Panel: The Madness of Methods: Emerging Arts Research Practices
This presentation will examine in what ways might social media in the Arab world be unique — both in terms of how the society is operating, tightly woven; and in terms of media’s history in the Arab world, born in print form as an apparatus of the state since the Ottoman Empire? Using spatially designed information visualizations along with other representations, this presenter will demonstrate live media mixing as a research methodology whereby one can capture temporal specific conjunctures such that others can witness them. The purpose of doing so is to capture the special something that makes Twitter (and other social media sites) so feared that a government would shut down Internet to an entire nation during civil uprising and protest.
- Laila Shereen Sakr – VJ Um Amel is a media artist whose practices include ambient visual projection, live cinema performance, game design, database design, and innovative research In her live VJ performance titled “A VJ Manifesto: Arab, Cyborg, Mother,” she explores the implications of juxtaposing the identity of “mother” and a techno-feminist construct of cyborg within local and transnational expressions of “Arab.” Her research methods uncover patterns of recursive action in nature where meaning emerges from the real-time media mixing. In this presentation, she will demonstrate VJing as a research methodology whereby one can capture temporal specific conjunctures such that others can witness them.