Creativity, Cognition, Critique: A 50th Anniversary Arts and Humanities Symposium

Creativity, Cognition, Critique: A 50th Anniversary Arts and Humanities Symposium

May 20-21, 2016
Event Locations: HG1030 (lectures); McCormick Screening Room (screening); xMPL (performance)

The School of Humanities and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts will celebrate UCI's 50th anniversary by presenting “Creativity, Cognition, Critique.” The conference will probe the flow among acts of artistic and technological making, forms of interpretation and reflection, and the cognitive processes that they share. Speakers are major and emerging figures in the arts, the humanities, and their intersection. This event is linked to the 2016 Wellek Lectures, the School of Humanities’ premier lecture event and an important part of UCI’s history. The speaker for the Wellek Lectures is Katherine Hayles, Professor of English at Duke University and a leader in the fields of digital humanities, electronic literature, and literature and science. The week will also be enriched by a residency with Georgina Born, a prominent musicologist from the UK who has done research on UCI’s digital arts program and legacy. Major guests include filmmaker Charles Burnett.

SCHEDULE: Friday, May 20

10:00: Panel: Contemporary Sound and Soundscapes
Amy Cimini, Music, UCSD; Sumanth S. Gopinah, University of Minnesota; Jim Steintrager, UCI Critical Theory. Georgina Born, responding.
Moderator: David Brodbeck, Department of Music
Conference launch: Dean Georges Van Den Abbeele

11:30: Lunch

12:30: Keynote 1: Georgina Born
Georgina Born, Oxford University. Introduced by Amy Bauer, Department of Music
Topic: Art-Science Teaching at UCI: An Ethnography of Interdisciplinary Experiment

2:00: Keynote 2: Teddy Cruz: Creativity and Critique in / as Urban Space
Teddy Cruz, architect and urbanist (Visual Art, UCSD)
Introducd by Jesse Colin Jackson, Visual Art

4:00: Wellek 3
Katherine Hayles, Precarious Narratives: The Risky Behaviors of Print Books No Longer Able to Tell Coherent Stories

6:00: Reception

7:00: Performance: Random Access Music Universe with Pamela Z, Cauleen Smith and Nicole Mitchell.
Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)
Contemporary Arts Center, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine

SCHEDULE: Saturday, May 21

10:00: Round table: Creativity, Cognition, Critique?
Catherine Malabou, Simony Penny, and David Bates (UCB). Moderated by Jesse Colin Jackson, CTSA.

11:30: Keynote 3: Anne Balsamo
“Digital Humanities Catalyzes Technological Innovation: You’ll never believe what happened next….”
Introduced by Peter Krapp.

1:00: Lunch

2:00: Keynote 4: Jodi Dean
Topic: cognition, communication and capital. Introduced by Keith Topper, Political Science.

3:30-5:00: Screening: Screening of Killer of Sheep followed by a conversation with filmmaker Charles Burnett
Arlene Keizer, Ed Dimendberg, Desha Dauchan, and Jamie Rogers
McCormick Screening Room

Free admission. Open to the public.

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