Event Calendar

Zones of Emergency events take place on Monday nights from 7 - 9 pm between February 18 and May 12, 2008 in the Joan Jonas Performance Hall (N51-337) located in the MIT Visual Arts Program, unless otherwise specified. Some lectures will take place in Bartos Theater in the MIT Media Lab building (E15), where we can accommodate a larger group. We will update this calendar as speakers andcontributors are confirmed.

Monday, May 5, 2008
The Human Condition
Amar Kanwar + Balakrishnan Rajagopal
Amar Kanwar, filmmaker, and Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Professor of Law and Development and Director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice at MIT will speak on the topic of The Human Condition. Amar Kanwar will present The Little Museum with reflections on the image that lies between sorrow and resistance. This exploration will include extracts from different film projects such as Shrines 1991-2007, which emerges from labor and indigenous people’s resistance movements, The Torn First Pages, which emerges from the Burmese democracy movement and The Lightening Testimonies, which emerges from the search for language to understand the narratives of sexual violence in areas of conflict. Balakrishnan Rajagopal will talk about ‘normalizing emergency’ in development and human rights terms, drawing on Agamben, but with a specific focus on the condition of Dalits in India.
Time: 6 - 9pm
Location: The Stata Center 32-155

Monday, April 28, 2008
A Conversational Revolution?
Ntone Edjabe + Trebor Scholz
Co-sponsored by the MIT Artist-In-Residency Program
DJ, musician, and editor Ntone Edjabe will speak about his work with
Chimurenga, a pan African journal of writing, art and politics in a presention entitled Chimurenga, Felasophy and the Quest for Lightness in the New South Africa. In his presentation “What the MySpace generation should know about working for free,” Trebor Scholz reveals the complex dynamics of labor on the Social Web where masses of Internet gift-givers are exploited and empowered at the same time. Scholz explores the tension between proof in academic paper for students the pleasures of online sociality (entertainment, friendships, jobs, mentorship) and its pains (breach of the social contract, free labor, spam, data mining, entrapment of community) in order to encourage online socialites to detourn the complex power dynamics of the Web from within.

Time: 7 - 9pm
Location: Joan Jonas Performance Hall (N51-337)

Monday, April 14, 2008
Democracy + Access
Thierry Nlandu + Marjetica Potrc
Co-sponsored by the MIT Artist-In-Residency Program
Playwright, activist and founder of Le Group Amos, Thierry Nlandu, will talk about “Picture Book on Participatory Democracy - An Art’s Act of Resistance against Facade Democracy,” a project that informs citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and help them build a democracy that extends beyond national elections to everyday life, praxis and culture. Marjetica Potrc will give a talk entitled ‘Frontier Power’ comparing three of her recent research projects: the Western Balkans (LHE), the Amazonian state of Acre in western Brazil, and the city of New Orleans. She will address how the breakdown of twentieth-century modernism is followed by territorialization, which stops at the final frontiers of the human body and the structures that shelter it.
Time: 6 - 9pm
Location: Bartos Theater, MIT Media Lab Building (E15)

Monday, April 7, 2008
Mel Chin
Sponsored by CAVS
Preeminent conceptual sculptor and installation artist Mel Chin will screen his new animated film, 9/11-9/11, 2007, which juxtaposes the events of Sept 11th 1973 and 2001. He will also introduce Fundred, 2008, a major new public project that brings attention to lead levels in neighborhoods of New Orleans through a massive national mobilization of artistic labor. During his visit, he’ll meet with faculty and students in urban studies, mechanical engineering, systems design, and data visualization to discuss projects in development.
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Center for Advanced Visual Studies (N52-390)

Monday, March 17, 2008
Border Matters - Critical Design
Tad Hirsch + Screening of A Season Outside, A film by Amar Kanwar
Tad Hirsch’s talk
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Border Matters and Critical Design will explore infrastructure in border areas and design applications for underserved communities. How can critical design practice and technology generate new paradigms and alternative approaches to policy and planning?
Time: 7 - 9pm
Location: Joan Jonas Performance Hall (N51-337)

Monday, March 10, 2008
The Power of Display: The “Look” of Emergencies
David Small + John Tirman
David Small and the Small Design Firm was selected to help design and implement four large interactive installations for the new established Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, that inaugurated on June 11, 2005. Iraq: the Human Cost is a website that explores an aspect of the war in Iraq that has been largely ignored - the human cost of the war for Iraqis. This site is published by John Tirman, Executive Director of MIT’s Center for International Studies and has been designed by MIT’s Hyper Studio.
Time: 7 - 9pm
Location: Joan Jonas Performance Hall (N51-337)

Monday, March 3, 2008
Networks, Tactics, Breakdown
Mark Tribe with Benjamin Mako Hill
Mako’s video
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Mark Tribe’s talk
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Mark Tribe will present a selection of projects, such as the Port Huron Project, that explore how tactical practices and public interventions use the internet and other networks as a means to instigate political discourse and public collaboration. This work addresses zones of emergency in a broad sense, raising issues related to the psychological condition of being politically oppressed. Benjamin Mako Hill will present his work on online voting machines for the masses as well as discuss his involvment as an activist in the free software movement. Through a roundtable discussion with ZOE curators, these artists will discuss their views of participatory networks online and off and the potentials of these techno-cultural arrangements to produce social and political change.
Time: 7 - 9pm
Location: Joan Jonas Performance Hall (N51-337)

Monday, February, 25, 2008
It Is Difficult
Alfredo Jaar with Kayvan Zainabadi of MIT Amnesty International
The Chilean Alfredo Jaar will present a selection of works, that focus on his practice in zones of emergency like Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship, and in Rwanda in the aftermath of the genocide (1994 -2000). Kayvan Zainabadi, former president of Amnesty International at MIT, will speak about his experience at MIT working with Amnesty on crisis in Darfur.
Time: 7 - 9pm
Location: Joan Jonas Performance Hall (N51-337)

Monday, February, 18, 2008
Local Disaster and Emergency Capacities
David Barber, David O’Connor, Casey Hatchett, Michael Raskin
What systems, equipment, and personnel are in place to address emergencies locally? How do these elements intersect? David Barber, David O’ Connor, Casey Hatchett, and Michael Raskin will give an overview of local disaster capacities, drawing on their work with MIT, the City of Cambridge, the Brookline Police Department, and Homeland Security, respectively.
Time: 7 - 9pm
Location: Joan Jonas Performance Hall (N51-337)

Monday, February, 11, 2008
Film Screening of Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke (excerpt)
This film is an intimate portrait of New Orleans in the wake of the destruction tells the personal stories of those who endured this harrowing ordeal and survived to tell the tale of misery, despair and triumph. The film was released in 2006 by 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks Production, in collaboration with HBO, USA.
Time: 7 - 9pm
Location: Joan Jonas Performance Hall (N51-337)