This Public Forum will address Technology, Art and Disaster. Today, communities respond to crises in a variety of ways. Beyond traditional methods of banding together, resource collection, and story sharing, other creative and constructive projects have emerged from recent crisis. From crowdsourced mapping projects like Ushahidi to Banksy’s Katrina series, art and technology are continuing to transform the way we talk about and remember disasters.
Jacques Servin teaches in NYU’s Department of Performance Studies and is one of the leading members of The Yes Men, a culture jamming activist group. Their exploits in “identity correction” are documented in the films The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World.
Crossing multiple disciplines with her practice, Marina Zurkow builds animations and participatory environments that are centered on humans and their relationship to animals, plants and the weather. Zurkow is the recipient of a 2011 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She has also been granted awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Creative Capital. She is on faculty at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Eric Klinenberg (moderator) is Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He’s also editor of the journal Public Culture, and an affiliated faculty member of the Wagner School of Public Service and the Department of Media, Culture, and Communications.