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MAY 25-27 SCHEDULE & PROGRAMMING



MEDIA GALLERY / MAY 25-27

/ DAY 1 MAY 25

WENDY HUI KYONG CHUN / KEYNOTE SPEAKER / 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)
ON PLATFORMS / 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
MEDIA GALLERY VERNISSAGE ON GATHER TOWN / 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)

/ DAY 2 MAY 26

ON DIGITAL INTIMACIES / 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)
ON MATERIALITIES / 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
ON ACCESSIBLE KNOWLEDGE TRANSMISSION / WORKSHOP / 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM (ET)
TH(M)EME NIGHT ON GATHER TOWN / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)

/ DAY 3 MAY 27

ON ORIENTATIONS / 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)
ON MEMES: A CONVERSATION BETWEEN AIDEN ARATA & BIANCA PEREZ aka YUNG NIHILIST / 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
TRIVIA NIGHT ON GATHER TOWN / 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)

︎ALL EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE ON ZOOM UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED
︎PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LISTED SPEAKER ORDER MAY VARY WITHIN A GIVEN SESSION

DI / DAY 1 MAY 25


WENDY HUI KYONG CHUN / KEYNOTE SPEAKER/ 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Simon Fraser University’s Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media in the School of Communication. She has studied both Systems Design Engineering and English Literature, which she combines and mutates in her current work on digital media. She is author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT, 2006), Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT 2011), Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media (MIT 2016), and co-author of Pattern Discrimination (University of Minnesota + Meson Press 2019).

ON PLATFORMS/ 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)

︎Saskia Kowalchuk - “Heyyo, an algorithm dictates all the media I consume on this app check”: A Critical Examination of TikTok’s Content Recommendation System and its Associated Imitation Publics
︎Bee Khaleeli - Crisis, call girls, and homosociality: COVID and the Montreal Escort Review Board
︎Melisa Munoz - #BendecidasYAfortunadas and Sugar daddies: Influencer Discourses on Livelihood During a Global Pandemic in Colombia
︎Kristen Payne - Sex(ting) Education: Analysing Canadian Education Concerning Young Peoples’ Digital Sexual Media Production
︎Nick Gertler and Meaghan Wester - Dismantling Data De-Identification: A Data Justice Perspective
︎Jacqueline Matskiv - The Digital Ordinary and its Circularities: On Withholding Engagement

MEDIA GALLERY VERNISSAGE ON GATHER TOWN/ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)

DI / DAY 2 MAY 26


ON DIGITAL INTIMACIES/ 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)

︎Nicholas Goberdhan - From URL to IRL: The Seduction of Virtual Clothing
︎Caitlyn Ng Man Chuen - Queering Patriarchy: Diva Worship, Orientation, and ‘Straight’ Lines
︎Maika Nguyen - Distorted or Dysmorphic? Uncovering the Symbolic Violence in FRT Beauty Filters on Instagram
︎Prakash Krishnan - South Asian Art/History Instagram: Networked Diaspora Publics and the Online Participatory Archive
︎Elk Paauw - THOT Experiment: Trans Selfie Culture and Lacan’s Ideal Ego

ON MATERIALITIES/ 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)

︎Sabrina Ward-Kimola - Media Materialities and Immaterial Histories of ASL Poetics
︎Laura Boyce - Voices in the Wind: The Wind Telephone (Kaze No Denwa) as a ︎Technology of Mourning
︎Treva Legassie - Imagining the Don Valley: Curation as Research-Creation for Site-less Site-Specificity
︎Rachel Kirstein - “Living through things”: A Collection of Secondhand Objects and Their Traces
︎Jessie Stainton - Seeking Comfort: Exploring Isolation and Intimacy Through Textile Based Research-Creation

ON ACCESS / WORKSHOP / 5:00 - 5:30 PM (ET)

Mélissa Castilloux - Introduction to Accessible Publishing: Towards Accessible Knowledge Transmission

TH(M)EME NIGHT ON GATHER TOWN / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)

DI / DAY 3 MAY 27


ON ORIENTATIONS/ 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)

︎Lyne Dwyer - Queer Intimacies in Single Player Videogames: “The Closet” as an Orientation Device
︎Chloe Dolgin - Hoping, Coping, Not Just Moping: Millennial and Gen Z TikTok Humour
︎Rosie Long Decter - Who’s Laughing Now? Comedy in a Pandemic
︎Devon Bate - Ambient Media and Parallel Play
︎Enna Kim - From Pork Buns to Parkour: Techno-orientalist Perceptions of East Asian Video Game Characters in Sleeping Dogs and Mirror’s Edge

ON MEMES: A CONVERSATION BETWEEN AIDEN ARATA & YUNG NIHILIST / 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)

Aiden Arata is a writer, director and internet artist from Los Angeles. Her writing has been featured in BOMB, Mask, The Rumpus, The Fanzine, Alternative Press, and others, as well as NDA: An Autofiction Anthology (forthcoming, Archway Editions 2021). Arata’s visual work has shown in Los Angeles and Baltimore. She is the writer and director of the short films Creep (2019) and Powder Room (2020). She lives on the internet at @aidenarata.

Yung Nihilist is a 20-something Dominican dilettante curating memes, moods and nightlife in NYC. She’s spoken at universities such as Wesleyan and Brown on internet culture and the minutiae of building an online persona. You can find her somewhere in Bushwick on her phone, and online at @yung_nihilist.

TRIVIA NIGHT ON GATHER TOWN / 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)


MEDIA GALLERY


︎Aiden Arata - Select Memes
︎Yung Nihilist - Select Memes
︎Devon Bate - you can never go back
︎Raphaëlle Bessette-Viens & Johanna Gabriela Bolivar - (Im)proper Body Modifications, a Dialogue Across the Screen
︎Caitlin Chan - The Good Place Maps
︎Caitlin Chan - Intimate Interventions
︎Holly Chang - The Archive in Quilts: How we can tell stories about Chinese Canadians
︎Piper Curtis - The Feeling of Feeling a Feeling: Memes on Affect
︎Hannah Grover - Melt the Heteronormativity, Not the Witch: Sapphic Fandom Subversions of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked Series
︎John Hanchar Jr. - Content War
︎Warsame Isse - Dayoobid
︎Ravy Puth - From Buried to Living Archives
︎Jessie Stainton - Cut From the Same Cloth
︎Nowhere Grotesk - Your Island is a Commune