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Transcending Borders

Transcending Borders: The Intersection of Arts, Science, Technology, and Society on a Global Stage

The National Endowment for the Arts and Salzburg Global co-host an art-science-technology discussion on Monday, June 4 at the Embassy of Austria.

Transcending Borders: The Intersection of Arts, Science, Technology, and Society on a Global Stage will feature noted experts such as Joel Slayton, executive director with Zero 1, and Manuela Naveau, director of Ars Electronica Export in Linz, Austria.

I was invited to moderate the discussion, held at the Austrian Embassy, Washington DC. The event will was live webcast at arts.gov and discussion on Twitter used the hashtag #neaartsci.

Webcast of the evening’s discussion is available on the NEA website.



Join us in Washington, DC!
Symposium and Reception at the Embassy of Austria

Dr. Hans Peter Manz, Ambassador of Austria to the United States,
Rocco Landesman, Chairman at National Endowment for the Arts, and
Stephen Salyer, President and CEO at the Salzburg Global Seminarinvite you to join them on

Monday, June 4, 2012, from
5 to 7 p.m. at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, D.C.
(3524 International Court, NW)

for a discussion of

The Intersections of Arts, Science, Technology, and Society on a Global Stage.

A reception will follow the discussion.

To register for the event, please visit


Dr. Andrew Baden, Physics Department Chair and Professor, University of Maryland
Amanda McDonald Crowley, Independent Cultural Worker; Former Executive Director, Eyebeam; Former Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology; currently Curator for Our Haus, Austrian Cultural Forum
Liz Lerman, Choreographer, MacArthur Fellow
Dr. Cora Marrett, Deputy Director, National Science Foundation (to be confirmed)
Joan Shigekawa, Senior Deputy Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Clare Shine, Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar
Joel Slayton, Executive Director, Zero1
Gerfried Stocker, Artistic Director, Ars Electronica

We look forward to seeing you on June 4th and encourage you to forward this invitation to friends or colleagues who would benefit from the experience.

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Internet Economies: Porn, Labor, and Banking

Panel Discussion at Eyebeam art + technology center, 7 Oct 2011

Panelists: Fran Ilich, Stephanie Rothenberg & Jeff Crouse, and Susanna Paasonen. Moderated by Amanda McDonald Crowley

 Jeff Crouse and Stephanie Rotheberg, Laborers of Love

Jeff Crouse and Stephanie Rothenberg, Laborers of Love

What might be strategies to explore and build alternate economies?

Artists Fran Ilich, Stephanie Rothenberg & Jeff Crouse, and Finnish researcher Susanna Paasonen led discussion on the worlds of online porn, digital labor, and alternative finance models.

In their projects “Laborers of Love”, an adult web site that leverages Mechanical Turk labor, and “Invisible Threads” a just-in-time telematic factory, Rothenberg and Crouse have been researching new models of outsourced, distributed global labor. They are interested to explore not only how this affects production but in how these new technologies impact behaviors, value systems and ideologies as workers move between worlds.

During his Eyebeam Fellowship, Ilich investigated creative practices in virtual community investment banking. Globalized capitalist markets use finance as a means to extract surplus and value from localized world production – relying on networks of power to do so. But finance can also be reversed engineered so that it becomes the seed for new forms of cooperation, collaboration and socialization, drawing on and building networks through virtual communities. Used creatively, finance can actually further the prosperity and efficacy of minority reports, marginal narratives, alternate commodity markets, social currencies, hacktivism and other activist practices, as well as strengthen the hope of sustainability in creative digital labor and internet production practices.

Paasonen’s research is in online porn – with a primary focus on how the genre has been transformed with digital production and distribution tools. She explores how we might better account for the affective dynamics of porn consumption. This links to affective economies, amateur porn as “labors of love” (or not), and cans of worms around labor and ethics.

Pictures of the event are here.

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MTV Brazil – Art and Technology in New York

Direto de Nova York, Ronaldo Lemos trata de tecnologia e suas relações com a vida: cultura, economia, política, sociedade e assim por diante.

An expose that includes an interview with me, as well as ever brilliant Aaron Myers and Fran Illich.

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Food in the City

Amanda McDonald Crowley at the Food and Emerging Media speaker series:
Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Food and Emerging Media Speaker Series, organized by Stefani Bardin, examined the role of emerging media and new technology on the exploration of the many facets of food.

FEM Speaker Series Poster

The series was organized by Bardin in conjunction with her class, Food and Emerging Media, Department of Media Study, University at Buffalo. She hosted artists, farmers, architects, curators and historians whose work and research focus on how technology has mediated our relationship to food.

“Food in the City” presented a range of my inspirations: artists who have been working on projects as diverse as urban farming, food mapping, and eating in an art context. Food in the City also represented the research I began with Eyebeam’s Sustainability Research Group which has led to my Art/Tech/Food research initiatives where my intent is to bring together media artists, cooks, environmentalists and food activists to embrace technological innovation and environmental, sustainable and regenerative concerns consistent with green and open source ventures and sustainability.

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