October 15, 2014

“This Isn’t About the Future: Black Digital Culture Now”

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Krista Franklin, Do Androids Dream of How People
Are Sheep?
, 2010. Mixed media on watercolor paper,
24 x 30 inches. Photo: Stephen Flemister. Courtesy
of and copyright Krista Franklin.

Curated by MA faculty Douglas Kearney, this year’s conference will continue the MA program’s investigation into contemporary digital culture from a Black Studies perspective.

Friday, November 14

Keynote address: “Feenin': R&B’s Technologies of Humanity”
Lively multimedia talk by writer and scholar Alexander Weheliye, professor of African American Studies at Northwestern University


Saturday, November 15 
The West Hollywood Public Library

“A New North Star?: An orienting conversation”

Panel 1: “3/5S Of A Profile?: The Black Cyber Body”
With Jennifer González, Simone Browne, and Victoria Hungerford

Panel 2: “The Stoop 3.0: Community Remixed For the Digital Present”
With Anna Everett and Stephanie Greenlea

Panel 3: “Talking Cloud: (Re)Memory, Dis-Memory, and the New-Old Archive(s)”
With Thomas Allen Harris and Tisa Bryant

Concluding discussion

The MA Aesthetics and Politics offers a one-year degree that encourages interrogations of the arts and politics in an expanded field. Students specialize in Critical Theory, Global Studies, or Media and Urban Studies, and get up close and personal with key contemporary artists and thinkers, including Theorist-in-Residence Judith Butler (spring 2015) and guest lecturer Jacques Ranciere (spring 2015).

We are currently accepting applications for fall 2015. Apply here. Financial aid packages are available in the form of scholarships, grants, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.

For general questions, or to schedule an information session, please contact Admissions Counselor Seth Blake at [email protected] or T +1 661 253 7716.

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