Literature Program

Friday, March 6, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

UB Humanities Institute and Hallwalls present

Stephanie Rothenberg

Scholars @ Hallwalls - Reversal of Fortune: The Garden of Virtual Kinship

Select Fridays between September 2014 and May 2015, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center becomes an intellectual salon. Scholars at Hallwalls features eight thought-provoking, award-winning lectures in the humanities, presented in the intellectual and inspiring setting of Hallwalls. Faculty Fellows will present their cutting-edge humanities research in terms accessible to those in other disciplines and outside academia. The events will continue to be social occasions as well, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres...

All lectures are free and open to the public.
"Reversal of Fortune: Garden of Virtual Kinship" is an interactive art installation that takes the form of a telematic garden existing in both physical and virtual environments. The lifeline of the physical garden is dependent on the performance of investment transactions received from popular microfinance social media websites such as Through the poetic gesture of a garden and its struggle to survive, the complex relationships between life and economic growth within these new economic models are brought to the forefront.

Stephanie Rothenberg is an interdisciplinary artist who engages participatory performance, installation and networked media to create provocative public interactions. Mixing real and virtual spaces, her work investigates new models of global, outsourced labor and the power dynamics between contemporary visions of utopian urbanization and real world economic, political and environmental factors. She has exhibited in venues including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Sundance Film Festival and the Whitney Museum of American Art and is a recipient of numerous awards, most recently from the Harpo Foundation and Creative Capital.