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Tactical Media and Critical Design: Rap, Robots, Games, and Poetic Gestures

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 12:40pm to 1:45pm

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The panel Tactical Media and Critical Design features artists, activists, and researcher working the borders of practice/theory, technology/society, Black/White, Mexico/US, and Palestine/Israel:

  • A.D. Carson, Assistant Professor of Hip Hop, Virginia
  • Chris Csíkszentmihályi, Associate Professor of Information Science, Cornell
  • Ricardo Dominguez, Associate Professor of Art, UC-San Diego
  • Alainya Kavaloski, Associate Professor of English, SUNY-Canton

Critical race rap, robots for protestors, apps and games, and poetic gestures of electronic civil disobedience have all emerged as activist media practices over the past 20 years. These media complement new alliances and modes of organizing, including ACT-UP, BLM, #metoo, and Climate School Strike, as well as the emergence of critical design.

This public event is part of Human-Centered Design and Engaged Media (ENGL 4705/INFO 4940/COML 4231), whose four critical design teams work with Black Farmers Fund and Labor Ready (serving Latinx farmers) through Cornell’s Small Farms Program and, through the Cornell Law Clinic, Al-Marsad Arab Human Rights Centre and The Alice Project on Gender and Extreme Sentencing.

This course is part of a multi-year Civic Storytelling project funded by the Society for the Humanities’ Mellon Rural Humanities Initiative, Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, and an Engaged Cornell Opportunity Grant, with support from the Department of English and the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research.

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