Event Title

Data Mining: Telepresence Art, Body Identity, and Activism for the Hyper-Subject

Presenter Information

Heather Haden, Massillon Art Museum

Location

Room 334

Start Date

25-2-2015 3:00 PM

Description

This paper explores the confluence of art using telepresence, the technologically-mediated ability to act at a distance, and activism through individual artworks by new media artist Lynn Hershman Leeson and the cyberfeminist art collective subRosa, both of which explore the relationship of women and gender to issues of the body and cloning. Ultimately, I will argue not only for the promise of a new form of digitally-mediated subjectivity (the hyper-subject), but for the dire need for new forms of activism for women at the frontier of an existence both virtually and physically digitized.

Presenter Bio

Heather Haden is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Massillon Museum. Soon to be a double alumnus of Kent State University, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and will receive her Master of Arts in Art History degree in May 2015. Her masters thesis, “The Aesthetics of Unease: Anthropomorphic Telepresence Installations and the Technological Identity,” explores new media installations of telepresence art within the genealogy of Surrealism, namely Surrealist photographer Hans Bellmer. Prior to her current position, Haden taught art history and fashion illustration as an adjunct at Kent State University and served various roles at the Kent State University Museum from 2007-2013

She has presented independent art historical research to regional, national, and international audiences at the conferences held through the Midwest Art Historical Society and the College Art Association. In 2015 she will present at The Image Knowledge Community Conference in Berkeley, California and will represent the Massillon Museum at the Ohio Museums Association Conference.

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Feb 25th, 3:00 PM

Data Mining: Telepresence Art, Body Identity, and Activism for the Hyper-Subject

Room 334

This paper explores the confluence of art using telepresence, the technologically-mediated ability to act at a distance, and activism through individual artworks by new media artist Lynn Hershman Leeson and the cyberfeminist art collective subRosa, both of which explore the relationship of women and gender to issues of the body and cloning. Ultimately, I will argue not only for the promise of a new form of digitally-mediated subjectivity (the hyper-subject), but for the dire need for new forms of activism for women at the frontier of an existence both virtually and physically digitized.