes, begins by acknowledging both the earth-shaping force of geopolitical violence and the demands apocalypses make for fashioning new ways of living.




JUNE 22-26, 2020

 IDMAA 2020: Broken Media

This year’s iDMAa Conference, Exhibition, and Workshop will be focused on the theme “Broken Media” and all that entails—Hacking, Cracking, Glitching, Bending, Dysfunction, Preservation, Remediation, Reform, Exploitation, Activism—all possible interpretations are under consideration! This year, they are especially interested in making the conference accessible and interesting for students. The goal is an energetic experience that brings students, faculty, and professionals together to ponder what it means to be “militantly marginal” in a post-digital world.



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