Tim Hwang, Abigail De Kosnik, + Evie Leder
Tuesday, oct. 17th @7pm
Tim Hwang is managing editor of The California Review of Images and Mark Zuckerberg, a journal dedicated to examining the visual culture of Mark Zuckerberg. He is the co-author of "The Container Guide" - a field guide to the shipping container, and was co-founder of ROFLCon, a now-defunct biennial gathering discussing the past, present, and future of memes and internet culture. He is also the co-founder of the Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, a global network of giving circles dedicated to forwarding the interests of awesome in the universe. He lives in San Francisco.
Abigail De Kosnik is an Assistant Professor in the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) and the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, and is an affiliated faculty member of Gender & Women’s Studies. She researches popular media, particularly digital media, film and television, and fan studies. She is particularly interested in how issues of feminism, queerness, ethnicity, and transnationalism intersect with new media studies and performance studies. She has published a number of essays in edited collections and journals such as Cinema Journal, Modern Drama, The International Journal of Communication, and Transformative Works and Cultures. She co-edited The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era with Sam Ford and C. Lee Harrington (University Press of Mississippi, 2011). Her courses include: History and Theory of New Media (one of the core required seminars for the Designated Emphasis in New Media), Sound Design (in one of the Digital Media Labs shared by TDPS, Film & Media, and Art Practice), Performance and Technology, and Performance and Television. She is currently writing a book on the history of Internet fan fiction, based on an oral history project conducted during 2012-13, and she is the primary investigator on a digital humanities project called “Fan Data: Counting Archives and Networks.” She is the co-organizer of the annual History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series.
Evie Leder was born in New Orleans in 1964. Leder is a three-time winner of San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant. She is also the recipient of the Princess Grace Award, a New York Expo of Short Film Jury Award and a grant from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Leder is a member of “A Simple Collective” in San Francisco and a founding member of “the lesbianfilm collective”. Leder’s art concerns itself with the tensions inherent within the moving image: It’s seductive nature, the flickering light, the voyeurism, the acts of looking and being seen and the power of the gaze. Her work focuses on recontexualizing gender and the socially agreed-upon constructs that hold up our gender and sexuality systems. Her current focus is on male representations. Leder’s work has been shown internationally at film festivals and galleries including; Black and White Projects, The Kinsey Institute, The Sundance Channel, Tampere International Short Film Festival, Frameline, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, South By Southwest, New York Expo of Short Film and Video, The New Festival, Mix NY, Outfest LA, SOMArts Cultural Center, Euro Underground Film Festival and Art Matters, among many others. In 2016 Leder was selected as a charter tenant at the Minnesota Street Project Studio Program. She holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from UC Davis. Leder lives and works in San Francisco, Calif.