Hacking the City: Waste Matters an interdisciplinary arts-sci eco-workshop

Wednesday 13 April 2016
10.00 - 4.00PM

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Comprehending our relationship with our own waste at the interface of art and science.

In this one day, hands-on interactive workshop, you will join internationally acclaimed media artist, community educator, and eco-bio-body-hacker Kathy High and other Sydney-based researchers to explore waste matters in the city of Sydney. We will work at the interface of art and science, and use technological, embodied and other kinds of sensory apparatuses to ask: what is our relationship to our own waste? What would it take to imagine–and implement–different waste futures? The workshop will include discussion, a Sydney-based field trip, and hands-on experimentation.

This workshop is intended for artists, scholars and other practitioners interested in experimental artistic research methods that explore the intersections between humans and non-humans, technologies and ecologies, our insides and our outsides, and the city and its wasted underbelly. Space is limited.

To apply, please send a 100-word bio statement and a brief explanation of why you would like to join us to:
Astrida Neimanis astrida.neimanis@sydney.edu.au
no later than March 20, 2016.

Kathy High
(USA) is an interdisciplinary artist working in the areas of technology, science and art. She works with animals and living systems, considering the social, political and ethical dilemmas surrounding the areas of medicine/bio-science, biotechnology and interspecies collaborations. She has received awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts. Her art works have been shown in film festivals, galleries and museums, including Documenta 13 (Kassel), the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center and Exit Art (NYC), the Science Gallery, (Dublin), NGBK, (Berlin), Fesitval Transitio_MX (Mexico), MASS MoCA (North Adams), Videotage Art Space and Para-Site Gallery (Hong Kong). High is Professor of Video and New Media in the Department of the Arts, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY – a department specializing in integrated experimental arts practices.

Astrida Neimanis joined the Gender and Cultural Studies program in 2015 after holding various teaching and research positions at universities in Canada, the UK, and Sweden. She is Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Humanities (Duke University Press), a Key Researcher with the Sydney Environment Institute and co-convenor of the Composting: Feminisms and the Environmental Humanities reading group hosted at the University of Sydney. She is also a founding member and University of Sydney contact faculty for The Seed Box: A MISTRA-FORMAS Environmental Humanities Collaboratory (a transnational research consortium based at Linkoping University, Sweden).