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AAF Broadcast Series

About the Artists Against
Fascism Broadcast Series

Artists Against Fascism Broadcast Series hosts panel discussions with leading artists, activists, scholars, and community builders on a variety of subjects under the larger topic of how art practice and creative intent can be utilized in anti-fascist resistance. As artists, we seek to bring together the personal and the political, putting knowledge and subject matter in a social context. We believe that this negotiation of perspective is a crucial component to opposing the rise of fascism by cultivating a collective social consciousness that is research based, analytical, and fluent in thoughtful debate while also being empathetic and supportive of one another.

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Countering Disinformation and Exposing Authoritarian Manipulation

Broadcast Episode 02, 4/27/2021

Artists Against Fascism Broadcast Series Panelists for our April 27th broadcast (6:30 PM EST)  include: Derek Curry, Jennifer Gradecki and Steven Kurtz of Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). All three of our guest artists are pushing boundaries and triggering authority by uncovering the inner workings of systems of disinformation, surveillance, bio-tech, and ecological damage. To act against these forces, they promote and encourage information activism, media literacy, public engagement, public interventions, mock situations, and mockstitutions. Moderated by Jennifer Cerutti, Karolyn Greenstreet and Vincent Kral. Our discussion will be followed by Q & A with the panel. 


This program is presented and organized by Artists Against Fascism with supporting partnership from VCFA Alumnx Affairs. We hope you will join us on April 27th!


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Broadcast 02, Panelist Bios, Derek Curry, Jennifer Gradecki and Steve Kurtz

Derek Curry (US) is an artist-researcher whose work critiques and addresses spaces for intervention in automated decision making systems. His work has addressed automated stock trading systems, Open Source Intelligence gathering (OSINT), and algorithmic classification systems. His artworks have replicated aspects of social media surveillance and communicated with algorithmic trading bots. Derek earned his MFA in New Genres from UCLA's Department of Art in 2010 and his PhD in Media Study from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2018. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in Boston.https://derekcurry.com/


Jennifer Gradecki (US) is an artist-theorist who investigates secretive and specialized socio-technical systems. Her research has focused on social science techniques, financial instruments, technologies of mass surveillance, intelligence analysis, artificial intelligence, and social media misinformation. She received her MFA in New Genres from UCLA in 2010 and her PhD in Visual Studies from SUNY Buffalo in 2019. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in Boston. www.jennifergradecki.com


Curry and Gradecki often collaborate, having presented and exhibited at venues including Ars Electronica (Linz), New Media Gallery (Zadar), Media Art History (Göttweig), NeMe (Cypress), The New Gallery (Calgary), ISEA (Vancouver), ADAF (Athens), and the Centro Cultural de España (México).


More about Curry and Gradecki: 


Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Panel Discussion, Entangled Infiltrations: New Media Exhibition Launch

Art Machines: ISCMA – Machine Learning and Art Panel 4 (Part I): Jennifer Gradecki and Derek Curry


Steven Kurtz, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Art, is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed art and theater group Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). Founded in 1987 by Steven Kurtz and Steve Barnes, CAE is an award-winning collective of artists of various specializations—including digital imaging and web design, wetware, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and performance—dedicated to exploring the intersections between art, technology, political activism, and critical theory. For over three decades CAE has produced and exhibited art that examines questions surrounding information and communication technology, bio-technologies, and environmental struggle. The collective has performed and produced a wide variety of projects for an international audience at diverse venues ranging from the street, to the museum, to the internet, and has been invited to produce projects for many of the world’s leading cultural institutions such as The Whitney Museum and The New Museum, NYC; Documenta, Kassel; The Corcoran Museum, Washington D.C.; Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; The ICA, and The London Museum of Natural History. CAE has written eight books on the intersections of art, new media, and political economy. The group’s most recent book is Aesthetics, Necropolitics, and Environmental Struggle.


Projects and book downloads are at critical-art.net


More about Steve Kurtz and CAE: 


The Influencers 2010


Toxicity, Representation and Social Control 


Friendsgiving 2020 - Humberto Ramirez welcomes back former faculty Doug Ashford and Steve Kurtz. 


Democracy Now! Interview with Steve Kurtz, Art in a Time of Terror...

 
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Common Ground, Artists and Anti-Fascism

Broadcast Episode 01, 10/16/2020

Artists Against Fascism Broadcast Series

Panelists for our first broadcast on October 16th include Mark Bray, Terresa Moses, and Malamas Sotiriou. We will explore language manipulation, historical propaganda, and strategies for identifying, understanding, and opposing far right extremism from a creative perspective.


This program is presented and organized by Artists Against Fascism with supporting partnership from VCFA Alumnx Affairs. We hope you will join us on October 16th!


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Broadcast 01, Panelist Bios, Mark Bray, Terresa Moses, Malamas Sotiriou,

Mark Bray is a political organizer and historian of human rights, terrorism, and politics in Modern Europe. He wrote Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook and Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street. He is currently a lecturer at Rutgers University and co-edited Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader.

Terresa Moses is the Creative Director of the Minnesota-based activist organization Blackbird Revolt - a platform for conscious creatives looking to transform their communities. Moses is also Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Director of Design Justice in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota as well as the creator of Project Naptural and a co-collaborator for Racism Untaught.


Malamas Sotiriou is a member of the Antiauthoritarian Movement of Greece and of Micropolis Social Centre based in the city of Thessaloniki. He co-founded an antifascist-antisexist gym where combat sports are taught. And for four consecutive years, he has helped organize an Antifa Martial Arts Tournament in Thessaloniki, an event in which hundreds of antifascists from all over Europe take part.