Hasan Elahi

I am hoping to bring this gentleman to Whitman next Fall.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasan_M._Elahi

http://elahi.umd.edu/

I applied for a visiting educator grant right before Spring Break. We’ll see if it pans out. I’ve known Hasan for a few years. He’s a very interesting and charming guy. And I wish that my own research and art practice was even halfway as compelling as what he does.

The following 20 minute lecture is the real meat of what we might discuss next week.

http://poptech.org/popcasts/hasan_elahi_lives_in_public

Consider how data, computers, and networks are being used. What other creative possibilities might be opened when we use the database as a starting point? And what does this say about how space and time have been altered by computers?

The reading to supplement this video is “Surveilance and Capture by Philip Agee” in the New Media Reader ( Pages 737-760).

I also hope that you’ll find Hasan compelling enough to help me drum up an audience if and when he comes.

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