The Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) and Women in Information Technology (WIT) are co-sponsoring the visit of artist Amy Alexander, associate professor at the University of California San Diego. Alexander will deliver a lecture on Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in room 121 of the Shaffer Art Building.
Alexander is a guest lecturer and artist participating in the Matrilineage Symposium, an annual event hosted by the Committee for Women in the Arts (CWA), a student organization of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Since 1991, the Matrilineage Symposium has brought female artists and activists to Syracuse University as a celebration of women in the arts. Alexander is a new media, audiovisual, and performance artist who has worked in film, video, music, digital media, programming, and information technology.
Alexander’s work focuses largely on popular culture and has been presented on the Internet, in clubs, and on the street as well as in festivals and museums. She was a pioneer in the development of software-based Internet art with the 1996 Webby-nominated Multi-Cultural Recycler, a project that spoofed both net celebrity and faux multiculturalism on the Web. Her latest software project is SVEN: Surveillance Video Entertainment Network, a real-time computer vision surveillance and video production system that detects likely rock stars in public places.
Alexander’s projects have been exhibited at venues ranging from Prix Ars Electronica, Transmediale, SIGGRAPH, and the New Museum. She has performed on the streets of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Zürich, and Aberdeen, Scotland. Her work has been discussed in publications including Wired, The New York Times, Slashdot, Ecrans, Leonardo, The Boston Globe, and the Washington Post.
In addition to her lecture on March 4, Alexander will VJ alongside Syracuse’s own DJ Big Mouth on Friday, March 5, from 8 to 10 p.m. at COLAB, located on the fourth floor of the Warehouse in Armory Square. Attendees to this event can take Connective Corridor buses to COLAB.