A Light Footprint in the Cosmos
Symposium, exhibitions, performances, and screenings
Vancouver and online, June 24–27, 2022
A celebration of research methods and intercultural dialogue elaborated by the Substantial Motion Research Network (SMRN). Inspired by process philosopher Sadr al-Dīn al-Shīrāzī, Azadeh Emadi and I founded SMRN in 2018 for scholars and practitioners interested in cross-cultural exploration of digital media, art and philosophy. A Light Footprint in the Cosmos featured presentations by 60 scholars and artists; exhibitions of 17 artists hosted by Vancouver contemporary art venues SFU, Or Gallery and Centre A; performances, and curated screenings. It was cosmic, deeply interfolded, interculturally genealogical, and wildly decolonial!

Full program here
The Third Annual Small File Media Festival
Live on the big screen in Vancouver, August 9-14, and online, August 16-22, 2022
Our theme this year is Think Thrice--PUNK/CHIC, and the movies come in three sizes: Molecules (under 1MB), Ripples (up to 5 MB), and Trouble (series, up to 22 MB). This year we're introducing NSFT (Not So F*ing Tiny) art, to point to the unsustainable carbon footprint of blockchain. You can bid in the NSFT auction and received a signed, hand stamped certificate of ownership. All proceeds go to the artist. We've got a small-file workshop, panel discussions (Makers' Forum on August 28), and the Small File Ultra Dance Party!
Info, tickets, and small-file production tips

My book The Fold: From Your Body to the Cosmos, is under contract with Duke University Press. See some of its early iterations here

Tackling the Carbon Footprint of Streaming Media
Dr. Anne Foerster: The Restorative Brain: my neuroscientist mother's research on spontaneous regeneration in the central nervous system!
I work on media art and philosophy with an intercultural focus, and on small-footprint media. My most recent book is Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (MIT, 2015). I program experimental media for venues around the world. As Grant Strate University Professor, I teach in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, on unceded Coast Salish territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations. That's a harmonica.
lmarks [ ] sfu [ ] ca

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