Kris Paulsen – Digits to Digits: Interfacing Touch

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5:30 PM
Room 102
Frederic Lasserre Building
6333 Memorial Road, UBC

Event is free and open to the public

Joan Carlisle-Irving Lecture Series
UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory

“Digital” technology derives its name from the Latin digitalis, meaning finger or finger’s breadth. A series of associations and transmutations incrementally led this term from its original use, which posited the physical body as a reference point and measure of things, to its common meaning today: discrete, discontinuous, abstract representations or manifestations of electronic data. This talk explores the social, ethical, and epistemological consequences of distancing the digital from its embodied roots.

Kris Paulsen is Associate Professor of History of Art and Film Studies at The Ohio State University, where she teaches classes on new media, contemporary art, and curatorial studies. Her first book, Here/There: Telepresence, Touch, and Art at the Interface was published by The MIT Press on the Leonardo Book Series in 2017. From 2012-2016 she was the Co-Director of The Center for Ongoing Research and Projects (COR&P), an experimental art space in Columbus, Ohio.