Media Arts Program

Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 8:00 p.m.

Stephanie Rothenberg

the school of perpetual training

Beyond/In Western New York
$8 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 members

Stephanie Rothenberg and Pan-O-Matic present:

the school of perpetual training

Merging performance and intervention within the context of gaming, new media artist Stephanie Rothenberg demonstrates Pan-O-Matic's latest project that uses audience participation to teach valuable lessons about the far-reaching environmental devastation and exploitive labor practices caused by the global computer video game industry. By applying this fastest growing sector of the entertainment industry as a model, Rothenberg examines our larger relationship to technology as consumers, and how it is intrinsically linked to capitalist models of technological obsolescence. As we enter the game world of play, our role as participant soon becomes evident: we are the workers creating the interfaces upon which we have become so dependent. Through role-play and rapidly repeated movements, we discover the economics of bodies in motion are alive and well in the gaming word regardless of our post-industrial age.

A workshop, to be held at 5pm in The Lounge at Asbury Hall, will precede Rothenberg's presentation. Usernomics 1.0 is a collaborative workshop that allows participants to deconstruct found materials, such as keyboards and other electronic waste, and then recombine their parts and program them to create custom gaming interfaces. This workshop took place during the Bent Festival NYC at Eyebeam, an arts and technology research space where Rothenberg has been an artist in residence. Key words: hacking, circuit bending, open source, DIY.

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