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The Department of Communication Studies offers many kinds of events, most free and open to the public. We organize and sponsor numerous lectures, workshops and conferences over the course of the academic year. Our programming covers a wide range of topics and features presenters from diverse disciplines and is designed to foster an understanding of the mass media and emerging media.

 

Michigan Meeting Winter Symposium: Living In Digital Environments

Amy Kulper, RISD; Aubrey Anable, Carleton University; Jose Sanchez, USC
Friday, March 22, 2019
2:00-6:00 PM
Museum of Art Map
Schedule of Events
2:00-2:15 Introduction
2:15-3:30 Presentations by panelists
3:30-4:10 Discussion
4:15-4:30 Intermission
4:30-5:15 Guided tour of Art In the Age of the Internet, 1990 to Today
5:15-6:00 Discussion
6:00 Closing

In 2012 the first 4K resolution screen became available on the commercial market at the common 30” desktop size, making it possible for a user with 20/20 vision seated 24” away from a computer screen to be confronted with the same amount of visual information as could be experienced in the surrounding environment. This development brought verisimilitude to another realm that has gradually emerged for decades, the constitution of the digital sphere as a kind of environment itself. Today, we live inside the digital. Increasingly, our public and private lives are conducted online and in digital space where our relationships are forged, nurtured, or deleted, where our bills are paid and finances tracked, and where our ideologies are fed and our politics balkanized by our respective media bubbles. And while the digital now constitutes more and more of our daily routines, it can also offer a distorting abstraction of “external life.” Swiping left is easier than breaking up, and even the most civil among us can become an entitled consumer on Yelp. At once, our digital environments offer new grounds for engagement and interaction, and immersive venues for escape from the exigencies of the outside world. This session will discuss this dialectic. Drawing contributors from across art, architecture, design, and media studies, we will examine the digital as both a totalizing environment unto itself – a bubble apart from the external lifeworld – and a new venue for social organization and engagement.

https://www.living-a-digital-life.com/



The 2019 Michigan Meeting is co-organized by:

Sarah Murray, University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts associate professor of film, television, and media
Lisa Nakamura, University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts associate professor of American Studies
Ellie Abrons, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning associate professor of architecture
Megan Sapnar Ankerson, University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts associate professor of communication
McLain Clutter, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning associate professor of architecture
Paul Conway, University of Michigan School of Information associate professor of information
Adam Fure, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning associate professor of architecture

*Please note: the Main Michigan Meetings Summit is Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10, 2019, Rackham Building
Building: Museum of Art
Website:
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: conference, Environment, Free, Interdisciplinary, Michigan Engineering, Politics, Research
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Digital Studies, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, School of Information, Department of Film, Television, and Media, Penny W Stamps School of Art & Design, Department of American Culture, Communication Studies, Digital Studies Institute

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