IMD Forum: Occupy This Seminar

November 9, 2011, 6-8pm

RZC 122

This lively workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to redesign the social rule sets of public assembly and audience interaction. The moderators will use the framework of ritual design as a springboard for thinking about how public participation might be rethought from the ground up. Drawing on examples from collaborative vox pop interviews, #CNNFAIL, reality television vote-rigging, conference backchannelling, and Occupy Wall Street’s human mic process, the moderators will set up opportunities for participants to test out and redesign our familiar rituals of public assembly.

Joshua McVeigh-Schultz is a designer, scholar, and media maker in the Media Arts and Practice PhD program in the School of Cinematic Arts. He is interested in the intersection between interactivity design and rituals of public life. He completed an MA in Asian Studies at UC Berkeley and an MFA in UC Santa Cruz’s Digital Arts and New Media program. He is a member of the Civic Paths research group, studying new models of political engagement. He is also a designer in the Mobile and Environmental Research Lab, where he develops speculative interactive experiences for built environments.

Kevin Driscoll is a PhD student in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at University of Southern California. His recent research addresses the historicization of internet technology and culture, the ethnographic experience of writing software, and the technical history of hip-hop mixtapes. Previously, he earned an MS in Comparative Media Studies at MIT and taught computer science at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School. Kevin is also a member of the Students for Free Culture board of directors.

A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz is an assistant editor at the online journal Anti-, and a member of the game design collective RUST LTD. He is the author and editor of several chapbooks, including ALPHABET MAN (Slack Buddha Press, 2010) and COUNT AS ONE (New River, 2009), as well as a forthcoming full-length collection, AFEELD. His work has recently appeared in Diagram, Glitch, Hobart, Kotaku, Otoliths, Word for/Word and the Zaoem Festival of Contemporary Poetry. He received an M.F.A. in Media Arts Production from SUNY Buffalo, and is currently a Provost’s Fellow in the iMAP Ph.D. program in the School of Cinematic Arts at USC.

Contact Information

Name: USC Interactive Media Division
Phone: 213.821.4472