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Marco Deseriisa.k.a. Snafu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.

He has a background in journalism and has co-authored, along with Giuseppe Marano, Net.Art: L’arte della Connessione [Net.Art: The Art of Connecting] (Shake, 2003-2008), the first Italian book on net.art, which explores the link between the heritage of the avant-gardes and technological innovation. From 2000 through 2002 he has been involved with the organization of the net art festival Digital-Is-Not-Analog and, since 2004, has been advising the festival of “culture jamming and radical entertainment” The Influencers, hosted by the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB), Spain.

 


Upgrade! NY presents a panel and discussion on “multiple singularity,” or when a group of people makes work or takes action under a singular name. Panelists Marco Deseriis, Leónidas Martín Saura, and Janez Janša will present and discuss radical strategies in the construction of singularity by tracing a genealogy of collective pseudonyms and “multiple-use names” such as Ned Ludd, Alan Smithee, Monty Cantsin, Karen Eliot and Luther Blissett, and connecting it to contemporary experiments such as Yo Mango! and Janez Janš

 
Start Date: 
26 Jan 2006
Hours: 
7:00pm
Cost: 
Free
Venue: 
Eyebeam

Upgrade! NY
January 2006

We kicked-off the year to a full house with an evening of performance and dialog with esteemed composer Pauline Oliveros, joined by two ensembles from RPI and Brown University.

The evening started with a 3-part, audio-visual, improvisation performance. The ensembles and the audience were surrounded by twelve speakers.

 
Start Date: 
23 Feb 2006
Hours: 
7:00pm
Cost: 
Free
Venue: 
Eyebeam
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Upgrade! NY
February 2006

Cynthia and Paul conversed about the joys and pains of collaboration between a visual artist and a composer in a work that required a complex meshing of skills and concepts.

Cynthia Beth Rubin and Bob Gluck discussed their conception and construction of Layered Histories. They also described their respective previous works incorporating themes of Jewish cultural heritage, and explored how their ideas about the underpinnings of culture informed this collaboration, as well as the 1998 animation Inherited Memories, by Rubin, with music by Gluck (to be shown at the upcoming LA Jewish Film Festival).

 
People: Cynthia Beth Rubin, Bob Gluck
Tags: Upgrade!, sound art, interactive, cultural heritage, collaboration, animation
Start Date: 
30 Mar 2006
Hours: 
7:00 pm
Cost: 
Free
Venue: 
Eyebeam
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Upgrade! NY
March 2006

Surajit Sarkar discussed his work with the A Deep Fried Jam trio and the community art initiative in India the Catapult Arts Caravan in relation to the media consumption in India.

Surajit Sarkar lives in New Delhi, India. He has held positions as varied as photocopier salesman, bank officer, primary school teacher and developer of curriculum for primary school children and teachers alike. Since 1991, he has worked with video, at first in mainstream television writing and directing a highly successful weekly science & tech program on Indian national TV network. He moved to documentary film making, and has worked on subjects ranging from agriculture, education and the uneven costs of ‘development’. A number of these have been recognized nationally and internationally and have won prizes in film festivals in India and abroad.

 
Start Date: 
27 Apr 2006
Hours: 
7:00 pm
Cost: 
Free
Venue: 
Eyebeam
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Upgrade! NY
April 2006

Upgrade! Anniversary Brunch marked the seventh year in graffiti style,

with Evan Roth and James Powderly of the Graffiti Research Lab, and stencil artist Josh MacPhee.

Josh took us on a whirlwind tour through the history of illegal street markings (Street Art 101), with a focus on the history of the street stencil.

Evan and James talked about how the Graffiti Research Lab was formed. They demo’d the tools they’ve developed and gave out materials to make LED Throwies. Some of Evan’s students presented their projects and/or concepts based on the work of James and Evan. We concluded with a little Throwies experiment/happening.

 
Start Date: 
29 Jun 2006
Hours: 
7:00pm
Cost: 
Free
Venue: 
Eyebeam

Upgrade! NY
June 2006

This month’s meeting examined participatory performance and interactivity in the context of contemporary sound art and new music.

The evening brought together three artists working with sound and music: Jesse Pearlman KarlsbergMicah Silver, and Judy Dunaway. Each of these artists draws their audience into the creation of their work.

 
People: Micah Silver, Judy Dunaway, Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg
Tags: Upgrade!, sound art, performance, interactive
Start Date: 
29 May 2008
Hours: 
7:00pm
Cost: 
Free
Venue: 
Eyebeam
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Art in the Age of Terrorism

Dr. Steven Kurtz, the artist accused by the US Department of Justice of “bioterrorism” stemming from his use of scientific materials in his award-winning art practice, joins Eugene Thacker and George Annas for a panel discussion on the ethics of scientific and creative research and freedom of speech, moderated by science writer Carl Zimmer, with an introduction by Amanda McDonald Crowley.

 
Start Date: 
24 Apr 2009
Hours: 
7:30-9:30pm
Cost: 
Free
Venue: 
The Change You Want To See Gallery - 84 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn
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Partner Organizations: 
Digital Democracy
Not An Alternative

Upgrade! NY
April 27, 2009

We are pleased to announce that Upgrade! New York is now co-produced in collaboration with Brooklyn-based activist organization Not An Alternative, and will focus on topics related to open source activist and creative practices for the upcoming year.

This gathering took place at Not An Alternative’s storefront gallery space, The Change You Want To See, and featured a talk and video screening from the September 2007 Monk protests, known as the Saffron Revolution, in which mobile phones and the internet allowed protesters to coordinate and publicize the largest protests seen in a generation.

Co-presented by Not An Alternative and Digital Democracy

 
Research: Open Culture
Tags: mobile, social media, Upgrade!
Partner Organizations: Digital Democracy
Start Date: 
18 Jun 2009
Hours: 
6:30-8:00
Cost: 
Free
Venue: 
The Change You Want To See Gallery - 84 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn
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Partner Organizations: 
The Change You Want to See
Not An Alternative

Upgrade! NY
June 18, 2009

As an introduction to this season’s theme for Upgrade! New York, Clay Shirky discussed the concepts of forking and failure in the open source process, and its value to the context of activism and the creative process.

 
People: Clay Shirky
Research: Open Culture
Tags: activism, failure, forking, open source, social media, theory, Upgrade!
Partner Organizations: The Change You Want to See
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