Panel: Virtual Doppelgangers: Embodiment, Morphogenesis, and Transversal Action
Since the Victorian era, hobbies have served as a form of leisure that offer both pleasure and subversively reinforce specific behaviors, value systems, and ideologies of the dominant culture. Activities such as collecting, gardening, or model building utilize many of the same tools and techniques found in the workplace. An analogous relationship between leisure and labor begins to emerge–work under the guise of play. If we fast-forward into the digital age, the tools and techniques of the past are now virtualized. The notion of collecting happens in Flickr and Facebook, gardening in Farmville, and model building in virtual environments such as Second Life. And similar to our Victorian handicrafts and 1950’s soapbox derby, the ideological and economic are intertwined. Yet, what was once an analogous relationship between our labor and leisure is now dialectical. In the world of social media there are no boundaries. Through a brief survey of a few key social media applications and projects created in virtual environments that traverse both business and entertainment, this dialectical relationship will be put on the round table. How affect is produced through these embodied interactions and the role of strategic interruptions in locating sites of agency will be on the agenda. It will be fun.
- Stephanie Rothenberg creates provocative interactions that question the boundaries and social constructs of manufactured desires. Through participatory performance, installation and networked media, her work investigates the mediation of the physical, analog body through the digital interfaces of commodity culture. She has exhibited, performed and lectured in the US and internationally at venues including the Sundance Film Festival, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Helsinki, Singapore, and Belfast, Whitney Museum of Art Internet Art portal, Moscow International Biennial for Young Art, 01SJ/Zer01 Festival, Banff New Media Institute, LABoral Center for Art & Industry, Interaccess Media Arts Center, Trampoline Radiator Festival New Technology Art, Studio XX, and the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. Recent awards include a 2009 Creative Capital in Emerging Fields and a 2008 New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Award (NYSCA). She has been in residence at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Harvestworks Media Art Center, and free103point9 Wave Farm. In addition to her own artistic practice, Stephanie is Co-Director of REV-, a non-profit organization based in New York City, that furthers socially-engaged art, design, and pedagogy. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA. stephanierothenberg.com