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Misbehaving: Machines Acting Up

Heidi Kumao

6:00 PM — McDonnel Douglas Auditorium

Coffee Reception: 5.30pm
Talk: 6pm

Heidi Kumao will discuss her recent investigations into the use of electronic media as mediator of ordinary interactions.  Recent projects include Wired Wear, a series of womens clothes fitted with custom electronics that assist the user in her daily social interactions, CNNplusplus, an real-time altered cable news broadcast that randomly juxtaposes activist texts and images next to the real news.  She will also show work from Misbehaving: Media Machines Acting Out, a series of female performers.

Heidi Kumao is an electronic media artist and Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her work takes the form of intimate robotic/kinetic installations, public broadcasts, single channel videos and animations, and wearable electronics. Sometimes comedic in nature, the creation of these machines and mechanisms for public performance is meant to heighten the publics awareness of ordinary social interactions.  Professor Kumao uses technology to address feminist issues and insert a female point of view into the world of high-tech innovation.  Her project Misbehaving: Performative Media Machines Act Out, is a series of three female performers for intimate installations. In each tableau, a hybrid machine being performs: a kinetic, electronically controlled machine speaks with a visual voice of erratic physical gestures and video imagery.  As a combination of performance and robotics, they represent women and girls who disobey or resist external pressures and expectations.

Kumao has exhibited her work at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Fundaci Joan Mir, Barcelona, Spain, the Exploratorium in San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

Recent Grants and Fellowships include:
The New York Foundation for the Arts, the Creative Capital Foundation and a Microsoft Research Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University. 

For more information please call (949) 824-2109

This lecture is part of the Hybrid Media Lecture Series. The Hybrid Media Lecture Series is organized by the Arts Computation Engineering (ACE) Program and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.

The series is sponsored by The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Calit2 and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

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