Alessandra Renzi at MIT

Technology/Affect/Space – A Workshop on Affect Space

Join Professor Alessandra Renzi, Video Arts and Media and Screen Studies faculty for a  workshop exploring the politics and aesthetics of Affect Space with Eric Kluitenberg, media theorist, writer, and researcher for Open! Platform for Art, Culture & the Public Domain at MIT.
Alessandra Renzi, artivist and Professor of Emergent Media, Northeastern University

Lara Baladi, Ida Ely Rubi Artist in Residence at MIT’s Center for Arts, Science & Technology and lecturer in MIT’s ACT program

Sasha Costanza-Chock, Media maker and Professor of Civic Media, MIT

Alessandra Renzi, artivist and Professor of Emergent Media, Northeastern University

Participants are encouraged to read Eric Kluitenberg’s essay on Affect Space ( and to add images and ideas to #AffectSpace—the thread will be in play during the workshop!
Since 2011 we have witnessed a recurrent global media spectacle where massive protest gatherings in public space seem to emerge from out of nowhere, accompanied by an avalanche of self-produced media mostly distributed over the Internet. From Tahrir Square in Cairo to the streets of Ferguson and Baltimore, this recurrent spectacle appears across vastly different contexts and around a wide variety of issues. The pattern we see in these gatherings remains remarkably constant: mobilizations via the Internet spill over into public space, but because this public space is awash with mobile media and wireless networks, the “action in the street” immediately feeds back into the media network. How do we understand and engage with these massive ephemeral events and the techno-social dynamics producing them?

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Wed, Apr 06, 2016

11:00 am-1:00 pm

ACT Cube - MIT Building E15-001 20 Ames Street | Cambridge