Mar 27 Warren Sack’s Talk on the Software Arts

Dear all,

We are going to hold an international seminar with Prof. Warren Sack, an eminent researcher on digital media studies and keen software designer and artist, University of California Santa Cruz.
This time, he will bring us fruits of his forthcoming book The Software Arts (MIT Press) and his interdisciplinary activities of media theory and practices mainly in California.

The event is free and open to the public; you have to RSVP at the following URL.
http://bit.ly/2GQPGbp_infraliteracy

Shin Mizukoshi
Director of The New Literacy for Media Infrastructure Project

Title: The Software Arts

Date: 18:00 – 20:00, Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Venue:
1F Meeting Room, Fukutake Hall, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Abstract:
The subject of Warren Sack’s talk will be The Software Arts, a book manuscript for the MIT Press “Software Studies” series (forthcoming in April 2019).

Sack offers an alternative history of software that traces its roots to the step-by-step descriptions of how things were made in the workshops of eighteenth-century artists and artisans. He illustrates how software was born of a coupling of the liberal arts and the mechanical arts and argues that the arts are at the heart of computing.

The Software Arts is an invitation to artists and humanists to see how their ideas are already at the very center of software, and an invitation to computer scientists to envision how they are artists and humanists too.

Bio:
Warren Sack is a media theorist, software designer, and artist whose work explores theories and designs for online public space and public discussion. He is Chair and Professor of Film + Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he teaches digital arts and digital studies. He has been a visiting professor in France at Sciences Po, the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, and Télécom ParisTech. His artwork has been exhibited by SFMOMA (San Francisco), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany). His scholarship and research have been supported by the Paris Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Sunlight Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Warren received his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab and was an undergraduate at Yale College.

RSVP: Click the following URL.
http://bit.ly/2GQPGbp_infraliteracy

Contact:
The New Literacy for Media Infrastructure Project
(Shin Mizukoshi Lab, University of Tokyo)