Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities (GSAH)

Schlüsselkonzepte der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften


Donnerstag, 03.11.2022, 16:15 Uhr

Öffentlicher Vortrag im Rahmen der Reihe Interdisziplinäre Vorlesungen und Kolloquien zu Schlüsselkonzepten der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften des Doktoratsprogramms Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies

Veranstaltende: Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies | Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities | Walter Benjamin Kolleg
Redner, Rednerin: Prof. Dr. Kate Hennessy, Simon Fraser University
Datum: 03.11.2022
Uhrzeit: 16:15 - 18:00 Uhr
Ort: Online-Seminar: / Meeting-ID: 623 3944 3187 / Kenncode: 969099
Lerchenweg 36
3012 Bern
Merkmale: Öffentlich

Public Lecture

November 3, 2022, 4.15 – 5.45 pm, online via Zoom
Meeting-ID: 623 3944 3187
Kenncode: 969099

Sensing the Cloud: On Mediality, Multimodality, and AI-generated Images

From galaxies to pixels; from flowing rivers to humming server farms; from family image archives to AI-generated compositions; from a mountain goat to a woven blanket to its representation as a 3D model stored in the cloud: the contemporary media environment is deeply relational, material, and political. While these relationships are largely opaque, encapsulated in black boxes, I highlight the work of artists, ethnographers, and research-creation scholars who are interpreting the ways in which emergent medialities are sensorial and entangled with human agencies, fugitive memory, relations of power, and capitalocene-era (Demos 2017) climate emergency.

I look to the adjacent turn in anthropology towards multimodality (Westmoreland 2022) and argue for a greater orientation towards the mediality of new ethnographic forms to counter the problem of unreflexive techno-fetishism, or our bad habitus (Takaragawa et. al. 2018). I explore the current massive proliferation of AI- generated images (Crawford and Paglen 2019), their socio- technical infrastructures, and ubiquity of cloud-based computing (Hu 2015) through recent collaboratively produced research-creation works that offer perspectives for understanding our sensory engagements with the cloud.

About Kate Hennessy

Kate Hennessy is an Associate Professor specialising in Media at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology. As an anthropologist of media and the director of the Making Culture Lab, an interdisciplinary research-creation and production studio, her work uses collaborative, feminist, and decolonial methodologies to explore the impacts of new memory infrastructures and cultural practices of media, museums, and archives in the context of technoscience. She is a founding member of the Ethnographic Terminalia Collective.


November 4, 2021, 2.15 – 6.00 pm, online via Zoom
Meeting-ID: 623 3944 3187
Kenncode: 969099


Prof. Dr. Michaela Schäuble, Media Anthropology, Institut for Social Anthropology, University of Bern


1.5 (Pflichtbereich ICS / Wahlpflichtbereich GS, SLS und SINTA / Modul I GSA)




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