philip thurtle
philip thurtle

phillip thurtle (university of washington) will be delivering a public lecture on march 23 titled "losing my wings: supernatural fables of development." while in residence, thurtle will be collaborating on a new lct project, "supernaturalisms."

Phillip Thurtle is acting director of CHID through Winter Quarter 2017 and is associate professor in CHID and History. He received his PhD in history and the philosophy of science from Stanford University. He is the author of The Emergence of Genetic Rationality: Space, Time, and Information in American Biology 1870-1920 (University of Washington Press, 2008), the co-author with Robert Mitchell (English, Duke University) and Helen Burgess (English, University of Maryland) of the interactive DVD-ROMBioFutures: Owning Information an Body Parts (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), and the co-editor with Robert Mitchell of the volumes Data Made Flesh: Embodying Information (Routledge, 2003) and Semiotic Flesh: Information and the Human Body (University of Washington Press, 2002). His research focuses on the material culture of information processing, the affective-phenomenological domains of media, the role of information processing technologies in biomedical research, and theories of novelty in the life sciences. His most recent work is on the cellular spaces of transformation in evolutionary and developmental biology research and the cultural spaces of transformation in superhero comics.

maria whiteman
maria whiteman

maria whiteman was an assistant professor at mcmaster university 2003-2008 in multimedia, school of the arts and drawing and intermedia in fine arts at the university of alberta 2009 - 2014. she taught graduate courses in contemporary art theory and studio courses in mixed media, photography, video, drawing and installation art. her current art practice explores themes such as art and science, relationships between industry, community and nature, and the place of animals in our cultural and social imaginary. in addition to her studio work, she conducts research in contemporary art theory and visual culture. maria has published critical texts in public: art/culture/ideas, minnesota review and antennae and an essay on visual culture in the john hopkins guide to literary theory and criticism. in 2011, whiteman was the recipient of an interdisciplinary course seminar grant from the kule institute for advanced studies was a scholar in the canadian institute for research computing in the arts. in 2011, she had a solo exhibition at latitude 53. exhibited in the alberta biennial at the art gallery of alberta 2013. whiteman was a co-director of the 2012 (bric) banff research in culture/ documenta 13 research residency and participated in the geoffrey famer residency at the banff centre in 2012. she has been presenting conference papers and exhibiting artworks at the slsa 2012-2015. whiteman's “mountain pine beetle and roadside kestrel” most recent video/photography work will be premiered at the houston cinema arts festival and rice media centre, houston, tx, nov 2014. whiteman will be attending the caetani culture artist in residence fresh air! okanagan, vernon, bc, alberta may-june 2015. in november, 2015 co-organizing "after biopolitics" the slsa society for literature, science and the arts, keynotes (mark dion and vinciane despret) houston, texas. she has also been selected as a recipient of the visiting scholar lynette s. autrey fellowship 2015-2016. in march of 2016 "touching" will be exhibited in the urban video project “between species,” curated by anneka herre at syracuse university, new york.

gregory flaxman
gregory flaxman

what does it mean today when we speak about "going off the grid"? the genealogy of this phrase discloses the evolution of an explicitly american biopolitics. where “the grid” formerly referred to cartographic coordinates and utility networks, the deepening consciousness of our digital revolution now forces us to imagine an invisible latticework extending into our most private moments and spaces. the subject of countless popular films, marketing campaigns, and survivalist treatises, going off the grid means disappearing at the moment when this very possibility has come to seem implausible. more to the point, this lecture locates the the paradoxical desire to get off the grid, which has been driven by rapidly changing technology, in the longstanding political mythos of american liberalism. the result, i suggest, is the emergence of a new social forms--a "society of control."

paul harris
paul harris

professor of english, loyola marymount university, and co-editor of substance: a journal of theory and literary criticism

project: stoned thinking, writing rocks: the petriverse of pierre jardin
  
this project expresses a mystical materialism and petric poetics that emerge from rock collecting, gardening, and research.  conceived as a collaboration with vibrant matter, this work unfolds as an extended thought/belief experiment that seeks to generate styles of thinking, working, and writing attentive to a "geologic now."  it engages a range of discourses, including ecotheory and new materialisms, gaston bachelard and roger caillois, chinese lithophilia, concrete poetry, and geology, and sketches a philosophy of deep time in critical dialogue with big history and anthropocene discourse.

lisa ma
lisa ma

lisa ma combines ethnographic research and speculative design to explore social possibilities of the future. creating platforms of engagement from surprising insights and processes, ma makes provocations that deeply resonate with the global technological community.    

placing herself as a critical explorer, lisa ma has built, for the city of ghent - a political culture of consuming the invasive animals that the vegetarian town would otherwise pay taxes to poison. after observing the vertiginous waves of production renewal from living in a joystick factory in shenzhen, ma coined the scheme of farmification to save the worker community through technology innovation. currently, lisa ma is designing how the historical community of luddites would interact with the biotechnological era alongside scientists, biohackers and the luddites themselves.  

lisa ma designs new mediums to stimulate debate betweens organizations with fringe communities. lisa ma speaks widely in conferences internationally. her work has been featured in wired magazine her writings can be found in publications such as the new scientist.