Modal Media

November 10, 2009

JonathanCraryOn Saturday, November 14, the MFA Computer Art and the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Departments are presenting MediaModes, an interdisciplinary graduate conference examining the contemporary dialogue between art and technology. MediaModes provides a critical forum for current scholarship exploring the juncture of media, theory, criticism and the visual arts. Jonathan Crary, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Art and Theory at Columbia University, will deliver a keynote address titled On the Ends of Sleep: Reflections in the Glare of a 24/7 World. Crary has written extensively on the confluence of art, technology and mass media; he is founding editor of Zone Books and author of Suspensions of Perception: Attention, Spectacle and Modern Culture (MIT Press, 2001).

The conference panels will be held at 133/141 West 21st Street, 10th floor, 10am – 3:30pm, and will feature 25 current students and recent alumni from graduate programs throughout Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Presentations will focus on six topics: Body, Identity and the Virtual Space; Spatial Experience and Social Networking; Perception, Information and Temporality; The Spectator and the Spectacle: Mediating Differences/Technology and Politics; Processes and Aesthetics of Digital Art; and Sound Junctures. Following the panels, Crary’s keynote will take place at SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, 4 – 5:30pm. For more information on the conference and participants, visit

Image: Jonathan Crary, MediaModes keynote speaker.

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